His­toric rac­ing in South Africa

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His­toric rac­ing in the north­ern re­gion of South Africa com­prises of two as­so­ci­a­tions: ‘His­toric Rac­ing South Africa’ and ‘Leg­ends of the 9 Hour’. Jointly they stage eight races, pri­mar­ily in the north­ern prov­ince of Gaut­eng, with two away races at Phak­isa Free­way in the Free State and Dezzi Race­way in Kwazulu-natal.

‘Pas­sion for Speed’, pre­vi­ously known as the ‘David Piper In­ter­na­tional’, is the big­gest his­toric rac­ing event in South Africa, at­tract­ing up to

150 com­peti­tors from as far afield as Europe, the UK and the US. It’s staged over two legs, the first at Zwartkops Race­way, an hour out­side of Jo­han­nes­burg, and the other at Kil­lar­ney Race­way in Cape Town. The em­pha­sis is on In­ter­na­tional Sports Pro­to­type (pre-1974 Sports cars) and there­fore does not count to­wards the north­ern re­gion’s cham­pi­onships.

‘His­toric Rac­ing South Africa’ and ‘Leg­ends of the 9 Hour’ both have five time-based classes. Each as­so­ci­a­tion ad­min­is­ters its own rules and el­i­gi­bil­ity. The for­mat is usu­ally two medi­umdis­tance sprint races, av­er­ag­ing ten laps. There is also an en­durance race at each meet­ing, usu­ally last­ing around an hour or 90 min­utes, de­pend­ing on the track.

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