Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - GEAR -

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.


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