Legends of the 9 Hour

From the might of the Galaxies, Mercury Comets, Mustangs, Chev Bel Airs, to Alfas Guilias, Mini Coopers all the Legends will be at Zwartkops on Saturday the 6th June. Heading the ultimate Legends will be the “Champion of Champions” Mustang of Franco Scribante, Thomas Falkiner, Ben Morganrood with South African Jeffrey Kruger, taking time out from flying the South African flag in European racing in the TAR Chev Camaro. He will be racing in the Champion of Champions Challenge by Jonathan du Toit and Hennie Groenewald in the big Mercury Ford Comet.


Legends of the 9 Hour and Trans-Am V8’s are most probably the most difficult cars to race competitively – They came from an age where the emphasis was on brute power and most certainly not on stopping or handling. They are “brave men in powerful machines”. They also are challenged by the more nimble and lighter Alfa’s, Volvos and BMW’s of the age with racing pilots such as Roy Prando, Clive Densham and Trevor Tuck, proved at the recent Kyalami event. This is spectacular motor racing, big names, big cars being pushed by a lighter generation of cars with equally as competent drivers.


This is what makes Historic Racing so exciting and popular, huge variety, dramatic cars and big ego’s all with one thing in common – The chequered flag” On the 6th June, the Legends Production Cars will have a separate event for the ZA Cars – the Black Widow (#57 Chev Bel Air) Jonathan du Toit, Paulo Cavalieri Ford Galaxie, Brian Rowlings Ford Mustang, the Alfa GT’s of Clive Densham and Roy Prando, Jeffrey Kruger – Chevelle (Smokey Yunick) etc. They will be challenged by the under 2 litre class – The magnificent quartet of Alfa Guilias which produced the finest and most competitive race at Kyalami recently. The Lotus Cortinas of Ben van der Westhuizen and Carel Pienaar would change their game – this is very exciting motor racing.

Not to be outdone will be the International Sports Racing Prototypes with the Little red Chevron B8 of Jonathan du Toit (unbeatable in the last two events) being challenged seriously by Chevrons B19’s, big Lola’s and Porsche 917’s. This is an unique event for South Africans with a grid of cars is not often seen anywhere in the world.


The Pre’66/68 Sports & GT category will be a field day for the Cobras with no less than five entered headed by the red Daytona Coupe. These cars will have to contend with the Flamingo V8, Hennie Groenewald in Mark Lauth’s Lola T70 and Oliver Dalias in his Ford GT40.


Not to be discounted and perhaps the most entertaining will be the “LITTLE Giants” – Mini Coopers, Alfa GT’s, Guilias, GSM Darts, Austin Healey, Ford Anglia, Cortina’s and even a very rare Consul 315 – spectacular racing with the Icons of the Past.

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