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Thomas Jackson Road (Krugersdorp Hill Climb)

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Krugersdorp Town Hall Krugersdorp Town Hall - Photo: Wikipedia

Sandwiched between the Krugersdorp Game Reserve in the west and the Blougat Municipal Nature Reserve in the east,  is a well known road commonly referred to as the Krugersdorp Hill Climb for its use as a hill climb race track, but officially it's called the Thomas Jackson Road.

It consists of several very tight hairpin bends and decends from the northern end of the Delporton industrial business park down to the Percy Stewart waste water treatment works, losing 76m of altitude in just 1,2 km, resulting in a stiff average gradient of 1:16.

The Krugersdorp Aerodrome is located close to the summit of the road. It's also called the Jack Taylor Airfield and Delportonia Airfield.

 

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Digging into the details:

Getting there: To approach from the south as we have produced the video, head west out of Krugersdorp on the R24. Turn right (north) at the intersection with Robert Broome Road at GPS S26.101846 E27.738091. Drive north for 1.6 km and turn left into Carter Street (GPS S26.091113 E27.733286). Drive for 1.2 km (Carter Street becomes Baskin Street at a 90 degree right hand corner. At the next intersection (4 way) turn left into Verster Street. Drive for 190m where the summit of the little pass is reached.

To approach from the north is more complicated. From the R563, turn onto the N14 and head south-west for 2.8 km. Turn right onto a minor gravel road at GPS S26.051543 E27.716462. Drive south and later south-east for 4.5 km through a large circular grass farm to arrive at the foot and northern start of the Thomas Jackson Road.


Description: From the southern start and summit point of 1675m ASL, the road bends immediately towards the right (east) and begins descending. Within 150m the first left hand hairpin makes its appearance. It's a tight corner of 165 degrees. The next leg heads WNW for 300m where the next hairpin awaits. This right hander turns through 160 degrees, then turns gradually to the left into the NNE for 200m.

The final left hand hairpin has a slightly wider arc, but turns through 170 degrees, bringing the heading directly into the west. The final 500m is the easiest as the road descends more gently through two easy bends, passing the tanks of the waste water works. The road ends at a steel gate at the 1.2 km mark at an altitude of 1599m ASL.

With the international release of the documentary film "Duiwelsdorp" which centres around the multiple murders by a satanic ring of local residents, the town of Krugersdorp has experienced much negative publicity, but don't let that stop you enjoying the nature reserves and of course the Sterkfontein Caves are well worth a visit -  not far from this road.

Cars lining up to do the Krugersdorp Hill Climb / Photo: Facebook/KrugersdorpHillClimb


Fact File:

GPS START

S26.079760 E27.731580

GPS SUMMIT

S26.079760 E27.731580

GPS END

S26.076460  E27.725820

AVE GRADIENT

1:16

MAX GRADIENT

1:7

ELEVATION START

1675m

ELEVATION SUMMIT

1675m

ELEVATION END

1599m

HEIGHT GAIN/LOSS

76m

DISTANCE

1.2 km

DIRECTION - TRAVEL

North

TIME REQUIRED

2 minutes

SPEED LIMIT

60 kph

SURFACE

Tar 

DATE FILMED

22.07.2021

TEMPERATURE

12C

NEAREST TOWN

Krugersdorp (6 km)


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