Hopes to raise PE’s F1 profile

1998_F1_car_Ferrari_F300_Goodwood_2009Mims plans to create ‘Monaco of Africa’

ORGANISERS of the biggest motoring show on the Eastern Cape’s calendar, Mzansi International Motorsport Show (Mims), are flirting with the idea of creating a “Monaco of Africa” with Port Elizabeth residents and businesses revved up about the possibility.

Earlier this month, Mims reignited the dream of hosting Formula One in South Africa when it launched its four-day motoring extravaganza taking place in the Bay from December 10 to 13.

The first South African F1 race was held on December 29 1962 at the East London Prince George circuit.

In 1967, the race was moved to Kyalami. A total of 23 F1 Grands Prix were held there between 1967 and the final event in 1993.

“One of the eventual goals of Mims is to create a Monaco of Africa over the next three to five years. Through growing popularity and demand the event will continue to grow and gather the interest of international racing teams,” Mims project coordinator Thokozani Shongwe said.

-Tremaine van Aardt

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