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Backtrack Hesketh History

Inspired by the Roy Hesketh Circuit, that was located on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg between 1953-1981, Hesketh Estate is home to a vibrant racetrack inspired mixed-use development. Race through The Festival Square that takes you back to the times of fast paced racing, where you, your family and friends can enjoy a range of diverse cuisine and shopping while taking in this atmosphere.

The racetrack was named after one of the first race car drivers in the country, Roy Hesketh, born in Pietermaritzburg in 1915. During the times of rampant fast paced racing in South Africa, the Roy Hesketh Circuit had the privilege of hosting South African National Drivers Championship and the national Formula Atlantic races, also hosting Easter races, racing festivals over a 3 day period.

The circuit also introduced various types of racing like stock car racing, originating in the mid 60’s at the Dust Bowl circuit. This racing became popular, drawing together racers in the Kwa-Zulu Natal region, giving rise to the Piertermaritzburg Stockcar and Speedway Supporter Club. Other types of racing included on the circuit was Dirt Bike on the speedway and Karting. Following the closure of the racetrack, it was used for advanced driver training before being sold to the Roy Hesketh foundation in January 2004.

As the race car culture persists in Pietermaritzburg, Hesketh Estate hopes to rev up car enthusiasts with parts of the original circuit and race car themed courtyards throughout the estate. Delight in parts of the original circuit that will be used for racing enthusiasts to showcase their vintage car collections and fans to be part of this community and appreciate these beautiful metal machines.

Hesketh Estate is the ideal option for family living with 1,2, & 3-bedroom apartments from R699 000. With everything conveniently situated on your doorstep, you can live life at a fast pace or choose to cruise in the slow lane when you need to.


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