Thrills at first tribute rally
Live streaming, white-knuckle fund-raising rides, farm fare and a big field expected at first Dalton Zane Rencken Tribute Rally
FOR the pit crew and family who accompany the drivers and navigators to the far-flung places where rallies are held, it is a case of long waits between ducking dust and flying pebbles at the old style spectator points.
The Natal Motorcycle and Car Club aim to change all this with a World Rally Championship style Fan Zone, which will be a hive of activity on October 27.
This event will have the action live streamed to TV screens at the Dalton Farmers Club, a South African rally first.
With a full bar area avaliable, food and drinks on sale, including a ice cream van, all tastes are catered for. A fenced-in play area with a jumping castle will provide safe fun for the little ones.
Between racing eight invigorating stages totalling some 100 km through sugar cane fields and plantations, the crews will refuel and service the race cars in front of the club house, where fans can watch them in action and meet drivers and navigators.
Organiser Dean Redelinghuys said some 40 competitors affiliated to either Motorsport South Africa (MSA) or the World of Motorsport ZA (Womza) will for the first time compete against each other in a tribute rally to local rally racer Zane Rencken, who died earlier this year in a work-related accident.
“It is fitting this head to head competition will be run under the banner of sportsmanship and unity, as the rallying community pay tribute to a much respected competitor,” he said.
The event will also offer fans white-knuckle rides in two rally cars over a short, action-packed stage at R150 per ride, to raise funds for Reach for a Dream Foundation as well as the Newton School Rally Car Project.
Pupils at the school in Pietermaritzburg have been working on building a VW Golf rally car, which they aim to enter in local races early next year.
The Reach For a Dream Foundation will be in attendance, under their Captain Courage banner, to give excited youngsters the thrill of a rallycar ride.
“We appeal to all rally enthusiasts, spectators and families joining us on the day to support this worthy cause,” said Redelinghuys. • To get involved, contact Dean Redelinghuys on 083 657 1526.
On October 27, rally fans can experience why KZN’s sugar cane fields make for fantastic rallies, as demonstrated here by KZN’s fastest Etios racers, Toyota Gazoo Racing SA team’s Guy Botterill and Simon Vacy-Lyle.