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Legends of the 9 Hour

Team Gunston Tribute at Zwartkops International the 1st of February 2014.

South Africa has an illustrious history of involvement with many iconic motor racing events -from the early Grands Prix of the 1930s in East London, the Cape and the Rand to the establishment of one of the ten greatest race events of the 20th century: the South African World Championship Grand Prix. The famous 9 Hour Race meetings and many South Africans’ contributions to contemporary Formula One racing stables are legendary. Our drivers have often stood on the top of the podium in world motorsport events. South Africa had a Formula One World Champion long before Germany and we have world champion motorcyclists, off-roaders and rally champions. Last but not least, there are those who made it all possible through foresight and financial support.
The late Dr. Anton Rupert had the foresight to recognise the significance and value of motorsport and was the first to initiate corporate branding in Formula One. In 1967 at the Rhodesian Grand Prix (Zimbabwe) two orange coloured Formula Ones were on the program – a Brabham BT20 and an LDS Repco driven by John Love and Sam Tingle respectively. The South African Grand Prix in March again featured these magnificent orange and brown cars – another world first for South Africa. We are indebted to the late Anton Rupert and in more recent years to his son Johann Rupert who has now established the Le-Ormarins Motor Museum in Franschoek.
Of course the new generation of branded Formula One cars was the start of a world trend, which commercialized not only Formula One but every other category of motorsport.
In South Africa, Team Gunston was the stimulant that was needed for us to be the only country outside of Europe to run a Formula One Championship. The Gunston brand resulted in other commercial entities also becoming involved in sponsoring cars and events.
Lest we forget Team Gunston icons;
  • Brabham BT 20
  • LDS Repco
  • Lotus 49
  • March 701
  • Brabham BT 21
  • Brabham BT 26
  • Chevron B 20 (F2)
  • Lotus 72
  • Formula Atlantics, then the Sports & GT and Production Cars
  • Ferrari P4/5
  • Lola T70
  • Chevron B19, B21, B24
  • Lola 210/212
  • Capri Peranas
  • Porsche 917
It is difficult to quantify the contribution Team Gunston made to South African motorsport and the men who raced these cars…
John Love, Sam Tingle, Jackie Pretorius, Peter de Klerk, Ian Scheckter, Paddy Driver, Bobby Olthoff and Basil van Rooyen. Then the big names from abroad… Paul Hawkins, Brian Redman, John Hine, Mike Hailwood…and so it is indeed a great honour to have a few of the Gunston cars at Zwartkops on the 1st of February – the Formula Two Chevrons of John Love, the Lola T70 MK3B of Redman and Love and the Chevron B19 sports racers of Redman, Hailwood, Driver etc.
See you at Zwartkops!
Tickets are sold by Computicket for a discounted price: Adults R140, Students R80, Kids U12 free.
Gates open from 06h00 on Friday 31st January 2014 and Saturday 1st of February 2014.
Legends of the 9 Hour

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The Genie Pre-1974 International Sports Racing Prototypes

The fastest cars on track at the Passion for Speed on the 1st of February will be the Pre-1974 International Sports Prototypes. The leading cars although some 40 years old are the in many instances quicker than our contemporary South African circuit racers.

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Heading the top class will be the big Lola MK 3 B Lola Coupes of Colin Clay in the green Team Genie car and the Gunston car of Neil Lobb.
The Lola MK3B – The brainchild of Eric Bradley. After he sold the Lola GT (the car which become the international Ford GT to Ford USA) and then found he could not get along with Fords management. He returned to his Lola works and designed the Lola T70 first as a sports car – the Can Am Spyder in which John Surtees won the first Can Am title and similar to the Walls Ice Cream Lola Spyder that competes in the Le Mans Series. The Spyder was followed by the Coupe version in 1967. These Lola’s won many short races in the hands of Paul Hawkins, Jo Bonnier, David Piper… long distance was the cars nemesis as in Europe it was forced to run on low grade fuel which seriously affected engine reliability.
The Lola was a regular feature in the SA Nine Hours – however its best result was limited to a second overall in 1967 – Paul Hawkins / John Love. In 1970 Love shared a MK 3 B – the Gunston car with Brian Redman but failed to finish the 9 Hour. However in the 3 Hour Springbok Series Love won a number of Three Hour races with the car.
Other big names in the T70 Coupes who contested our Internationals were Jo Bonnier, Mike de Udey, Jackie Eksteen, Jackie Pretorius… John Love maintained that this Lola was the most practical and effective sport racing car of the time.
Chevron B8’s: Two Chevron B8’s should be on the grid. The very quick red Chevron B8 of Jonathan du Toit – a 1966 car with a Ford BDG engine. It was Jonathan in this Chevron still a Saints schoolboy when he came 4th Overall at the International Kyalami Historic event in 1988 – against Porsche 917, Matra 650, Chevron B19, Gary Dunkeley and a whole host of fast Ferrari’s and Lola T70’s etc.
The second B8 hails from Durban and has just been rebuilt by Piet Bredenham.
Chevron B19’s: Brian Redman won the 1969 world sports & GT championship (2 litre) with the Chevron B16. It looked in profile similar to the big Lola T70. The Championship was fought to the bitter end with the Chevron B16 of Brian Redman just beating the Lola 210 of Jo Bonnier which was an out and out open sports racer… Chevron then chopped off the roof and the B16 Spyder made its debut at the 1969 9 Hour, Brian Redman once again at the wheel. It was an absolute sensation. The B16 Spyder in Gunston colours became the B19 eventually evolved into the B26 but the profile hardly changed.
On the 1st of February we should have five B19’s in the race. The B19 brigade will consist of;
  • Franco Scribante in his factory restored orange car
  • Dirk Waaijenberg (NL) from Holland in the blue car
  • Peter Jenkins in his newly acquired B19.
  • Gerrie van Zyl in the ex Gary Dunkerly car
  • Colin Ellison in the ex Barry Scott’s car.

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Porsche 917:
The Porsche 917 when it was first seen on the race tracks in 1969/1970 was probably the most spectacular and also the most dangerous car ever to come from Porsche. Richard Attwood – the first driver to win in a Porsche at Le Mans in 1970 claimed that down Mulsanne straight it would have wheel spin at over 200 MPH and the view out of the rear view mirror was only a thin line. In other words the car was about to take-off, however, Porsche developed the 917 into a race winner, which in the end defeated Ferrari and every other bit of opposition until the Matras came along in 1974.
In South Africa David Piper won his last 9 Hour in a Porsche 917 (which he only recently sold). David then had his awful Le Mans accident filming Steve McQueen’s “Le Mans” in 1971. This Porsche 917 returned in 1971 for Brian Redman / John Love in Gunston colours but retired in the race much to the relief of Love.
On the 1st of Feb, Zwartkops should have four 917’s; Peter Bailey’s blue 917, Colin Frost’s Lucky Strike white 917, Oliver Dalais Martini colours and possible the newly acquired Scribante car. There is one very interesting derivative is a 917-Audi from the Genie Racing Team. In 1973/4 Can-Am Porsche turned to turbo charging the 917 – a resulte of McLarens Turbo cars, producing 1400-1800 horsepower – unbelievable! So Porsche responded with an 917 Audi version. These awesome but somewhat ridiculous powered cars brought about the demise of Can-Am in 1975.
If all goes to plan a similar car (but none turbo) will race with Roman de Beer at the wheel s? “None but the brave”
The Genie ISP race will also include the Pre-1974 Le Mans GT class which will have a full complement of Porsche RSR’s and some more…
See you at Zwartkops!
Tickets are sold by Computicket for a discounted price: Adults R140, Students R80, Kids U12 free.
Gates open from 06h00 on Friday 31st January 2014 and Saturday 1st of February 2014.

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