Launch of the 2012 Classic Rally South Africa

The ever-increasing popularity of classic car rallying, and of marathon-stage events, has seen the world’s most successful classic rally, the East Coast Safari Classic Rally reach international audiences thanks to its challenging route, former World Rally Champions and the world’s most impressive and iconic rally machines.

Once every two years, the East African Safari Classic Rally took place in 2011. With a long list of Porsche 911s, Ford Escorts and rally cars from the heyday of the sport’s growth, this event proved to be a most thrilling rally in which Bjorn Waldegard claimed the win.

Event organiser Surinder Thatti has been a frequent visitor to South Africa, and his agenda has now been unveiled: The 2012 Classic Rally South Africa.

Taking place from 16 to 22 September, the route will run for seven days over South Africa’s most demanding and challenging rally roads.

Unlike other African rallies, the 2012 Classic Rally South Africa will be staged on closed roads.

The planned route is as follows:
16 Sept: Durban to Richards Bay
17 Sept: Richards Bay to Nelspruit
18 Sept: Nelspruit to Nelspruit
19 Sept: Nelspruit to Bladplaas
20 Sept: Bladplaas to Johannesburg
21 Sept: Johannesburg to Sun City
22 Sept: Sun City to Sun City

With the finish at the luxurious and entertaining Sun City venue, two-hours north of Johannesburg, the resort lends itself to a fitting celebration for battle-weary crews.

The organising team is Henriette Jooste (Director), Willie Du Plessis (Clerk of Course) and Surinder Thatthi (Event Director). Interested in more details: download the event’s entry form: and regulations: