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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.

 


01/02/2018