Nostalgia returned to the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria in style on Saturday, during round one of this year’s Historic Tour.
Premier status on the programme belonged to the SKF Pre-1966 Legend Saloon Car category.
The opening race saw a huge dice between Neil Lobb (TAR Chevelle), Mark du Toit (Chev Bel-Air) and Jonathan du Toit (TAR Chev Nova). Jonathan du Toit’s car suffered suspension bothers and retired early on, leaving Mark du Toit to take a narrow victory from Lobb. The two cars crossed the finish line nose to tail.
Jonathan was back in race two, mixing it with Mark and Lobb at the front end. In the end, Mark won, leading home Jonathan and Lobb.
Patrick Gearing (123 Ignition Alfa Giulia GTA) took the first Team Fourways Under Two-Litre race from Larry Davies (Alfa Romeo Giulietta) and Alan Poulter (Tom Campher Volvo 122S). After eight laps of unrelenting dicing, the three cars were covered by less than a second past the chequered flag.
Poulter emerged victorious the next time out, leading home Marc Miller (EM Financial Alfa Giulia) and Shaun Cabrita (Alfa Giulietta).
Roman du Beer (Genie Lola T70) won both the races for Pre-1974 International Sports Prototypes. On the first occasion he led home Peter Bailey (Ford GT40) and Ben Morgenrood (Ford Mustang).
Jonathan du Toit (TAR Chevron B8) and Bailey filled the podium the next time out.
The day’s two closest races were produced by the SKF Pre-1966/68 Little Giant category, with Marco Taylor (Alfa GT Junior), Ishmael Baloyi (GSM Dart) and Josh Dovey (Austin Healey) covered by less than a second over the finish line in the opening heat.
Taylor added race number two to his victory list, this time with Vic Campher (Tom Campher Volvo P1800) and Dovey close behind him.
Andrew Horne (Xena Chemicals Van Diemen) won the opening Investchem Formula Ford race from Dean Venter (Denco Swift) and David Jermy (Jacquet Van Diemen).
Venter won the second heat from Jermy and Horne.
The Charlies SuperSpar Pursuit Racing Challenge saw a wide variety of vehicles take to the tarmac in handicap format. Rob van Aarle (Ford Escort 1300 Super) won the first race, finishing ahead of Les McLeod (MGB Roadster) and Machiel Oberholzer (Mercedes-Benz 190E).
Richard Tudor-Owen (Mercedes-Benz 190E) won the second time, ahead of Nick van Wyk (Mercedes-Benz 350SE) and Werner Hartzenberg (Porsche 356).
Veteran Willie Hepburn took his venerable Sabat Opel Rekord V8 to victories in both the Marboro Crane Hire Pre-1980 Saloon Car races. Niel Reynecke (Executive Chev CanAm) and Anton Raath (Executive Chev Camaro) swapped the second and third places, respectively.
Franco Di Matteo took his double turbocharged Deltec Alfa GT to easy victories in both Metal Used Parts Alfa Versus Mercedes races.
In race one, he was chased home by Regard van Wyk (Alfa GTV) and Colin Ellison (Alfa Giulia Sprint).
Ellison took the runner-up spot the next time, followed by Van Zyl.
Jeffrey Kruger (Lotus 7) won both the Sabat Lotus Challenge races from Jeff Gable (Taylon Birkin 7).
Sean Hewitt (Lotus Birkin) and David Jermy (Lotus Taylon) took turns in the third places, respectively.
The next round of the 2017 Historic Tour will take place at the Free State Phakisa Raceway on Saturday, April 29.