More motorsport to warm up winter

A Ford Escort in rally trim splashes through a mudhole.

The motorsport calendar continues this Saturday (7 June) with two events that take place off the circuits.

Ocean Basket Rally: First off the line is the Ocean Basket Rally, round two of the regional championship for the Algoa Rally Club members. The start line is at Ocean Basket in Uitenhage – which is also the finishing point for the event.

While the Ocean Basket (a good place to grab a bite before spectating) is the start, the first stage is at Daniel Pienaar school before the field heads off to the gravel stages at Nooitgedacht pipeline, followed by Glendore quarry road and Motherwell farms. That first stage starts just after 11:00 while the competitors will gather at Ocean Basket from 08:00.

According to the organisers, adding a bit of spice to proceedings will be Henk Lategan and Barry White. These Volkswagen Sasolracing competitors will be doing some testing in the run-up to the Volkswagen Rally which takes place on Friday and Saturday, 11 and 12 July.

Two other national competitors who will take the start line are Thilo Himmel and Pierre Arries who team up in a VW Polo Vivo S2000.

Amongst the locals to watch is the 2013 winner Jacques Louw as well as Denzou Ferreira and Ashley Bezuidenhout. Competitors in this rally championship compete for an R50 000 prize at the end of the season. With around 20 entries expected, including Etienne Malherbe from George, Ross Bartle and Brian Heine as well as Iddo Steyn, there should be no shortage of action on the day.

Refreshments will be on sale at the Daniel Pienaar school and the rally should wrap back at Ocean Basket around 16:00.

Jeff Guscott in his off-road racer.
Off-Road racers will compete at Uitsig on Saturday on Saturday in a night race that starts at 17:00. Photo: Gerda Crouse

Off-Road Night Race: Motorsport fans who want another dose of something dusty, there is a night race taking place at Uitsig farm 33°57’38.81″S 24°55’18.09″E. This event, courtesy of the East Cape Off-Road Club, is a little different from the usual as it will be taking place during the late hours.

On Saturday the racing will only start at 17:00 and should prove a real challenge to competitors. To find out more about the event, contact Cecil Stumke at +27829219806 and you can also visit the club’s Facebook page.

Indicators to the event will be in the form of orange stickers and route signs. You can see the Uitsig farm’s location on the map below and, if you are using a compatible mobile device, you should be able to navigate there from this link.

Author: Morné Condon

Automotive journalist in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, following new models, old cars, car clubs and motorsport. My interests are not restricted to the automotive environment, although this is where I am mostly to be found.

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