Cape Town GP: Readers respond

2013-03-08 14:02

In March 2013 we reported that Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone hinted at a Cape Town Grand Prix.

He said he'd like Africa to host a race - as he said a couple of years ago when there was much controversy about using the then new Green Point Stadium as the pits and Wheels24 made a video of the proposed "track"


His hopes for a Cape race have been dashed for now as the city fathers and mothers claim the cost would be prohibitive so have  black-flagged the idea of a Formula 1 race.

Tourism, events and marketing director Anton Groenewald, said: "We are not in favour of it because of the huge cost implications to the city."

Wheels24 reader MERVYN VAN ROOYEN says:

Even the name has a magic ring to it! One has to balance the cost against the benefits to try to keep emotion out of the equation. I personally think that South Africa needs an annual international event of this nature.

We have such a bad name overseas at the moment and an event such as this will attract foreigners who will come for the Grand Prix but see for themselves that most of the negative news coverage we get overseas is overdone.

There will also be spin-offs such as racing fans visiting our nature reserves, the winelands and the scenic beauty of our country. I  think not only the Cape will benefit.

A track along the lines of the one shown in the article would be absolutely magnificent and certainly far better than Monte Carlo. We should then strive to have it justifiably called 'The Best Grand Prix in the World'.

Somehow I think we'll miss a trick if we don't take this one on.

Would you like to see Cape Town host an F1 race? If so, where do you see a potential race circuit within the city? Email us and we'll publish your thoughts or use the Readers' Comments section below...

  • Dan Gleebits - 2013-03-08 15:21

    Here's a suggestion : Try to do a deal where the host city gets an equitable share of the TV rights & advertising revenue, and F1 coughs up for 50% of the local infrastructure/organising costs. Bernie will head for the hills! These international sports cons work for the benefit of the likes of Bernie, and leave the host cities with the financial nightmare. No SA city can afford this - we have other priorities.

      Hylton Kloka - 2013-03-09 13:44

      I agree. We already have one huge white elephant that eats ratepayer money as it slowly slips into disrepair. I wish people would get past the emotional argument, and realise this is public money they will waste, that will be better spent elsewhere. The Soccer world cup has done nothing other than create a debt legacy for this nation, and a GP will do no better.

  • Tomasz Fidytek - 2013-03-08 17:32

    Considering that the SA government was prepared to put up white elephants in every major city in SA for the soccer world cup which was a once off event, hosting an annual international event would be hugely beneficial to the WHOLE of SA. I have attended a couple of F1GPs in Europe, and the money it generates is unreal, and the spinoffs for the community are even higher. We either grab the opertunity or sit on our asses and watch the government steal some more of the money that's floating around in their coffers.

  • marius.meyer1 - 2013-03-09 08:21

    Although I am a huge F1 fan we must be realistic and know that we can’t afford a GP and’ corrupt politicians.

  • Nathi Olifant - 2013-03-09 08:37

    if we couldn't host the AFCON in Cape Town, how could we host the GP? JUST WONDERING AND SEEING TRACES OF DOUBLE STANDARDS

  • Alphues Nethononda - 2013-03-10 11:26

    Kyalami here we come. Joburg to the rescue as always. Let the mother city continue sleeping, why wake her up!

      Leroy Shaun Petzer - 2013-03-14 11:42

      You are dreaming dude.. Why do you think Kyalami stopped hosting the F1? Because the promotor went bankrupt after 2 events. If there was so much money being made dont you think we would still be hosting a F1GP? We couldnt even sell out worldcup/afcon soccer events what makes you think F1 will sellout? While you vaalies are chasing your pie in the sky sceams we in Slaap Stad would rather sit with MaryJane and look at the Mountain... Like wow man...

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