16th Passion for Speed – Zwartkops
A DAY TO REMEMBER
Inclement weather early Saturday morning did not put off our spectators and competitors. Despite a wet track the ISP event went ahead as scheduled – (the most vulnerable category on slicks) and put on a great show.
Whilst spectator numbers were lower than expected (early month, end and general economy) the track was full of enthusiastic support with pit and paddock a hive of activity.
Friday evening we officially welcomed David Piper and Mike Knight and our international guests some 23 cars, 32 drivers plus the motorcycle contingent. Marius Roberts was the MC and the visiting competitors had some amusing comments. Peter du Toit then gave his rendition of being a spectator from 1958 through to 1973 not only a summary of the great feats of endurance racing but also his girlfriend problems. The latter because night time some of his partners had things on their minds whilst Peter was there to watch the full nine hours. “He is a useless, waste of time – all he wants to do is to watch cars”. It all ended well in the end when one young girl in the might of a massive Kyalami storm in 1968 took off all her wet clothes and wore only a raincoat. Then watched the race to the bitter end. Ingenuity, collective interest, and wisdom won the day. So he married Corinne three years later. Peter’s talk was in two parts.. The first being the real 9 Hour which started in 1958 and ended in 1973 with the fuel crisis. The second part was about David and Mike Knight and the ISP club for Pre’1974 sports racing prototypes. This series has come to South Africa 20 times, 16 of which have been at Zwartkops. The series has also stimulated a whole identity of continuation cars… A great evening.