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Passion for Speed: International Festival at Zwartkops Raceway in February 2019

The 18th annual international  Festival at the  near Pretoria on February 1, 2 and 3 will embrace four periods of motorsport, involving more than 300 cars and some 100 motorcycles. This will range from Saloon Car Legends from the 1960s, via the Sports Racing Prototypes of the 1970s, through the classic production cars of the eighties, to the Extreme Supercar icons of today.

One of the event’s biggest crowd drawcards should be races for Pre-1966 Legend Saloon Cars, with some of South Africa’s top drivers taking on a visiting team of competitors from the Netherlands.

Representing South Africa will be current SA saloon car champions Michael Stephens and Jeffrey Kruger, plus former champions like Sarel van der Merwe, Lee Thompson, Mark du Toit, Jonathan du Toit, Hennie Groenewald and Peter Lindenberg.

The Dutch contingent will comprise of Michiel Campagne, Armand Adriaans, Frans van Maarschalkerwaart, Harmen van Putten and others yet to be named.

Cars will include three Ford Galaxies, Ford Mustangs, a Chev Nova, a Chev Biscayne, a Mercury Comet, a Plymouth Fury, a Chev Bel Air, a Ford Fairlane, a Studebaker Golden Hawke and a Plymouth Barracuda.

The Pre-1966 Under Two-Litre class will include cars like Lotus Cortinas, Alfa Romeo Giulias, Volvo 122S entries, a BMW 2002ti and Alfa Romeo GT Juniors.

Rounding out the Pre-1966 Saloons will be a full field of Little Giants, bringing GSM Darts, MGBs, MGAs, a Lotus 23B, a Porsche 356A, Ford Anglias, a Protea Ford and a Sunbeam Alpine.

The Tourist Trophy for Pre’1966/68 Le Mans Sebring Cars will boast four GT40s, three Daytonas, Chevrons, TVR Jaguars, Ginettas, Porsche 911s and Chev Corvettes.

The International Sports Prototypes of the 70s will offer Lola T70s, Porsche 917s, Chevrons, Porsche RSRs and Cobras.

There will also be races for Pre-1980 Classic Production Cars, plus Single Seaters from the United Kingdom.

Bringing events to the current day, there will be races for G&H Transport Extreme Supercars, represented by a McLaren, Aston Martin, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, BMWs, and an Alfa GT.

The Sunday will offer a full programme of motorcycling, including the Bridgestone Challenge, Supersport Juniors, Bridgestone Superbikes, RR Cup and the Kawasaki ZX10 Masters Championship contingent.

Meanwhile, the Zwartkops kart circuit will host racing for Super Motards and Pocket Bikes.

Interactive motoring entertainment at the event will include lifestyle, education and family friendly activities.

Featured areas will include the circuit’s skidpan, 4×4 off-road circuit and small kart circuit.

Various vehicle manufacturers will showcase their brands and latest models, offering opportunities for vehicles to be test driven by the public in a safe and controlled environment.