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.