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Anthonij Rupert Wyne was a proud sponsor of the Top Gear festival in Durban which was held at the Moses Mabida Stadium. They partnered with the Franschhoek Motor Museum who were part of the street circuit activity with the theme of celebrating 90 years of Le Mans.

 

The cars taken up were the 1928 Bugatti T35, Dickon Daggitt’s 1939 Lagonda, 1953 Austin-Healey 100M, 1955 Moretti 750, 1955 Aston Martin DB3S, 1956 Jaguar D-Type, 1956 Maserati 150S, Di Dugmore’s 1957 Lotus X1, 1961 Ferrari 250 Lusso, 1971 McLaren M6. Back-up vehicles were the 1964 Aston Martin DB4 GT and 1969 MG C hardtop. The highlight of the festival for us was the performance of double Formula One World Champion Mika Häkkinen who piloted the museum’s 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing. Mika was very interested in our selection of wines and is now officially an Anthonij Rupert fan.  Who can blame him?

 

As one of the star acts of the festival, the FMM Tribute to 90 Years of Le Mans was a great success and it is perhaps testament to the organisation that Mika took time out to join the team at the Anthonij Rupert Wyne hospitality area and spent quite some time interacting with everyone and enjoying video clips of the Franschhoek estate. At the end of the show’s final run, Mika parked up the Gullwing and stood and applauded the rest of the cars into the paddock.

 

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Author: Bernhard Ernst


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