1962 Cape Grand Prix

The 5th Cape Grand Prix was a motor race, run to South African Formula One-style rules, held on 2 January 1962 at Killarney Motor Racing Complex, Cape Town, South Africa. The race was run over 60 laps of the circuit, and was won by British driver Trevor Taylor, in his Lotus 21.

1962 Cape Grand Prix
Non-championship race in the 1962 Formula One season
Killarney Motor Racing Circuit
Race details
Date 2 January 1962
Official name V Cape Grand Prix
Location Killarney Circuit, Cape Town
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 3.312 km (2.058 mi)
Distance 60 laps, 198.71 km (123.47 mi)
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Climax
Time 1:28.4
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax
Time 1:29.1
First Lotus-Climax
Second Lotus-Climax
Third Porsche

There were no great differences between the local rules to which this race was run and the international Formula One rules, but for example sports car bodies were permitted, such as the Porsche special driven by Jennings.

The race was dominated by Taylor and Jim Clark, and they swapped the lead several times during the race, after Jo Bonnier had led for the first three laps. After Clark spun, Taylor was able to keep the lead for the last ten laps to take the victory.

Local driver Vic Proctor's homebuilt car with its Alfa Romeo engine was deemed unraceworthy by the race organisers, and was excluded before Proctor set a time in practice.[1]


Pos No. Driver Entrant Constructor Time/Retired Grid
1 2   Trevor Taylor Team Lotus Lotus-Climax 1.30:54.0 2
2 1   Jim Clark Team Lotus Lotus-Climax + 0.6 s 1
3 5   Jo Bonnier Porsche System Engineering Porsche + 6.6 s 3
4 6   Masten Gregory UDT Laystall Racing Team Lotus-Climax + 38.6 s 4
5 8   Tony Maggs Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper-Climax + 42.0 s 6
6 4   Edgar Barth Porsche System Engineering Porsche 59 laps 5
7 3   Syd van der Vyver Syd van der Vyver Lotus-Alfa Romeo 58 laps 8
8 7   Ernie Pieterse Scuderia Alfa Heron-Alfa Romeo 58 laps 9
9 21   John Love A.H. Pillman LDS-Porsche 58 laps 6
10 16   Helmut Menzler Ecurie Wolman Lotus-Borgward 57 laps 11
11 22   Bob van Niekerk Ted Lanfear Lotus-Ford 56 laps 12
12 20   Fanie Viljoen G.E. Mennie LDS-Climax 55 laps 13
13 24   Bernard Podmore Bernard Podmore Lotus-Ford 54 laps 16
14 10   Neville Lederle Neville Lederle Lotus-Ford 48 laps 15
Ret 19   Bruce Jennings Bill Jennings Jennings-Porsche Valve gear 19
Ret 23   Adrian Pheiffer Adrian Pheiffer Cooper-Alfa Romeo Stub axle 10
Ret 18   Clive Trundell Clive Trundell Cooper-Climax Engine 17
Ret 25   John Guthrie Ecurie Rhodes Cooper-Alfa Romeo Engine 18
Ret 15   Sam Tingle Sam Tingle LDS-Alfa Romeo Engine 14
EX 17   Vic Proctor Vic Proctor Vic-Alfa Romeo -
WD 9   Bruce Johnstone Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper-Climax Car damaged -
WD 11   Doug Serrurier Scuderia Alfa LDS-Alfa Romeo -
WD 12   Doug Serrurier Scuderia Lupini Cooper-Maserati -
WD 14   Don Philp Don Philp Quodra-Climax Car not ready -


  1. ^ "The Formula One Record Book", John Thompson, 1974, pp.68-69
  • "The Grand Prix Who's Who", Steve Small, 1995.
  • "The Formula One Record Book", John Thompson, 1974.
  • Race results at www.silhouet.com [1]

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