Revved up for OD Inggs Me­mo­rial Run

Port Al­fred ready to host an­nual rally event

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HE 19th An­nual OD Inggs Me­mo­rial Run will be held in and around Port Al­fred on March 24 and 25.

This run is or­gan­ised by the Al­bany Vin­tage and Clas­sic Mo­tor Club as a trib­ute to the late OD Inggs, a well-known and re­spected Gra­ham­stown busi­ness­man.

He was also widely known and re­spected for his col­lec­tion and knowl­edge of vin­tage and clas­sic mo­tor cars.

The run will once again be held in the Al­bany Dis­trict with com­peti­tors nav­i­gat­ing a route com­pris­ing 300km on the first day and 100km on the

Tsec­ond. With all the stop/go’s and other forms of road re­con­struc­tion com­pil­ing an in­ter­est­ing route has be­come a huge chal­lenge for the clerk of the course and his team.

The rally is held un­der na­tional rules and guide­lines and at no time are ve­hi­cles al­lowed to ex­ceed 80% of the speed limit. This presents a huge chal­lenge as the speedome­ters in the ve­hi­cle are cov­ered up for the du­ra­tion of the rally.

The speed of the ve­hi­cles is cal­cu­lated by nav­i­ga­tors us­ing a stop watch and ob­serv­ing road mark­ings and other signs on the roads.

Teams will con­sist of a driver and a nav­i­ga­tor. They will re­ceive the route sched­ule 30 min­utes be­fore their sched­uled start­ing time. While the nav­i­ga­tor will be try­ing to de­ci­pher the route sched­ule the driver will be mak­ing sure that the car is in or­der.

One point is added per sec­ond for early or late ar­rival at a con­trol point. The team with the low­est num­ber of points at the com­ple­tion of the two days is the win­ner.

The first car leaves the Rose­hill Mall at 9.30am on the Satur­day while the rest leave at one minute in­ter­vals. Af­ter a lunch en route the com­peti­tors will re­turn to Port Al­fred. A din­ner has been or­gan­ised for com­peti­tors and of­fi­cials at the Port Al­fred River and Ski-boat Club on Satur­day evening.

The start­ing point on Sun­day will also be the Rose­hill Mall at 8.30am, fol­low­ing a shorter route, with a tea break along the way. The cars will then pro­ceed to the Royal Port Al­fred Golf Club just af­ter noon for the prize-giv­ing and lunch. Tro­phies will be pre­sented to the win­ning team. Tro­phies are also awarded to the best nav­i­ga­tor, first lady com­peti­tor, win­ning club tro­phy and to the old­est car en­tered.

OLD BEAU­TIES: Some of the en­trants in last year’s OD In­ngs Me­mo­rial Run, which is held in and around Port Al­fred

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