Van Rooyen won pressing champion Love, who broke a drive shaft whilst leading. If anyone would like a copy of it, please do let me know, although I have also provided a link below. These included the HeeBeeGeeBee, a successful novelty gift, and the Twister, a pool cleaner device now gaining international recognition. That was as much the challenge as completing the prototype. On the first fast run past the pits, mechanic Roger Taylor noticed 50mm of shiny rim showing each side of the right rear tyre which was deflated but still erect due to centrifugal force. I think it was getting my Chev V8 CanAm project through from an idea to fruition with GM, who had a no-racing charter. Out of the blue, John Love offered him a drive , in in his ageing Cooper Climax, pictured in the world Grand Prix, just weeks away.
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These, and the cruel third degree flash burns to his face that had been inflicted in a split second, became apparent in the months and years of suffering and surgery that followed. Neither — wanting both to follow their hearts.
This was testimony to the international competitiveness in the South African series, and to the March.
Basil van Rooyen – Wikipedia
Although it is a different sport altogether, how do you think the Football World Cup will impact on South Africa? But his engineering successes and innovations are no less remarkable, as was his rare ability to commercialise these in a career that included setting up the renowned performance and accessory company, Superformance, and guiding it to becoming the largest in Africa, whilst simultaneously securing many contracts with leading car manufacturers to produce special models or lead their competition programmes for them.
Overhave now been roooyen. The solution I suggest is the following F1 rule for On coming in, the mechanics attempted a one-hour diff change job in 15 minutes and succeeded, but for the sizzling hot nuts, Gough sacrificed his Nomex driving gloves to the mechanics — the 4th coincidence.
A year later, Paddy Driver asked Basil why he was not back in F1.
An over-centre slam-down large filler-cap, which had never done this before — must have closed half way. As an year-old Wits University engineering student, Basil started in motor sport in riding his street Puch pictured at a Grand Central race, his corduroy trousers tucked into his socks.
He jumped at the chance to drive his first sports racing mid-engined car. I was totally pre-occupied with the wheel-tyre problem and how I was going to get around it in time for the race in two days time. This car had been running in the European Championships, about 4 seconds a lap behind the class-leading BMW coupe 3.
Photos of Basil van Rooyen’s cars
The CITS engine shows potential to be the best from every angle — manufacturing cost, fuel consumption, package size, emissions, and weight. What inspired you to become a designer in the first place?
This eliminates cumulative rotations, and any possibility of it causing hose wind-up.
The world F1 championship now descended on Kyalami. The work had to be stopped at the dashboard for weeks — held up by the engine and baasil arriving only 3 weeks before the first race.
Only after Devote fell in practice, breaking a leg at the corner which became known as Devotes, did he relent baail select this inexperienced school boy. So I came up with The Racers Guardian — a device in the brake line, which is adjustable, to switch the ignition off for 5 seconds, if the brake-line pressure reaches a pre-determined amount above that required to lock the wheels — which is more than a driver ever reaches in normal racing circumstances.
And in Australia my motor racing was very much in the back-ground. This was a successful time, and led to Basil emigrating to Sydney Australia, having been invited by a group to set up a similar undertaking there.
These were an intoxicating mix of hotels, friends, international stars, travel and racing. Basil was already togged and went on to finish the race. Their length was appropriately geared to give the same pedal stroke to speed, but one got nearly full torque from top to bottom of the stroke, whereas on the normal cranks you get nearly nothing near the top or bottom. Arnold Chatz recounts that Basil chatted away during his drive, and after the hand-over, the radio was silent, racong them calling Barney repeatedly for commentary.
A contract was signed and this development is a story in itself.
Only now are both of them appreciating my career. You raced rooeyn a whole range of different machinery — what car or series, if any, stands out as your particular favourite? The head hunter had said that a previous 5 excellent candidates had been rejected by the CEO.
Overjoyed at the results of my prototype, I applied for a patent and later sold this to AquaQuip of Australia on a royalty basis. Note it has a chain drive on both sides.
Basil van Rooyen (ZA) – Racing Sports Cars
Both did a business degree, and the older one, John, has just decided to leave his excellent corporate job, to do civil engineering, starting at 30! The car was too late for official practice and only made the unofficial pre-race practice session where it felt perfect, but would start from the back of the grid. Explaining that he was unsure if he still had the single seater edge, or the urge, roogen the accident, Paddy kindly offered him his older 4.