Each year, Motorsport South Africa makes provision for a limited number of individuals to be recognized at the National Awards function for outstanding contributions to local Motorsport.
At this years awards, our very own Kevin Jenkins was recognized for his contributions, specifically within Formula Vee.
In, 1956 at the age of 8, Kevin attended the Rand Grand Prix at Palmrietfontein. His next motor race was a National Championship event at Grand Central in 1960. His first visit to Kyalami was as a Boy Scout, selling hot dogs and hamburgers behind the pits. By then he was an avid race fan, and attended the January 1966 SA Grand Prix at the Prince George Circuit in East London. Kev attended all the SA Grand Prix races, the Kyalami 9 hour and all the international endurance races held at Kyalami, Roy Hesketh and Goldfields Raceway near Welkom.
In 1973, Kevin and his younger brother Layton, joined the Formula Vee Association of South Africa, and started building a car to compete in the series. They bought Frank Toney’s car, which Layton raced for 5 years, before selling the car to build an ocean going yacht. Attending most of the races, and being part of the Vee family, Kevin continued to attend meetings and races. In 1978, he was elected onto the formula vee association committee.
During his uninterrupted 39 years as a Committee member, he has held the positions of Newsletter Editor, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Chairman for 10 of those years, and as Chairman for five of those years. He has also been involved in the organisation and running of all the Formula Vee Anniversary events and represented the association on the Northern Regions Car Racing Sub Committee for a number of years.
We are very proud of you Kevin, we appreciate you, and thank you for the amazing work that you do!