Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
J1M1

The 9 hour returns to Kyalami

Recommended Posts

Something to look forward to...........& back at the wild old days -

The year is 1973. The event is the centerpiece of the South African Springbok Trophy Series, the Nine Hours of Kyalami. A Porsche 908/3 at the hands of Reinhold Joest and Herbert Müller covers 1,475 km to win the last 9-hour race ever held at the iconic circuit.

Since 1974 there have been various other forms of endurance racing at the venue, being either 1000-kilometre or 6-hour events. These included 1000-kilometre rounds in the World Sports Car Championship in 1983 and 1984 with non-championship 500-kilometre races being held between 1986 and 1988. These races were followed by a three-year spell of rounds in the Sports Racing World Cup between 1998 and 2000, with each race lasting 2.5 hours.

However 2019 will see the return of a full nine-hour race which will put this much-loved circuit firmly back on the international calendar. Toby Venter, who owns and recently completely rebuilt the famous Kyalami circuit in Midrand, recently announced this exciting news for local motor sport enthusiasts while at a 24-hour GT3 race at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium.

The race, which will take place from the 1st until the 3rd of November next year, will form part of the 2019 Intercontinental GT Challenge, which will be expanded to five races, with the Kyalami 9-hour being the season finale. The other events are the Bathurst 12 hours in Australia, the Suzuka 10 hours in Japan and the Laguna Seca 8 hours, so this means that in 2019 this championship will visit five continents and brings front line motor racing back to Kyalami.

Explaining how the return to South Africa occurred, Stephane Ratel, of SRO Motorsports, which organises the Intercontinental GT Challenge, said at the Spa announcement: “I was with an old friend from South Africa and told him I would love to go to the new Kyalami and he said I should call Toby Venter, the owner of the track, which is what I did. I went to meet with Toby and saw the superb new circuit. I said it would be sad to have such a tool and no major international event and the deal was done!”

“We are delighted that the completely rebuilt Kyalami facility has been so well received by people in the top echelons of global motor racing and I am very pleased that the first major international race will see a return of the 9-hour endurance race that was such a favourite with fans and drivers in the past,” commented Toby Venter. “The overseas teams will also have the benefit of being able to stay on after the race to enjoy the wonderful holiday opportunities offered by our beautiful country.”

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great news indeed. I’ve never been to any of the old Nine Hours but I have been to two Wynns 1000’s when they changed it from nine hours to 1000 km, following the oil crisis, back in the day. 

Was loads of fun. We watched the one in 1976 when Jody Scheckter won it in a BMW. The sister car was driven by Gunnar Nillsen.  The next year we were there again when he won it in a Zakspeed Escort. We used to sit at the Kink (old track). You had a great view. You could see the cars coming out of Leeukop, through the Kink and down the straight until they disappeared past the Dunlop Bridge down towards Crowthorne. The next you could see them again, was when they came out of Jukskei sweep towards Sunset Corner, then down through Culbhouse followed by the Esses before they disappeared again up into Leeukop. 

It was really great to watch. All kinds of cars on track. No blue flags to wave back markers out of the way and no funny shyte rules. 

In one of those years there was a 7 litre Camaro from the US  in one of the classes, and a South African Mini Clubman and they were in a battle for almost the entire race. When they got out of Leeukop the Mini was ahead with the Camaro chasing it down and then the Camaro would slip past the Mini just before the Kink and pull away down the straight. When they then reappeared from Jukskei, you could see the Mini starting to gain again and by Clubhouse it was right behind the Camaro and then pass it in the Esses.

There were so many battles for position between great drivers. Sarel van Der Merwe and Ian Scheckter were in great scraps, with door handles flying all over, once as well. 

I was watching F1 again for a change, the other day, and I said to my wife that it just wasn’t fun to watch any more and that I am seriously thinking of starting to watch either touring cars or endurance racing or WRC. 

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It was a weekend party that started Friday afternoon......i had the dubious distinction of having a major upchuck on the Dunlop Bridge......i remember some lady saying "sies jou vark"............so it goes

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yep. We used to pitch our tent just behind the old concrete stands at the Kink on Friday night and have a moerse braai, etc and then on Saturday morning they had some vintage race cars, etc and a few other short minor races. The Wynns 1000 was obviously shorter in time than the old nine hour, which meant that they had some time to kill before the main race. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 hours ago, vlagman said:

Great news indeed. I’ve never been to any of the old Nine Hours but I have been to two Wynns 1000’s when they changed it from nine hours to 1000 km, following the oil crisis, back in the day. 

Was loads of fun. We watched the one in 1976 when Jody Scheckter won it in a BMW. The sister car was driven by Gunnar Nillsen.  The next year we were there again when he won it in a Zakspeed Escort. We used to sit at the Kink (old track). You had a great view. You could see the cars coming out of Leeukop, through the Kink and down the straight until they disappeared past the Dunlop Bridge down towards Crowthorne. The next you could see them again, was when they came out of Jukskei sweep towards Sunset Corner, then down through Culbhouse followed by the Esses before they disappeared again up into Leeukop. 

It was really great to watch. All kinds of cars on track. No blue flags to wave back markers out of the way and no funny shyte rules. 

In one of those years there was a 7 litre Camaro from the US  in one of the classes, and a South African Mini Clubman and they were in a battle for almost the entire race. When they got out of Leeukop the Mini was ahead with the Camaro chasing it down and then the Camaro would slip past the Mini just before the Kink and pull away down the straight. When they then reappeared from Jukskei, you could see the Mini starting to gain again and by Clubhouse it was right behind the Camaro and then pass it in the Esses.

There were so many battles for position between great drivers. Sarel van Der Merwe and Ian Scheckter were in great scraps, with door handles flying all over, once as well. 

I was watching F1 again for a change, the other day, and I said to my wife that it just wasn’t fun to watch any more and that I am seriously thinking of starting to watch either touring cars or endurance racing or WRC. 

 

I hardly watch F1 these days. It hasn't been fun for many years.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Vlag, at R17= BP1 maybe an excuse to visit the family next year?

Timing is everything:36_11_6:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nah. Sadly we have nothing really that draws us to go to SA. My wife’s parents both passed away in 2001 before we moved here. Her brother passed away in 2012, my dad in 2004 and my mother passed away four months ago.

My sister and I have nothing to say to each other. We have been in contact a few times since my mother passed away and that was only for a some formalities regarding the estate. You know the story. You can chose your friends but not your family. 

Our best friends have a guest house in SA and they are dying to come visit us in the UK and are planning on doing so next year. It would be cheap for them to come seeing that they won’t have to pay for accommodation and transport and shit over here. Same with my late brother in law’s wife. 

We have actually decided to, instead of spending money on a trip to SA, send some money to the wife’s nephew so he can ship us the rest of our stuff that is store on the farm. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, vlagman said:

You know the story. You can chose your friends but not your family. 

Only too well..............!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 8/11/2018 at 12:30 PM, J1M1 said:

Only too well..............!!

I seemingly don't have that problem LOL. I have 2 aunts left I love dearly -  my mom's twin and my Uncle's wife. And their kids and I are best cousins. And another dearly loved,  old couple (turning 80 Dec) in the Old Age Home who live to see me and watts app me at least 3x a week. All stay in KZN and I saw them a year ago and already it's waaay too long ago. In fact I have convinced Hubbie if work opportunity allows I will go down for a week in Nov if he does not want to go with me, then  I will go alone. Otherwise our Jan vacation next year is KZN where I can spend a week visiting my family. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There's great WRC rally in Killarney 24- 25 Nov 2018 - some top international names - Loeb et al - would love to go watch but hubbie would never take me all the way to go see them 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
16 hours ago, Mata Hari said:

There's great WRC rally in Killarney 24- 25 Nov 2018 - some top international names - Loeb et al - would love to go watch but hubbie would never take me all the way to go see them 

Is Killarney still a track?:36_11_6:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Is it only a day race? 
Personally one of the few reasons I would go to France would be the 24 hour 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I never watched track races in the days of the 9 hour. Only started after they changed it to the Wynns 1000. Went to two of them. Both won by “Sideways” Jody. One year driving a Zakspeed Escort and the other in a BMW 530. 
 

I was very much into rallying. They used to have two stages of the Total around Witbank. One on the out stage at Bulpan and the other, coming back from the Lowfeld. These used to rotate on the land own by the mines every year but the Bulpan one was always at the same place. Used to get home covered in dust and sand. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
8 hours ago, taipan said:

Is it only a day race? 
Personally one of the few reasons I would go to France would be the 24 hour 

 

 

Starts at 1pm ends at 10pm............Saturday.

Maybe we'll go to the Friday practises......less very drunk people, less traffic, better parking & viewing places..........

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
10 hours ago, J1M1 said:

Starts at 1pm ends at 10pm............Saturday.

Maybe we'll go to the Friday practises......less very drunk people, less traffic, better parking & viewing places..........

Going to watch the Parlotones fri and Sat....and my daughter is singing with them in the choir 

:bounce:

Oops. I lie. Going to watch my daughter do a Video for Lion King production Saturday in Sandton -  Parlotones is next Fri and Sat Monte Casino

Edited by Mata Hari

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Mata Hari said:

I was wondering if you enjoyed your Kyalami...

Yes, it was great to have the event back after 37 years........and it was interesting to watch cars with the same specs dicing for the lead.........driver skills. 

The rain just added to the drama.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

  • Who's Online   1 Member, 0 Anonymous, 10 Guests (See full list)

  • Forum Statistics

    11,649
    Total Topics
    395,161
    Total Posts
  • Member Statistics

    20
    Total Members
    2,160
    Most Online
    TheDuke
    Newest Member
    TheDuke
    Joined
×
×
  • Create New...