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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.
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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.
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