Historic racing in South Africa
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.