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4B Trevor and Sharon Binder – VMC – 1942 Harley Sidecar – 27th Overall 710 Seconds (4)

The 35th Fairest Cape Tour attracted a varied, and very interesting, field of rather rare and exclusive machinery. Centralized at Goudini Spa competing crews had to negotiate two days of scenic driving that included the iconic Franschhoek Pass and Bainskloof Pass. Two of the greatest driving routes in South Africa.

Gavin Walton proved that consistency counts by bringing his 1966 BMW R60-2 home first with a minute error of just 88.

Proving that men are better navigators that women Andrew Lewis and Catherine Lewis topped the car entries with a fine second overall position in their 1976 MGB Roadster on an error of 128. The third step of the podium, fortunately, also claimed by a car crew with Andrew and Annelie Murphy on 154 with their 1979 Mercedes Benz 450 SLC. Ronald and Pam Gush in fourth spot with the 1934 Austin 10 on an error of 159, a total they shared with fifth placed Bruce Stuart on the much more modern 1995 BMW Z1000GS.

The top six rounded off by the lovely 1937 Chevrolet Coupé of Harvey and Tess Metcalf on 160. Mike and Glenda Ward an interesting combination in seventh spot as they were aboard a 1985 Suzuki GS750 with an error of 171. Nick and Sandra Middelmann eighth overall in their strikingly beautiful 1963 Porsche 356 on 185.

Adrian Denness ninth aboard his 1954 BSA B33 (there just had to be something with the No 33) on 203 and the top ten completed by lady rider, Bev Jacobs, aboard her 1975 Honda Supersport.

There were beautiful motorcycles and and cars and some even changed identity from entry list to startline (Triumph Spitfire actually looks good as a Daimler) and as always a few did not make it to the start or finish.

Trevor and Sharon Binder needed little introduction aboard the 1942 Harley Sidecar and the parents of Brad and Darryn enjoyed every kilometer enroute to 27th place overall. Watching the 1948 MG TC of Brian and Carol Wallace going up Franschhoek Pass really made one appreciate the guts of those who dared going on events such as the Targa Florio.

Riding the older motorcycles and cars also add another perspective as the only similarities between the three pedals in a Model T and current cars is the fact that there are indeed three pedals! Motorcycles with gears on the wrong side, variable timing and some even with “live” lubrication makes one wonder how the rider finds the time to still navigate on a vibrating schedule (even if it is at 40km/h).

Oh yes, did we mention no speedo or rev counter either. Suspension, well, let us just say they did not believe it was of any value back then. Brakes, never heard of her either? But the dirty grin at the end said it all and the result was something that had to be printed, position not so important.

Do not believe that for a second – there were frail male ego’s at stake here!

Better believe it, they will all be back next year!

Published by: Patrick Vermaak


Brad Binder – 2022 DJ

Gavin Walton scored his fifth overall win on the DJ Rally for pre-1937 motorcycles on March 11-12. This year’s win follows victories in 2009, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

This was the 51st regularity trial for motorcycles that would have been eligible for the road race between Durban and Johannesburg, which was staged between 1913 and 1936. Riders are required to stick as closely as possible to average speeds set by the organisers and are penalised for early or late arrival at the control points, with the data being collected by the electronic loggers carried by each rider.

The 2022 edition of the DJ had attracted an entry of more than 100 riders. The 700 km course from the start in Hillcrest, outside Durban, on the Friday to the finish at the Benoni Northern Club the next day followed the general route of the original road race. The 2022 rally took its usual toll on the old machinery with only 58 of the 84 starters being classified as official finishers of the two-day event.

Walton, who says this year’s win was the toughest of his five, rode to victory on his trusty 1936 500cc AJS once again. He has only ridden one other motorcycle on the DJ and that was a 1929 500cc OHV Ariel loaned to him by Hew Hollard for this first DJ in 2005. Walton not only won overall, with 228 penalty points, but also had the lowest score on Day 1, from Durban to Newcastle, and the third lowest score on the second day, from the overnight stop to the finish in Benoni.

Walton, who retired from the synthetic diamond manufacturing industry in 2015, now concentrates on restoring classic motorcycles and running his business in Springs retailing replacement parts for British motorcycles.

Gavin Walton’s brother, Kevin, also kept the family flag flying high with a fine fourth overall on a 1931 500cc BSA. Kevin was also fourth on Day 1 and fifth on Day 2 as well as winning his class in his BSA’s age category.

Second overall was Mike Ward on a 1935 500cc Velocette, who had won the DJ in 2004 and is usually at the sharp end of an extremely competitive field. Martin Kaiser took third place on a 1935 500cc Sunbeam. Competition was tight with only 238 seconds separating Walton in first place from Neville Nicolau and Samantha Anderson who share ninth position.

The entry of South Africa’s two MotoGP riders, brothers Brad and Darryn Binder, attracted a great deal of public interest. This was the second successive year that they have competed in the DJ Rally, and they have completed the course on each occasion. This year Darryn finished 21st on a 1936 500cc Ariel, with Brad taking 45th spot on a 1935 500cc Sunbeam.

Their father, Trevor, a DJ Rally regular, had to retire during the first day due to a problem with the rear brake of his 1925 600cc Indian, Repairs were carried out in Newcastle, and he rode the second day with his sons, putting up an impressive performance, collecting only 357 penalty points on Day 2.

Unfortunately for the large crowd at the finish in Benoni the Moto GP duo made a fairly quick exit after reaching the final control as they did not want undue exposure to possible Covid-19 infection before flying out to their next race in Indonesia. They did manage to meet and greet some fans and signed memorabilia for them before leaving.

Wayne Harley, curator of the Franschhoek Motor Museum, was a very happy man at the finish in Benoni as he completed the demanding route riding the museum’s 1926 350cc AJS that was the winner of the 1936 Durban-Johannesburg handicap road race, ridden on that occasion by Cranley Jarman, of Nigel, This was the last year that these races were staged before the authorities deemed this type of racing dangerous for both the competitors and other road users as traffic between the two cities increased over the years. The last time this motorcycle took part in DJ Rally was in 2002 when restorer Hew Hollard rode it.

“The bike performed faultlessly, and it was a privilege to have had the opportunity to ride this piece of South African motorcycle history on yet another DJ Rally after a 20-year absence,” commented Wayne Harley.

“The 2022 DJ Rally proved a tough test of man and machine, as it has over the years,” commented Hylton Allison, the Clerk of the Course who headed up a committee with members from various clubs to organise this prestigious international event on behalf of the Vintage and Veteran Club of South Africa.
“One problem we have each year is the deteriorating condition of the roads, which are tough on these old bikes, while this year we also had to contend with a civic protest in Pietermaritzburg which required competitors to deviate from the planned route to avoid the blocked roads. Thankfully, there were no accidents.”

Overall: 1, Gavin Walton (1936 500cc AJS), 228 penalty points; 2, Mike Ward (1935 500cc Velocette), 258; 3, Martin Kaiser (1935 500cc Sunbeam), 271; 4, Kevin Walton (1931 500cc BSA), 277; 5, Ralph Pitchford (1934 500cc Norton), 324; 6, Ryan Duncan (1934 500cc Norton), 357; 7, Ryan van Heerden (1936 350cc Velocette), 436; 8, Allan Cunninghame (1936 500cc Velocette), 439; 9, Neville Nicolau (1935 500cc Norton) tied with Samantha Anderson (1929 350cc AJS), 466.
Day 1: 1, Gavin Walton, 132; 2, Martin Kaiser, 134; 3, Mike Ward, 151; 4, Kevin Walton, 170; 5, Ryan Duncan, 197.

Day 2: 1, Ryan van Heerden, 87; 2, Ralph Pitchford, 93; 3, Gavin Walton, 96; 4, Rikki Maizey (1935 500cc Velocette), 99; 5, Kevin Walton tied with Neville Nicolau 500(107).

Other awards: Best performance by a pre-1926 motorcycle: Bill Lance (1925 600cc Indian). Best performance by pre-1930 motorcycles: Up to 350cc: Samantha Anderson (350cc AJS); 350-500cc: Tony Lyons-Lewis (1928 500cc Norton); Over 501cc: Howard Marks (Ariel); Sidecar combination: Brian Lange (1928 1000cc AJS). Best performance by pre-1936 motorcycles: Up to 350cc: Ryan van Heerden (1936 350cc Velocette); 350-500cc: Kevin Walton (1931 500cc BSA); Over 501cc: Gawie Nienaber (1935 750cc BMW); Sidecar combination: Adrian Hollis (1936 600cc Sunbeam). Best performance by a lady rider: Samantha Anderson. Best performance by a first-time rider: Achim Bergmann (200 cc DKW). Best Ariel: Grant Vacy-Lyall (1931 500cc). Best Norton: Ralph Pitchford (1934 500cc); Best Velocette: Mike Ward (1935 500cc); Best Triumph: Kevin Kohler (1934 350cc; Best BMW: Gawie Nienaber (1935 750cc); Best Sunbeam: Martin Kaiser (1935 500cc). Oldest motorcycle to complete the course: Hans Coertse (1924 1000cc Harley Davidson). Oldest rider to complete the course. Rod Thomas (82 years old riding a 1928 350cc OK Supreme. Youngest rider to compete the course: Darryn Binder (24 years old riding a 1936 500cc Ariel). Club team: Vintage Motorcycle Club (Mike Ward, Ralph Pitchford, Ryan Duncan). Most DJs completed: Tony Lyons-Lewis (38 DJs and this year he rode a 1928 500cc Norton CS1).

Published by: Roger Houghton


Wayne Harley, the curator of the Franschhoek Motor Museum,  astride the 1926 AJS 350 he will ride in the 2022 DJ Rally between Durban and Johannesburg on March 11-12. This is the machine that was ridden to victory in the 1936 DJ road race by Cranley Jarman, of Nigel

The 1926 350cc AJS that was ridden to victory in the last Durban to Johannesburg (DJ) road race on public roads in 1936 will return to the commemorative DJ regularity rally this year after a 20 year absence. The rider in 1936 was Cranley Jarman, of lived on a farm near Nigel and had bought the AJS originally for £4.10 as a commuter

This famous motorcycle, which is now part of the Franschhoek Motor Museum collection, will be ridden by Wayne Harley, the museum’s curator in this year’s 700km event which starts in Hillcrest, near Durban, on the morning of March 11 and finishes in Benoni the following afternoon. This will be the third time that Harley has ridden the DJ and the first time that he will ride a “flat-tanker.”

Jarman had worked at a garage in Delmas where the proprietor was a keen motorcycle racer which fired the youngster’s interest in becoming a racer himself. He took part in his first race – the Durban to Johannesburg classic – in 1932 on a 500cc AJS. He finished 20th despite “tyre trouble”. He entered this event again the next year and had engine trouble that forced him to retire.

He had earlier been very satisfied with a 1926 350cc side valve AJS which he sold in a weak moment. He was able to buy a similar machine which required a lot of work to get it running. He rebuilt it and saw it as a potential race bike, even though its main use was as a commuter with more than 10 000 miles covered in the previous 18 months.

A friend rode it in the 1935 DJ race, and it performed well so Jarman decided to enter the 10-year-old machine in the 1936 race, which turned out to be the last of these events to be held on public roads due to growing traffic volumes.

This famous road race was a handicap event which saw Jarman start from Durban 1 hr. 20 min. before the scratch rider. He had a relatively trouble-free ride, except for a tumble between Ladysmith and Newcastle and was first at the finish at City Deep, Johannesburg.

He kept the AJS – compete with race number panel on the side – in a corner of one of the rooms in his house on the farm near Nigel for many years. It later ended up in the Heidelberg Museum and subsequently became part of the display at the Franschhoek Museum in the Cape.

Jarman also built a replica of his race-winning AJS for his then-apprentice, Fred de Beer. Coincidentally, Hylton Allison, the Clerk of the Course for the 2022 DJ Rally bought this machine from De Beer. It had last been on eh road in 1956 and required a full restoration which Allison undertook, subsequently selling it to another enthusiast about 20 years ago.

Jarman retained his interest in motorcycle racing by working in the 1950’s as a mechanic for his friend, Borro “Beppe” Castellani, who was virtually unbeatable in local races on a Manx Norton.

Wayne Harley says the museum has kept the AJS running on a regular basis, but for the upcoming DJ Rally he has done a lot of maintenance to the wheel hubs and brakes while learning to operate a machine with a total loss lubrication system using an adjustable drip-feed Pilgrim pump.

“Firstly, I wish to pay tribute to Hew Hollard for his commitment and enthusiasm for the restoration project he undertook involving this very special motorcycle. The restoration was carried out for the Heidelberg Museum and Hew rode the bike in two DJ Runs after completing his work and was a finisher on each occasion.

“The ownership of the AJS was later transferred to the Franschhoek Motor Museum where it is in my care. My aim in the 2022 DJ Rally is build further on the history of this famous, 96-year-old AJS by getting it to the finish in Benoni, so I won’t be pushing too hard,” commented Harley.

Published by:  Roger Houghton


Tony Lyons-Lewis, well known in the classic car and motorcycle world, is aiming for another top 10 finish in the 2022 DJ Rally, which will be his 38th. He will again ride his 1928 Norton CS1 (standing for Cam Shaft 1, Norton’s first OHC engine, with the shaft and bevel drive to the overhead camshaft prominent in this photograph).

This year’s annual Durban-Johannesburg regularity rally for motorcycles made before 1936 has attracted an entry of more than 100 riders. The event will start at 06:00 on Friday, 11 March from the Hillcrest Corner Shopping Mall, outside Durban, and finish at the Benoni Northern Sports Club, Northmead, Benoni the following afternoon after an overnight stop in Newcastle.

The route of 700km from Durban to the Witwatersrand is similar to that followed when this event was a road race on public roads between 1913 and 1936. The authorities refused to give permission for the event in 1937 due to growing traffic volumes on these roads and following the death of 25-year-old Jock Leishman during the 1936 race. This is why the cut-off date for competing motorcycles is 1936.

The big drawcards for DJ Rally spectators this year – as it was in 2020 – will be the participation of the Binder brothers, Brad and Darryn, who are both riding in the world championship MotoGP this year. They will ride with their father, Trevor, a keen classic motorcyclist and regular on the DJ Rally. He will ride his favourite 1925 600cc Indian, while Brad will be mounted on a 1935 500cc Sunbeam and Darryn on a 1936 500cc Ariel. The three of them took part in the 2020 DJ Rally, just before the COVID-19 lockdown and all three finished the route which went from Johannesburg to Durban on that occasion.

This year the Binder brothers are fitting in the DJ Rally between the opening round of the MotoGP championship in Qatar on March 6 and the next round in Indonesia two weeks later.

There are only two entries from outside South Africa in this year’s big field, being Anthony Weber, from Zambia, who will ride a 1930 250cc Sunbeam, and Les Youngman, from the United Kingdom who will ride a 1934 250cc New Imperial. Youngman, who has brothers living in Cape Town who will supply him with the New Imperial, will be riding his third DJ Rally

There are only three women on the entry list this year, being Stephanie Meyer, who will ride a 1932 250cc Royal Enfield, Bev Jacobs, a regular entrant, on a 1935 250cc Triumph, and Annel Hertog, who has entered a 1934 500cc Norton.

Fifteen riders will be competing in the famous international event for the first time, which is good news for the sustainability of an event of this nature.

Neville Smith, who is 87, will once again be the oldest rider in the field. His competition number is 35 (he was born in 1935) and his motorcycle, a 250cc Rudge, is also a 1935 model making it the same age as its rider!

Another special number allocation is 39, which will be on the 1933 500cc AJS of Trevor Jones to signify the fact this this year’s DJ Rally will be his 39th.

Tony Lyons-Lewis is another rider with considerable experience on the DJ and the 2022 event will be his 38th. He started riding the DJ on an uncompetitive 350cc OK Supreme, but then switched to Nortons, first a Model 18 and latterly a 500cc overhead CS1 (Cam Shaft 1).. He says winning the event continues to elude him, but he has finished in the top 10 many times, but has never finished either first or sixth, but in all the other positions. Tony’s brother, Jon, is not riding the DJ this year but will be his second on the event.

Three of the riders will be on sidecar combinations, with one of them – Nicholas Chapman on a 1936 550cc Triumph – electing to run without a passenger, while Brian Lange (1928 1000cc AJS) and Adrian Hollis (1936 600cc Sunbeam) will have passengers in their sidecars.

Several previous winners will be in the field this year, headed up by Gavin Walton, who has won four events (2009, 2017, 2018, 2019), Martin Davis with three wins (2006, 2007, 2011), Mike Ward (2004) and Ralph Pitchford (2016) each with one victory. Mark Broady, who won in 2020, has emigrated from South Africa.

Gavin Walton, who is one of the favourites to win again, made a good start to his preparations for the 2022 DJ Rally by winning the Pre-DJ Rally on February 20, with an error of only 89 penalty points. Stewart MacGregor was second with 131 penalty points and he was followed by Ralph Pitchford (137), Mike Ward (205) and Niel Stander (221).

“We, as the organising team, are delighted with the good response we have had from competitors, making this one of the biggest fields in recent years and this enthusiastic support is a fitting tribute to the 50-year history of the DJ Rally which commemorates the annual road races between Durban and Johannesburg between 1913 and 1936,” commented Hylton Allison, who is Clerk of the Course for the first time this year, although a seasoned DJ rider. (The DJ Rally is organised by a team from several car and motorcycle clubs on behalf of the Vintage and Veteran Club of South Africa).

For more information on the event, including the entry list, go to

Published by: Roger Houghton


Hylton Allison, a long-time motorcycle enthusiast, has been appointed clerk of the course for the annual DJ Run, a regularity trial for motorcycles made before the end of 1936 that runs between Durban and Johannesburg. The 2022 event will take place on 11 and 12 March, starting at Hillcrest, outside Durban, and finishing at the Benoni Northern Sports Club after an overnight stop in Newcastle.

Allison heads a committee made up of members of various motorcycle clubs which organises this event on behalf of the Vintage and Veteran Club of South Africa. He is a seasoned DJ competitor, having competed in 20 of these rallies, beginning in 1997. He also has extensive rally organising experience including acting as Assistant Clerk of Course for the DJ Run in 2010 and 2011.

Hylton Allison’s brother, Gavin, who is a seasoned Clerk of the Course of the Fairest Cape Rally, will be an assistant on the 2022 DJ Run, along with Durbanite Cobus Grobbelaar, who will also be a scorer. Other members of the 2022 organising committee are Gwyneth Cronje and Elaine Cusdin (secretaries and administrators), Bert Lopes (treasurer), Liz Addison (trophy officer), Peter Aneck-Hahn (SAVVA Steward) and Eric McQuillan (Club Steward).

This annual regularity trial involves competitors riding as close as possible to set average speeds for their class, with marshals no longer employed to record a competitor’s progress manually, with electronic data loggers having taken the place of human intervention.

“Entries have opened already and will close on 31 January 2022,” said Allison. “There is already great interest, particularly as this year’s event had to be cancelled. We are aiming to get a field of about 100 riders. They will ride much of the traditional route used when the DJ was a road race between the two cities between 1923 and 1936. This will include riding from Newcastle to Volksrust, Standerton, Balfour, and Heidelberg before finishing in Benoni on the second day. Total distance will be about 700 kilometres.”

Hylton Allison’s love of vehicles goes back many years, having trained originally as a diesel technician. Allison retired from the position of Technical General Manager at the Imperial Group, where he was responsible for a fleet of more than 3 000 vehicles. His involvement with classic motorcycles is also a long-running affair and his collection of four motorcycles includes three that are eligible for the DJ, meaning they were made before the end of 1936.

He takes pride in doing the restoration and maintenance of his machines himself. An AJS is his usual choice for riding in the DJ, but he has also ridden a couple for Triumphs in this two-day event.

For more information and to find an entry form go to the DJ Run website, Hylton Allison can be contacted on 078-234-7144 or

Hylton Allison