One of South Africa’s most versatile racing drivers and multiple South African National Champion, Curt Alchin (44) passed away after a tragic accident at Victory Raceway in Port Elizabeth over the weekend.
Alchin, who was awarded National Colours in 2004 for outstanding success in international Oval Racing,was also a well known Port Elizabeth businessman who owned Bodyman auto towing and bodywork.
The accident happened at the monthly stock car racing event at the Victory Raceway on Schoenmakerskop Road in front of a packed audience during the second heat of the American Saloon V8s. Alchin roared down the back straight but then, instead of drifting into the turn, hurtled straight into the concrete wall.
Chief marshall Theo Jonker immediately signalled for the race to be stopped and had then sprinted across to Alchin’s car with the bodywork and medical rescue teams. Alchin was eventually freed from the wreckage, but died on route to the hospital.
Police spokesman Captain Johan Rheeder said a regulation inquest docket had been opened.
Alchin was divorced and is survived by his twin son and daughter, both of whom used to race.
According to MSA, Alchin’s South African National Championship titles include: 1995 Production Car Champion, 1999 Modified Saloons Champion, 2002 Standard 1600 Saloons Champion, 2005 Modified Saloons Dirt Champion, 2006 Modified Saloons 1600 Tar Champion.
Alchin was also an Honorary Member of the Algoa Motorsport Club, a title awarded to him for his achievements and contributions to motorsport in Port Elizabeth.
“MSA mourns his tragic passing and would like to express their sincerest condolences with his loved ones and children.Accelerator problems suspected as champion driver fails to make turn at packed Schoenmakerskop track,” they said in a statement shortly after his passing.