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2013-03-08 14:02

GIVES US A CAPE TOWN GRAND PRIX: Wheels24 reader Mervyn van Rooyen believes that a Cape Town Grand would benifit all South Africans.

Mervyn van Rooyen

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"

HUGE COST TO THE CITY

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...

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