In 1956, former Spitfire fighter pilot Sy Symmonds, along with a small group of adventurers that included Ewold von Bergen (who would later become a South African rally champion) scaled the infamously tough Sani Pass; in a VW Beetle. It was the first two-wheel-drive vehicle to make it up the pass, which was in much worse shape in 1956 than it is now. On the way down the slippery, steep pass – which was partly covered in snow - the driver’s door was removed, and a rope tied around driver Von Bergen’s waist. The plan was that, if the Beetle went over the edge, the back-up team would yank Von Bergen out of the car and hoist him to safety. Sounds like a great plan.