When Brian Sims was appointed by Bobby Hartslief, who then owned Kyalami race track, as manager in October 1980 general media reaction — myself included — was what on earth could a pale Pom who was a midfield Formula Ford runner have to qualify himself for the job.

Within days of the announcement Autosport, for which I worked as South African correspondent, called me and asked for a feature article, prompting some rapid research into his background followed up by an interview for the story and the start of an association that continues today...

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