F1 in Africa: South Africa’s own F1 Championship

This is the story of both that race and the separate domestic F1 championship that sustained it. But in 1963 – the year after the first World Championship South African Grand Prix – it was at its peak. Indeed they made nearly half the grid for the 1963 South African Grand Prix – 10 of the 23 entrants for that race being from the South African championship. Indeed it was the only South African who was a part of the regular World Championship – Tony Maggs – who was having the most eventful race. South Africa would eventually have an F1 race winner, but it would not be him.

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