Historic Tour VIIIThe 2018 Historic Tour will end on a high note at the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria next Saturday (November 3), with four overseas entries, plus the cream of South Africa’s historic race cars and drivers on the entry list.

Jeffrey Kruger should be a winning favourite in the TAR Plymouth Baracuda. Picture: RacePics.co.za
Jeffrey Kruger should be a winning favourite in the TAR Plymouth Baracuda. Picture: RacePics.co.za

Topping the day’s activities will be two races for SKF Pre-1966 Legend Saloon Cars, which category will host four visiting drivers from the Netherlands.

They will be Michiel Campagne (Smokey Yunick Chevelle), Armand Adriaans (Chev Biscayne), Harmen van Putten (Plymouth Fury) and Frans van Maarschalkerwaart (Studebaker Golden Hawke).

The visitors will face some of this country’s top historic car drivers, led by Jeffrey Kruger (TAR Plymouth Barracuda), Hennie Groenewald (Mercury Comet), Lee Thompson (Ford Fairlane GT), Peter Lindenberg (Ford Mustang), Jonathan du Toit (Chev Nova) and Paige Lindenberg (Ford Fairlane).

 

Alan Poulter could win the Under Two Litre races in his Volvo 122S. Picture: RacePics.co.za
Alan Poulter could win the Under Two Litre races in his Volvo 122S. Picture: RacePics.co.za

The Under Two-Litre class will see front runners like Trevor Tuck (Alfa Romeo Giulia), Rob Gearing (BMW 2000 Ti), Alan Poulter (Volvo 122S), Roger Houston (Alfa Romeo Giulia) and Chad ten Doeschate (Alfa Romeo GT Junior).

Running at the back of the field, the Little Giants category should see drivers like Ishmael Baloyi (GSM Dart Alfa), Mark van Rooyen (Sunbeam Alpine), Chris Carlisle-Kitz (Ford Anglia), Jaco Taylor (Alfa Romeo GT Sprint), Stephen Britz (MGB), Keith van Heerden (Jaguar), Les McLeod (MGB) and Mel Spurr (Ford Consul 315) at the sharp end of the field.

The races for Pre-1974 International Sports Prototypes will see victory favourites like Jonathan du Toit (Chevron B29), Peter Jenkins (Porsche 911 RSR), George Avvakoumides (Porsche 911), Lee Thompson (Lola T70 Spyder), Chad ten Doeschate (Shelby Cobra), Peter Bailey (Porsche 74 RSR), Wynand van der Merwe (Porsche RSR) and Phillip Pantazis Datsun IMSA 260Z.

 

Frans van Maarschalkerwaart from Holland will drive this Studebaker Golden Hawke. Picture: RacePics.co.za
Frans van Maarschalkerwaart from Holland will drive this Studebaker Golden Hawke. Picture: RacePics.co.za

The Pre-1980 Historic Saloon Car category will boast an entry of 31 drivers, with expected top contenders expected to include Colin Ellison (Ford Thunderbolt), Mario Rossi (Alfa Romeo GTV6), Johann Smith (Mazda Capella Rotary), Gerhard Henning (VW Scirocco), Ken Price (Datsun GX Coupe), Peter Roos (Alfa GTV6), Dawie Olivier (Datsun 240Z), Reghardt van Zyl (Alfa GTV) and Rene van Rensburg (Ford Escort).

The Midvaal Historics races should see front runners like Deon van Vuuren (Mazda R100 Rotary), Travis Jensen (Datsun 1200GX), Martin Venter (VW Jetta), Johan Venter (VW Jetta), Mario Rossi (Alfa GTV6), Jaco Roux (VW Scirocco), Andries Draper (Ford Escort), Johan Coetzer (Datsun 1200GX) and Johan Swanepoel (Alfa Berlina).

 

Harmen van Putten from the Netherlands will race this Plymouth Fury. Picture: RacePics.co.za
Harmen van Putten from the Netherlands will race this Plymouth Fury. Picture: RacePics.co.za

The day’s only handicap races will be those for Charlies SuperSpar Historic Pursuit Series cars.

With the outcome virtually impossible to predict, podium chasers could possibly include Richard Tudor Owen (Mercedes-Benz 190E), Rob van Aarle (Ford Escort), Mike Thompson (Ford Capri GT), Kobus Brits Datsun SSS), Clive Winterstein (Porsche 356A), Kola de Klerk (Nissan 300) and Rob Clark Citroen GS1220 Club).

The Lotus Challenge races will see top contenders like Andrew Kynaston (Birkin 7), Byron Olivier (Birkin 7), Clive Wilmot (Birkin 7), David Jermy (Lotus Taylon), Sean Hewitt (Birkin S3), Anton Guse (Birkin 7) and Johan Nel (Birkin 7) fighting for trophies.

 

Topping the Inland Series part of the programme will be races for Motul Super Saloon Cars, with Willie Hepburn’s Opel Rekord V8 doubtlessly the car to beat.

Netherlands driver Michiel Campagne will be in the Smokey Yunick Chevelle. Picture: RacePics.co.za
Netherlands driver Michiel Campagne will be in the Smokey Yunick Chevelle. Picture: RacePics.co.za

Chasing him will be drivers like Keegan Pottas (Honda Civic Turbo), Marius Jacobs (Opel Tigra), Doug Fear (Backdraft Cobra), Ian Ehlers (VW Polo), Dirdk Lawrence Honda Ballade), Riaan Draper (VW Golf), George Economides (VW Golf Turbo), Bjorn Gebert Alfa GTV6) and Richard Berner Space Frame Tigra).

Richard Upton, Willie Erasmus, Jason Loosemore, Justin Robertson and Giles Moore should be the drivers to beat in the INEX Legends races.

The races for National Sports Cars should see top runners like Paul Sullivan (Nash MV3), Org Geldenhuis (Nash), Fritz Kleynhans (Porsche 911), Klippies Krige (Lotus 7), James Forbes (ADR MCE3) and Anton Muller Birkin 7) in action.

 

The Zwartkops gates will be open from 6am, with qualifying sessions in the early morning.

Hennie Groenewald will be a podium chaser in his Mercury Comet. Picture: RacePics.co.za
Hennie Groenewald will be a podium chaser in his Mercury Comet. Picture: RacePics.co.za

Racing will commence at 9.45am.

Admission will cost R100 per adult and R80 per student, with kids under the age of 12 to go in for free.

Racing apart, there will be live entertainment at the kiddie’s corner, a beer garden and a flea market.

Everybody is invited to visit the pits on foot at any time, with the circuit’s Mini Moke road trains running between the pit gate and the various spectator areas all day.

For more information call the Zwartkops circuit office at 012 384 2299.

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