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Springbok Series
The South African Springbok Championship Series was a sports car racing series based in Southern Africa. The series ran from 1966 until 1973. The series was canceled after two rounds of the 1973 season due to the Oil crisis, and never returned. The series' signautre event was the Kyalami
Kyalami
9 Hours
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Sports Car Racing
Sports car
Sports car
racing is a form of circuit auto racing with sports cars that have two seats and enclosed wheels. They may be purpose-built (Prototype) or related to road-going models (Grand Touring). A type of hybrid between the purism of open-wheelers and the familiarity of touring car racing, this style is often associated with the annual Le Mans 24 Hours
Le Mans 24 Hours
endurance race. First run in 1923, Le Mans is one of the oldest motor races still in existence.[1] Other classic but now defunct sports car races include the Italian classics, the Targa Florio
Targa Florio
(1906–1977) and Mille Miglia
Mille Miglia
(1927–1957), and the Mexican Carrera Panamericana
Carrera Panamericana
(1950-1954). Most top class sports car races emphasize endurance (typically between 2.5-24 hours), reliability, and strategy, over pure speed
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Rhodesia
Rhodesia
Rhodesia
(/roʊˈdiːʒə/) was an unrecognised state in southern Africa from 1965 to 1979, equivalent in territorial terms to modern Zimbabwe. With its capital in Salisbury (now Harare), Rhodesia
Rhodesia
was considered a de facto successor state to the former British colony of Southern Rhodesia
Southern Rhodesia
(which had achieved responsible government in 1923) until 1970, when Rhodesia
Rhodesia
was proclaimed a republic without a monarch. During an effort to delay an immediate transition to black majority rule, Rhodesia's predominantly white government issued its own Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) from the United Kingdom on 11 November 1965
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Mirage (race Car)
The Mirage Lightweight Racing Car was a family of race cars built by J.W. Automotive
J.W. Automotive
Engineereing (JWAE) at Slough in England, initially to compete in international sports car races in the colours of the Gulf Oil Corporation.[1] For the 1967 season, JWAE built and raced the M1, a Sports prototype based on the Ford GT40. The M1 used the standard Ford GT40
Ford GT40
V8 engine in various capacities up to 5.7 litres. The highlight of the M1's short racing career was without doubt the victory by Jacky Ickx
Jacky Ickx
and Dick Thompson in chassis M.1003 in the 1967 Spa-Francorchamps 1000 km. The sole surviving Mirage M1 is on public display at the Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California (no longer on display mid April 2017). The M2 was built in 1968 for the new 3 Litre Group 6 Prototype class, but the BRM
BRM
V12 powered cars were rarely raced and met with no success
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Australia
Coordinates: 25°S 133°E / 25°S 133°E / -25; 133Commonwealth of AustraliaFlagCoat of armsAnthem: "Advance Australia
Australia
Fair"[N 1]Capital Canberra 35°18′29″S 149°07′28″E / 35.30806°S 149.12444°E / -35.30806; 149.12444Largest city SydneyNational language English[N 2]DemonymAustralian Aussie (colloquial)[3][4]Gover
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Paul Hawkins (racing Driver)
Robert Paul Hawkins (12 October 1937 – 26 May 1969) was an Australian motor racing driver. The son of a racing motorcyclist-turned-church minister, Hawkins was a capable single-seater driver but really made his mark as an outstanding sports car competitor driving Ford GT40s and Lola T70s
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Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Chevrolet
(/ʃɛvrəˈleɪ/ shev-rə-LAY), colloquially referred to as Chevy and formally the Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Division of General Motors
General Motors
Company, is an American automobile division of the American manufacturer General Motors
General Motors
(GM). Louis Chevrolet
Louis Chevrolet
and ousted General Motors
General Motors
founder William C. Durant
William C. Durant
started the company on November 3, 1911 [2] as the Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Motor Car Company. Durant used the Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Motor Car Company to acquire a controlling stake in General Motors
General Motors
with a reverse merger occurring on May 2, 1918 and propelled himself back to the GM presidency
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Doug Serrurier
Louis Douglas "Doug" Serrurier (9 December 1920 in Germiston
Germiston
– 4 June 2006) was a racing driver and racing car constructor from South Africa.[1][2] He participated in 3 Formula One
Formula One
World Championship Grands Prix in the 1960s, only racing in the South African Grand Prix event, debuting on 29 December 1962. He scored no championship points. Serrurier built a series of racing cars under the name of LDS,[3] after his initials.[4] The first was based on a Cooper,[5] and later cars were based on Brabhams. The cars were raced mainly by Serrurier himself, and Sam Tingle. From the Cobra Club South Africa: “Louis Douglas Serrurier built about 20 LDS Cobras during the course of his race car building history. They were all once offs, with different engine, chassis, suspension and brakes depending on the year they were built.” A handful of other custom built bodies found their home on LDS chassis in the 70s
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Jackie Pretorius
Jacobus "Jackie" Pretorius (born 22 November 1934,[1] died 30 March 2009 in Johannesburg) was a racing driver from South Africa. He participated in four Formula One
Formula One
World Championship Grands Prix,[2] debuting on 1 January 1965, and scoring no championship points. Pretorius competed in Formula One
Formula One
at national level in his home country of South Africa, enjoying some success throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s. After racing a Lotus and a Lola, he won two races in 1971 driving a Brabham. Jackie Pretorius died in Johannesburg
Johannesburg
aged 74, on 30 March 2009, after being in a coma for three weeks. He was attacked in his home early on a Friday morning by burglars
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Prince George Circuit
Prince George Circuit
Prince George Circuit
is a race circuit in East London in Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. On this course the South African Grand Prix was hosted in 1934, and 1936 to 1939 when racing was halted due to World War II, and then in 1960–66.East London's circuit Prince GeorgeLayout of all versions of the Prince George Circuit Brown = 1934, Blue = 1936, Black = 1959Course layout[edit] The original circuit was 23.4 km long and was run on streets through different populated areas. The start and finish straight ran along the sea shore. After three fast corners the course followed a road – which is now called Molteno Drive – that would later also be part of the shorter new circuit. Moving further east the course entered the West Bank Village on Strand Street before turning north onto Bank Street and then west on Military Road. There the track moved through the areas Fort Glamorgan and Gately
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East London, Eastern Cape
East London is a city on the southeast coast of South Africa[3] in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality
Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality
of the Eastern Cape
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Porsche 917
The Porsche
Porsche
917 is a sports prototype race car developed by German manufacturer Porsche. The 917 gave Porsche
Porsche
its first overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
24 Hours of Le Mans
in 1970 and 1971. Powered by the Type 912 flat-12 engine of 4.5, 4.9, or 5 litres, the 917/30 Can-Am
Can-Am
variant was capable of a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 2.3 seconds, 0–124 mph (200 km/h) in 5.3 seconds, and a test track top speed of up to 240 mph (390 km/h).[2][better source needed] The highest official speed ever clocked for a 917 at Le Mans is 362 km/h or 224.4 mph.[3] There are at least eleven variants of the 917. The original version had a removable long tail/medium tail with active rear wing flaps, but had considerable handling problems at high speed because of significant rear lift
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Bulawayo
Bulawayo
Bulawayo
is the second-largest city in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
after the capital Harare, with, as of the ever disputed 2012 census, a population of 653,337 while Bulawayo
Bulawayo
Municipal records indicate a population of 1,200,750. This understating of population by the government is due to the marginalisation of the Matabeleland
Matabeleland
region by the government since 1980 in a bid to avail less resources. With a population of 620,000 in 1992 Bulawayo
Bulawayo
cannot have a population of 653 337 20 years later when it is exhausting its land due to housing expansion. [2] It is in Matabeleland, 439 km (273 mi) southwest of Harare, and is now treated as a separate provincial area from Matabeleland
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John Love (racing Driver)
John Maxwell Lineham Love (7 December 1924 – 25 April 2005) was a racing driver from Rhodesia. He participated in 10 Formula One
Formula One
World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 29 December 1962. He achieved one podium, and scored a total of six championship points. Love was born in Bulawayo. He started his car racing career in a single-seat Cooper F3 with a Manx Norton
Manx Norton
500 cc engine after racing a Triumph Grand Prix motorcycle, which Love then-allowed Jim Redman to ride when starting his race career, in recognition of Redman's assistance in preparing and maintaining Love's Cooper.[1] Six times South African Formula One
Formula One
Champion in the 1960s, he had originally shone in the European Formula Junior
Formula Junior
firmament back in 1961–62 at the wheel of a Cooper-Austin from Ken Tyrrell's team
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Jacky Ickx
Jacques Bernard "Jacky" Ickx (French pronunciation: ​[ʒaki ɪks]) (born 1 January 1945, in Brussels) is a Belgian former racing driver who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans
24 Hours of Le Mans
six times, achieved eight wins and 25 podium finishes in Formula One, won the Can-Am
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Italy
Coordinates: 43°N 12°E / 43°N 12°E / 43; 12Italian Republic Repubblica Italiana  (Italian)FlagEmblemAnthem: Il Canto degli Italiani  (Italian) "The Song of the Italians"Location of  Italy  (dark green) – in Europe  (light green & dark grey) – in the European Union  (light green)  –  [Legend]Capital and largest city Rome 41°54′N 12°29′E / 41.900°N 12.483°E / 41.900; 12.483Official languages ItalianaNative languages see full listReligion83.3% Christians 12.4% irreligious 3.7% Muslims 0.2% Buddhists 0.1% Hindus 0.3% other religions[1]Demonym ItalianGovernment Unitary constitutional parliamentary republic• PresidentSergio Mattarella• Prime MinisterPaolo Gentiloni• President of the SenateElisabetta Casellati•&
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