The ” close “season for motorcycle racing is naturally short for while it is winter in Great Britain other countries are enjoying their best weather. The racing motorcyclists International Calendar, therefore, begins early in January, the first event of importance being the South African T.T. This consists of twelve laps of a 20 mile course, of which the surface is none too good.
Last year the race was won by Joe Sarkis (Rudge-Whitworth), who also broke the lap record at a speed of just over 70 m.p.h. In the 1930 event, which was run off on 2nd January, Sarkis repeated his success on a similar machine. He raised the speed, however, by an enormous margin, his average being 74 m.p.h. and his fastest lap 78.6 m.p.h.
Sarkis is one of the few South Africans who have competed in the Isle of Man T.T. races. Last year was his first experience of the course, but he finished fourth in the Lightweight event.