HISTORIC SINGLE SEATER ASSOCIATION of SOUTH AFRICA
A Brief History & Background
The Historic Single Seater Association evolved out of & is the spiritual successor to the Historic Racing Register. Falling exchange rates allied to rapidly increasing collector car values meant that the original HRCR cars had almost all been exported & by the 1990s “historic” racing was the preserve of highly-modified old saloon cars.
Late in the 1990s a couple of enthusiastic purists started conducting a survey of the single-seaters & sports racing cars remaining in SA. This led to an initial list of more than 50 cars & they decided this was enough to warrant the forming of an association of interested parties, either owners or potential owners of historic racing cars. In 2000 a first dedicated historic single seater race was held at Kyalami attracting 7 entrants.
Other events followed & from this humble beginning the HSSA has grown to the extent where at the last International meeting at Zwartkops there was a field of 39 cars. around the mid-2000s a group of historic single seaters based in the UK & USA began visiting SA for the two International events initially known as the Piper Series. Many of these International drivers have become regular annual entrants in the HSSA races at the International events & some have even driven South African based cars here.
The HSSA runs an annual Championship consisting of 6 events held at various circuits around the country ; these include Killarney, Port Elizabeth, the East London Grand Prix circuit as well as the three race tracks in Gauteng (Zwartkops, Midvaal & Kyalami).
Eligibility in terms of the HSSA Constitution is clearly defined to encompass;
1.1 Purpose -built single seat racing cars(classified in various periods) constructed & generally available prior to 31 December 1976.
1.2 All air-cooled Formula Vee single seaters of any period are eligible subject to approval by the FV Technical Consultants.
1.3 Purpose-built two-seat sports racing cars constructed & generally available prior to 31 December 1965.
1.4 Approved replicas built to a high standard of authenticity of any of the above categories.