The Classic Motorcycle Rally
THE DJ RUN - YEAR BY YEAR
4th DURBAN JOHANNESBURG
MOTOR CYCLE TRIAL
27-28 APRIL 1973
Sponsored by: MOBIL & RAND DAILY MAIL
Organised by: THE VINTAGE & VETERAN CLUB and RAND MOTORING CLUB
From the 1973 programme
The Durban-Johannesburg Commemorative Motor Cycle Trial was first run in 1970 - after a lapse in time of some 34 years - and has today become the major motor-cycle event in the Republic, catering for machines manufactured up to 1936.
From a modest start with some 50 machines entered in the first trial, the list of entries today is doubled, with machines coming not only from the Republic and Rhodesia, but from overseas countries as well. Since the first trial there has always been at least one lady rider (something unheard of in the original events) and it is hoped that this trend will continue. It is no mean feat of endurance to weather this two-day event, on machines with an average age of 47 years. As a matter of fact some of the machines entered today actually took part in the races of the period.
The names of those who took part in the heyday of these races, read like a programme for the Roman Games of old - Flook - Zurcher - Scott - Young - Hesketh - gladiators all of them.
To-day this Commemorative Trial is dedicated to the spirit of adventure of these pioneers, on machines of the period.
SIX OLD BIKEMEN REV UP FOR TRIAL
Edited by Brian Gibson
A record 95 entries have been accepted for the Mobil-RDM Durban-Johannesburg Commemorative Motorcycle Trial.
The event, to be run on Friday and Saturday, is a regularity trial for motorcycles and sidecar combinations manufactured before December 31, 1936.
Of the 95 entries, there are six who competed in one or more of the original races. Angelo Bernardi of Pretoria is 70. He competed in 1926 on a 350cc Raleigh and again in 1927 on a 500cc Moto Guzzi. This year he has entered the Commemorative Trial for the fourth time with a 1928 Moto Guzzi Sport 14.
Hugh "Fergy" Fergusson (59) of Benoni was a competitor in the 1934-1936 events. His best performance was in 1935, when he was placed 16th riding a 250cc OHC OK Supreme. He will ride a 1928 300 cc S/V OK Supreme this week.
Jimmy Goodwin (69) of Rustenburg, who competed in 1929 and 1931 on a Scott Squirrel and a 350cc OHC Velocette put up his best performance in 1931 when he was placed 19th. A 1936 250cc two-stroke Coventry Eagle is his new hope.
Harold Hall (60) of Durban - known as "HP, the Two-Stroke King" - competed on a 250cc TS Excelsior and a 250cc James in 1934, 1935 and 1936. Muddy conditions and mechanical failures robbed him of a finish in all three events. This week he will ride a 1933 350cc S/V BSA.
Pieter (Oom Pa) van der Merwe (62) of Potgietersrus, raced in the 1934 and 1935 events. He finished 18th in 1935 on his KTT Velocette. A 1930 750cc Harley Davidson will be his transport this time.
Roy Whiteford (67) figured 18th in the 1928 race on a 350cc S/V "EW" Sports Douglas. This year the Benoni man rides a 1928 350cc S/V AJS.
Godfrey Williams no. 9, 1935 Velocette 350cc, Jim Mahaffey no. 8, 1928 AJS 500cc
and Keith Michler, Clerk of the course.