The 2016 South African circuit racing season started on a high note at the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria on Saturday (January 30).
The annual international historic Passion for Speed festival filled Zwartkops to the rafters, and provided the huge crowd with brilliant spectacle, close racing and fantastic nostalgia.
The day’s highlights were the races for Pre-1966 Legend Saloon Cars. Jonathan du Toit (Chev Bel-Air) led from start to finish but behind him, war was waged.
Sarel van der Merwe (Ford Galaxie), Hennie Groenewald (Plymouth Fury), Pauolo Cavalieri (Ford Galaxie) and Mark du Toit (Chev Biscayne) banged and bashed around Zwartkops side by side.
From 1966 to 1974 the USA had one of the greatest Production Car Racing Formulas. The Great Trans-Am Series. Trans-Am was the product of the great “Pony” car boom which emerged in the late fifties and early sixties when a new generation of young and “thirty somethings” demanded performance. It started with the Corvettes, Studebaker Hawks and Shelby Cobras but the BIG break came in 1965 with the Ford Mustang.
Despite scepticism from Ford management the Mustang took off with unprecedented demand and soon found itself on the race tracks of America. The Mustang forced every other USA manufacturer to build similar cars and take up the challenge on the race tracks.