As the man behind the legendary range of Perana-branded fast Fords which dominated local motorsport and performance road cars in the 1960s and Seventies, Basil Green has been honoured for his remarkable achievements by being inducted into the South African Hall of Fame.
The SA Hall of Fame serves to tell the stories of extraordinary achievers, recognising their outstanding service and overall contribution to sport. In motorsport circles, South Africa has produced numerous famous names that have excelled locally and internationally, including the likes of Sarel van der Merwe, Ian Scheckter, Wayne Taylor and multiple Formula 1 championship-winning designer Rory Byrne – such that they have been honoured by the SA Hall of Fame alongside golfing icon Gary Player, and the country’s most famous and admired citizen, Nelson Mandela.
For 82-year-old Basil Green, the nomination and subsequent formal induction to the Hall of Fame, which took place at Johannesburg’s Steyn City Parkland Residence on Friday 30 August in conjunction with the fourth annual Concours South Africa event, it was a fitting tribute to his decades of dedication and excellence in motorsport and the motor industry in general.
Speaking about his induction into the SA Hall of Fame, Green says: “It is a great honour to receive such an accolade. It’s difficult to put into words what this means to me, particularly when one considers previous recipients such as former President Nelson Mandela. I am truly humbled and grateful to everyone who made this possible, and also to the many people that played a role in our success over the years.”
“Basil Green created the era-defining fast Fords that were unbeatable on the track and unmatched on the road, combined with such engineering excellence and dedication to detail that various evolutions of the Perana Cortina, Capri, Escort and Granada were not only approved by Ford, but were officially sold through the countrywide dealer network,” says Neale Hill, MD of Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa. “Many of his modifications to standard cars were world-firsts, and Ford even incorporated some of his developments in the production model local line-up.
“Along with the road cars, Basil Green’s exploits in the motorsport arena were truly exceptional and came to define the period, with his multiple championship-winning Capri Perana V8 being the most memorable.” Hill adds. “On behalf of Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa, we congratulate Basil on his induction into the SA Hall of Fame, and commend him for raising the bar in the automotive, aftermarket and motorsport sectors over many years.”
“He has been an exceptional ambassador for Ford, having played a significant role in building the industry we know today. He was instrumental in lifting the profile of Ford through his Perana cars, in racing, and as a Ford dealer, and helped create a loyal and proud following for Ford that continues today,” states Hill.