Famous South African circuit's history celebrated

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Kyalami. It's one of F1's most legendary circuits and holds a special place in the hearts of many of the sport's most famous drivers and personalities.

And now the long-awaited book recounting the South African race circuit's heyday has been published.

'Kyalami' is the product of 25 years of research and compilation by South African motoring journalist André Loubser and covers the history of the Johannesburg race track.

Its 400 pages feature everything from the birth and end of the circuit (before it was remodelled in the late 1980s) and the GPs the country hosted from 1961 to 1985 to the many endurance and motocycle races that took place there.

The book kicks off with a foreword from Jody Sheckter, who won the 1975 GP at Kyalami and is the country's only F1 World Champion, and is packed with photos and anecdotes of famous driver's such as Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart and Stirling Moss.

Highlights include a written and illustrated, corner-by-corner lap commentary by local period hot shoe, Dave Charlton.

Also included are chapters on the famous Kyalami Ranch - the drivers' hotel that lays claim to being the only facility to host all the drivers together during a fixture on the F1 calendar - as well as the controlling bodies and marshals which helped shaped the track's colourful history.

The book's available online for R795 (£74) or R1495 (£139) for a leather bound limited edition (750 copies).

Both versions come with an 80-minute DVD featuring film clips from the circuit. See www.kyalamithebook.com to order.

Below are some of the pages that got team C&SC excited - look out for a full review in an upcoming issue of Classic & Sports Car.

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