It was with anticipation that every South African motor racing enthusiasts
watched the first ever South Africa A1 Grand Prix race which took place between
27 - 29 January 2006 in Durban, Kwazulu Natal South Africa.
Little do any motor racing enthusiast realize the logistics involved behind
an event like this. The A1 GP, being a worldwide event, issued a safety and
security standards manual with strict rules and regulations, which have to be
adhered to. These rules and regulations apply to the electricians, medical
evacuation team and even the stand-by plumber - all having to be available
on-site within 5 minutes of notice.
All A1 Grand Prix events are held in cities such as Monaco, California and
Durban just to name a few. A clean racetrack is one of the factors included in
the manual. Just imagine the disaster that will take place should any of the A1
racecars obtain a puncture at a speed of 300 km per hour.
Tennant South Africa cleaning equipment was approached by the A1 GP
organizers to sweep the racetrack prior to the training, qualifying and final
events. As usual, the Tennant SA team was at their post at 5 AM in the mornings,
sweeping the 3.2 km (2 miles) track.
Two Tennant SA 800D rider sweepers were used to clean the racetrack. I must
say that it does look quite funny watching these units sweeping away after
witnessing the A1 cars speeding down the track the previous day. The Tennant
Model 800D large rider sweeper is designed for maximum performance even in
extreme conditions such as the rain encountered on 27 January 2006.
These ride-on sweepers feature a massive steel frame and rugged T-beam
super-structure that withstands heavy use and abuse over time. Huge steel
bumpers protect the ride-on sweepers while sweeping close to the circuit's
concrete barriers. The specially protected hydraulic system is designed to give
and flex with movement and vibration making it ideal for uneven surfaces
encountered with tar roads. Other features include a side brush that retracts on
impact and a Thermo-SentryTM to sense excess heat in the hopper and stop
The Model 800D ride-on sweeper cleans a 66 in. (1680 mm) path that lets it
cover as much as 200,000 sq. ft. (1858 m2) in one hour. This ability was
important, as we had to clean the narrow areas in front of the pit stops. A
huge, 30 cubic ft. (.85 cubic meter) hopper allows up to 2,000 lbs. (907 kg) of
debris to be packed in, so the machine saved non-productive time spent traveling
to and from the dump site at the Grand Prix circuit. A standard multi-level dump
hopper allows debris to be dumped on the ground or into dumpsters or trucks as
high as 6 ft. HVAC Axial Fans
Manufacturers (1.82 meters), which was the method used at the Grand
Has many productive options such as a vacuum wand, a blower attachment, and
a deluxe cab which provided the operators with safety and protection during the
cleaning of the Grand Prix track.
The Tennant SA cleaning team conducted this sweeping task with precision,
professionalism and a sense of humor. One of the ride-on sweepers even did a
"doughnut" to the delight of the crowds in the main stand, leading to a standing