SUPERVAN & I: The Autobiography of Sarel Van Der Merwe.

Sarel Van Der Merwe is nothing short of an absolute legend. Despite Jody Schekter being involved in the more prominent and glamorous Formula One, Sarel still is the hero of South African motorsport. Finally, Sarel’s autobiography has arrived and it’s something that every petrolhead should have on his, or her book shelf when it hits stores.

Sarel started racing back in 1967 and pretty much raced everything and anything that had four wheels. You name it, he raced (and won) in it. Rallying, saloons, 24 Hours of Daytona, Le Mans 24 Hours. Sarel has done all of these things with success. Coming third on debut in Le Mans back in 1984 is nothing short of legendary yet in the same year Sarel took the chequered flag at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Despite getting on in years, he still has the amazing skill, raw talent behind the wheel and competes in Historic Saloons.

The book was authored by Steve Smith who has impressive writing credentials behind his name. Steve has contributed to numerous publications such as TopCar and Men’s Health and has been editor of Sports Illustrated. Currently Steve is the editor of Red Bull’s magazine, The Red Bulletin (a seriously kick-ass read – do check it out) and is a die-hard petrolhead. He has also written Herschelle Gibb’s autobiography.

Back to the book itself, which is a literal gateway into Sarel’s life, his races, his cars and motorsport as a whole in South Africa. The press release sums it up rather nicely: The cars, the races, the rivalries, the women … welcome to the world of Sarel van der Merwe, South Africa’s greatest racing driver. It’s time to fasten your seatbelt for the ride of your life …

The book has a Recommended Retail Price of R190 and is published by Struik. Look out for it in the coming weeks at your local Exclusive Books etc…

I was fortunate enough to meet Sarel Van De Merwe in January 2011 at the annual Historic Races held at Zwartkops in Pretoria. What a legend…

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