TJ Timing for all race results at Zwartkops Raceway
Legends of the 9 Hour
Fans of South African motorsport are in for a treat this weekend (Saturday, April 13) when the Historic Single Seater Association resurrects the good old days at Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria. Not only will this field display South Africa’s most historic race cars in a wheel-to-wheel race but will also conjure up memories of the famed Sunshine Series of the early 1970s with a grid full of historic Formula Fords.
Many will remember the Sunshine Series for catapulting Jody Scheckter into a career in Formula 1. Back in the day the leading South African in the Sunshine Series was awarded with the ‘Driver to Europe’ honours and Jody was that man in 1971. Scheckter quickly climbed the ranks in Europe, culminating in his 1979 F1 World Championship with Ferrari.
This coming weekend’s competition for the top spot should come in the form Steve Crook (1975 Ford van Diemen), Chris Clark (1969 Titan Mk4) and Ian Hebblethwaite (1971 Ford Merlyn MK 20A). Patrick Dunseith, will also drive the ex-Desire Wilson 1974 Ford Merlyn MK25, and John McKerchar (1976 Ford Merlyn MK30), Fred Phillips (1975 Ford Merlyn) and Des Hillary (1974 Ford Dulon MP 15B) can’t be counted out either.
Former national karter Matthew Nash debuts in Historic Single Seaters with a 1969 Titan Mk5 and Lotus will be in the mix too with Ron Liddiard behind the wheel of a 1968 Lotus 51, Alan Grant a 1969 Lotus 61 and Stuart Grant a 1971 Lotus 69. Interestingly Lotus only ever made these three Formula Ford models and it will be the first time in decades that a representative of all will be on a local circuit. Royale loyalties are represented by Stuart Greig (1977 RP24) and Ben van der Westhuizen (1974 RP21).
It’s not all Formula Ford though with some historic Formula Vees battling for air-cooled laurels. Keep an eye on Kevin Oldfield (1976 Mantis) and Michelle Scott (1979 LSR01) in this department. A further trip down memory lane will see Brian Tyler in a 1952 Cooper Mk6 while Heyns Stead will have his hands full fighting off Roger Lewis with their respective 1950s front-engine MG Specials Spider and Hedgehog.
The Historic Single Seater Association heat kicks off the day’s events at 10am with the second race at 2.15pm. Of course this isn’t the only action though with the day filled to the brim with a door-to-door mix of historic saloons, Pre66 Legends, Pre66 Little Giants, Marques Cars and Sports & GTs doing battle on the 2.4 kilometre spectator friendly circuit.
Pack the sunscreen, cooler boxes, deckchairs and kids for an action packed day in the land of the Sunshine Series. Onlookers are free to walk the pit area and see the icons up close and personal. Entrance for adults is R60, students R40 and kids under 12 get in free.
Caption: Sunshine Series (Kayalami, 1971). Jody Scheckter sliding his Merlyn Mk20 in front of another Merlyn and the Peter Hull Palliser.
Story by: Stuart Grant

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Legends of the 9 Hour
Etana Pre-1966 Legends of the 9 Hour - Photograph by Paul Blackburn Metal-Used-Spares-and-Rebuilds Genie Trans Africa Racing LEGENDS of the 9 Hour – Pre 1966/68 Sports & GT

With the Super Series National in Cape Town over the same weekend a number of key participants would not be at Kyalami. This did not distract from some good motor racing from the Legends racing categories

The DOTSURE.CO.ZA Pre 1966/68 Le Mans Sports & GT had our 2012 champion in his magnificent GT40 on pole in a wet qualifying. Unfortunately the GT picked up some ignition problems on the second lap and was out for the rest of the day. This left Franco in the lead and was ahead of Mark, Ross and Peter Lindenberg until the orange GT 40 broke a rear hub which left Mark’s Lola in the lead. A first lap altercation in turn two of the second heat pushed the front runners back in the field. Franco’s repaired GT40 did fight through and finished just 0.7 seconds behind Mark in the Lola. Had the race been a lap or two longer the roles up front would have been reversed. Whilst Jonathans red Daytona won both class B heats on the day, Warren Lombard’s Cobra is now on par with his lap times. It will not be long before the Daytona will seriously be challenged.

Dennis Mc Beath in his MPITI won class D and Ishmael Baloyi in the yellow Dart won class E. After finally sorting out his MGB Franco Resca was bumped by Ryan Quan-Chai’s Dart on the first lap which cost him a win. The white Darts radiator was damaged and the Dart over heated. The biggest blow-up on the day… Chris Clarkes Morgan – which split the engine in half!

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LEGENDS of the 9 Hour – Pre 1966 Production Saloons

Trans Africa Racing

The Trans Africa Racing Legends produced some spectacular racing. The big cars of Franco Scribante, Jaki Scheckter, Mark and Jono du Toit once again looked the part. However, as great as they are at full racing speeds through turn 13 it was the Minis of Stuart Greig and Colin Ritchie which stole the show…. Flat out and scary motoring from the little bombs. If this was not enough the Alfa’s of Gearing, Gino, Miller were equally as exciting. It is a magnificent sight to see these cars in the purity of their original profile being raced at their maximum.

Mark in the Nova won both races of the day, however it was all down to tyres. Jaki gave Mark a full go in the second heat but once again his tyres let him down. Mark was on new rubber and found the correct power band in the Nova which resulted in a remarkable performance. At Zwartkops the position could be a whole lot different as the Nova has a lot of understeer in the slower corners – and Marks tyres will be second hand. Second hand tyres meant Jono’s Bel-Air was nearly beaten by Patrick Gearings grey ZB Alfa Guilia. It was a pity that Franco’s Mustang broke a diff in the first heat as with this car and driver on full song the challenge up front would have been a lot different. One more magnificent car on the day was MJ Maurien in the ZB Ford Fairlane. A car handicapped by weight but capable of winning.

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Drivers of the day…

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Warren Lombard – Cobra
Trans Africa Racing – Pre 1966 Legends
Stuart Greig – Mini Cooper S

Jason Campos, first time out in a Porsche RSR won class C after Franz Pretorius and Robbie Smith (group 5 Capri) collided. Patrick Goddard surprised himself and won class D. Paolo Cavalieri debuted the Hans Stuck BMW CSL Batmobile. This car won its class in the second heat at Zwartkops. At Kyalami it was not so lucky – still teething problems. Uli Sanne/Lee Thompson in the black Batmobile had a difficult Zwartkops but fared better at Kyalami.

The Kyalami event was just as dramatic with the McLaren being able to show its pace – Campos and the two Lola T70s made life difficult. Though Jono, the B8 also broke a gearbox, so he raced the Ecosse, with a 1600 Lotus T/C engine. As at Zwartkops this amazing little car of 1968/69 kept up with the big bangers until its fuel cap came loose. Colin Frosts 917 Porsche picked up podiums in practice so he switched to his GULF coloured Ford GT40. Unfortunately the Gunston Lolas suspension broke on the second last lap at Kyalami putting xxxx to a class win. CRAIG Pieterse who took over the green Lola no 8 finished second overall to the McLaren on the day.

Legends update on Sporting Regulations Tyres

1) Pre 1966/68 Sports & GT
At the meeting held on the 12th of March at Duimpies Hangar it was agreed that Brian Cook would meet with Tirace to ascertain existing tyre suppliers. Tirace still has 100 Good Year Blue Streak soft compound tyres in stock. It was agreed that once this stock was close to being stopped Tirace will contact Brian to ascertain future tyre compounds. These compounds will be of a firmer compound equal to the Dunlop CR 65 – 484 Compound. Until the existing stock of Blue Streaks are used, competitors will not be penalised for using these tyres. Brian/Legends will continue to monitor the tyre stocks and advise accordingly
2) Sporting amendments
Grid positions, Pre 1966 Production cars, The meeting of the 12th of March agreed to: The grid positions will in future be determined by the average lap times of the competitive ZA times. From the ‘grid average’ the grid will be determined taking into account the applicable regulations.


Josh Dovey is in the process of acquiring a Lotus 26R Ellan. This is magnificent news as the last South African Lotus 26R was raced by Jack Holme – 1968 South Africa National Sports champion.

Our 2012 Legends champion has almost completed his very special 1960 BMW 700 Coupe. This type car was last raced in 1962 at Kyalami in Production cars.

The Legends ZB 1965 BMW Tulux is in the process of changing hands to be raced by a very competitive Lotus driver and his team.
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MJ Maurien has acquired Keith Hinckley’s 1965 Ford Fairlane – ZB Legends.

Niel Reyneke’s 1961 Studebaker Lark should be ready for racing by June. There is yet another Studebaker Hawk which should make its appearance by the end of the year.

See YOU at Zwartkops on the 13th of April 2013


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