Basil van Rooyen sadly passed away last Thursday and I thought he more than deserves his own topic.
I had the pleasure of exchanging a few emails with him about 15 years ago and found him to be the most charming, friendly person and still very passionate about his racing career.
That leaves Paddy Driver, Brausch Niemann and Rhodesian Clive Puzey as the only survivors from the great 1960's South African F1 scene.
That is sad. As a boy here in the UK, reading Autosport and Motor Sport in the ‘60s, Formula 1 racing was definitely not just about the World Championship. South African F1 racing had a real profile and its local participants likewise.
Brausch Niemann certainly is still around, as far as I know. Until relatively recently he and his wife were spending part of each year touring far flung parts of the world on two wheels, and a few years ago he made from scratch a beautiful stainless steel exhaust system for a 500 single motorcycle of mine.