Basil Green and Graham Duxbury
Will be Inducted Into the Hall Of Fame
A favourite of Ford Motor Company boss Lee Iacocca, Basil Green made his mark by shoehorning larger-capacity engines into relatively ordinary cars. Green’s first Perana was the ’67 Cortina MKII, where he squeezed a three-litre Ford Essex V6 into an engine bay usually reserved for a four-cylinder engine.
The Cortina Perana raced onto to South Africa’s lightly-trafficked roads, while at the same time making its mark on the country’s racetracks. Racing legends Koos Swanepoel and Bobby Olthoff drove Cortina Peranas to multiple victories and to SA national championships.
Green’s next trick cemented the Perana brand as an icon in South African motoring history: he audaciously extracted the V6 engines from Ford’s Capri coupe and replaced them with five-litre V8 powerhouses from the Mustang! The charismatic Ford Capri Perana V8 “hit the local motorsport scene with a sledge hammer blow”, while at the same time rewriting the road car rulebook.
Born 1 December 1954, one of South Africa’s best loved racing driver, business man and motorsport commentators. Amongst many other accolades, Graham won the South African National Drivers Championship in 1982, initially driving a March 78B engineered by Ken Howes, before taking delivery of a ground effect March 822.
Graham, along with Tony Martin and former Hall of Fame inductee, Sarel van der Merwe, won the world famous Daytona 24 Hours, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States, in 1984 driving for Kreepy Krauly Racing, an all-South African team in a March 83G-Porsche again engineered by Howes..
Graham is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Duxbury Networking, a South African-based Specialist Networking Distributor and commentates regularly at race meetings, on radio and television.