Pancakes at the Oval Track

In Namibia we do things, well, differently. We don’t play ice hockey, we play inline hockey. We prefer game steaks above beef. We prefer gravel tracks for race tracks above tar tracks – much more exciting.

And so this weekend it was Oval Track Racing here in Otjiwarongo. I attended a couple of these events when I was still in school, but have always missed it / skipped it as an adult. Well, on Saturday the local church had a pancake & coffee stall at the Oval Track and because I’m married to an excellent pancake chef, we decided to throw in our weight and join the baking ranks.

Of course, we had to choose the coldest morning in July to have a stall in the wide open! But thankfully our stall was rather well wind proofed and so we started baking. He baked and I spiced and rolled. Our stall was very well positioned and we could keep an eye on the track as well.

When the races finally started, I realised why Namibians preferred gravel roads – a lot more action. Going around the corners take special skill and with 4/5 cars attempting this all the same time, things soon got interesting.

Here are some photos of a fun day out.

 1.Hard at work 3.Things more important than sales 5. Lollipops and Quads 7.Time to check Social update 8. Time to Rest 9.Pocketmoney Job 10.Parade 13.Parade 15. Off day for the men 17.Lollipops 18.The Professional 19.Hard at work 20.Race Time 21.Spectators 22.Quadbikes are Dangerous 25.Racing 26.Racing

Published by Mariette du Toit

Namibian born and raised, I am the owner Mariette du Toit Photography - where I share photos of the beautiful people I capture in my unique Namibian documentary style and Travelling Namibia where I share travelling tips with travellers across the globe through reviews on the lodges and campsites that I visit.

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