The Draadkar Grand Prix is an annual event that celebrates the small community of Philipstown. This year visitors can look forward to photo exhibitions, a fun run in aid of cancer, stalls and, of course, the much-anticipated draadkar race. 

PICTURE WILLEM VAN DER BERG


A draadkar is a wire car, that uniquely South African toy fashioned from scrap, which children play with all over the dusty interior. 

In Philipstown in the Karoo they take it seriously: Each year the town plays host to the Draadkar Grand Prix. Kids from the district start building their racing cars long before the actual event. Good tyres and steering mechanisms are important because the route has lots of dirt and very little tar. The under-8s run around the block while the bigger kids have a 2km course to navigate.

The halfway point is across the road from the Werda Supermarket, under a stand of bluegum trees, where the drivers can grab a cooldrink or some water as they zoom past. From there, they have to go via the police station, around the Dutch Reformed church and down the main street. The finish line is at the local petrol station. 

This year, the race will be on 2 September. Come cheer the kids on and experience the hospitality of the townsfolk. 


For more information, find the event on Facebook – search for “Philipstown”.