Sarel van der Merwe returns to race the grey Ford Galaxie #104

The 17th Passion for SpeedThe annual and popular Passion for Speed will take place at Zwartkops Raceway on the weekend of 26 to 28 January 2018.  The war babies of the sixties focused on love not war, except when it came to the “Passion for Speed”.  There were no restraints. It was the go go go generation of foot to the floor and pedal to the metal.  By today’s standards cars with very little stopping power and even less in aero aids to steer through corners. The James Dean generation gave us the golden age of motor racing.  Saturday and Sunday the 27th and 28th of January will give us South Africans the days of the sixties right through to the extreme GT Cars of the 21st century.

There will be a huge variety of events on the day.  From the LITTLE Giants of the sixties to the enraged brutes of Nascar V8’s with our hero Sarel van der Merwe in the grey Galaxie challenged by the big Dutchman Michiel Campagnia in a similar white Galaxie. Ferdi van Niekerk will be in the yellow Peril, two Dutch Mustangs, the Linderberg Mustang, du Toit brothers in a Chev Nova and Bel Air. Lee Thompson will be in the yellow Plymouth Barracuda and Jeffrey Kruger in the Chevelle.  Paolo Cavalieri will race the no. 177 red Galaxie. Twelve to fourteen of these monster cars in action and they all have reputations to uphold. 

Sarel van der Merwe returns to race the grey Ford Galaxie #104

Then there will be the LITTLE Giants of the sixties. They all tried to succeed, and some did, but others went to ground only to resurrect themselves for the Passion for Speed.  The tiny Austin A35’s Jumbo and Teapot, the Noddy Austin Metropolitan, Hillman IMPS, Alfa’s, Renault, Healeys, Minis etc. can be expected to race for honours on the day. Making a statement of their own and what produced some of the best racing of the sixties are the incredible under 2 litre class (U2) of Volvos, Alfas, Lotus Cortinas, Mini Coopers and BMW’s.

Special focus on the day will be the 2-driver 45-minute Pre’1966/68 Le Mans Sports & GT race.  Expect entries such as Ford GT40’s (six), Lolas (three or four), a McLaren, Cobras and Mustangs.  Few countries in the world can equal this event in terms of variety of entry and challenge. 

The International Sports Prototypes should have three big Lolas, Chevrons, Porsche 917’s, an Ecosse, McLaren Le Mans GT Cars and Trans-AM V8’s.

The production saloons of the post-1974 era will field some famous cars such as the Robbie Smith BMW, Tony Vianna BMW, Batmobiles and a Datsun 240Z.  The single seaters and historic sports cars Pre’1974 will field some exciting formula cars from Europe.  The list just keeps on growing and growing close to sixty different makes and car models. 

To crown, there will be a unique Legends race in VW Polo’s.  The drivers, our heroes from years gone by, will be  Sarel van der Merwe, Willie Hepburn, Mike Briggs, Chris Aberdeen, Geoff Mortimer, Shaun van der Linde, Deon Joubert and Ben Morgenrood.  Eight warriors of the past all with the will to win.  Lay your bets on the winner.  “Mirror Mirror on the wall, who will be the greatest of them all?”


Sunday, the 28th of January 2018 will host the Day of the Champion.

The South African TT for Classic Superbikes has come of age.  A field of some 30 riders on steeds of the 1980’s Superbikes – no traction control, no ABS braking, you are on your own mate! will be on track.  There should be at least eight Isle of Man participants on the day.  It is heroes day and the biggest racing Superbike event of the year.

Historic Motorcycle Group

Racing categories on the day will be the Red Square Kawasaki ZX-10R Masters, Bridgestone Challenge, Bridgestone SUB10 Superbikes, Bridgestone Thunderbikes, International Classic TT Superbikes and demo laps from the Historic Motorcycle Group.  One of the most fascinating bikes on track will be the 50cc Kenny Roberts Proton. Just to hear the sound of this machine startup sends shivers down your spine.  Our South African icon Dave Peterson will demonstrate this amazing machine on track.  This is real iconic history in motion.

Bridgestone Thunderbikes

The Red Square Kawasaki ZX10R Masters Cup races should provide close competition throughout the field

The annual Passion for Speed is a day to remember.  Zwartkops offers complete family entertainment for all ages and grandstand access is unrestricted.

 Ticket Prices:

Weekend Tickets to Zwartkops (Friday to Sunday):  Adults R210, students R140, kids under 12 FREE.  Presold tickets from or Zwartkops Office:  Adults R190, students R120.

Limited VIP Packages are available at Zwartkops Owners Club, Clubhouse.

See you at Zwartkops!


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