While South Africa is a teeny place on the world map, we’ve had an amazing motorsport history with more than a few legendary drivers that have impressed on the world stage. In the early 80s, there was some amazing on-track action along with fast and powerful cars. These cars have long since retired and are in the hands of motorsport collectors around the world. Some of the cars have been kept in race condition and are used by the current owners in the various race series the cars are still eligible to compete in. While plenty of these cars that were piloted by South African greats are still in our borders, there are too many owned by collectors in other countries, so we need our billionaires to buy them back. One of these cars is the 1984 March 84G.03 "Kreepy Krauly" Porsche that was driven by Sarel van der Merwe and British teammates Ian Scheckter and Tony Martin and it's currently based in Florida, USA, not Florida, West Rand. It’s also just popped up for sale at racecarsdirect.com with an auction reserve price tag of $450 000, or roughly R8 200 000 give or take a grand or two. That’s a whole lot of money in our currency and likely puts the future of the car back on SA soil in jeopardy because someone with that kind of F-You money would rather spend it on a modern McLaren or a Camps Bay penthouse. The car is still race-ready and had R1 600 000 spent on race-prep in 2019, so it should still be fresh for some classic race series antics for the new buyer.
Take a look at the YouTube video from the old school masters at race and car coverage, Duke Video, that shows this iconic South African slice of automotive history piloted by the legendary Sarel van der Merwe in the 1984 Daytona 24-hour race in a battle with an equally legendary driver, Mario Andretti - the South African team took the overall win: 1984 Daytona 24 Hours | Mario Andretti vs Sarel van de Merwe | Duke Video
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