Big saloon cars to fill track

2017-01-31 06:01
 Sarel van der Merwe, in his monster Ford Galaxie (177), is expected to be one of the stars at the Passion for Speed race meeting at Killarney on Saturday. PHOTO: colin brown

Sarel van der Merwe, in his monster Ford Galaxie (177), is expected to be one of the stars at the Passion for Speed race meeting at Killarney on Saturday. PHOTO: colin brown

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The start of an exciting motorsport season gets underway at Killarney on Saturday with the traditional Passion for Speed international historic meeting.

Led by top drivers, including Sarel van der Merwe in his modified Ford Galaxie, it’s the Pre-’66 Production Cars and Little Giants events that are grabbing attention as these are some of the largest saloon cars ever seen on a track in South Africa.

Van der Merwe’s 7F 2-ton Ford Galaxie is being joined by two more of these rare Galaxies – one in the hands of Dutch driver Michiel Campagne, while the other is a 5.7F model driven by Somerset West’s Ferdi van Niekerk Jr.

Other giants in these events include a pair of formidable General Motors V8 products that have been entered by the Zwartkops Du Toit brothers. Their cars include a 1964 Chev Nova and a 1964 Chev Chevelle.

In the same events former Formula One Powerboat champion Peter Lindenberg will be seen in a Shelby GT350, Vance Kearny in a Ford Capri Perana and Jacques Mouton in his Studebaker Silver Hawk. There are even a pair of seldom seen and locally designed and built GSM Darts in one of the lower classes.

Louis Powell will be armed with his national championship-winning Ford Escort replica, supported by Chris Carolin in a Mazda Capella rotary. They will be challenging another battery of big V8s led by Malcolm Uytenbogaardt (Ford Granada), Robin Forbes (Chev Corvette Stingray) and Erik Mouton (Chev de Ville) in the Pre-’77 Classic and Invitation events.

A surprise in the historic single-seater events is an entry from visiting driver Andrew Waring in a 1.5F BRM V8. No F1 BRM – real or replica – has ever been on the track in the Cape.

The first race starts after final practice and qualifying at 10:00. Entry costs R100 for adults and R40 for learners under 16. Children under 12 enter for free.

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