Andre de Kock
Motorsport Editor
5 minute read
19 Nov 2020
7:30 am

South Africa’s drag race king has left a legacy like no other

Andre de Kock

Local motorsport says goodbye to legendary Mick van Rensburg.

Mick van Rensburg. Image from Tarlton International Raceway Facebook

These days, the term "legend" is loosely thrown around regarding pretty ordinary people on social media. We are almost reluctant to apply the moniker to Mick van Rensburg. But Mick, who died of natural causes aged 81 last week, was the Big Daddy of South African drag racing, the long-time owner of the country's only full-sized, custom-built drag strip, and the enabler of dozens of local drag racing competitors. He owned and drove the fastest race cars in South African history and will be remembered as a legend by those who knew him in the quarter-mile racing world. Born in...