You can enter any car, so long as it doesn’t have factory-fitted cupholders. And aircon, although not strictly illegal, is frowned upon. These are the only rules that apply to the Targa Ramponi, a two-day dash through Mpumalanga – home to arguably the best roads in SA for classic motoring. (Not sure where the name Ramponi comes from? Click here to find out.)
One early Saturday morning in November, twenty-odd tasty cars including a BMW 2002, MG Bs, Minis, Porsche 911s, Alfa Giulia and Spider, Volkswagen Variant and Mazda MX-5 lined up at the Benoni start point before heading for checkpoint one in Dullstroom. It was here, while sipping coffee, that the first debate for the event kicked off: What is the ultimate Targa Ramponi car?