The Classic Motorcycle Rally
THE DJ RUN - YEAR BY YEAR
There was no DJ Rally held in 1974 due to fuel restrictions in South Africa at the time. However a Motor Cycle Cavalcade was laid on and a Souvenir Catalogue produced. Extracts appear below.
JOHANNESBURG CITY HALL
MOTOR-CYCLE CAVALCADE 1974
8-13 JULY 1974
VINTAGE & VETERAN CLUB
RAND MOTORING CLUB
With oil restrictions and the imposition of a total ban on Rallies on public roads, the Durban-Johannesburg Motor Cycle Trial for 1974 had to be cancelled.
The organising committee made up of members of the Vintage and Veteran Club and the Rand Motoring Club, a very enthusiastic body of men and women were as disappointed as the public and the would-be riders
To maintain and stimulate further interest in the D-J, it was decided to hold a static event featuring 70 years of motor cycles, from 1904 through the years to today's superbikes.
Members of the motor cycle trade have welcomed this opportunity of displaying their 1974 models and riding equipment.
This is the first show of its kind ever to be put on and a chance to see how motor cycling design has advanced over 70 years.
School holidays will be on at the time and with the hours of attendance from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. the Motor Cycle Cavalcade is sure to provide much interest in motor cycles.
WINNERS OF THE ORIGINAL DURBAN-JOHANNESBURG MOTOR-CYCLE RACE
1913 A.W. McKeag Bradbury, 14 hrs. 46 mins.
1914 B. Adams 499 Rudge Multi, 11 hrs. 30 mins.
1919 P. Flook 350 Douglas 12 hrs. 43 mins.
1920 F.A.R. Zurcher 494 Douglas 23 hrs. 18 mins.
1921 R.J. Blackburn 989 Harley Davidson, 10 hrs. 12 mins.
1922 C.H. Young 499 Triumph, 10 hrs. 1 min.
1923 P. Flook 349 Douglas, 10 hrs. 9 mins.
1924 Alf Long 492 Sunbeam, 9 hrs. 02 mins.
1925 C.W. Bower 348 Douglas, 10 hrs. 34 mins.
1926 J.R. Gibson 299 O.K., 10 hrs. 28 mins.
1927 S. Flook 348 Douglas, 9 hrs. 34 mins.
1928 B.E. Scott 175 Chater Lea, 10 hrs. 13 mins.
1929 J.G. Lind 350 A.J.S., 8 hrs. 8 mins.
1930 W.D. Griebenow 498 Sunbeam, 8 hrs. 30 mins
1931 L. Taylor 248 T.S. Enfield, 9 hrs. 24 mins
1932 B.E. Scott 175 T.S. James, 8 hrs. 30 mins.
1933 B.D.B. KInsey 499 B.S.A., 6 hrs. 54 mins.
1934 D. Hall 350 Norton, 6 hrs. 44 mins.
1935 R.O. Hesketh 250 Excelsior, 6 hrs. 51 mins.
1936 C. Jarman A.J.S., 6 hrs. 51 mins.
1920 (run in opposite direction) A. Long Excelsior, 13 hrs. 34 mins.
1921 A. Long Excelsior, 11 hrs. 26 mins.
WINNERS OF THE DURBAN-JOHANNESBURG COMMEMORATIVE MOTOR-CYCLE TRIAL
1970 G.L. Palmer 1926 Royal Enfield 350cc
1971 J.G. Thompson 1928 Scott 596cc
1972 D.I. Brodie 1933 Sunbeam 500cc
1973 O.J. Barrett II 1927 Scott 496cc
Organisers and Officials
Chairman JOCK MELDRUM
Treasurer REG LONEY
Secretary JOAN MELDRUM
Public Relations Officer ROB VERMONT
BEN VAN DER WALLE
The Committee would like to express special and heartfelt thanks to the Rand Daily Mail for their financial and general assistance.
MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR COUNCILLOR H.F. DENNIS
Owing to the fuel crisis and the total ban on motoring sport instituted at the beginning of 1974, the Rand Motoring Club and the Vintage and Veteran Car Club realised that it would be impossible to organise and run the traditional Durban/Johannesburg Commemorative Motor Cycle Trial. A pleasant feature of this Trial used to be the letters of greeting delivered by the cyclists to the Mayor of Johannesburg from the various Mayors en route.
These Clubs then looked around for some other way of commemorating the event and it was decided to organise this Motor Cycle Cavalcade. Approximately 80 selected vintage and veteran motor cycles will be exhibited and the remainder of the exhibition space taken up by an exhibition of modern and up-to-date machinery and motor cycle equipment.
I am pleased to extend to the Organisers of the Show my very best wishes on its success. I am positive that it will attract great support from all over Johannesburg and the Witwatersrand. I also wish the many enthusiasts, whether active or envious supporters, every enjoyment in this interesting event.
MESSAGE FROM SOUTHERN AFRICAN VETERAN & VINTAGE ASSOCIATION
The first motor-cycle race between Durban and Johannesburg was held in 1913. The last D.J. race was held in 1936. During this period, for many of us who were young then, the D.J. was the highlight of the year; and we still retain many nostalgic memories of these gruelling races.
The first motor-cycle trial to commemorate the D.J. races took place on 24, 25th April, 1970. This was not a race but a timed trial in which riders were expected to ride accurately (without speedometers etc) to a route schedule. Every participant asked for more at the exciting finish and this Commemorative Trial has been held each year since then. However, due to the current petrol shortage the organisers have decided to stage this Motor-Cycle Cavalcade in lieu of the trial.
As all the motor-cycles eligible for the D.J. Commemorative Trials have to have been manufactured before December 31st 1936; the public have thus seen an ever-growing number of restored veteran and vintage motor-cycles. This upsurge of interest in veteran and vintage motor-cycles and the riding of these machines has been largely due to this major event and the work done by the two organising clubs - Rand Motor Club and The Vintage and Veteran Club. The former is a "modern" motorcar club - but it did organise the original D.J. races, whilst the Vintage and Veteran Club is the oldest established Veteran and Vintage Club in Johannesburg. It is pleasing to note how well a "modern" car club and an "old" car club can work together and thus give the public the chance to see these wonderful machines working.
In this Country veteran and vintage car and motor-cycles clubs are affiliated to S.A.V.V.A. which is an Association formed to help clubs with various problems and to confer with official and Government bodies whenever necessary.
In Southern Africa, clubs associated with S.A.V.V.A. have approximately 1,300 members and between them, club members own an estimated 2,500 to 3,000 vehicles, the majority of which are restored as original. It is an absorbing hobby and members have found that they really have to research to find out just which is the correct part for their vehicle. Furthermore, they have learnt to become amateur mechanics, electricians, pane I-beaters, upholsterers etc. etc. whilst they have had a great deal of fun restoring their pride and joy.
Thus it gives me great pleasure to add my good wishes to many others, for the organisers of this year's Motor-Cycle Cavalcade. It is certain that never in South Africa has such a range of machines been made available for the public in one hall and I am positive that everyone who is interested in two-wheeled machinery will have a wonderful time comparing the seventy years of motor-cycling present at this show.
MESSAGE FROM THE RAND MOTORING CLUB
The 1974 Motor Cycle Cavalcade has its roots way back in 1913 when the Rand Motoring Club (or as it was known in those days, the Rand Motor Cycling Club) organized a motor cycle race from Johannesburg to Durban. This event was a resounding success and was organized every year thereafter up until 1936 (except for the war years of 1915 to 1918), after which the Administrators of the Transvaal and Natal refused permission for the event to be held due to the high speed and increasing congestion on the roads.
The years rolled by until in 1970, a Motor Cycle Trial was organized to commemorate the old D.J. races as they were popularly known. Over the four years, 1970 to 1973 the D.J. Trial enjoyed a steadily increasing entry, all machines being circa 1936 or older. With the advent of fuel restrictions and the total ban on rallies being run on public roads the 1974 event unfortunately had to be cancelled.
This did not discourage one enthusiast, Dick Osborne whose fertile imagination and enthusiasm was responsible for the birth of the D.J. Trial. Dick felt that something had to be done and put forward the idea of organizing this Cavalcade.
Today we have the opportunity through this display of 70 years of motor cycle manufacture to relive the past, to pause awhile and imagine the superhuman effort required to race machines such as these over more than 600 kilometres of unmade roads and often under very trying weather conditions. It is interesting to note the developments in design over the years and to appreciate the long pedigree that today's machines enjoy.
I would like to record my appreciation to the members of the Vintage and Veteran Club and the Rand Motoring Club who have given so much of their time to make this Cavalcade a success. Also my sincere thanks to the Rand Daily Mail and the trade exhibitors without whose participation this event could not have been staged.
MESSAGE FROM THE VINTAGE & VETERAN CLUB
With the cancellation of the Annual Durban-Johannesburg Trial this year a large void was left in the activities of the V.V.C. As this event attracted a large spectator public, it was felt that within the framework of the fuel crisis regulations, a static event at which the same bikes that normally entered the D-J were displayed, should take place.
With their normal enthusiasm the Motor-Cycle section of the Club got moving and have produced this very fine selection of old bikes together with a range of modern ones as a Cavalcade of Motor-Cycles dating from the pre-World War I era through the twenties (the Vintage years), the thirties, at which bikes reached a very high order of efficiency, to the present "high-revving" machines.
So if you are unable to hear the lovely strong beat of the long stroke engines up Majuba you will at least see the machines at close quarters, albeit silent, at this exhibition. I have also no doubt that those of you, to whom these machines were everyday conveyance, will find much to talk about.
On behalf of the Vintage & Veteran Club I would like to congratulate Dick Osborne and his band of helpers for this display and wish it every success.
1904 ADLER 440cc J. HOEPFL
1925/1926 A.J.S. E.4 248cc D. McLAREN
1926 A.J.S. G.5 350cc H.A. FERGUSSON
1926 A.J.S. T.T. REPLICA 500cc H.B.M. CHAPMAN
1930 A.J.S. R.4 348cc H.C. ABBOTT
1931 A.J.S. V.TWIN 998cc R.K. LANGE
1961 A.J.S. 7.R 349cc D. ROBERTSON
1961 A.J.S. 7.R 350cc D.B. BERRY
1928 ARIEL FN SPECIAL 650cc B.R. KUNITZ
1931 ARIEL S.F.31 SLOPER 500cc P.J. BLACKWELL
1938 ARIEL V.H. 497cc P. DEGLON
1957 ARIEL E. EXNER
1957 ARIEL V.B. 600cc M.J. BOSNIAN
1959 ARIEL V.H. 497cc P. DEGLON
1929 B.M.W. 750cc N. KRUGER
1951 B.M.W. R.51/2 500cc P. PRASCHMA
1926 B.S.A. L.26 350cc W.G. AVERRE
1928 B.S.A. 500cc I. BRODIE
1930 B.S.A. SLOPER 500cc A.W. LANGE
1934 B.S.A. 350cc C. CARASTAVRAKIS
1936 B.S.A. TOURER 500cc R. LE ROUX
1948 B.S.A. 250cc R. CRONJE
1956 B.S.A. GOLD STAR 499cc D. ROBERTSON
1957 B.S.A. E. EXNER
1927 CHATER-LEA 545cc D. SANSOM
1925 COTTON-BLACKBURNE 347cc G. VERMAAK
1936 D.K.W. S.B.350 350cc A.W. LANGE
1925 DOUGLAS E.W.350 350cc E.G. GEARING
1967 DUCATI MARK III 250cc K. OSBORNE
1934 EXCELSIOR 350cc R.C. OSBORNE
1924 HARLEY DAVIDSON 1000cc F. BLAESER
1926 HARLEY DAVIDSON 350cc I. BRODIE
1929 HARLEY DAVIDSON 1000cc C.D. RICHMOND
1940 HARLEY DAVIDSON 10/12 1200cc R. SEYFARTH
1942 HARLEY DAVIDSON 1200cc V.E. MULHOLLAND
1942 HARLEY DAVIDSON M.R. PENNEY
1942 HARLEY DAVIDSON W.L.A. 750cc J.N. SCHULTZ
1946 HARLEY DAVIDSON 1200cc C.V. HAMER
1948 HARLEY DAVIDSON 10/12 650cc H. HART
1948 HARLEY DAVIDSON 750cc R.H.E. WOCKE
1949 HARLEY DAVIDSON E.L. 1000cc O.O. HART
1951 HARLEY DAVIDSON 750cc L. GORDON-BELL
1974 HARLEY DAVIDSON ELECTROGLIDE 1200cc A.F. STEYNSBURG
1947 H.R.D. BLACK SHADOW 998cc D. ROBERTSON
1917 INDIAN SCOUT 1000cc E. DIXON
1939 INDIAN TRICAR 1000cc H. MARKS
1925/1929 JAMES 172cc C. ANDERTON
1934 JAMES MK.XIV A 290cc W.G. AVERRE
1935 JAMES 250cc G. CLOUD
1972 JAWA I.S.O. SPEEDWAY 498cc D. NEWTON
1914 J.E.S. 150cc I. BENETTI
1914 LEVIS BABY 211cc M.P. HERTZ
1930/31 MATCHLESS SILVER HAWK 600cc B.R. KUNITZ
1953 MATCHLESS G.45 498cc D. ROBERTSON
1956 MATCHLESS G.9 CLUBMAN 500cc R.H. NUGENT
1929 MOTO-GUZZI SPORT 15 500cc A. BERNARD!
1930 MOTO-GUZZI 250cc J. ALLISON
1915/1918 NORTON B.S. 500cc RJ. MADDERN
1928 NORTON 490cc E. MOSS
1934 NORTON 18 500cc G.B. WILLIAMS
1935 NORTON INTERNATIONAL 350cc R.C. OSBORNE
1936 NORTON INTERNATIONAL 500cc R.C. OSBORNE
1946 NORTON 18 500cc J.A. WAKELING
1951 NORTON 500 T 400cc P. DEGLON
1951 NORTON INTERNATIONAL 500cc R.D. RAMSAY
1952 NORTON MANX 350cc D. BRODIE
1954 NORTON E.S.2 500cc C.V. HAMER
1957 NORTON INTERNATIONAL 500cc D. BRODIE
1962 NORTON MANX 349cc D. ROBERTSON
1957 N.S.U. E. EXNER
1928 O.K. SUPREME ROADSTER 300cc PJ. BLACKWELL
1928 O.K. SUPREME TOURING 300cc R. WHITEFORD
1949 PANTHER REDWING 100 600cc H. HART
1971 JAP ROTRAX SPEEDWAY 498cc I. PATTERSON
1925 ROYAL ENFIELD 350 348cc RJ. MADDERN
1926 ROYAL ENFIELD E. EXNER
1928 ROYAL ENFIELD RACER 225cc B.R. KUNITZ
1938 ROYAL ENFIELD 350cc R. CRONJE
1911 RUDGE WHITWORTH PROTOTYPE MULTI 498cc C. OAKHILL
1930 RUDGE WHITWORTH T.T. REPLICA 500cc C. DEETLEFS
1927 SCOTT FLYING SQUIRREL 500cc R. LE ROUX
1928 SCOTT T.T. REPLICA 500cc A. COLLETT
1929 SCOTT SQUIRREL 600cc O.J. BARRETT
1930 SCOTT FLYER 596cc R. CRONJE
1925 SUNBEAM 350cc D.M. BERRY
1928 SUNBEAM MODEL 1 350cc H.A. FREEMAN
1928 SUNBEAM TOURER 498cc C. OAKHILL
1933 SUNBEAM 90 500cc D. BRODIE
1951 SUNBEAM S.8 487cc C.W. HAMER
1917 TRIUMPH 500cc I. BRODIE
1934 TRIUMPH 2 MK.V 250cc A.P. ZEEMAN
1938 TRIUMPH SPEED TWIN 500cc P.J. BLACKWELL
1953 TRIUMPH T.R.W. 498cc M. WHITE
1959 TRIUMPH CHOPPER 500cc G. SMITH
19?? VELOCETTE RACER 250cc B.R. KUNITZ
1935 VELOCETTE M.A.C. 350cc G.B. WILLIAMS
1935 VELOCETTE M.S.S. 498cc A.W. LANGE
1935 VELOCETTE MAC 250 250cc W.G. AVERRE
1936 VELOCETTE B.T.P. 250cc J. HOEPFL
1936 VELOCETTE K.S.S. 348cc R.K. LANGE
1936 VELOCETTE K.S.S. 350cc W.H. VAN DONGEN
1936 VELOCETTE K.T.S. 350cc B.R. KIMBLE
1947 VELOCETTE K.S.S. 350cc H.C. ABBOTT
1948 VELOCETTE K.T.T. MK. VIM 348cc D. ROBERTSON
1954 VELOCETTE M.S.S. 500cc B. KIMBLE
1956 VELOCETTE E. EXNER
1961 VELOCETTE VENOM 499cc R.K. LANGE
1970 VELOCETTE THRUXTON 499cc G.D. COOK
1951 VINCENT 1000cc D. BRODIE
1933 ZUNDAPP K.800 793cc A. RHODES
1934 ZUNDAPP K.800 804cc B.R. KUNITZ
Below is a list of the Motorcycles that were on display, along with the owner's name.
For brief histories of the manufacturers please visit The Motorcycles page of this website.