BMW April 2022

In  a race day that started at the ungodly hour of 07h15 many highlights were given to the loyal band of petrol-headed enthusiasts who, like normal, parked at the sides of the unique Pretoria circuit. Despite a Covid limitation of just 2 000 spectators, there was scintillating racing right down the packed race programme running from early until around 18h00 in the evening. It is difficult to see just how race organiser Peter du Toit can pack more into this classic race day bonanza each year, but it’s over two decades old now and remains a stellar starting point on the local racing calendar. 

The attraction to attend this gold era of racing continues to pull in the spectators to see drivers such as maestro Sarel van der Merwe, Ben Morgenrood, Hennie Groenewald, Johnathan du Toit, and a whole lot more expert drivers strut their stuff in short races in the double legs of the 1966 Legend Saloon cars. The official event headline highlight was a traditional 45-minute tribute to the Trophy Pre-Le Mans sports and GT race. 

This year’s raft of overseas drivers were given guest cars after a Rotterdam Harbour screw-up that made for a no-show of their race cars for the day’s events. With the spectacle of Lamborghini, Ferrari and Porsche exotic racers along with Little Giants Productions cars and single seater racers who supplied many spins and disappearances into the shrubbery in off-track excursions. The passing show was a spectacle of note all day long with over 320 competitors all trying to defy gravity from little and large Giants dash in his super-quick Ford Corsair in the 1st heat Ð but in heat 2, Terrance Botes ran off with the chequered flag in his Mighty Mini’s race of the 1969 legends was flagged early with Michael Campagne in the V8 Camaro Ð already confidently ahead of the 1970 Cobra of Djurk Venter. 

The restart saw Alan Poulter scoot away with the win in his Volvo 122 which showed an amazing turn of speed. The Big Bangers, Lee Thompson’s Galaxie and Hennie Groenewald’s V8 howled away with all the action and all the noise anyone could ask for in these muscle cars that lack all the modern ABS brakes and sophistication found in modern cars. Sarel van der Merwe was brilliant for a whileas usual. Surely this is ‘the place to be’ for all petrolheads Ð young or old!