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South African Rally raises charity cash

The third running of the event dubbed ‘South Africa’s most Beautiful Drive’ took place from 10-15 March and raised Rand350,000 (approximately £15,000) for charity.

Over four days, the Cape 1000 (in association with Private Clients by Old Mutual Wealth) combined grand touring and regularity rally and covered some 1600km through South Africa’s Western Cape and included a timed rally, mountain passes, and an extensive long-haul driving adventure.

The event was awash with international entries from the likes of the USA, UK, Botswana, Namibia, Germany, Netherlands, Greece, France, Italy and South Korea. Jeff Ozan from the United States of America waxed lyrically after the event declaring it the ‘best event I’ve ever attended anywhere in the world’.

The charity money was largely raised by an auction on the final evening and will be split between the QuadPara Association of South Africa and the Motorsport Legends Benevolent Fund. Top lot was the first of just 65 event poster signed by the artist.

The overall winners were Jan-Hendrik Delport and Jonathan Barron in a 2012 Porsche GTS Convertible, while class winners included: 

Classics – Dean and Robyn Versace, 1967 MGB Roadster

Modern Classics – James and Frida Cottingham, 1996 Ferrari F355 GTB

Sports Cars – Jan-Hendrik Delport and Jonathan Barron, 2012 Porsche GTS Convertible

Specials – Justin Clark and Etienne Bezuidenhout, 1933 Ford Model T pickup Restomod

Event organiser Vanessa Crichton said: ‘We are thrilled with the success of this year’s event, which saw our entries expanding to 66 vehicles. This growth stands as a testament to the unwavering enthusiasm within the motoring community, not only in South Africa but also beyond our borders. A sincere thank you to all participants, sponsors, and supporters for making this year’s Cape 1000 a resounding success. Your passion and dedication are the driving force behind the continued growth and excellence of our beloved rally. We eagerly anticipate the evolution of the Cape 1000 and look forward to welcoming you all back for another exhilarating edition in 2025.’

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