PRETORIA, South Africa – The man behind the South African Perana-brand fast Fords of the 1960’s and ’70’s, the now 82-year-old Basil Green, has been honoured for his automotive achievements with induction into the South African Hall of Fame.
The hall tells the stories of extraordinary SA achievers while recognising their outstanding service and overall contribution to sport: South Africa has produced a number of famous motorsport names who have excelled locally and internationally: Sarel van der Merwe, Ian Scheckter, Wayne Taylor and multiple Formula 1 championship-winning designer Rory Byrne.
They have been honoured by the SA Hall of Fame alongside golf’s Gary Player.
‘THANKS – IT’S AN HONOUR’
For 82-year-old Green, the formal induction was at Johannesburg’s Steyn City Parkland Residence on August 30 2019 in conjunction with the fourth annual Concours South Africa event and was seen as a fitting tribute to his decades of dedication and excellence in motorsport – and the motor industry in general.
Green told The Corner through a media release: “It’s a great honour to receive such an accolade, particularly when one considers previous recipients. I’m truly humbled and grateful to everybody who made this possible and to the many people who played a role in our success.”
Neale Hill, MD of Ford SA, added: “Basil Green created the era-defining fast Fords that were unbeatable on the track and unmatched on the road – evolutions of the Perana Cortina, Capri, Escort and Granada were not only approved by Ford but also officially sold through the countrywide dealer network,.
“Many of his modifications to standard cars were world-firsts and Ford even incorporated some of his developments in the production model local line-up.
“Along with the road cars, Basil Green’s exploits in motorsport were exceptional and defined the period with his multiple championship-winning Capri Perana V8 being the most memorable.
”Ford Southern Africa congratulates Basil on his induction and for raising the bar in the automotive aftermarket and motorsport sectors over many years.”