Thursday, January 3, 2013

Audi Racing History in South Africa Part 2: The beginning

Audi Racing History in South Africa Part 2 of 10 
The beginning 

By Johan Laubscher

The South African Audi Motorsport story began in the era of the Silver Arrows. When the two Auto Unions arrived in 1937 it set in motion the legacy of the Four-Rings and South African Motorsport.


Grand Prix: The legacy of the Four Rings on South African race tracks started in 1937. Two Auto Union Type C race cars competed in two events, the South African Grand Prix and the Grosvenor Grand Prix. Bernd Rosemeyer and Ernst von Delius were behind the wheel of the cars and took a one-two victory in the Grosvenor Grand Prix in Cape Town. More can be read HERE.

The two Auto Unions at the Grosvenor Grand Prix (8W)

DKW during the decades: During the next few decades a number of privateer DKW cars competed in various events in South Africa. The event varied from circuit racing to hillclimbs. More can be read HERE.

A DKW at Kyalami in 1965 (DY)

Photo sources:
8W = 8W from
DY = Dyna from

Article cover photo = Audi media/press photo
Bottom cover photo = Johan Laubscher / Tarek Ramchani 

All the images are labeled with an abbreviation within brackets in their caption which indicates the photo source as listed above.