The Cape 1000 2023 – Exciting new category added

With over 50 entries receive and only five slots remaining on the entry list for the 2023 Cape 1000 classic car tribute rally, you’ll have to act fast if you want to participate in “South Africa’s Most Beautiful Drive”. Scheduled to run from 19 to 24 March next year, the confirmed entries include a stunning 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, 1935 Bentley “Blue Train”, 1973 Ferrari Daytona GTB4, 1993 Lamborghini Diablo and the super-rare 2016 Bugatti Veyron.

“We are thrilled with the variety and standard of cars for next year’s event, says Event Director Vanessa Crichton, “and excited to officially announce a new “Specials” category to cater for so-called RestoMod or Recreation vehicles,” she says.

Already confirmed for this new, fifth category is a very exciting 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe “Continuation”, a 1933 Ford Model B Pickup RestoMod and a 1956 Porsche 365 Speedster Recreation. The new Specials category joins the previous four categories; Tribute, Classic, Modern Classic and Sports.

Inspired by legendary tribute races from all over the world, the Cape 1000 sees participants compete (and, enjoy) on some of the best roads in the world over the course of four days, with relaxed “touring” taking up 60% of the route, and the other 40% being the subject of timing (regularity).

As was the case this year, the event starts and ends at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, but the route has been changed and takes competitors from the Mother City to Hermanus and then to George and Franschhoek before heading back to the Waterfront. Entrants can expect stunning scenery, great hotels and true petrolheaded camaraderie.

The categories are;

  • 1927-1957: Tribute
  • Pre-1976: Classic
  • 1977-1996: Modern Classic
  • 1997-current: Sports – FULL (waiting list only)
  • Restomod/Recreation

The Cape 1000 is also proud to be in partnership with SCL Travel, Top Gear SA and associated partners.

Beneficiaries of the Cape 1000 include the Motorsport Legends Benevolent Fund and Quadpara Association of South Africa (QASA).

To find out more (and to register) visit



South Africa's most beautiful drive

“Driving in The Cape 1000 was a joy. Every car told its own story, the landscapes were stunning. The camaraderie among drivers, unforgettable memories and friendships. An adventure that ignited my passion for driving like never before…”