Historic Grand Prix to be held in East London

One of the biggest motoring events in the country is just right around the corner and is set to take place in East London. The South African Historic Grand Prix will be held at the East London Grand Prix Circuit from November 24 to 25 and will showcase a wide variety of historic motor cars.

Spectators can view a wide range of interesting vehicles including historically significant models such as the Maserati 8CM driven by Whitney Straight when he won the inaugural Grand Prix in 1934.

The Grand Prix was started in 1934 after East London newspaper editor Brud Bishop shared his idea for a six-lap motor race around the East London coastal road. His idea was taken up by American brothers Michael and Whitney Straight, who joined up with their friend Dick Seaman to organise the first ever East London Grand Prix.

On the day, more than over 40,000 spectators gathered at the landmark event – which was also the first of its kind in SA.

The race skipped 1935 but continued in 1936 and ‘37, running until 1939 when the outbreak of World War 2 understandably halted motor racing throughout the country. After the war, it eventually morphed into the event we now know today.

Limited general access is available on the day, with VIP hospitality access also on sale. For tickets, To purchase tickets or to find out more information, visit their website or follow their Facebook page.

MARVELLOUS MACHINE: The SA Historic Grand Prix will see a number of classic cars go head-to-head at the EL Grand Prix Circuit
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