The Sun International Pro – Am has become a high priority event for Rob Dalton and Warren Rudolph. “Players of all sporting codes should see this event as an opportunity to connect with the Sun International brand and enjoy the various facilities available for everyone. It is our intention to spoil our guests from the time they reach the gates of Sun City to check out time at reception” Says Warren Rudolph.
Rudolph added: “Sun International is an internationally known brand and tourist from every corner of the world looks forward to their visit here and besides all the sporting facilities, the outdoor life, the night life and down time around the pool are major attractions.”
“When playing in a Pro-Am our guests gets the opportunity to socialize the night before the event and enjoy a walk about through the new facilities at the Entertainment Centre including hitting some balls at the SA Hall of Fame’s vertical driving range with commentary on your swing” says Rob Dalton. “He then goes on to say that the evening ends with the guys chilling at the various lounging areas chatting about their careers, the high and low moments and the ones that caused the most laughs or embarrassments. It’s in those conversations we actually learn so much about these great personalities and really get to know what it took at times for them to become the legends they are known for today.” Rob Dalton reiterates proudly as he has personally developed some of his best relationships around the coffee tables.
Meet Ian and Jaki Scheckter.
Ian Scheckter is a former racing driver. He participated in 20 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 30 March 1974. The elder brother of 1979 Formula One champion Jody Scheckter and uncle of IRL racer Tomas Scheckter, his first F1 races were in the South African Grand Prix, first driving a Lotus 72 for locals Team Gunston in 1974. The following year and also in 1976, he drove a Tyrrell 007 for Lexington Racing, either side of a couple of European outings for Williams. In domestic racing Scheckter came close to ending the run of Dave Charlton of titles in the South African National Drivers Championship in 1975, but in his two spells as a full-time competitor dominated the championship winning 49 races and equaling John Love and Charlton’s tally of 6 championships.
Scheckter’s final grand prix would have been the 1977 Japanese Grand Prix but he was detained and then expelled from Japan due to only having a tourist visa in his South African passport and Japanese objections to the South African apartheid regime.
Jaki Scheckter comes from the most eminent of South African racing families. His father Ian and his uncle Jody were both professional F1 drivers. Hearing-impaired since birth, Jaki won the South African Formula Ford championship in 1992 and the Barber Dodge Pro Series title in 1995. He also won the Barber Dodge Scholarship Shootout and a 100,000-dollar scholarship.
He was looking a likely candidate to follow his father and uncle into Formula One. Voted Motor Sportsman of the Year by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists in 1995, he made a good impression on the Indy Lights racing circuit with Newport Cigarettes sponsorship. Jaki did relatively well on street circuits at Detroit, Milwaukee, and Portland, finishing 11th in one race finishing, 7th in another. But the sponsorship dried up and he was forced to return to South Africa and after competing in the Stannic Group N championship in 1997 he faded from the scene.
Today these great men can share their stories and hold their heads high as they formed part of an elite group of athletes who were brave to carve out careers in sports like formula one in which today there is not a single South African.