The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 10, 1966 — Its amaz­ing how quickly deep de­spon­dency can van­ish. It doesn’t seem two months ago that lo­cal mo­tor rac­ing idol John Love was star­ing with unsee­ing eyes at the wreck of his Coven­try Climax 2,7 litre en­gine at Kumalo, and try­ing to sound cheer­ful as he ac­cepted the com­mis­er­a­tions of a string of well wish­ers.

Yes­ter­day I spoke to Love to of­fer my con­grat­u­la­tions on hav­ing be­come the first man to win the South African Driv­ers’ cham­pi­onship for three years in suc­ces­sion — and the Main Street garage pro­pri­etor, just back from his cham­pi­onship — clinch­ing vic­tory in Jo­han­nes­burg, ac­cepted the wishes with the same equa­nim­ity had pro­duced un­der dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stances a cou­ple of months ear­lier.”

“The suc­cess has been very much a team ef­fort”, he said.

“My mechanics Gor­don Jones and Keith Star­ling have worked won­ders for me and it is a trib­ute to them that I man­aged to make sure of the ti­tle this year on an old en­gine.

“We found a new cylin­der block, and some­how man­aged to fit it to the pieces of the shat­tered en­gine and it was with this, not the en­gine I was kindly loaned by Jack Nucci from Pre­to­ria for the bor­der meet­ing that I won in Jo­han­nes­burg”.

Apart from his im­me­di­ate tri­umph, John Love is find­ing at long last that life is sweet. The year 1966 threat­ened to be a cruel one for Love who over­came ad­ver­sity with a smile.

Next year prom­ises to be a great one, whether it in­cludes Aus­tralia and New Zealand, Europe, a new three-litre racer, a hairy sports and a su­per sa­loon or not.

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