DJ Rally: Robertson takes seventh title
KEVIN Robertson, of Pretoria, scored his seventh win in the prestigious international DJ Rally for classic motorcycles recently.
This ardent Velocette enthusiast, who is the honorary secretary of the Velocette Owners’ Club of SA, rode a 500 cc 1936 Velocette MSS and collected only 136 penalty points for late or early arrival at the many secret checkpoints on the route from Hillcrest, outside Durban, to Germiston.
Second overall was Mike Ward on a similar British machine, with 144 penalty points, while Martin Davis (1930 500cc Sunbeam 9) took the last step on the podium with 154 penalty points.
His performance also completed a clean sweep of the first three places for the Vintage Motorcycle Club of Johannesburg.
Robertson has now won more DJs than any other rider, while the first three in the 2015 DJ Rally are all previous winners of the famous event and ensured that it was ultra-competitive.
This year less than five minutes separated first place and the 12th-placed finisher, with the latter position being taken by last year’s winner Allan Cuninghame on a Velocette MSS.
The competitors had a very tough rally this year, with rain from Hillcrestto Germiston.
In addition, this year’s route included many sections where road building was in progress.
This was particularly a problem on the section between Perdekop and Balfour.
The route totalled almost 650 km, made up of 350 km on the first day and 295 km on the second day with 68 finishers from an original field of 100 motorcycles.
Unfortunately two of the riders were involved in collisions: Alan Crookes (1936 Ariel Red Hunter) collided with a bakkie in Newcastle due to a combination of rain and non-working traffic lights because of load shedding, while Kevin Duncan, of Cape Town, took a spill when his 1935 BSA W35 hit a big bump.
Both riders sustained bruising, sprains and abrasions, but nothing was broken, fortunately.
Dorian Radue, a former South African now living in Australia, once again took the honours for the best performance by a female rider, riding a Rudge. She placed an excellent 10th overall with 255 penalty points.
The other two woman riders also finished, with Chantal Madgwick (1936 600 cc Panther) taking 52nd spot and Samantha Anderson notching up another DJ finish on the oldest bike in the event, a 1909 Humber pedal cycle with a 500cc engine that often needed help from the pedals, particularly on the climbs out of Durban.
Famous international motorcycle journalist Mike Scott was very pleased at finishing the DJ Rally at his first attempt.
Roloef (54) and Hans Coertse take a break as Stuart Anderson from KZN looks on.