(The late) Louis Borel Saladin -
This tall, dark and slender Paarl wine farmer seemed to appear from nowhere to become am overnight sensation and could very easily have been compared to the Michael Schumacher of the time.
Louis first appeared at the Goodwood Oval in the early 70”s and like all new comers of the time seemed to go unnoticed with his #13 Ford, getting in the way of faster and more experienced drivers.
Spectators and fellow drivers were amazed when he emerged the following season. A new man, demonstrating a com completely unique driving style like no other. Even giving local hero Deon de Waal a hard time trying to catch up with him. Louis soon gained popularity amongst the crowd with his speed, consistency and extremely neat cornering abilities. Keeping spectators on their feet as he drifted his 56 Ford around the corners by swinging the large power steering to the right to go left and then again in the opposite direction just at the right moment as he entered the straight.
As a Paarl wine farmer, he would arrive at the pit area quite early in the afternoon with his dark blue 56 Ford snugly tucked at the back of an old farm truck, accompanied by a number of farm workers, all out for a ride and to support their hero. Louis himself would normally be dressed in a pair of shorts, a golf shirt and a pair of “ velt skoene” with socks. Just before serious racing commenced, he would change into an immaculate snow white racing overall and looked more like he would be stepping into a McLaren F1 rather than a stock car. In those days some frustrated drivers that couldn't catch him used to wait for him on the pit straight so that they could benefit by getting a bit closer when he came around again . This all added to the excitement , it was at this stage that drivers were labelled as Heroes and villains by the local newspappers.
However, Louis went on to acclaim the 1971 Cape Times Hell Driving Championships, a well deserved accomplishment, but he was later “dethrowned“ by Wouter Smit in a 63 Falcon. It is rumoured that Louis had gained all his experience on his farm during the off season where he had duplicated the Goodwood Oval giving the advantage of practising on a regular basis. Louis and his #13 Albatross will be remembered at the Goodwood Oval and will surely bring back some fine memories to those who had the privilege to see him in action.
• From zero to hero
• A Driving style like no other
• Hell Driving Champion in 1971
• Louis secret race track revealed
Louis Borel Saladin’s 56 Ford in the pits 1971/72 Photo Grant Georgopoulos
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By Gary van Oudtshoorn
|In The Beginning|
|The Birth of hell driving|
|The way it was|
|The Ranger Stunt Team|
|The need for speed|
|Deon de Waal|
|(Late) Bill Lenz|
|(Late) Louis Borel Saladin|
|Kees van der Coolwijk|
|Gary van Oudtshoorn|
|Johnny van Niekerk|
|Frans du Toit|
|Vodeo clips / Links|