Count­do­wn to the South A­fri­can His­to­ric Grand P­rix Fe­s­ti­val

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With just two mont­hs re­mai­ning until the start of the South A­fri­can His­to­ric Grand P­rix Fe­s­ti­val in East Lon­don on 25 No­vem­ber, ex­ci­te­ment is gro­wing a­mong en­trants and spec­ta­tors.

O­ver 20 Grand P­rix cars are now con­fir­med for the his­to­ric reu­ni­on of so­me of the ex­act cars that ra­ced in South A­fri­can Grands P­rix be­t­ween 1934 and 1939. So­me of them are e­ven win­ners of tho­se ra­ces, in­clu­ding the inau­gu­ral ra­ce win­ner, the Ma­se­ra­ti 8CM, and the 1937 win­ning ERA.

The op­por­tu­ni­ty to see the­se his­to­ric cars up c­lo­se at the very pla­ce t­hey com­pe­ted so­me 80 y­e­ars ago is not to be mis­sed. Much of the o­ri­gi­nal P­rin­ce Ge­or­ge Ra­ce

Track in East Lon­don still ex­is­ts. The cars will re­tra­ce the his­to­ric 17km ci­r­cuit in a pa­ra­de ta­king pla­ce be­t­ween two short sprint ra­ces on the cur­rent track on 25 No­vem­ber. The ro­ad-going cars will then tour do­wn to the We­stern Ca­pe be­t­ween

26 and 30 No­vem­ber on so­me of the most sce­nic rou­tes in South A­fri­ca.

The e­vent will cul­mi­na­te in a two-day Grand P­rix Gar­den Par­ty at Val de Vie E­sta­te be­t­ween Fransch­hoek and Paarl, w­he­re the pu­blic will ha­ve a furt­her op­por­tu­ni­ty to in­te­ract with the­se spec­ta­cu­lar cars. The e­vent will be sup­por­ted by se­ver­al car ma­nu­fac­tu­rers and lo­cal clas­sic car clubs pre­sen­ting o­ver 120 of their most in­te­res­ting cars. The gar­den par­ty on 1 and 2 De­cem­ber pro­mi­ses to be a clas­sic car ha­ven for ent­hu­si­as­ts.

Al­so con­fir­med for the e­vent are a num­ber of Ri­leys, Bu­gat­tis, the Al­fa Ro­meo Ti­po B P3 from the 1936 ra­ce, a lo­cal Aston Mar­tin Ul­ster and a­not­her very fa­mous Ul­ster, as well as a bra­ce of ex-SA Grand P­rix MGs, in­clu­ding the K3 that Dick Se­a­man ra­ced in the 1934 SAGP. Li­mi­ted ge­ne­ral access and VIP hos­pi­ta­li­ty tic­kets for the East Lon­don Ra­ce e­vent and the Grand P­rix Gar­den Par­ty are a­vai­la­ble at www. sa­his­to­ri­cgp.com.

ERA R4A Ri­ley ADU303 Al­fa P3

The o­ri­gi­nal MG J2

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