A coffee table book, simply titled Kyalami, may be ordered online.

Written by André Loubser to delight fans of the original Kyalami Circuit (1961 to 1987) it celebrates the much-loved original track that existed before the change and upgrade in 1988.

About Kyalami The Book

Its 411 pages and 1,180 photos  provide a definitive history of the original circuit which drew up to 100,000 spectators for the SA Grands Prix, the Nine Hour endurance races and its derivatives.

The reason for the existence of the book is that in 1984 rumours started circulating that the iconic circuit would be sold and turned into a housing project. André’s freelance journalism ‘career’ commenced in London in 1965 and he thought that it was now time for a book to record the history of the iconic circuit for posterity. The research and writing started in 1985 on a part-time basis but he didn’t think that it would take 26 years to complete!

topics Covered

Kyalami My House

Kyalami means my house in Zulu and the mere mention of that name brings back many happy memories for the teams, the drivers, the journos and all those who participated in its success.

Motorsport SA

Also included in the book is a chapter on the birth of motor sport in South Africa, dating right back to the first ‘motoring tournament’ held in February 1903 at the Green Point Cycle Track in Cape Town.

Kyalami Characters

There’s a section titled Kyalami Characters that includes the profiles of 20 drivers, among them Dave Charlton, Paddy Driver, John Love, Tony Maggs, Jochen Mass, David Piper, the Scheckter brothers, Jody and Ian, Sarel van der Merwe and Basil van Rooyen.

80 Min Rare footage

Including the 1969 Republic Day Race, 1969 SA Grand Prix, 1975 SA Grand Prix prize-giving speeches, four laps of on-board footage with Derek Bell in a Porsche 956 and three laps with Alain Prost in a F1 Renault taken during practice for the 1983 SA Grand Prix.  

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  • Included in the book is a DVD containing 80 minutes of rare footages
  • Chapter on the birth of motor sport in South Africa
  • There’s a section titled Kyalami Characters that includes the profiles of 20 drivers

Author spotlight

Kyalami means my house in Zulu and the mere mention of that name brings back many happy memories for the teams, the drivers, the journos and all those who participated in its success. They’ll all tell you that there was something special about Kyalami.  

But, what makes the book accessible to a far wider audience than those who simply want to read the results is that is creates an atmosphere by quoting the people, the organisers and racing drivers involved. There are many humerous behind-the-scenes stories. The fun starts with the foreword by Jody Scheckter by describing his win in the 1975 SA Grand Prix, ‘I took the lead on the second lap and went on to win. The crowd went mad and on the parade lap in true South African style I had beer cans thrown at me. I assumed it was an act of hysterical joy and not a personal attack!’  

As a reference source it lists in detail the entry lists and results of five Rand Grands Prix, 19 South African Grands Prix, 26 endurance races and three Motor Cycle Grands Prix. The book only covers the international events otherwise says the author i all the national and club events were to be covered it would have ended up as a trilogy.

André has dedicated the book to both Sir Stirling Moss and his wife, Gill. André met Stirling at the Porsche factory when he headed up the VIP sale department in the early 1960s. Stirling placed an order for a Porsche 904 for his racing team Stirling Moss Automobile Racing Team (SMART). Later when André relocated to London to join the Stirling Moss Paint-a-Car System he met his wife, Gillian (Gill) Scott through the Moss network.    

Also included in the book is a chapter on the birth of motor sport in South Africa, dating right back to the first ‘motoring tournament’ held in February 1903 at the Green Point Cycle Track in Cape Town.

A special chapter is also devoted to the famous Kyalami Ranch located just up the road from the circuit. The venue hosted most of the international drivers and it goes without saying that much fun was had with The Ranch a stopover for the crews of Alitalia, BA, KLM, Lufthansa and Swissair. Beautiful air hostesses and handsome racing drivers. Say no more!

There’s a section titled Kyalami Characters that includes the profiles of 20 drivers, among them Dave Charlton, Paddy Driver, John Love, Tony Maggs, Jochen Mass, David Piper, the Scheckter brothers, Jody and Ian, Sarel van der Merwe and Basil van Rooyen.

Included in the book is a DVD containing 80 minutes of rare footages, including the 1969 Republic Day Race, 1969 SA Grand Prix, 1975 SA Grand Prix prize-giving speeches, four laps of on-board footage with Derek Bell in a Porsche 956 and three laps with Alain Prost in a F1 Renault taken during practice for the 1983 SA Grand Prix.  

André Loubser

Readers say

Brilliant book! Any South African motor racing fan racing should have it

Dirk van der Merwe

Many thanks for the Kyalami book. I’m enjoying reading it immensely and in my opinion it’s destined to become a classic 

Derek Stuart-Findlay

Anyone without this book is sadly lacking. The best ever book written on South African motor sport
Henry Schultz

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