DJ Rally: Robert­son takes sev­enth ti­tle

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - CLAIRE MAC­FIE

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.

PHOTO: IAN GROAT

Roloef (54) and Hans Co­ertse take a break as Stu­art An­der­son from KZN looks on.

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