RACING LEGENDS TO CONVERGE ON CONCOURS SOUTH AFRICA AT SUN CITY ON 4-6 AUGUST, 2017
South African racing legends Sarel van der Merwe and Ian Scheckter will be guests of honour at the 2017 Concours South Africa at Sun City on 4-6 August 2017.
The multiple race and SA rally champion van der Merwe , who attended last year’s inaugural Concours South Africa event for pristine classic cars, will be joined at this year’s gala motoring event by six-times South African Drivers’ Champion and F1 racer Ian Scheckter.
The event is a great opportunity to reflect on the historic and controversial event back at Kyalami in 1980 when these two legends tried to kill each other.
That accident – at the so-called Jukskei Sweep – at the old, original Kyalami, was arguably the most well-known incident in South African sport in the 1980’s.
At the time the two drivers were in a class of their own in South Africa. Sarel van der Merwe would go on to win 11 SA National Rally Championships, while Ian Scheckter won six Drivers’ Championships here in the likes of Formula One Lotus and Tyrrell cars, and in fact had gone on to drive for the March team for a full season in Formula One, in 1978.
The crash in question saw Sarel’s super-potent V6 racing-engined Ford Escort being shoved into the earth bank at the fastest corner on Kyalami by the equally potent and wildly modified BMW 5 Series, driven by Scheckter.
If there’s anything that binds these two drivers closely together it is that they both have a wild streak. Sarel had written off two of his own Datsun SSS road cars and was paying off a third on hire-purchase while making his name in the South African Rally Championship. And Ian was banned from taking part in his first four-wheel race at Kyalami (he was a top motorcycle racer before switching to cars) after destroying an imported Mazda rotary car in practice for the annual Nine Hour race.
And adding an international flavour to the event will be overseas Concours judges Robert Coucher, founder of the internationally acclaimed Octane magazine, and Chris Routledge, CEO of the International classic car auction house, Coys of Kensington.
Both Routledge and Coucher have enjoyed widespread experience at some of the most prestigious Concours d’Elegance events in the world, and both are internationally-respected experts on classic cars. The panel of judges for 2017 will be once again headed by Wayne Harley, Curator of the Franschhoek Motor Museum.
A veritable art gallery of moving exhibits will grace the lawns of Sun City for Concours South Africa 2017 with cars ranging from a humble (but perfectly restored!) 1949 VW Beetle to classic Porsches, majestic Mercedes, legendary Lamborghinis and famous Ferraris!
Concours South Africa 2017 at Sun City runs from Friday 4 August to Sunday 6 August, 2017. The event opens on Friday with the HAGI conference on Value in the Classic Car Market www.vccm.co.za
For more information on how to enter your car in Concours South Africa 2017, how to sign up for the HAGI VCCM conference or to book the deluxe hospitality packages on offer at the Sun City event, visit the website www.concourssa.co.za