1967 South African Grand Prix

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1967 South African Grand Prix
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Race details
Date 2 January 1967
Official name 1st AA Grand Prix of South Africa
Location Kyalami, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Course Permanent race track
Course length 4.094 km (2.543 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 327.52 km (203.44 mi)
Pole position
Driver Brabham-Repco
Time 1:28.3
Fastest lap
Driver New Zealand Denny Hulme Brabham-Repco
Time 1:29.9
First Cooper-Maserati
Second Cooper-Climax
Third Honda

The 1967 South African Grand Prix, formally the 1st AA Grand Prix of South Africa (Afrikaans: Eerste AA Suid-Afrikaanse Grand Prix[1]), was a Formula One motor race held at Kyalami on 2 January 1967. It was race 1 of 11 in both the 1967 World Championship of Drivers and the 1967 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. The 80-lap race was won by Cooper driver Pedro Rodríguez after he started from fourth position. John Love finished second in a privately entered Cooper and Honda driver John Surtees came in third.

Race report[edit]

This was the first use of the Kyalami circuit near Johannesburg in a Formula One race. There were some changes in the driver line-ups: John Surtees was driving for Honda, Mike Spence signed for BRM whilst Pedro Rodríguez was on trial for Cooper.

Denny Hulme led Jack Brabham away from the start, but the Australian soon spun, handing second place to Surtees, but by lap 21 had managed to regain second. Further down the field, Rhodesian privateer racer John Love reached third place in a four-cylinder Cooper Climax. On lap 41, Brabham retired, followed by Dan Gurney on lap 44. On lap 59, Hulme had to pit for more brake fluid, handing the lead to Love. His drive was halted as with just seven laps left he had to pit to take on more fuel. Rodríguez took his first win in Formula One for Cooper from Love in second place and Surtees in third.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez Cooper-Maserati 80 2:05:45.9 4 9
2 17 Rhodesia John Love Cooper-Climax 80 + 26.4 5 6
3 11 United Kingdom John Surtees Honda 79 + 1 Lap 6 4
4 2 New Zealand Denny Hulme Brabham-Repco 78 + 2 Laps 2 3
5 14 United Kingdom Bob Anderson Brabham-Climax 78 + 2 Laps 10 2
6 1 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco 76 + 4 Laps 1 1
NC 19 South Africa Dave Charlton Brabham-Climax 63 + 17 Laps 8  
NC 20 South Africa Luki Botha Brabham-Climax 60 + 20 Laps 17  
Ret 18 Rhodesia Sam Tingle LDS-Climax 56 Accident 14  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Piers Courage Lotus-BRM 51 Fuel System 18  
Ret 9 United States Dan Gurney Eagle-Climax 44 Suspension 11  
Ret 12 Switzerland Jo Siffert Cooper-Maserati 41 Engine 16  
Ret 3 Austria Jochen Rindt Cooper-Maserati 38 Engine 7  
Ret 6 United Kingdom Mike Spence BRM 31 Oil Leak 13  
Ret 15 Sweden Jo Bonnier Cooper-Maserati 30 Engine 12  
Ret 7 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-BRM 22 Engine 3  
Ret 8 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-BRM 6 Accident 15  
Ret 5 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart BRM 2 Engine 9  


  • Cooper's last Formula 1 victory.
  • First F1 Grand Prix for Piers Courage, although he did compete in an F2 car in the 1966 German Grand Prix.

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


  1. ^ "Motor Racing Programme Covers: 1967". The Programme Covers Project. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  2. ^ "1967 South African Grand Prix". Formula One. Archived from the original on 19 February 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b "South Africa 1967 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.

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