The name says it all, really.
This is a series far removed from the rules and classes normally applicable to South African historic and club racing. In a two-part battle, local drivers have the opportunity to share the tarmac with a number of international drivers in cars that we simply wouldn’t see here any other way.
Like, for example, the Maserati 250F. A 1950s Formula One car, it was raced by the likes of Stirling Moss and Juan Manuel Fangio.
The price? You won’t find one listed on Autotrader so it’s a little hard to say, but Gooding & Company seem to have auctioned one in 2014 for a sales price of $4.6m. That’s around R70m, which makes it a rather expensive way to fling yourself into Turn 1.
The historic single seaters crowd brought exceptional racing provenance to the event. The V8 gang, which included a number of local entries, brought the noise. There are few things in life more special than the sound of a GT40 (even a replica) on the overrun at the end of a straight.
The Sports and GT class also dished up some excellent battles. It’s highly entertaining watching a group of GT3 Cup cars fight off a sports prototype car trying to dart between them. The Ginetta out front gave a perfect exhibition of the tour de force that is the modern endurance racecar.
The highlight of the day for us was watching the likes of Peter Lindenberg and Colin Ellison in their thundering V8s fight their way through the rest of the field under blue flags, while Trevor Tuck in his ever-faithful Alfa (“Giulia Caesar”) kept the other V8s honest in a car that shouldn’t really be able to keep up with them.
Although the first race at Zwartkops in Gauteng always achieves a much larger field, enough international drivers and cars made the journey to beautiful Cape Town to give us a terrific show alongside some of the biggest names in South African club motorsport.
As a final highlight, we are fairly sure that we tracked down the prettiest water bottle holder on the planet:
We thank and salute you for giving us a brilliant day out.