Countdown to the South African Historic Grand Prix Festival
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