PORSCHE SAVES KYALAMI RACE TRACK
Winning bid of £11.5m submitted by Porsche boss on his mobile
The auction didn't last long though, and the winning bid actually came by phone. The bidding ended just one minute and 50 seconds after it started, with Porsche picking up Kyalami for a relative snip at just five million Rand over the reserve price - or £11.5 million in total.
The man on the other end of the line was today revealed to be Porsche South Africa CEO Toby Venter, who couldn't be there in person as he was attending the Macan launch in Cape Town. Well, at least you can't accuse him of not getting his hands dirty...
According to Porsche SA spokesperson, Christo Kruger, the race track will most definitely remain as such. "Porsche SA has purchased Kyalami and it will be preserved as a race track going forward."
driving centre at Le Mans - there's a strong possibility Kyalami will be next in line to get this treatment.
Off-roading in the scrubland with the Cayenne, and setting a real, old-school track alight like Kyalami in what has the potential to be the best Porsche ever - Mr Venter, if you're listening...
[Photos: LAT Photo; lead pic shows the Bellof/Bell Porsche 956 in action at Kyalami in December 1983]