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DYED-IN-THE-WOOL MOTORCYCLIST MARK BROADY SCORES FIRST WIN IN DJ CLASSIC RALLY

Binder family at the start

By Roger Houghton

Mark Broady (43), a mechanical engineer living in Randburg, surprised many experienced motorcycle rallyists when he won the 50th commemorative Durban-Johannesburg (DJ) regularity trial for classic motorcycles on March 14. He accumulated an error of only 146 seconds at the time check points on the 596 km route (241 km on Day 1 and 355 km on day 2).

Mark, who had the second best score on Day 1 (behind three-time winner Gavin Walton) and best score on Day 2, is a lifelong motorcyclists, both as a commuter and competitor in all forms of two-wheel motor sport.

This was only Mark’s third DJ Run, having finished 40th in 2018 and 6th last year. The 1935 Velocette MAC he rode is the same motorcycle on which his father, Barry, had been running a close second in the inaugural commemorative DJ Rally in 1970 when a timing gear stripped and he had to retire about 20 km from the finish at City Deep in Johannesburg.

Father Barry Broady was also well known for winning the inaugural Roof of Africa in 1969 and following up with another win in 1970, both times riding a Honda. His son, Mark, is now restoring the Honda he rode in 1970.

This annual DJ Run celebrates the 50th anniversary of the staging of the first of these rallies that commemorated the original, annual Durban-Johannesburg road race for motorcycles which took place between the two cities from 1913 until 1936 when the authorities banned this type of motor sport event due to safety concerns.

The 2020 DJ Run which started from the Heidelberg Museum on Friday, March 13 and finished at the Shongweni Equestrian Centre the following day, attracted an entry of 106 riders, with nine non-starters and 73 finishers. The finishing rate was still impressive considering the “youngest” competing motorcycle was 84 years old and the oldest was the centenarian ABC Sopwith of Peter Gillespie.

Gillespie is a real fan of this little-known British motorcycle brand, which only produced motorcycles from 1914 – 1923. Gillespie’s 1920 machine, which he restored himself, using many specially made parts, finished a creditable 52nd. However, his team-mate, 80-year-old Paul Button, of Britain, who is also an ABC owner and worldwide registrar of the marque, was forced to retire with a broken tappet adjuster. Button still managed to cover more than 400 km on his loaned ABC and thoroughly enjoyed the DJ Run experience.

Second overall this year was Ralph Pitchford on a 1936 BSA Blue Star with an error of 173 seconds. Pitchford, an experienced off-road racer and Dakar competitor, is a preparer of immaculate motorcycles and won the DJ in 2016.

Third place was filled by Keegan Ward (32), who runs a tyre business in Randburg and is another rider with fairly limited experience in regularity rallying on a motorcycle. His error was 188 seconds.

A keen motorcyclist his whole life and son of Mike Ward, a regular DJ Run participant and winner of the 2004 event, Keegan has competed in only four DJ rallies, with the last time being 2018 when he finished 15th. He did much of the work restoring his 1936 Norton himself. He says his rally navigating skills have benefitted not only from advice from his father, Mike, but also from two other experienced rallyists, Stuart Cunninghame, and Martin Davis.

This year’s event was certainly not easy for the big field, although the weather played along on Day 1 and most of Day 2. The exception was a heavy squall of rain and hail which passed over the route on Saturday afternoon and affected the performance of several competitors, including drowning the electrics of some of the motorcycles. The secondary roads that make up most of the route were also rutted and potholed, while many speed humps also put a heavy strain on riders and their machines. On the second day they were in the saddle for almost 11 hours!

The Binder family trio of father, Trevor, and his famous road racing sons, Brad and Darryn, all qualified as finishers. Darryn (23) fared best, placing 43rd on a 1928 BMW R52, and collecting the award for the youngest rider to finish the event. He had previously ridden the DJ on a 98cc Francis Barnett when he was 16 and not permitted to ride a larger capacity motorcycle. He was forced to retire after a number of punctures on that occasion.

His brother, former Moto3 world champion and now a KTM rider in MotoGP, Brad, finished 54th on a 1935 Sunbeam. He had problems with a broken rear mudguard bracket which required lots of cable ties to try and secure it. He also had a bolt come loose in the clutch assembly. However, the big thing is that he finished, as did his father, Trevor, who came 44th on his 1925 Indian Scout.

Six of the seven riders from outside South Africa also qualified as finishers: the Youngman trio from the United Kingdom, Dorian Radue from Australia, Paul Button from the UK, and Anthony Weber from Zambia, while Andy Kaindl, of Germany, was forced to withdraw at the end of Day 1.

Samantha Anderson, who rode a 1918 Harley Davidson, which was the oldest motorcycle entered in the event, had to retire near the finish with a lack of spark for the 1 000cc V-twin engine.

The results on the DJ Run are calculated on arrival times at various checkpoints on the route as the riders try to stick as closely as possible to the set speeds, with them being able to choose to run in one of three speed groups: 50, 60 or 70 km/h. The arrival times were at check points were logged electronically by an instrument carried by the rider and downloaded at the end of each day. The rider with the lowest time penalty was the winner.

The annual, international DJ Run is run under the auspices of the Vintage and Veteran Club of South Africa (VVC), and organised by a committee with members from several local classic motorcycle clubs under the leadership of Clerk of the Course Larina MacGregor, who was doing this arduous task for the third consecutive year.

RESULTS

Overall results: 1, Mark Broady (1935 Velocette MAC), 146 penalty points; 2, Ralph Pitchford (1933 BSA Blue Star), 173; 3, Keegan Ward (1936 Norton Model 18), 188; 4, Gavin Walton (1936 AJS 9), 206; 5, Kevin Walton (1931 BSA Sloper), 219; 6, Martin Davis (1930 Sunbeam 9), 228; 7, Allan Cunningham (1936 Velocette MSS), 237; 8, JC van Rooyen (1936 Ariel NH 350), 255; 9, Adrian and Gerald Hollis (1935 Sunbeam Lion sidecar combination), 257); 10, Mike Ward (1936 Velocette MSS), 259.

Awards: Best performance by a woman rider – Bev Jacobs (1935 Triumph 21); Best performance by a first time rider: Kevin Kohler (1934 Triumph 350); Lowest score on Day 1 – Gavin Walton (1936 AJS 9); Lowest score on Day 2 – Mark Broady (1935 Velocette MAC); Oldest motorcycle to complete the course – 1920 ABC Sopwith ridden by Peter Gillespie; Oldest rider to complete the course – Neville Smith (1936 Ariel Red Hunter) who is 84; Youngest ride to complete the course – Darry Binder (1928 BMW R52) who is 23; Nominated team –  Team Prado (Martin Davis, Keegan Ward and Mike Ward); Club team – Vintage Motorcycle Club (Mark Broady, Ralph Pitchford and Keegan Ward); Most DJ Runs completed – Kevin Robertson (28 out of 30)

CLASSIC MOTORCYCLES AT THE KNYSNA MOTOR SHOW – IT’S ALL…

A highlight of this year’s Knysna Motor Show on May 3, 2020, will be the increasing number of vintage, veteran and classic motorcycles on display in the special tent reserved for the two-wheeler fraternity and sponsored by Elf Lubricants and Diesel Electric.


The motorcycles will join some 300 classic and vintage cars on the Knysna High School Sports field on the first Sunday in May, which also forms part of a long weekend. Once again the Knysna show has Sanlam Private Wealth as its headline sponsor, and this will be the ninth running of this annual event.


The passion is almost tangible
Two-wheeled machines ranging in age from the early 1900s to the 1980s have been assembled from all over South Africa. And once again the underlying theme of the display will be the passion that the bikers display for their classic steeds.


If you happen to engage one of the motorcyclists in conversation about their machines, be prepared to set aside plenty of time to learn about such biker-specific details as “steering head angles”, “swing- arm flex” and the vagaries of magneto sparking systems that could well be over 100 years old. More than any other group of enthusiasts, owners of classic motorcyclists are willing to share their passion with anyone who takes time out to examine these wonderful pieces of engineering.
The motorcycle section has its own “Best of Show” category where the public will vote for the best motorcycle on display. The trophy and prize will be sponsored by the Motorcycle Room from Knysna.


One arch two-wheeled enthusiast is Mac McKenzie from Drummond in KZN, who will be displaying two very special and rare examples of British racing motorcycle craft from the early 1970s. He will be travelling to Knsyna with a 1970 racing Triumph Trident known as “Slippery Sam” and an equally rare competition Triumph Bonneville RGB 850.


1970 Triumph Trident and 1975 Triumph Bonneville RGB: The triple-cylinder Triumph Trident is an exact copy of the original “Slippery Sam” racer that won a string of Isle of Man TT races in the 1970s. What’s more, it was assembled by McKenzie who worked for Slippery Sam’s creator, LP Lewis, in the UK as a South African youngster abroad in the 1970s.


The Triumph Bonneville RGB is equally special and this British classic was built up by Richard Gary Bryan in New Zealand. McKenzie paid cash for the bike and had to wait two years for its delivery to South Africa! Based on a Bonneville T140, It features a special 850 cc motor, a five-speed gearbox and a special frame. The motor has been radically altered and features a unique 180 degree crankshaft.


1964 BMW R60 and 1958 Velocette MSS: Lofty Pretorius from Sedgefield has been a mainstay exhibitor at the Knysna Motor Show and this year will be no different. Pretorius has a number of machines to choose from in his collection and this year he has picked out two classic street machines.


The 1964 BMW R60 is a German boxer-twin cylinder design made famous by BMW which still does duty on some of its machinery today. Pretorius bought this machine from a “retired traffic cop” in Muldersdrift a few years ago. The traffic officer had bought the machine upon on his retirement from the Roodepoort Traffic Department and Pretorius has lovingly restored it to its original black finish with white pin-striping. He says it is so reliable he would have no hesitation in hopping aboard and riding it up to Jo’burg from his home base in Sedgefield.


The 1958 Velocette is a 500 cc single cylinder machine built in England. It is a low-production, very high-quality motorcycle and many famous British motorcycle racers cut their teeth on a Velocette Venom of the this era. Pretorius’s machine has a Venom high performance kit, and says his machine has just undergone some refurbishment. Pretorius adds that famous Velocette racing mechanic Geoff Lacey will be at the 2020 Knysna Motor Show on May 3.


1916 BSA Model K. This machine is owned by arch Johannesburg vintage motorcyclist Steve Helm, who will be part of a strong Vintage Motorcycle Club contingent travelling down to Knysna for this year’s Motor Show. This BSA, now over 100 years old, is significant in that 1916 was the first year that the BSA switched from belt drive to chain drive, and it also features a three-speed gearbox.


Helm says these old motorcycles are very complicated to ride. The 557cc BSA features a hand-operated lever gear change, and the accelerator is also hand-lever operated. In addition, these old bikes have ignition-timing retard and advance that also has to be operated by hand. To get the old BSA mobile it has to be started on the stand. The clutch is a foot clutch, but Helm says the best way to get mobile is to paddle with your feet and then select first gear.


1911 Precision: This machine will be the oldest motorcycle on the show. It is on loan from the Johannesburg Vintage Motorcycle Club and will be taken to the show by Bevan Beckman. The Precision is an interesting machine, as the company only made engines and supplied these to different frame manufactures. The bulk of these engines were shipped to Australia, and this one, shipped to South Africa, features a Premier frame. It’s a 600 cc single cylinder machine and has direct drive to the rear wheel, with no gearbox. These older machines also need to be oiled by the rider on the move, and excess oil drips out onto the road!


1947 Harley Davidson: Bevan Beckman is also bringing a classic Harley Davidson to the show. This large-capacity V-twin machine, still featuring a hand-lever gear change, was produced just after the war. A number of Harley Davidsons of this era were used by the South African and Rhodesian armies and many of them later found their way into private ownership.


1969 Norton Commando: This is a 750 cc machine and was one of the fastest bikes of the late 1960s. It featured a rubber-mounted engine and the famous “Fastback” styling with a rear tailpiece in fibreglass. It belongs to Martin Kaiser, a member of the Vintage Motorcycle Club in Johannesburg which is bringing eight motorcycles to the Knysna Motor Show.


1960 Royal Enfield Constellation and 1980 BMW R100 Café Racer: Another VMC member who is travelling from Johannesburg to Knysna will be Barnie Barnard. Barnie is displaying yet another famous British marque in the form of a 1960 Royal Enfield Constellation, and is also bringing his unusual BMW R100 Café Racer.


1972 BSA Rocket 3 and 1962 Manx Norton: These are two more machines travelling from KZN for the Knysna Motor Show and are owned by Tommy Schoeman. This particular BSA has a replica of a rare Rob North racing frame and this bike was bought in the UK, having been built by Les Whiston. The Rocket 3 has a similar 750 cc triple engine to the Triumph Trident, but the engine cylinders have more of a forward-leaning location. This is a racing machine with twin disc brakes up front.
The Manx Norton is a 1962 model. This machine was built by the Mackintosh company in New Zealand from the last blanks obtained from the factory in the early 1960s. The Manx Norton is a 500 cc single-cylinder machine. It features an overhead cam design, and the camshaft uses a bevel drive from the crankshaft. Nortons won many Isle of Man TTS and many famous racers cut their teeth on them. Mike Hailwood and Jim Redman, world champions of the 1960s, started out on Manx Nortons. Tommy Schoeman’s machine is finished in classic silver just like the original machines. A Manx Norton was recently ridden at the Goodwood Festival by MotoGP star Dani Pedrosa. Schoeman’s machine actually competed in a recent Isle of Man Classic TT.


1959 Velocette Venom and 1989 Ducati 400: These machines will be coming to the show courtesy of Knysna’s Bill Annetts. This Velocette is a factory-built Venom model with many special Thruxton racing internals, but Bill has fitted less radical handlebars to the machine to enable a more upright riding position. His other machine that he is readying for the show is a rare 400 cc Ducati. This is styled in similar fashion to the famous Italian 750 and 900 SS machines, but its smaller engine was built for certain markets where there was a capacity limit for less-experienced riders. Bill has configured the bike with custom detailing including a white colour scheme. He may also bring his well-known Norton 750 Atlas racer to the show.


1980 Ducati Pantah 500 SL TT and 1969 Triumph Bonneville T120R: Neville Fisher of East London will once again be bringing two specialised historic racing machines to the show. His Ducati Pantah TT Replica was almost completed for last year’s show but since then it has competed successfully in a number of races. Neville has completely reconfigured the frame on this bike with a different steering angle, changed the motor location and fitted different brakes and swing arm. The weight of the machine has been reduced by some 27 kg! He says that the changes have reduced his lap times at the Eats London Grand Prix circuit by some seven seconds.


His 1969 FRP Triumph Bonneville presents an amazing story. Neville bought this 1969 T120R model in 1972 and has owned and raced it ever since! The bike features a highly-developed Bonneville motor with 11;1 compression and 32 mm Amal rubber-mounted carburettors and runs 17-inch wheels. It is more than capable of seeing off much more modern Japanese racing machinery, as Neville has proved on many occasions!
And many more bikes…In addition to the machines mentioned, there will be many more classic, vintage and veteran machines on show including a 50 cc Maserati, a Garelli 50 cc, an MV Augusta, Yamaha RD350s, and a Fiorelli, which is a sports 49 cc motorcycle built in Italy in the 1950s.
Over 300 cars are expected.


The Garden Route Motor Club, organisers of the Knysna Motor Show, are expecting close to 300 classic, vintage and veteran cars to be on the Knsyna High sports field on May 3. Highlights will be a special display of 40 Austin Healeys from the 1950s and 1960s. Other highlights will include a tribute to the Mercedes-Benz Pagoda, which was Mercedes’ signature sports car from 1963 until 1971, badged as 230, 250 and 280 SL models. And Alfa Romeo will again be well-represented, as this Italian marque is celebrating its 110th anniversary.


There will also be a number of modern supercars such as Ferraris, Porsches and Lamborghinis, vintage and veteran cars, American cars from the 1950s and many more exciting sports car displays.
Cars and motorcycles only by special invitation.


The Garden Route Motor Club is again limiting the number of vehicles to 400, to retain the exceptionally high standard of machinery that has now become this show’s hallmark.


“The cars and motorcycles on show will again be there by special invitation only,” says chief organiser Peter Pretorius of the Garden Route Motor Club. “We aim to ensure that the cars on display measure up to a certain standard in terms of presentation and rarity. This also enables us to plan the display areas in advance, as we know exactly what will be arriving on the day.”


Ideal day out for the whole family, at affordable prices
Attendance of the Knysna Motor Show has grown to surpass 5 000 spectators in recent years. The 2020 show is a one-day event held at the Knysna High School Sports Grounds on 3 May 2020 from 9am to 4pm.
Admission prices for spectators are R60 for adults and R20 for children aged 12 – 18 years. Children under R12 enter free of charge. Food and drink stalls will be plentiful, and best-of-show awards will be announced from noon onwards.


Local charities will benefit
The Garden Route Motor Club has in the past raised more than R600 000 for charity through the Knysna Motor Show. This year’s beneficiaries will include Hospice, Animal Welfare, FAMSA, E-pap (a feeding scheme for needy children) and a number of smaller charities.


Accommodation
Should you be looking for accommodation, special rates have been negotiated with the following hotels:


Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa
http://pezulahotel.com/specials/knysnamotorshow2020/ – Click on the link for the details & rates


Protea Knysna Quays Hotel
Contact: Ilze Stadler
ilze.stadler@proteahotels.com or 044 382 5005


The Turbine Boutique Hotel
Contact: Candice Zeelie
reservations@turbinehotel.co.za or 044 302 5746

BRAD BINDER, BROTHER DARRYN AND FATHER ALL TAKING PART IN CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE RALLY FROM HEIDELBERG TO DURBAN

Young Binder boys

By Roger Houghton


Brad and Darryn Binder, South Africa’s world championship motorcycle racing brothers, will join their father, Trevor in the 50th running of the commemorative Durban-Johannesburg time trial for classic motorcycles. The event starts from the Heidelberg Museum at 09:00 on Friday, March 13 and finishes at the Shongweni Equestrian Estate, Hillcrest, on the /Saturday afternoon (March 14).


Usually this event is run from Durban to Johannesburg, hence the name DJ Run, but this year the 50th anniversary commemorative rally is running in the other direction, as was the case with the initial event in 1936, which went from Johannesburg to Durban.


Brad (25) and Darryn (23) will be taking part in the DJ Run less than a week after the opening round of contesting the MotoGP and Moto3 races in the season-opener in Qatar and a week before they will be racing in Thailand. Brad, a former world Moto3 champion is making his debut in MotoGP on a KTM this season, while Darryn is riding a KTM for the CIP-Green Power team in Moto 3.


Brad will be riding a 1935 Sunbeam M9 carrying his new MotoGP number 33, while Darry will start one minute before his brother on a 1928 BMW R52. Father Trevor will once again be on his favourite 1925 Indian Scout, riding his 20th DJ Run.


The Binders will be running just in front of another pairing of two brothers, David, and Ralph Pitchford, with Ralph a former off-road racer, having won this prestigious event in 2016.


Another DJ rider with links to MotoGP racing is Derek Crutchlow, a regular entrant who is the father of Honda racer Cal. He will ride a 1936 Ariel Red Hunter.


The entry for this year’s event is outstanding with 107 riders having submitted the necessary forms and having access to a motorcycle made before 1937. The reason is that this event was originally race between Johannesburg and Durban on public roads between 1913 and 1936 when it was stopped by the authorities on the grounds of safety. For this reason, the only motorcycles that may participate must be at least 84 years old!


The last time the DJ Run attracted a field of 100 competitors was in 2013 when the centenary of the first DJ race was celebrated and the route also went from Johannesburg to Durban.


What is also pleasing is that there are 20 newcomers in the field. There are also six riders from beyond the borders of South Africa, being Brandon, Gavin and Les Youngman from the United Kingdom, Anthony Weber from Zambia, Andy Kaindl from the Germany, Dorian Radue from Australia, and 80-year-old Paul Button, from the UK, who is scheduled to ride one of Peter Gillespie’s famed ABC motorcycles, a 1920 model. Gillespie has also loaned a 1930 500cc Ariel Model F Twinport to George Portman, of Bike SA magazine.


Samantha Anderson will again ride the oldest motorcycle on the rally. This time it is a 1918 Harley Davidson 1000V Twin. Previously she rode a 1909 500cc Triumph with pedal assist for steep hills. It virtually burned out on one DJ but was subsequently rebuilt. This year Samantha’s son, Jayson, will be riding a 1929 AJS M6 one minute ahead of his mother.
The results are calculated on arrival times at various checkpoints on the route as the riders try to stick as closely as possible to their chosen average speed, which can be 60 or 70km/h. The arrival times are nowadays logged electronically by an instrument carried by the rider and downloaded at the end of each day. The rider with the lowest time penalty is the winner.


The various refuels and lunch stops between Heidelberg and Hillcrest are:


Day 1 (March 13): Start – Heidelberg Museum in Victoria Street from 09h00. First stop – Standerton (Engen garage) at about 12h00. Second stop – Vryheid (Sasol garage) at about 15h00. Overnight: Newcastle at Majuba Lodge, from about 16h30.


Day 2 (March 14): Restart – Majuba Lodge in Newcastle from 05h30. First stop – Ladysmith (Engen garage) at about 07h30. Second Stop – Estcourt (BP garage) at about 08h45. Third stop – Mooi River (Engen garage) at about 10h15 (Engen). Fourth stop – Pietermaritzburg (Shell garage) at about 12h30. Finish – Shongweni Equestrian Estate Hillcrest at about 15h30.


The annual, international DJ Run is run under the auspices of the Vintage and Veteran Club of South Africa (VVC), and organised by a committee with members from several local classic motorcycle clubs under the leadership of Clerk of the Course Larina MacGregor, who is doing this arduous task for the third consecutive year.

For more information go to: www.djrun.co.za or phone Larina MacGregor at 084-949-0937

TUNISIAN TOURING TOUR 2020

As part of the promotion of tourism and leisure by motorcycle in Tunisia, the Tunisian Federation of Motorcycling and Associated Activities, FTMAA is organizing a 5-day (6 nights) tourist rally, « The Tunisian Touring Tour 2020 », between the central and southern regions of Tunisia.


This rally is registered on the Tourism calendar of the FIM International Federation for the year 2020 in category 2 “FIM World Touring Challenge”.


We would be happy to count you among us in this great adventure and counting on your support by sending our poster and the program to your loved ones and contacts bikers or motorcycle clubs.


The price is 400 € in group rate and 450 € in individual all inclusive (light all inclusive: excluding drinks). Single supplement 60 €. Possibility for accompanying persons to follow the rally by car or bus (if sufficient number).


Places are limited and we recommend that you book as soon as possible and before March 10, 2020.


For more information or to book please contact:
contact.ftmaa@gmail.com
+216 71 236 005 / +216 71 231 777
mehdi.bach.hamba@gmail.com
+216 27 220 022
hazem20012001@yahoo.fr
+216 98 538 010


RIDE GREEN


Bonjour


Dans le cadre de la promotion du tourisme et loisirs en moto en Tunisie, la Fédération Tunisienne de Motocyclisme et des Activités Associées, FTMAA organise un rallye touristique « The Tunisian Touring Tour 2020 », de 5 jours (6 nuits) entre les régions du centre et du sud tunisien.
Ce rallye est inscrit au calendrier Tourisme de la Fédération Internationale FIM pour l’année 2020 dans la catégorie 2 « FIM World Touring Challenge ».


Nous serions heureux de vous compter parmi nous dans cette belle aventure et comptant vivement sur votre soutien en envoyant notre affiche et le programme à vos proches et contacts motards ou clubs de moto.


Le prix c’est 400€ en tarif groupe et 450€ en individuel tout compris (light all inclusif : hors boissons). Supplément single 60€. Possibilité pour les accompagnateurs de suivre le rallye en voiture ou en bus (si nombre suffisant).


Les places sont limitées et nous vous recommandons de réserver dans les meilleurs délais et avant le 10 mars 2020.


Pour plus d’informations ou pour réserver veuillez contacter :
contact.ftmaa@gmail.com
+216 71 236 005 / +216 71 231 777
mehdi.bach.hamba@gmail.com
+216 27 220 022
hazem20012001@yahoo.fr
+216 98 538 010
Cordialement


RIDE GREEN

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