Ex­cite­ment ga­lore at the 4x4 Chal­lenge

Talk of the Town - - Classified Advertisements - ROB KNOWLES

IT’S one of the iconic events of the year for the Nd­lambe/Makana area, the Bathurst 4x4 Chal­lenge, and fans of the sport came out in their droves, de­spite the morn­ing’s in­clement weather, to sup­port their favourite driv­ers or to sim­ply wit­ness the spec­ta­cle.

If any­thing, the rain added to the ex­cite­ment, with the big, beefy along with the smaller buggy-type ve­hi­cles slip-slid­ing on what, for any or­di­nary car, would be an im­pass­able ter­rain.

This year was the chal­lenges 16th, and it has grown over the years and now has teams en­ter­ing from five dif­fer­ent prov­inces, with more than 30 ve­hi­cles and driv­ers tak­ing part.

“We are very pleased with this year’s event,” event or­gan­iser, Dif­ford Keaton, said. “We had a great turnout and, by mid-morn­ing, the rain had stopped and we could get on with busi­ness.”

For the driv­ers, this year’s cour­ses were dif­fi­cult but fair – pro­vided you had the skill to mount the kop­pies and drive through the don­gas without touch­ing a course peg or rolling back­wards. The an­swer to th­ese sit­u­a­tions is not al­ways more power; some­times a gen­tler touch is re­quired.

But see­ing the ve­hi­cles roar up the steep (some­times al­most ver­ti­cal) slopes, or to rise from a two-me­tre pit with vir­tu­ally no slope to drive up is what makes this chal­lenge par­tic­u­larly good as a spec­ta­tor sport. To hear the hums and ahs from on­look­ers shows the level of in­volve­ment the event stirs in its spec­ta­tors.

Five prov­inces were rep­re­sented with teams from the Eastern Cape 4x4 Chal­lenge Club, South Western Dis­tricts, Cape Town, Border and North West all vy­ing for top hon­ours in their re­spec­tive classes.

After the race Keaton was tired but happy that an­other event had come to a close without any ca­su­al­ties. Re­sults:

Top Truck: 1 Karel Span­gen­burg 960, 2 Bruce Swat­lon 884, 3 Lu­cas Holtzhauzen 490;

Mod­i­fieds: 1 Mar­ilise Span­gen­burg 796, 2 An­tonie Swart 784, 3 Nigel Burmeis­ter 635;

B Ve­hi­cles: 1 Shane Peach 504, 2 Aino Bester 432, 3Ber­tus Hanekom 414;

C1-Short: 1 Ed­ward Colling 515 and 2 Koos le Grange 424;

C2-Lon: 1 Ed­die Call­ing 371 and 2 Chap­pie Lind­strom;

D Sec­tion: 1 Bradley Schrieber 573, 2 Richard Poot, 3 Barry Grad­well.

“I would like to thank all the vol­un­teers on the day, and es­pe­cially the gen­eral pub­lic who al­ways make this event a suc­cess,” said Keaton. “I would also like to thank the driv­ers and their sup­port teams and fam­i­lies who travel here to take part in this spe­cially event.

“I would also like to thank the spon­sors for all their hard work. A big thanks to The Bathurst Co-Op, Olof’s Mo­tor Spares, Wurth, Al­goa Steel from Port El­iz­a­beth, Mi­das in Port Al­fred, Buco in Port Al­fred, Wimpy/De­bonairs/Fish­aways, Dun­lop Port Al­fred, Kowie Toy­ota, Ge­orgie for the toi­lets, Gra­ham Wil­liams for the TLB, I-Hire Port Al­fred, Mul­tiSe­cu­rity, Dell’s Earth­mov­ing Equip­ment, KGA Life from Port El­iz­a­beth, Fron­tier 4x4 Cen­tre, LA Sport, PG Glass Gra­ham­stown, Spur Port Al­fred and Trav­cor VW.”

Pic­tures: ROB KNOWLES

A MOUN­TAIN TO CLIMB: Christie de Kok, the driver of Stil­baai, neared the apex of the ob­sta­cle at the Bathurst 4x4 Chal­lenge, held at the Bathurst Quarry on Satur­day

IN A DEEP DE­PRES­SION: Steer­ing his way out of the hole he’d got­ten him­self into was Bruce Sat­ten, who came sec­ond in the Top Truck cat­e­gory at the Bathurst 4x4 Chalenge, held at the Bathrst Quarry last Satur­day

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