Dion von Moltke launches an Adventure Tour in partnership with South African Airways

May 31, 2012, 15:59 ET from APR LLC

MIAMI, May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Young professional sports car racing driver, Dion von Moltke, announced today that he will be leading a 10 day adventure tour of South Africa shortly after the conclusion of the 2012 Grand-Am Rolex season.  von Moltke still has 9 races in the number 51 APR Motorsports Audi R8 ahead of him, with the next race scheduled on June 2nd at Detroit's Belle Isle circuit.  He has raced his entire professional career under the South African flag, and sees this as an opportunity to give something back to his home country.

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"This is going to be a lot of fun!  We have been working on this program with one of my racing sponsors, South African Airways, for some time now.  Fans of sports car racing are typically highly passionate about a lot of things, and alongside fast cars they like to spend time with people that have similar interests.  With adventure in their blood, this tour brings them the best mix possible – they will be enjoying an incredible combination of motor sports, unique African history and culture, stunning scenery, great wine and food, an introduction to the entrepreneurial spirit of this proud nation, and finishing up with one of the world's best game lodges for a safari experience that they will never forget," said Dion.

The 21 year old von Moltke, who won the GTC class at the legendary 12 Hours of Sebring earlier this year, is studying international business at Florida International University (FIU).  Add to this his racing schedule with APR and a fanatical fitness program (two intense sessions every day at the gym, working hard on strength and endurance), Dion already has a very busy schedule.  Working closely with South African Airways he has constructed a tour that will depart from the US on October 23rd, starting with four days in Johannesburg (including Kyalami), 3 nights in Cape Town, and finishing up with 3 nights at the Lion Sands River Lodge, which overlooks the famous Kruger Park on the banks of the Sabi River.

"We plan on making this an annual event, and will try to tie it into a race at either Kyalami or Swartkops in the Johannesburg area, or at Killarney in Cape Town.  We are still sorting out the details of the race and the accompanying track activities for this tour.  But this is more about experiencing some of the best things fantastic South Africa has to offer together with friends.  We have already had a lot of interest in this adventure tour – the people I have talked to about it are quite surprised by the low cost, considering everything that is included" added Jeff Sorge, who supports Dion's racing activities. 

"Dion's love of his home country and South African Airways Vacations' expertise in creating the vacation of a lifetime in South Africa make for the perfect combination," said Todd Neuman, executive vice president, North America for South African Airways, which is a proud supporter of Dion von Moltke.  "We've put together the perfect package meant to follow in Dion's footsteps on his exciting tour.  It's a vacation that will provide his fans with a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Dion's work, while experiencing his favorite places in South Africa."

The tour is being supported by his other sponsors, PR Newswire and Parathyroid.com, by APR, and by a number of other South African organizations, Brand South Africa and SAABC.  

For more information about Dion von Moltke, please see www.dionvm.com .

For more details about the tour, please see www.dionvm.com/satour .

About South African Airways:  South African Airways features daily nonstop service from the U.S. to South Africa with morning departures from New York JFK and afternoon direct service from Washington Dulles (with a stop in Dakar, Senegal) that offer travel convenience and award-winning service. Travelers in Premium Business Class enjoy 180° fully flat-bed seats, and in Economy Class enjoy the most legroom versus competitors.  Every seat on board offers an individual on-demand entertainment system, plush pillow, warm blanket and amenity kit.  SAA's unrivaled network, featuring seamless connections to nearly 20 destinations within South Africa, and more than 25 cities across the rest of the continent, makes the airline the savvy traveler's "gateway to Africa."  To complement this network, a world of privileges awaits those who join Voyager, South African Airways' premier mileage program.  To sign up, visit www.flysaa.com, and link to the Voyager icon. As a Star Alliance member, South African Airways is able to offer its customers 1,293 destinations in 190 countries and more than 20,500 flights daily, including convenient connections from more than 25 cities in the U.S. through code share service with Star Alliance member United Airlines. Members of United's, US Airways' and Air Canada's frequent traveler programs are able to earn and redeem miles on all SAA flights.  For more information on South African Airways, please call (800) 722-9675 or visit www.flysaa.com.  For information about South Africa, visit www.southafrica.net.

About SAA Vacations:  A division of South African Airways , SAA Vacations offers a wide array of packages to Africa, and utilizes SAA's extensive route network to create packages for travel throughout South Africa, Botswana, Victoria Falls, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as East Africa. The program is managed and fulfilled by Destination Southern Africa (DSA), which was founded in 2001 and offers an extensive portfolio of tour programs with a variety of hotels, game lodges and safari companies throughout Southern Africa. DSA was one of three tour operators in the U.S. that was officially appointed by MATCH to develop and sell travel packages for soccer fans visiting South Africa for the FIFA 2010 World Cup, making it a partner with extensive knowledge and know-how in planning the perfect African vacation. For more information, call 855-FLY-SAAV (359-7228) or visit www.flysaavacations.com

ABOUT Parathyroid.com  Parathyroid.com is an educational website discussing the adverse health issues associated with high blood calcium. It is recognized as the leading authority on hyperparathyroidism caused by parathyroid tumors located in the neck which affect one in 1000 people causing high blood calcium, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue, depression, and kidney stones, among other conditions. For more information, visit www.parathyroid.com.

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ABOUT APR:  APR LLC is an automotive engineering firm operating a 36,000 sq. ft. performance campus in Opelika, Ala. APR was founded in 1997 with a corporate philosophy of Integrity, Excellence and Innovation. APR's sole mission is to provide the highest quality and most highly engineered aftermarket performance parts available for Audi, Volkswagen, SEAT and Skoda vehicles. Learn more at www.goapr.com, follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/APRMotorsport, and on twitter (@GoAPR).

ABOUT SAABC:  SAABC is a networking forum for business professionals with a South African affiliation working within the global business community.  Our mission is to connect, inspire and empower the South African business community working in the global arena, supporting their ability to be more productive and successful.   For more information please visit www.saabc.net.

ABOUT BRAND SOUTH AFRICABrand South Africa is a government-sponsored trust launched in 2002 to promote growth and employment by marketing South Africa as a successful "nation brand" based on internationally-recognized indices. Brand SA's mandate is to help South Africans become effective ambassadors for the country as a destination for investment and travel and as a source of great products and ideas. The organization's team of researchers and marketers monitors the brand's performance and works to align partners in and out of government around a common South African value proposition rooted in the country's successful transition to democracy through a distinctive mix of humanity (ubuntu), pragmatism and innovation.  For more information please see www.southafrica.info.