This early South African 500 was built by the well known motorcyclist Billy Kay and AJ Trebble. “K” for Kay and “T” for Trebble. “S” for Special. It ran in club events and local club race meetings in Cape Town. The Its first outing would appear to be the November 1950 Camps Bay Hillclimb where Trebble finished 2nd in the ‘Up to 1100 cc” class with a time of 59.8 seconds. The FTD was set by Stanley Reed’s supercharged rear engined 1.9 litre Citroen Special in a sizzling 50.0 secs.
On 2nd January 1951 Trebble drove it in the Van Riebeeck
Trophy at Gunners Circle but failed to finish. His fastest lap was 57.4 m/hr
compared to John Ratcliff’s 3700 cc Studebaker Special which did 77.9 m/hr.
Ratcliff was to win the race on scratch from the Reed Citroen.
By 1952 the KTS was attracting attention with its megaphone exhausts
The last known outing for the KTS was the Van Riebeeck Trophy at the Eerste Rivier Circuit in March 1952. Kay ran as high as 4th place for a while but retired the car after 16 of the 30 laps at Gunner’s Circle but his fastest lap of 65.3 m/hr was as quick as those achieved by the 1250 MG TC’s and compared favourably with the speed of 69.5 m/hr set by the handicap winner CL Rushby in a 1250 cc MG Special.
Words and photos courtesy of Rob Young.
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