The Vintage and Veteran Club in Johannesburg has decided to make some major organisational changes for the DJ Run commemorative regularity rally scheduled to take place next year. The club says the aim of the revamp is to increase the number of competitors while decreasing the entry fee where possible.
Hylton Allison, a seasoned DJ Run competitor and rally organiser, will now head up the organising committee as Clerk of the Course, replacing Larina MacGregor, who held this position in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. Hylton will have his brother, Gavin, and Cobus Grobbelaar as his assistants.
Other committee members for the 2022 DJ Run are: Gavin Allison (treasurer), Peter Aneck-Hahn (SAVVA steward), Eric McQuillan (club steward), Gwyneth Cronje and Elaine Cusdin (secretaries), Pierre Cronje (fund raising), Paul Koski and Bert Lopes (VVC representatives).
A recent article on the iconic DJ Run, which began as a road race for motorcycles between Johannesburg and Durban in 1913, stated that the 2022 event would celebrate 50 years of the commemorative regularity rally while this milestone was, in fact, reached in 2021 as the first of these regularity rallies took pace in 1970, with 1974 being cancelled due to fuel restrictions and 2021 not taking place due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 2020 DJ Run commemorative regularity rally for motorcycles made before 1937 has been cancelled. The event was to have started in Hillcrest, outside Durban, on March 12 and finished in Johannesburg the following day after an overnight stop in Newcastle.
Clerk of the Course Larina MacGregor says the intention is to stage the event again in March 2022 when it will mark the 50th staging of a commemorative rally between the two cities. The famous event was originally a race on public roads staged between 2013 and 1936 after which it was banned on the grounds of safety as traffic on these roads increased.
This is one of several major motoring events that have already been cancelled this year. These include the George and Knysna motor shows and the 1000 Bike Show in Gauteng.
However, the organisers of the Simola Hillclimb in Knysna are hoping to stage their event between 2-5 September, while the Pretoria Old Motor Club says it is still on track to stage its Cars in the Park motoring expo at the Zwartkops Raceway, near Pretoria, on August 1.
The 20th international Passion for Speed race meeting, which was originally scheduled to be held at the Zwartkops Raceway on 29-31 January, is now to be staged from 18-20 June.
FIM Africa held a very successful virtual general assembly on 7 November 2020, with English – French interpretation via Interacio. All Items were unanimously approved including the amendments to the Statutes.
“This was the first Virtual GA and was a learning curve for us; it turned out very well and we were pleased with the number of delegates who took the time to join us. While some FMN’s had connectivity difficulties the turnout was as good as expected. This is definitely a means of meetings for the future especially for Africa, which is such a vast continent”, said the President Marco Comana.
There were 11 Federations in attendance i.e. Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia out of a total of 15 affiliated members.
While the Executive Council also held its 4th Virtual meeting for 2020 in preparation for the GA.
Having worked with Clive Mawson for a number of years in the Touring, Leisure and Road Safety Commission of which he was the able Chairman, I was sad to hear that Clive died recently. He was a very efficient Chairman who conducted meetings in a disciplined, but humorous way.
Clive appreciated the effort being made in Kenya to encourage the wearing of safety helmets and he quickly realized that the Africa Concours d’Elegance which has been recognized and sanctioned by FIM Africa since 2006 illustrated the work of the Touring, Leisure and Road Safety Commission.
At the last meeting which I attended he expressed a hope that he would be selected to represent FIM Africa at the 2017 Concours. I was very happy that he was chosen to attend the event. His participation was top class.
From the time of his arrival on the Friday before the event he worked closely with the Alfa Romeo Owners Club Committee which is responsible for running the Concours.
Clive’s Concours weekend started on Friday with the keynote speech at the welcome dinner for competitors from outside Kenya and continued with a pre event familiarisation visit to the Nairobi Racecourse.
On Concours Day Clive mixed his work with short breaks as a spectator. After the parade of all the competing cars and motorcycles he joined senior officials and sponsors for the awards ceremony.
Clive presented several of the top prizes to successful competitors and spoke briefly to give his impression of the Concours day. He was full of praise for the event and the additional attractions which included a motor trade section and the Heritage Collection of old equipment and machinery.
He concluded his speech by expressing the hope that he would be selected again to represent FIM Africa at a future Concours d’Elegance. Sadly his wish was never fulfilled.
It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing away of Clive Mawson from Zimbabwe, Clive played an integral part in Leisure and Touring for FIM AFRICA and served as an Executive Council member for many years.
FIM AFRICA and the FIM extends condolences to the Mawson family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.