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Billy Pretorius, the winner of the standard class in his pipe car.

Mini 4×4 challenge tests drivers’ mettle

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The heat and dust created by competing petrol heads at the Polokwane 4×4 Club’s track on the Silicon road did nothing to deter their audience and drivers from thoroughly enjoying themselves last Saturday.
Martin Groenewald, organiser of the challenge had a small hiccup and caused a lot of mirth when his super modified vehicle tipped onto its side, but there were a lot of willing hands to right the car on its wheels again. AutoZone sponsored the prizes of the day while lively music, food prepared by Kobie Groenewald and with Leatitia Groenewald being the marshal added to the success of the day.
The club will compete in Mokopane on 25 March and enthusiasts can look forward to an inter-club competition between the Louis Trichardt, Mokopane and Polokwane clubs on 29 April.
In the standard class the winner was Billy Pistorius, followed by Charles van der Walt and Billy’s dad Chris. The modified class was won by Bernard Radmore in his cheeky yellow Jeep, followed by Eugene Greyling and Niekie Oosthuizen. Rudolph Durandt was the king of the super modifieds with his brother Johnny in second place and Martin Groenewald in third position.

Story and photos: NELIE ERASMUS
>>nelie.observer@gmail.com

Bernard Radmore in his yellow Jeep is the winner of the modified class.

Rudolph Durandt and his brother Johnny, the winner and runner-up in the super modified class with this vehicle.

Kicking up a lot of dust but not really going somewhere, but Niekie Oosthuizen managed to bag the third position in his black Land Rover.

On the chassis of his red Toyota, André Bothma is going nowhere. Helping hands soon had the vehicle up and running again.

Chris Pistorius achieved a third place in the standard class with his pipe car.

Egene Greyling’s Jeep that belives itself to be a Landy is on its way to a second place in the modified class.

Martin Groenewald had to be content with third place in the super modified class on Saturday.