THE INTERNATIONAL PASSION FOR SPEED
DAVID PIPER & FRIENDS CELEBRATE THE HISTORY OF THE SPRINGBOK SERIES
David Piper is a former Formula One and sports car racing driver from England. He participated in 3 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 18 July 1959
On 1 February 2018, David Piper and his esteemed group of international racing drivers from
the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Sweden, joined Porsche Club members at On The
Rocks, Bloubergstrand, to celebrate 50-years of South African saloon- and sports car racing.
During the 1960’s and 1970’s, the intensity of eight weeks of serious racing and fun, gave birth
to the life-long friendships that continue to convince more than sixty international racing drivers
to compete at Zwartkops and Killarney, at the beginning of every year.
David Piper and Mike Knight are instrumental in bringing the show, every year, back to South
Africa. This year was the seventeenth year of re-launching the return of these racing drivers to
race at Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria and at our very own Killarney Raceway in Cape Town.
Thousands of spectators continue to come and watch these gladiators wrestling with their
machinery to take the winner’s prize.
At Zwartkops, this year, legends like Sarel van der Merwe, Willie Hepburn, Mike Briggs, Geoff
Mortimer, Chris Aberdeen, Ben Morgenrood and Deon Joubert, came together to thrill the
crowds. Volkswagen supplied eight identical 1.2 turbo Polo’s. After exciting racing, it was Mike
Briggs who came away as the clear winner.
At Zwartkops, in the Pre-1974 International Sports Prototypes category, Franco Scribante in his
1970 Chevron B19 won the first race ahead of André Bezuidenhout in his 1974 Porsche RSR
Turbo, followed by Jonathan du Toit in his Chevron B9. In the second race, André and Porsche
turned the tables around and ultimately won the day with an extensive lead over Jonathan du
Toit and Jason Campos. Our Club’s Peter van der Spuy, unfortunately had issues with his rebuilt
Maximus and was unable to complete the event.
The On The Rocks evening was arranged to welcome the international visitors to Cape Town. In
an evening of fun, laughter and motorsport talk, we were treated to a spectacular sunset with
Robben Island and Table Mountain in the background. André quipped that his passion for racing
began when, as a six-year-old, his dad took him to Kyalami, where he stood at the pit wall, with
his nose pressed against the fence, enthralled by the antics of the drivers, most especially David
Piper, whom he credits in part, for his life-long love affair with fast cars and racing. In a panel
discussion between André Bezuidenhout, David Piper, Mike Knight and Melanie Spurr of
Zwartkops, they debated the expansion of the Passion For Speed, to include the touring cars of
the 90’s, many of which are still lurking in hidden garages of South Africa.
The passion for the Springbok Series to celebrate the era for sport- and saloon cars, continues.
David Piper and Mike Knight promised to return with their visitors for the Eighteenth
celebration in 2019.
The evening at On The Rocks was exciting and everybody enjoyed the passion of motorsport in
which the Porsche brand featured very prominently. The Porsche Club members who attended
thoroughly enjoyed the evening.