Legends of the 9 Hour SKF Racing

A great year for Legends and an even greater year in 2015

To all Legends of the 9 Hour competitor’s entrants and sponsors a big THANK YOU for the support.
We congratulate not only our champions but all those who participate in the Legends Series. It is not the news as much as the “response to the news” that counts. The response to Legends / Historics in South Africa and worldwide for that matter is extremely positive, public interest is at an all-time high as the motoring public identify with the icons of the past from diminutive Austin’s, BMW’s to the might of Alfa, Ford, Chevrolet…
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The Pre-1974 Series comprising Pre-1966 Production Cars, Pre-1966/68 Sports & GT, Little Giants for Sports & Production Cars, Pre-1974 international Sports prototypes and now has some 180 cars or in the pipeline. This is an amazing outcome of the vision of many car owners to capitalize on the Golden Age of Motor Racing from the late 1950’s through to the early 1970’s.
The development and build of tribute cars has even resulted in locally “tribute” cars now being recognised and entered internationally. This is a great achievement and is hailed by the Legends of the 9 Hour Racing Club. Our TV viewership and news-post plus social media is growing and increasingly being recognized as primary show and is often mentioned in the corporate world. We cannot however become complacent and have to adjust and grow this very special niche of motorsport so…
Whist we cannot ignore the economic realities of the time and the increasing cost of keeping the Legends on track we will be initiating a number of new innovations in 2015 but first our racing calendar in the year ahead.
30th / 31st January 2015: it will be bigger and better with some exciting International participants to complement our increasing growing fields. Friday will be official qualifying practice and then everybody will be invited to the Friday evening braai with some very interesting “tale telling” of local folklore and international comings and goings of yesteryear.
Please refer to our regulations attached and on the website www.zwartkops.co.za. The participating categories are not cost in stone and will be adjusted on the entries received.
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The Legends will have a championship round for certain categories. The pre-1966/68 Le Mans Sports & GT will have a two round championship – 2015 SA Tourist Trophy – 45 Minute event (2 drivers optional) Championship.
The day will also feature a new event “Champion of Champions” for Pre-1972 cars based on Pre- 1966/68 plat form with champions – past, present and future – a brave experiment which should be big public support.
The 2015 event will be broadcast on Super Sport, Ignition and in the UK. Please refer to web for more details.
6th & 7th February 2015 – Killarney, Cape Town. We trust that a good number of our Legends will find their way to Cape Town and help support and establish the Series nationwide.
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  • Sunday 25 January – Registration Day – Zwartkops
  • 31 Jan – Zwartkops – INT – LGD, SP&GT, ISP, TA, LG
  • 7 Feb – C.T. – INT (INV) – LGD, SP&GT, ISP, TA, LG
  • 7 March – Kyalami – LGD, SP&GT, ISP, TA, LG
  • 11 April – Dezzi – LGD, SP&GT, LG (INV) ISP, TA
  • 2 May – Kyalami – LGD, SP&GT, ISP, TA, LG
  • 6 June – Zwartkops – LGD, SP&GT, ISP, TA, LG
  • 4 July – Phakisa – LGD, SP&GT, ISP, TA, LG
  • 19 Sep – Zwartkops – LGD, SP&GT, ISP, TA, LG
  • 10 Oct – Phakisa – (INV) – LGD, SP&GT, ISP, TA, LG
  • 14 Nov – Kyalami – LGD, SP&GT, ISP, TA, LG
  • 8th round TBA
  • ISP – ISP
The Legends in 2015: Please refer to sporting regulations for all the categories: the technical regulations are also on the website under Legend Series.

Of particular interest next year will be the Pre-1966 Legends of the 9 Hour, which can be summed up as follows;

  • ZA – Cut off time 74 seconds
  • ZB / Y – Consolidate of
  • ZX will be known as the Legends under 2 litre Production class.
Then the three “Little Giants” classes; The Legends under 2 litre Production Class will be administered by a separate committee – this will be on entity on its own and will have separate awards and starting procedures.
The C of C (Champion of Champions) category will be for the 72/74 seconds cars with Pre-1967 plat forms. They will complete as a separate class or where entries are less than 10 will have a separate class with the Pre-1966/68 Sports & GT where they compete in the late sixties.
The Pre-1966 Production Cars and Pre-1966/68 Sports & GT will be regional championship in 2015 whilst the Little Giants, Trans-Am and ISP will have Legends Championship status.
Finally a big thank you to our 2014 Sponsors, SKF, Castrol and Trans Africa Racing.
To all Legends and families have a great festive season, travel safe and see you in 2015.
Peter du Toit Chairman – Legends of the 9 Hour Racing Club.
Legends Series – Points – 2014
Pictures: RacePics.co.za
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