Wintervogel proves to be extremely popular

On Saturday 25 October a group of rally enthusiasts got together on the farm Wintervogel – the property of Oom Andries van Dyck – for a rally practice, in itself something that did not take place for a long period

A  group of 12 licenced drivers and 5 licenced navigators were present and a total of 30 indemnities were signed by passengers wanting to go for a drive

A very big thank you must go to  club members  Herman Mathee and Ruan Reynders for the help with the arrowing of the 5.4km stage and also helping out as marshals. Thank you also to Janelle Marais for bringing the marshal boards and clocks and also manning a control

After  Herman took the competitors on a recce run, proceedings started at about 10h30 with Justin Hoskins  the first car away. Other regular rally competitors included Trevor Hodges, Kez Naidoo, Jacques Theron,Neels van Wyk,Tiaan Rabe, Paul van Wyk, Lourens van Rensburg

Other drivers included Morne Roux in a stock standard Mazda 160i, Hermie de Kock in a standard Ford Ranger 4.0l automatic and John Clift in a standard Toyota Hilux

Some of the drivers just kept on going while others took a break after each run to change passengers.
Looking at the photos by Eric Joseph it is clear that everyone was taking it serious and tried to go as fast as possible. This of course made some repairs necessary between runs

At about 13h00 there was a lunch break and during this time a lucky draw was held where 9 prizes were handed out and each driver/navigator received a medal as a momento of the day. A gift was also handed to oom Andries as a token of appreciation for the use of his farmyard and roads

At 14h00 proceedings was started again and carried on until 16h00. By this time a few cars was without fuel and some had broken down but the rest emerged unscathed.

Morne impressed all present with his abilities in a standard car with smooth road tyres. So that he got an offer for a free rollcage and some help with preparing the Mazda as a rally car

Some times were taken – attached as a separate document – but no one were really interested. Not all the times were taken as the marshals were also taken for drives. So in the afternoon only a start marshal was used to at least keep the cars 2 minutes apart
Special mention must be made of Tiaan Rabe who organized the venue, Rachelle Rabe (Tiaan’s wife) from TIME 2 GO TRAVEL for the prizes, medals and sponsorship and also  Paul van Wyk from ACCIDENT GURU for sponsorship

A great day was had by all and it is clear that a similar event in the future will be well supported