1987 BMW OFS Rally
Tempe – 26 September 1997
On Friday afternoon the organisers Messrs Dr Fontanel, Dup du Plessis and Kassie Kaselman were worried men, and rightly so as the weather was low cloud as far as the eye could see – the rains, as yet, had not begun.
The organisation of this rally was faultless, thanks to the three wise men and the time and deliberation they took to make this a successful event. At the end of the rally a spot landing had to be carried out and here some more penalties were collected by all. I think only one or two good landings were accomplished out of the whole field. The three wise men worked diligently without the assistance of modern technology – computers and managed without any sweat to have the preliminary results out by 4.00 p.m.
Once these had been checked by the competitors, and minor errors sorted out, the final results ware there for all to see at 5.30 p.m. – a record time indeed. We purposely delayed the announcement of the results and kept everyone in suspense just a little bit longer – this resulted in a record bar taking, I am sure.
Finally, the results to sixth position were made known as follows:
1 C. Jordaan & J. Adams 1592
2 D. Perelson & I. Perelson 1821
3 G. Henschel & I. Kruger 1823
4 A. Pilling & K. Croskill 2049
5 D. Mostert & A. Mostert 2103
6 J. Swart & A. Schoeman 2108
A splendid spit braai followed and everyone appeared to have a good time. We arrived back at our hotel at about 16.30 p.m. and all hell broke loose at around 12 o’clock when thunder, rain, hail, wind were unleashed from the heavens. The Natal floods had just begun. Thanks to the SAA Flight 404 on Sunday morning we were able to get back home – all seven of us from Port Elizabeth, leaving behind our aircraft and crew from W.P. The Natal boys managed to get airborne and somehow found their way back home eventually.
To all the competitors let me say thank you for your sportsmanlike attitude, and to all the Vry Staters, particularly the organisers – baie dankie vir’n plesierige naweek – ons het dit geniet