The South African Grand Prix came about in 1934 after a local newspaper editor, Brud Bishop wrote about his idea of a 6 lap motor race around the scenic coastal road just outside the town of East London, on the southern tip of Africa.
The festival will be an exclusive and unparalleled opportunity for a limited number of the public to see these amazing cars in action.
The Exhibition Race will consist of two display races and a track demonstration at the East London Grand Prix Circuit on the 25thNovember.
A significant portion of the original circuit from the1930’s still exists and the participating cars will once again come alive and drive corners such as the legendary Potters Pass. These corners, usually part of a public road, are not much changed from what they were 80 years ago!
The demonstration will be held in conjunction with a historic car race meeting, giving the public lots of activity and classic machinery in which to immerse themselves.
However, the highlight will surely be witnessing a selection of the original 1930’s Grand Prix cars that competed in the races once again being driven in anger around the very race track that helped them become so famous.
Slotting in between the East London GP Exhibition Race and the Grand Festival in Cape Town, a leisurely road tour will take place for owners and the road going cars from the Grand Prix, as well as other age related cars.
This will be an opportunity for many of these cars to relive the roads they once travelled from East London to the Grosvenor Grand Prix (held a week after the SAGP) between the races and for owners to enjoy the splendours of South Africa’s famous landscapes, hospitality, cuisine, weather and luxury accommodation.
The Tour will cover areas such as Port Elizabeth, Knysna and Swellendam covering over 650 miles to end in the breathtaking Western Cape for The Grand Festival.
The 9 day event will be topped off with a private Gala Dinner for the car owners and participants to crown off a never to be forgotten celebration of these iconic cars.
We encourage those attending to relive the era by wearing 1930-40’s period correct style Clothing.