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1968 - 1995

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At this stage, things seem to have been going my way and was able to boast with 14 SA titles and 20 club Championships also WP and National colours for oval track racing and 3 Sportsman of the year titles.  I must mention with thanks and appreciation , my loyal mechanic for 17 years – Jan Schoeman (“Jan die Man”) who always prepared my cars and his time and effort paid off.

Sponsorships were received  from  ASCO Engineering, Goodwood Motors and MD Transport and in 1990 I was excited to receive a sponsorship from Masterparts  and raced a Nissan and achieved great success with this car. I also participated in tar track (main circuit Killarney) events in the  - Group N, Clubmans and Satmo.                                                                                 

n 1995 the club (CHD) relocated to Killarney where I raced Midgets. Hot Rods and even a V8 for a few seasons. Luck and fortune was once again on my side in 1995 when I was invited to participate in the World Hotrod Championships in Ipswich England.  Unfortunately  I was forced to retire on lap 50 (out of 75) and was able to return to the UK in 1998 for the World Championships – started 34th (last) and managed to finish 8th. Oval Track racing came to an end for me in 2010 and I continued to race touring cars Polo Cup, Supercars and still race Clubmans on the main circuit.

I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to my Wife Willemien for her unrelenting support over the years and to all my friends and loyal fans that were always there to cheer me on. Lastly, thank you to the Stock Car Racing Website guys for a very interesting historic site and for highlighting the drivers and everyone who made Goodwood so great.

Left and Above - Two newspaper cuttings after my 4 Cyl Championship achievements.

Started Racing in 1965

1975 raced V8 Sprint Cars

Moved to 4 Cylinder Class in 1978  

Won numerous awards / titles 1970/80

1995 Hot Rod Champs UK

                                             •Left oval track racing in 2010

14 January 2013


Jesse Huggett, a very modest guy has probably achieved more than most on the motoring circuits in South Africa winning many awards and trophies as well as many record breaking lap records. A very illustrious career which saw Jesse travelling to Ipswich in the UK to take part in the World Hot Rod Championships on two separate occasions. “the Huggett is like a Golden Nugget” in the world of motor sport in many classes of racing and he's not done yet. We are honoured to have a personal short write-up from the man himself.........Stock Car Racing Site Admin

After having a keen interest in motor sport from a tender age, I started racing in 1965 with Micro Midgets and achieved a few Club Championships in the junior class. In 1975 I was able to join the scene at the Goodwood Show Grounds Oval Track racing a V8 Sprint Car which continued for nearly 4 years having attained reasonable success. I moved to the 4 Cylinder Class in 1978 under the banner of the Cape Hell Drivers with a VW Beetle and to my amazement the “Beetle” and I became well known all over the country. Besides Goodwood where I held the track record for many  consecutive years, fortune was also on my side as I did exceptionally well on many other circuits in the country as far as records are concerned.  

Jesse Huggett Car # A58

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My racing career at Goodwood began with the Hot Rod V8 Class in 1975 - a very young me at the time.

I had my first attempt at 4 Cylinders with this Blue Beetle sponsored by PECO and ASCO . The car seemed to gain popularity with it’s cute appearance  

Photo: Grant Georgopoulis

My Beetle with a new colour scheme and sponsor (Goodwood Motors)

This Masterparts Nissan was the last car I raced at the Goodwood Oval in the 90’s. This was a huge contrast from the Beetle I used to race, but still managed to achieve much success.