Piet van Niekerk (President)
Born in South West Africa in 1933, I matriculated at the Hottentots Holland High School, Somerset West in 1950.
Although I was always interested in cars, I embarked on a career in pharmacy. I served my apprenticeship ay Wynberg Pharmacy in Wynberg, Cape Town.
Living in Mowbray and working in Wynberg, helped me to persuade my Father that he needed transport and should have a car. Dad relented and not only provided a car, but allowed me to buy myself a MG TC.
That first car, an iconic sports car car in those days, probably irrevocably shaped my future life and interest. Soon I befriended other MG owners and joined the Metropolitan Car Club. This lead to attending races at Killarney and the bug bit.
My Dad died in 1954, my Mom moved to Bellville from SWA and I went to stay at home. Driving down Durban Road, early 1957, I noticed strange happenings at Oliviers Transport in Durban Road, near the N1. I had to go investigate, and there I met Bob van Niekerk,
Sidney Ehrenreich and Willie Meissner, who were building a car they designed and were going to develop. That was the first two Darts that firstt saw the light of day. Now I was really hooked, soon test driving the first chassis, before it had a body. Testing leasd to driving Bob van Niekerk’s Peugeot Special at the Eerste River Race Track and
eventually sharing the Peugeot Dart in long distance races at Killarney. Bob and I won the two hour race in a Dart and the next year in a Flamingo and I become one of the works drivers. When they started to sell production Darts, they sold prototype 1 to me. This was a Willment engine Dart which I then raced privately for a few years. This car I developed with Tony Kotze into an Alfa Dart, with Alfa wheels and brakes and Alfa four speed box. The lightweight Golden Flamingo with Twincam Lotus motor was built for me to drive. Co-driving with me,Donald Philip and I was placed second in the Pietermaritzburg six hour race, with Peter Gough and Dennis Joubert third in the V8 Flamingo. A few weeks later I drove it to victory in the Cape Three Hour.
I was transferred to Johannesburg for Metlife in 1974 and came back to Cape Town in 1987. Since about 1999 I have been involved with the GSM Club and Peanuts. Last race in a Dart was at Zwartkops in 2006 when Peter du Toit invited me to drive one of his Alfa Darts there.
I enjoy being involved with present GSM Club and it’s affairs