The roar of Grand Prix cars will return to South Africa some 80 years since they turned a wheel in anger when the South African Historic Grand Prix Festival celebrates these legendary machines in November.
The inaugural celebration, organised by UK eventers Speedstream Events, will reunite more than 15 actual cars that raced in the South African Grand Prix between 1934 and 1939. Prime among them will be the Maserati 8CM driven to victory in 1934 by American, Whitney Straight.
Much of the original Prince George Race Track in East London still exists. The cars will retrace the historic 17km circuit, before racing in anger on the current track on 25 November. The road-going cars will then tour down to the Western Cape on some of the most scenic routes South Africa has to offer these international visitors.
The event will culminate in a two-day Grand Prix Garden Party at Val de Vie Estate near Cape Town where the public will have a further opportunity to interact with these spectacular cars in a relaxed environment. Supported by local clubs, the 1st and 2nd of December promises to be a classic car haven for enthusiasts at the luxury estate. The Grand Prix cars will be paraded on a short road circuit within the estate.