Latest News! 12th January, 2017

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The Prince George Circuit, East London - aerial view The Prince George Circuit, East London - aerial view - Photo: Autosport

From the one extreme to the other! Last week we cyber-drove the highest pass in South Africa - the Ben MacDhui Pass at 3001m and today we whisk you to a pass that has a summit altitude of just 105m ASL and it's only 1,2 km long, but don't be skeptical as this pass has a whole lot of unusual and unique features not repeated on any other pass in South Africa.

It is the only pass that provides direct access to a modern Grand Prix race track and it's also the only pass to have been part of a Grand prix race track and in fact, South Africa's first ever Grand Prix circuit, which dates all the way back to 17th December, 1934.

In our video of this pass, we have added in one lap around the current Grand Prix race track. Potters Pass, which is one of only two passes with the city limits of East London, connects the area known as West Bank with Molteno Road and race track itself.

Take the cyber drive with us, as we take you back to the glory days of motor racing.....

Whilst Potters Pass at first glance appears to be of a very minor nature in terms of its statistics, it is the rich history which makes this little pass worthy of being our featured pass this week. As they say "But wait, there's more!"

Your editor just so happens to have attended Selborne College in East London in the years 1963 to 1968. One of my class mates was a talented kid on the race track - only 15 years old at the time. His name - Jody Scheckter. One Friday night, Jody 'borrowed' his father's Alfa Guilietta and took a few of his pals (including myself) for a hair-raising spin around the Grand Prix track via Potters Pass.

Most of the time we were on two wheels and I recall being mildly terrified as the young Scheckter showed us just what a capable driver he was. It was a sobering experience in both senses of the word. Little did we know at the tme, he would become a world class driver.

So take the click-link below and take a drive with us down memory-lane via Potters Pass and a one lap spin around the track. Never a dull moment at MPSA!

***** POTTERS PASS *****


Trygve Roberts
Editor

Thought for the day: "He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life" - Muhammed Ali

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