Articles tagged Basil van Rooyen

Page 36 of April 1970 archive issue thumbnail Page 36, April 1970

REFLECTIONS ON THE SOUTH AFRICAN GRAND PRIX

A GRAND PRIX has been held in South Africa since 1934, but in those days it was rather a local affair run on handicap; however, it always attracted a few European drivers as it was held at the end of the year in Europe's mid-winter, which is Africa's mid-summer. It was not until 1962 that the race achieved World Championship status, the race being run on the traditional East London circuit, which...

Page 32 of February 1973 archive issue thumbnail Page 32, February 1973

Around and about

Ford's programme THE FORD Motor Company's competition plans for 1973 were announced during the Racing Car Show and, as well as the expected programme of International rallying and saloon car racing, Ford also said they would Be catering strongly for the motor club member. Stuart Turner, Ford's Director of Motorsports, commented that "Ford had a fantastic year of success in Europe and beyond in...

Page 64 of August 2008 archive issue thumbnail Page 64, August 2008

M7A McLaren's lucky number

Forty years ago it was the first McLaren F1 car to score a World Championship win. In an extract from a new official book, McLaren – The Cars 1964-2008 by William Taylor, we look at M7A’s early days, and what it means to the team now I have been connected to McLaren and Mercedes-Benz since 1998, and in that time the history I have witnessed in the making has been fantastic, with two drivers’ and...

Page 14 of August 2003 archive issue thumbnail Page 14, August 2003

Rand digging

Sir, The photograph in Matters of Moment on page 4 of last month's issue does indeed show a race at Kyalami, but it is not from 1969. It is in fact the eighth Rand Spring Trophy, which was held on October 5, 1968. Basil van Rooyen's No3 is a Brabham BT24-Repco (not the McLaren-Ford he drove early in the '69 season). Jackie Pretorius in the Lola 140 made the best start of those on the second row...

Page 30 of October 1997 archive issue thumbnail Page 30, October 1997

Jimmy

By Jackie Stewart I first met him when he stopped at my father's garage. I was about 19. He was driving a TR2 or 3 — I can't remember which — but he was on his way back from the Rest-and-be-Thankful hilIclimb. He was dressed the same way as he was when he was going racing, which was usually a pair of flannels with a round-neck sweater, and a collar and tie. We lived in a bungalow, which was...

Page 20 of February 1968 archive issue thumbnail Page 20, February 1968

Grand Prix of South Africa

Team Lotus dominate The first race of the 1968 season was run at the 4.1-km. Kyalami circuit just outside Johannesburg. This year the Grand Prix of South Africa had drawn all the Formula One teams and all the top drivers except McLaren, who was working on the two new McLaren-Cosworth V8s which he and Hulme will use later in the season. The organisers had spent a lot of money since last year...

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