HISTORIC car racing will return to the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria in style next Saturday (July 27), with some 250 entries taking to the tarmac.
Topping the venue’s Midas Historic Tour event will be two races for the Trans Africa Legends of the 9-Hour cars.
The category, which currently boasts a total of 13 V8 powered racers and more than a dozen smaller engined vehicles, has become one of the top Inland spectator drawcards over the past four years.
Heading up the entry list at Zwartkops will be Hennie Groenewald’s Mercury Comet, Leeroy Poulter’s Ford Thunderbolt, Franco Scribante’s Ford Mustang, Jaki Scheckter’s Ford Galaxie, Jonathan du Toit’s Chevy Nova and Mark du Toit’s Chev Biscayne.
Any of the above cars could chase podium places, as could Fred Phillips’ Ford Galaxie, Thomas Falkiner’s Ford Mustang, Ferdi van Niekerk Senior’s Galaxie, Ferdi van Niekerk Junior’s Ford Mustang, MJ Meiring’s Ford Fairlane and Neil Reyneke’s Studebaker Lark.
Rounding out the class and sure to attract much attention will be the Smokey Yunick Chevelle raced by Charl Arangies.
Leading the two-litre category and capable of mixing it with some of the V8 cars should be the Alfa GT Junior models of Clive Densham and Roy Prando, the Alfa Giulias of Trevor Tuck and Patrick Gearing, the Mini Coopers of Denzil Bhana, Stuart Greig and Colin Ritchie, the Renault Dauphine of Frank Copping, plus Paul Pereira’s Anglia and cricketing legend Clive Rice in an Alfa Junior.
Rivaling the tin-top brigade for sheer spectacle should be the day’s Dotsure.co.za Sports & GT Pre-1968 Le Mans racers.
Top cars should include the Lola T70 Spyder of Mark du Toit, the Lola of Craig Cummings, the Ford GT40 models of Ross Lazarus, Dino Scribante and Franco Scribante, plus Peter Lindenberg’s Shelby Coupe.
Heading up Class B will be Jonathan du Toit in his Daytona Coupe, Warren Lombaard’s Cobra, Keith Hinckley’s Le Mans Cobra 289, MJ Meiring’s Cobra, Oliver Dalais’ Ford GT40, Josh Dovey’s newly imported 1964 Lotus Elan 26R and the Volvo P1800 of AJ Reyneke.
The Pre-1974 Genie International Sports Prototypes plus Metal Used Spares Trans-Am races should be the day’s fastest.
The sports cars will be headed by Colin Frost’s Porsche 917, Jonathan du Toit’s Chevron B8, Craig Pieterse’s Lola T70, the Porsche 956 of Franz Pretorius, Peter Bailley’s Porsche 917 and Carel Pienaar’s Chev Camaro.
The Trans-Am category will see Charl Arangies (Chev Camaro) fighting with Marius Wait (Ford Mustang) and Phillip Pantazis (Nissan 240Z).
The two-litre class will see the Zetec Ford Escort of Steve Miller taking on the rare BMW 2002 of Mike Wentzel.
The Little Giants’ category has grown enormously this year, boasting various Alfa Guilia Sprints, Hillman Imps, Austin A35’s, D-Type Jaguars, Mini Coopers, GSM Darts, MGs, Cortinas, Anglias and Renaults.
The Zwartkops gates will be open from 6am, with racing scheduled to start at 10am.
Tickets will be available at the gate at R60 per adult and R40 per student, while children under 12 will go in for free.
Food and drink will be on sale or you can take your own, while everybody is invited to visit the pits on foot throughout the day.
Visiting the pits will not involve much walking, as the circuit’s trolley taxis will run between the spectator areas and the pits all day.