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Lots of interest from Africa in Automechanika Johannesburg and Futuroad Expo

There is unprecedented interest in Automechanika Johannesburg from other African countries this year. This follows the attendance at the first four roadshow meetings in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Kenya to promote the event, which takes place at Expo Centre, Nasrec, from 18-21 September. More than 75% of the floorspace has been booked already.

MIAZ, the Motor Industry Association of Zimbabwe, is planning on bringing a delegation of buyers to the show this year, as well as at least 30 buyers from Tanzania, Zambia and Kenya. Another three of these events are scheduled for, Rwanda, Botswana, and Namibia which will ensure more visitors from Africa than ever before to the show.

Automechanika Johannesburg will be opened officially on Wednesday morning, 18 September, and will then continue with the awarding of the various, highly valued Innovation Awards... more here

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Mobility Beat

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Carlos Reutemann’s South African GP double

By Graham Duxbury @TheRealDux


The 1974 South African Grand Prix at Kyalami was notable for many reasons, not least of all because of the tragic practice accident that claimed the life of Peter Revson.

Thanks to the Suez oil crisis, there was some doubt as to whether the race would be held at all, but after a few weeks delay, 28 cars formed up on the starting grid. Niki Lauda’s Ferrari was on pole position ahead of Carlos Pace’s Surtees Cosworth.

Significantly, five of the cars on the grid were piloted by South Africans.

Jody Scheckter was present for the “works” Tyrrell team and was joined by brother Ian in a locally-entered Lotus. Paddy Driver also flew the Lotus flag. Eddie Keizan (Tyrrell) and Dave Charlton (McLaren) completed the local contingent.

In the race, Lauda was forced to retire with engine problems, leaving the way clear for Carlos Reutemann (Brabham) to claim his first F1 win – and the first for an Argentinian driver since Juan Manuel Fangio’s win in the 1957 German GP.

Jean Pierre Beltoise's second place would turn out to be the last ever podium finish for a F1 BRM. It marked the beginning of the end for the British marque that won both the World Constructors’ Championship and the drivers’ title for Graham Hill in SA at the East London circuit in 1962.

Mike Hailwood (McLaren) took the final Kyalami podium place while Jody was first South African in eighth place

Reutemann would go on to win another SA GP in 1981. The event, however, was at the epicentre of a historic political battle for the control of F1 and was boycotted by the Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Renault and Ligier teams. As a result, it was downgraded to non-championship status. But if it hadn’t been, Reutemann’s win would have raised his world championship tally to 13 – maybe an unlucky number for the superstitious and introspective Argentinian who is reported to have kept a close eye on his race-engine serial numbers.


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Automotive Business Review July / August 2019

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