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The 2006 Classic Safari Challenge

February 25th - March 20th 2006

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The Endurance Rally Association’s 2nd Safari Classic ran in early 2006 taking crews on an African adventure from Dar es Salaam to Cape Town.

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The 2006 Safari Challenge Itinerary

TANZANIA – MALAWI – ZAMBIA – SOUTH AFRICA – BOTSWANA – MOZAMBIQUE – SWAZILAND

Day One February 25th 2006 – Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)
Arrive. Collect your cars from the port. Complete your documentation, relax in a choice hotel, and explore ramshackle and unspoilt Dar es Salaam. Those who arrive early can take in a trip to Zanzibar.

Day Two February 26th Dar es Salaam to Morogoro (Tanzania) 69 MILES
Early start to Morogoro followed by an afternoon flight into the Selous Game Reserve for an evening Game Drive. The Selous, established in 1922, was named after the greatest of the ‘White Hunters’, Captain Frederick Selous who was killed in action during the First World War whilst scouting in the area. This is Africa’s largest single game reserve at 45,000 sq km and is 50% larger then Belgium. Unlike the northern Tanzanian parks, which are teeming with vehicles, it is empty of people and their paraphernalia. It supports countless herds of animals – there is reported to be over one million. Lions and elephants are present in very large numbers, together with leopard, rhino, buffalo and the rare African hunting dog. It is a vast area and a true wilderness unlike any other in Africa.

Day Three February 27th – Selous Game Reserve DAY OFF 
Morning and evening game drives in the Selous. The time will be spent looking for the rare animals, such as Sable and Eland as well as the Hunting Dogs, these are very elusive but the Selous Game reserve holds one of the largest remaining viable wild dog populations in Africa. The deluxe camps have full facilities for those wishing to relax. wide boulevards. On our last visit in 2002 the main street was closed for a parade and the media and government made us extremely welcome…

Day Four February 28th – Morogoro to Mbeya (Tanzania) 290 MILES
After an early morning game drive we will fly back to Morogoro and then drive to Mbeya, through the Ruaha valley with its wonderful geology. Ruaha means ‘great’ in the local Hehe language and it certainly lives up to its name. It provides much of Tanzania with electricity through hydroelectricity as well as a year long supply of water. The road takes you through the Mikumi National Park where the local police have laid rumble stripes on the road to slow you down as elephants use the road constantly… Incidentally the local lions have taken to hanging around the road in early light to pick up the road kills and save themselves a lot of energy. They haven’t taken to rally cars yet!

Day Five March 1st – Mbeya to Lilongwe (Malawi) 390 MILES
Longish drive to Lilongwe, Malawi passing the hustle and bustle of many African fishing villages along the beautiful shores of Lake Malawi. Lolongwe is a sprawling new city and the political capital of Malawi. Although founded by the British in the early 20th century it was only in 1975 that it was officially declared the capital after a seven year rebuilding plan funded by the South Africans.

Day Six March 2nd – Lilongwe to Lusaka (Zambia) 380 MILES
Another longish day but it’s all on good roads to Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, where you will be assured of a warm welcome by the Government, the press and the Zambian Motor Club. Lusaka, is a very lively cosmopolitan city with

Day Seven March 3rd – Lusaka to Livingstone (Zambia) 295 MILES
We take the smooth tarmac main road to Livingstone and Victoria Falls passing farmland and very large sugar plantations along the way. The hustle and bustle of everyday African life can be viewed over the entire journey. We will get you to Livingstone in time to have your first or maybe your second or third view of the fantastic falls. It doesn’t matter how many times you have seen them their majesty never fails to impress.

Day Eight March 4th – Livingstone DAY OFF
Day off in Livingstone where you will be spoilt for choice with all the activities on offer including white water rafting, bungee jumping (neither of which are for the faint hearted) helicopter flights in the Zambezi Gorge, a fantastic experience, microlight flights, game drives and of course the magnificent Victoria Falls. Our hotel is within five minutes walk of the falls. A day off to savour and enjoy.

Day Nine March 5th – Livingstone to Maun (Botswana) 453 MILES
Cross the Zambezi River on the Kazangula Ferry – a truly unique African experience. Only five cars at a time, but they will hold the lorries for us. Since the problems in Zimbabwe this is one of the few routes from South Africa to Zambia. The Nambia’s Caprivi Strip and enters Botswana near Shakawe. It is here the 19.00 million cubic meters of water starts to disperse into the sands of the Kalahari forming lagoons, channels and thousands of islands, covering a total area of approximately 15,000 sq km. This is one of the most famous and best wildlife destinations in the world.

Day Ten March 6th – Okavango Delta (Botswana) – DAY OFF 
Early morning flight into the Okavango Delta and the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. The Okavango Delta is a vast inland river delta created by the Okavango river which at 1300 km long is Africa’s third longest – but it never reaches the sea. It rises in central Angola goes across

Day Eleven March 7th – Okavango Delta DAY OFF
A day for game drives with 4×4 or floating around the waterways by morcora (dug out canoes) The Okavango is a bird watchers’ paradise with well over 400 species recorded, and animals are everywhere – hippo, giraffe, wildebeest as well as elephants, lions etc. Many consider the Moremi the most scenic of any Southern African reserve. We are staying in deluxe lodges with full facilities for those who just want to crash out or rest between game viewing. ferry was sunk during an air raid in the Rhodesian Wars, but don’t worry if you can’t swim and it sinks the crocodiles will get you first… Then on into Botswana and to Maun. A lot of miles but don’t be daunted it will not take long as the roads are smooth and straight with very light traffic, despite the lorries.

Day Twelve March 8th – Okavango Delta to Francis Town (Botswana) 303 MILES
Time for early morning game viewing before the flight to Maun and an easy drive across the Kalahari Desert to Francis Town. The roads are straight with very light traffic to speed your progress.

Day Thirteen March 9th – Francis Town to Pontdrift (South Africa) 185 MILES
Heading east from Francis Town we cross the Tuli Block and then follow the Limpopo River for 30 miles before reaching the tiny border crossing with South Africa at Pontdrift. Tourists rarely visit this area. We will arrive for lunch at the charming Lodge and in the afternoon visit Mapungubwe. The ancient Kingdom of Mapungubwe existed from about 1220 to 1290 AD; it was the forerunner of the Great Zimbabwe civilisation. Golden Rhino and other artefacts have been discovered here, revealing a sophisticated civilisation that traded with Arabia, China, Indonesia and India. It is estimated that up to 5000 people lived around Mapungubwe Hill, the “place of jackals”. Mapungubwe was declared a World Heritage Site in 2003.

Day Fourteen March 10th – Pontdrift to Kruger Park 292 MILES
A gentle drive to lunch in Tzaneenf. After lunch a superlative drive through the Blyd River Canyon in the Northern Drakenburg mountains. Magnificent roads, waterfalls, gorges, cliffs, mountains and crystal clear air epitomise the Drakenburg. You will find the area is a very stark contrast to the arid plains of Botswana. The bird life is staggering and the scenery is very special. We then leave the cool air of the mountains and enter the legendary Kruger National Park. No flying. You can drive to the lodge. Kruger Park, at 19,500 kilometres is one of Africa’s largest (bigger than Wales (another country along with Belgium that is always quoted). It was founded in 1898 by Paul Kruger and contains all the ‘Big Five’ lion, buffalo, rhino, leopard and elephant, as well as Africa’s largest crocodiles and myriad antelopes. There will be time for an evening game drive if should you wish on arrival.

Day Fifteen March 11th – Kruger Park (South Africa) DAY OFF
The 5-star Lodge we are using is on the edge of the Park, as you cannot take open cars into the Park. This is a true resort Lodge – there are many activities as well as, of course, visiting the World famous Park. Morning and evening game drives are arranged and there will be plenty of time to relax by the pool enjoying the facilities and the South African food and wine.

Day Sixteen March 12th – Kruger National Park to Maputo (Mozambique) 112 MILES
We will stay at the lodge to enjoy morning activities before having lunch and taking the road into Mozambique. Since the ending of the civil war Mozambique has heavily invested in its infrastructure and its tourist industry. The quality of the roads is such that we are only dipping our toes into the country on this occasion; who knows in future years! We will be staying in the Polana Hotel built in 1920 and is one of the great colonial hotels. It is now fully restored to its old magnificence – it should be a fascinating, if brief, experience.

Day Seventeen March 13th – Maputo to Mbabane (Swaziland) 216 MILES
We will leave late enough for you to have time to enjoy the magnificent beaches or have a lie-in before travelling via Piggs Peak to our next destination, the mountain kingdom of Swaziland. It has always been independent from South Africa and the scenery and style of life is in stark contrast to most of the continent. With its cool high mountains, hardwood forests and grassy down land, Swaziland always moves to its own natural rhythms. Our Hotel has terrific views of the beautiful Ezulwini Valley. There will be time for those that want to take a scenic drive to visit the The Polana Hotel, Day 16 cascades and local villages by Land Cruisers.

Day Eighteen March 14th – Mbabane to Southern Drakensberg Mountains 243 MILES
From Swaziland we travel through Zululand passing the Zulu and Boar war sites such as Blood River and Rorke’s Drift, before having a late lunch in Ladysmith. We then climb into the Drakensberg Mountains, which rise to nearly 10000 ft and protect the eastern borders of the Kingdom of Lesotho. Often described as the Switzerland of Africa these mountains are breathtakingly spectacular!

Day Nineteen March 15th – DAY OFF 
Again we have chosen a 5 star resort style hotel. Among the activities you can enjoy are a 4×4 journey up the precipitous Sani Pass into the Kingdom of Lesotho, horse riding, quad biking, a visit to the Bushmen Rock Art exhibition, a visit to the Vulture feeding station, the is an 18 hole championship golf course (clubs are available to hire), fly fishing, helicopter trips into the mountains, spa treatments or just crashing out. A day to enjoy this superb wilderness area.

Day Twenty March 16th – Drakenburg to St John’s Bay Area 274 MILES
A 60-mile run along the Drakenburg escarpment and on through Griqualand. All the roads used today have the green “scenic route” marked on the map. We finish the day in the delightful village port of St John’s. Nestling between towering cliffs known as the Gates of St John this multi coloured village is in stark contrast to the Africa we have been visiting. “The Wild Coast” covers 174 miles and you will soon see how it was given its name. There will be time to visit the beaches and look for dolphins that frequently visit. The scenery is stunning, comparing very favourably with the western coasts of the British Isles. resort and one of South Africa’s premier holiday destinations with over 15 miles of unspoilt beaches.

Day Twenty-one March 17th – St John’s Bay to Shamwari 335 MILES
A slightly longer day as we further explore the “Wild Coast” before visiting King William’s Town and Grahamstown passing through Kaffaria and entering the Eastern Cape.

Day Twenty-two March 18th -Shamwari to Plettenberg 210 MILES
Today we enter the famous “Garden Route”. It will be possible to visit the Tsitsikamma Forest and Coastal National Park. Tsitsikamma means ‘The place of sparking waters’ in the local language and is in the main an impenetrable forest, however it is worth a visit to view the forest tumbling over the rugged foothills and into the Indian Ocean. Plettenburg is an exclusive beach-

Day Twenty-three March 19th
We continuing along the Garden Route with its mountain passes and glorious scenery, crossing the Karoo, a short return to desert before reaching the university town of Stellenbosch in the heart of the famous wine producing area. In the evening of what will be our last night on the road, we will enjoy a five-course banquet with appropriate wines, which will be held in one of the most famous vineyard restaurants in South Africa. A very special last night.

Day Twenty-four March 20th – Stellenbosch to Cape Town (South Africa) 140 MILES
A short journey to Cape Town but we will be going via Simon’s Town to the Cape of Good Hope. If it’s not incredibly windy, good views of penguins, dolphins, sharks and occasionally whales are possible. We will be arriving in the Table Bay Hotel in the early afternoon. Time to re-fettle, explore the waterfront before the evening’s Prize Giving Ceremony.

Num Crew Year – Car cc.
Vintage Category
1 Gerhard Weissenbach(D) / Anna Nun(D) 1913 – Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Alpin 7500
2 Roger Goodwin(GB) / Gillian Goodwin(GB) TBA – Bentley 6.5 Tourer 6500
3 Guido Cantele(I) / T.B.A 1932 – Alvis Speed 20 2511
4 Herman Layher(D) / Marcus Kern(D) 1927 – Mercedes 630 K Sport Tourer 6300
5 Etienne Veen(CH) / Lidy Veen(CH) 1927 – Mercedes 630 K Sport Tourer 6300
6 Jan Dingemans(NL) / Marleen Dingemans(NL) 1928 – Bentley 4.5 Le Mans 4398
8 Peter Livanos(CH) / Lara Livanos(GB) / Clair Boyd 1929 – Bentley Speed Six 6597
9 Dirk Lindenbergh(NL) / Esther Van Vooren(NL) 1930 – Bentley Speed Six 6597
10 Sadie Williams(GB) / David Williams(GB) 1938 – Chevrolet Fangio Coupe 4000
11 Catherine D’Andrimont(B) / Xavier del Marmol(B) 1937 – Chevrolet Cabriolet 4200
Classic Category
15 Michael Wilkinson(AUS) / Anne Wilkinson(AUS) 1951 – Riley RME 2443
17 Richard Auchincloss(GB) / Karen Auchincloss(GB) 1959 – Jaguar Mk1 3442
18 Martti Kiikka(SF) / Pirkko Kiikka(SF) 1966 – Mercedes 230 SL 2300
19 Paul Merryweather(GB) / Sandra Merryweather(GB) 1967 – Mercedes 2496
20 Richard Taylor(USA) / Antoinette Taylor(USA) 1968 – Saab 96 1700
21 Larry Davis(USA) / Janet Davis(USA) 1968 – Saab 96 1700
22 Richard Ingham(GB) / Judy Ingham(GB) 1980 – Mercedes Benz 450 SLC 4500
23 Ralph Auchincloss(GB) / Hilary Cheese(GB) 1966 – Jaguar MkII 3500
24 Jean Claude Tourn(F) / Gaetana Otto -Bruc Tourn(MC) 1960 – Lancia Flaminia GT 2458

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Running Report 1 - Dar es Salaam to Lilongwe

he 2nd Classic Safari has reached Lilongwe in Malawi, after a fantastic string of roads swept us into Africa from Dar Es Salam. The roads have been the biggest surprise of all – all good quality smooth tarmac, and hardly a pothole in sight, with very light traffic. Today’s run into the capital from Mzuzu saw virtually no traffic, and all competitors are here, safe and sound.

Car 11, the 1937 Chevrolet Fangio Coupe Cabria or Catheriner D’Andrimont and Xavier de Marmol from Belgium has developed gearbox problems today and arrived after a long tow, the 1913 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost of Gerhard Weissenbach was late setting out on the road after an hour of servicing at first light, suffering from a lack of pressure in the petrol tank due to a small leak, but goes well. The second Fangio Coupe of David and Sadie Williams continues to wake the dead with a noisy exhaust that the driver explains is authentic Fangio, and the big 1929 Mercedes 630K Sports of Detlef Heyer and Carsten Kastroll suffered fuel-feed problems.

The Minister of the Interior came to visit the rally last night at a Government sponsored reception, the first time she has greeted 13 different nationalities at a motoring event, and sat in Roger and Gillian Goodwins 1929 Bentley this morning for the first few miles out of town – national TV guaranteed.

The weather has been brilliantly hot, big blue skys, mountains, and lots of greenery. Milawi in particular has been stunningly beautiful with is lush green countryside. Tomorrow we head for the Zambian border and Lusaka.

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Running Report 2 - From the Victoria Falls

Reporting from the rolling green lawns of the Livingstone Hotel on the banks of the River Zambesi, 50 yards from the spectacular Victoria Falls, sipping a Sundowner and watching an orange sun sink over the palm trees.

All the cars have made it to Livingstone, except car 11, the Chevrolet of Catherine D’Andrimont and Xavier del Marmol. It stayed in Lusaka to use the help of the Zambia Motor Sports Association who reckoned a new bearing could be made to get the car going again –  having stopped when the prop shaft came away from the back of the gearbox.

Sunday has been a rest day so a chance to take a dramatic helicopter flight up between the narrow cliff faces of the Zambesi gorge at crocodile height, go white water rafting or just relax on the Africa Queen. In the car park a few cars are having running repairs and servicing.

The Larry Davis Saab has a noisy gearbox bearing and is causing some concern, the Riley 2.5 RME of Michael and Anne Wilkinson has welded up the rear shockabsorber mountings, and David Williams has solved his mis-fire for the Chevy Fangio Coupe, he was the second car to arrive here right behind the Finns in the Mercedes 230SL, Marti and Pirko Kirka. The 1913 Rolls Royce needed a tow rope from the Banhams but that was only to get 500 yards into the car park having run out of petrol in the driveway to the hotel.

Now we sit back and enjoy a gin and tonic under a balmy African sky. Tomorrow we head for Botswana using the Kasangula Ferry into Botswana where light aircraft take us from Kasane to the world’s greatest wetlands of the Okavanga Delta where we take time off to relax in three different Safari camps – mighty tough, this long-distance rallying, eh?

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Running Report 3 - Mozambique

Here we are on the Indian Ocean sipping a beer under the belting sun, relaxing under a palm tree, waiting now for over an hour for a Caesar Salad so if its quick service you appreciate most don’t bother with the old Colonial Polana Hotel in Maputo. It’s the most luxurious place in town, wonderful big pillows, super linen sheets, and antique ambience, where time stands still – it certainly does in the kitchen.

We are currently missing Detlef Heyer whose vintage Mercedes had piston trouble in Francistown a day or so ago in Botswana. He has opted for a rental car and will follow on but the terms of hire were such that after crossing Crocodile Bridge today he reached the border of Mozambique and could go no further. Everyone else is going great guns. The heat was almost up to the 100 degrees (old money) that we first experienced in Tanzania and its been a blistering day as we wrestled with chaotic border officialdom.

The roads have been great so far, and the last two days were spent on graded gravel in the Kruger national park, perhaps the best Safari camp so far, where we glimpsed more lions, more elephants, more leopard, loads of impala crossing the road in front of us, lots of Zebra, and, this is a first, several rhino. The Kruger certainly impresses, and this was two of the very best of days you could possibly wish for. Time off, lazing around sort of days (except for Peter and Betty Banham and Andy Inskip, but by lunchtime they were so short of something to do they were seen wandering off to the pool).

The Saabs are still going well, the Rolls Royce continues to impress – it’s 1913, no front brakes, but was clocked by a policeman doing 65 in a 60 limit but didn’t bother to stop when you’ve no front brakes you don’t waste energy on speeding tickets, frankly its too hot for arguments.

Results: Here is an Index of Performance. We have had a Medal Section, and the results of this 12kms of gravel fun were as follows:

1st classic:  Paul and Sandra Merryweather, Mercedes 230SL; 2nd, Flying Finns Martti and Pirkko Kiikka in another 230SL, and third was the Jaguar Mk2 of Ralph Auchincloss and Hilary Cheese.

First in the Vintageant Category were David and Sadie Williams in the green Chevy Fangio Coupe 2nd, Roger and Gillian Goodwin in the 8-litre Bentley, 3rd Catherine d’Andrimont and Xavier del Marmol in a Chevy Fangio cabrio. The Chevys went well on this one but there are a few more en route to Rourkes Drift.

Must go-the beer is getting warm.

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Running Report 4 - To Swaziland

From the Five Star hotel in Mozambique to the Five Star hotel in Swaziland, to here, another Five Star hotel, but set in the Drakensberg Mountains, and the best of the bunch. We are at the Drakensburg Sun and this is set in breathtaking scenery. Remember the first time you rallied into the Dolomites? Distinctive, breathtaking, unforgettable. This is like that, but better. Its Colorado canyons but greener, set in lush rolling hills and craggy table-top mountains that make this region unlike anything you have rallied before. Everyone is agreed on one thing –  the day to here was the best day’s rallying so far.

There was a lunch stop in the simple little cafe at Rorkes Drift, with time to wander around the chapel that was the old missionary, and the museum,, which was once the hospital. Here you can see the hole in the wall where the likes of Hook and other heroes crawled through in the hand to hand fighting in one of the most famous battles of the Boer War, when nearly 100 Welsh soldiers fought off 4,000 Zulus. Bits and pieces from the battlefield have been collected up, and a walk around this remote little knoll overlooked by the craggy hill where the Zulus looked down banging their shields made a rather special checkpoint for the rally.

There were two Medal Sections on long gravel mountain climbs. Medals were won by Roger and Gillian Goodwin who won the Vintageants Category in their Bentley, hard pressed by Xavier del Marmot and Catherine D’Andrimont in the Chevvy Cabrio, and the Classics section saw Paul Merryweather set best time but as he has already won a medal, the award went to second placed Martti and Pirkko Kiikka – both in Merc SLs.

Glorious sunshine, gravel roads, ending with overwhelmingly beautiful mountains of the Drakensberg with Rorkes Drift for good measure made this another great day.

It was no so great for the green Chevy Coupe of David and Sadie Williams, who clobbered a cow when cresting a climb. The cow didn’t come off too well from this confrontation, and the Chevvy was also limping badly into the hotel, after first-aid from The Banhams who had to fibreglass the radiator leaks and pull and wheel so that it was roughly pointing in the right direction. The crumpled wing doesn’t look too good   but still very Fangio.

A rest day by the pool soaking up the sun today, before we head off south to the Indian Ocean and a rather different hotel, little bungalow-lodges by the beach

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Running Report 5

Simple log cabins on a dramatic headland jutting out into the Indian Ocean near St. Johns made for another memorable night’s stay, and it was back on the road again to the Safari Lodges of Shamwari – one of the longest hauls of 500 kms from the coastal village of Mbotyi to our final and perhaps most luxurious safari lodges of all.

We left the sights of white-Rhino, antelope, giraffe and elephants to pound down the coastal road to Knysna.

There have been two further Medal Sections, which saw Paul and Sandra Merryweather set best time on the first in their Mercedes 230SL again but on the second, a long, twisty uphill gravel section, Martti and Pirkko Kiikka, also in a Merc SL, set best time by ten seconds. Ralph Auchincloss and Hilary Cheese continued to do well in the big Jag Mark Two saloon, and the final results of the Classic Category now have Paul and Sandra leading with no loss of penalties, the Jaguar second, one minute behind having incurred road penalties, and Richard and Judy Ingham now slip to third having been second in their big Mercedes 450SL. Martti having had an unfortunate first medal section that saw navigation problems mount up some penalties, are now fourth, and Richard Auchincloss in another Mark Two Jaguar is fifth.

In the Vintageants, Roger and Gillian Goodwin had held the lead in their 6.5 Bentley, but trouble hit them early on this morning when they suffered mechanical gremlins, and Etienne and Lidy Veen in their ex-Peking Paris Mercedes 630K Sports Tourer are now first overall, with the Goodwins second. Herman Layher and Marcus Kern in another Mercedes 630K are third, Dirk Lindenbergh and Esther Van Vooren are fourth in their Bentley Speed Six.

Hero of yesterday was the performance put up by the Rolls Royce 1913 Silver Ghost. Anna Nun had to pump hard to keep up pressure in the fuel tank, working the brass lever under the dash constantly for 300 kilometres after a small fuel leak was enough to cause a drop of pressure in the tank. They got in, refusing a tow from the Banhams, and then had the mobile workshop crew take out the tank and repair it, requiring clever use of a leather washer, made up of chopping a slice out of the Rolls Royce’s luggage strap, and a bit more from the leather trousers of Herman the German. Germany helps rescue Rolls Royce, says Herman – just another example of Germany helping the enemy.

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Other chit-chat:

Michael and Anne Wilkinson roll onwards to Cape Town with no more troubles with the white Riley, Jean Claude Tourn was up early this morning to swim in the pool at the Shamwari safari camp while others were out game watching, The Finns also took an early morning dip, and out over the stretch of scrub, we could just make out the sight of a lion chasing a buffalo for a breakfast kill as the morning sun forced its way over the mountains. Action all around us then with yet another long day under our belts. We are now off to a gourmet dinner in the Pezula Resort  we don’t expect to see Richard Taylor and he was off on the golf-course as soon as he arrived but the rest of us are fit and well, looking forward to trundling down the Garden Route tomorrow to the Stellenbosch for perhaps the finest hotel of all.

The two Saabs dropped penalties today because a game of golf took precedence, and tomorrow could see this diversion repeating itself.

Detlef Heyer is marshalling for us in a hire car having re-joined the rally, the Bentley of Jan and Marleen Dingemans sounds great but inches over the rough-stuff rather slowly, and is in fifth position in the Vintageant category, and the Incredible Hulk – the green Chevy Coupe of David and Sadie Williamson looks the worst for wear, but the looks have been improved with a mystery artist painting a cow on the side of the right hand door with a large cross through it – Herman Layer has seen this and says Battle of Britain customs could be revived with a row of RAF Roundels appearing on the German Mercs before Cape Town. Someone should tell him we’ll have the rest of his trousers if he doesn’t stop mentioning the war.

There is one more Medal Section tomorrow to look forward to, so the results could change some more although a lot will be needed to shake the commanding lead in the Vintageants Category of the Veens, who lead by something like an hour and half, but there is a needle-match to be sorted in the Classic Category, with the Jaguars putting in a surprise performance.

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