BULAWAYO MEMORIES

Motor races - Kumalo/Heany (James McNeillie) & Breedon Everard Raceway


Kumalo (James McNeillie) Race track

The route was named after the politician and city council of Bulawayo James McNeillie and built in the late 1950s, partly on a former airfield in Kumalo, with the start and finish straight with the eastern Spitzkehre located on the former airfield railway.

1961 to 1970 was held on the track of the Rhodesian Grand Prix with Formula 1 vehicles. The track with a length of about 3400 meters with four curves and one hairpin was used in a clockwise direction. The fastest lap of the four-time winner in 1970, John Love drove on a March-Cosworth Formula 1.

In 1971, the James McNeillie Circuit was closed and the races were then held at the new Breedon Everard Raceway . Part of the terrain of the former route is now overbuilt.


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 Breedon Everard Raceway.

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The Breedon Everard Raceway is Zimbabwe's most famous racing circuit, set in a natural depression on the edge of the city of Bulawayo. Fast and with wide run-off areas, it became a popular stop for competitors on the Springbok Series, frequented by European cars and drivers, helping to establish its international reputation.

The circuit opened in December 1969 as a replacement for the Kumalo airfield track. Known by many as the Falls Road Circuit, the track measured 2.535 miles long and featured sweeping turns amid the sandy hills and pleasant surroundings that made up this part of the world.

The new track took its name in honour of British railway engineer Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Breedon Everard, who had been the general manager of Rhodesian Railways from 1958-63 and was also briefly acting President of the country on several occasions after the proclamation of the Republic of Rhodesia.