Since 2005, Track-Daze has been a pioneer in the amateur track-day business and it is that constant quest for perfection that has led to a sponsorship deal and partnership with Kawasaki SA. Not only that, but the deal includes Pirelli tyres, Arai helmets and SBS brake pads. Fourways Motorcycles, the northern Johannesburg Kawasaki dealer, will give technical support.
Dave Esterhuizen and Arno Bareiss, founders of the company in 2005, set out with a very clear idea of what they wanted their track days to be like and worked hard to achieve it. Factors such as sticking to a strict timetable so no-one lost out on track time, classroom sessions and free on-track instruction to anyone who asked for it, set them apart from their rivals.
While that first outing at Phakisa in the Free State might not have been a financial success, in every other respect it was phenomenal; soon word-of-mouth brought the crowds and the company has gone from strength to strength ever since.
This growth has been helped by the philosophy of constant innovation that Arno and Dave have adopted. This led them, in 2006, to allow only one- or two-piece leathers on track, thus elevating the safety standards to international level. To this day Track Daze remains the only track-day operator to adhere to this rule.
Track-Daze were one of the first companies to specify individual transponders for each rider; not, as it has been suggested, to solely allow riders to record their fastest lap times, but to better manage the different classes of rider and ensure like rides with like by paying strict attention to lap cut-off times. Just another small but significant safety and enjoyment factor.
Into 2017 and beyond, the minimum three year partnership with Kawasaki SA, Pirelli, Arai and SBS will further strengthen Track-Daze’s reputation as the pre-eminent track school available in South Africa.