REPORT ON THE 2015 SPRINGBOK RALLY – DE HOEK MOUNTAIN RESORT, OUDTSHOORN 2-4 OCTOBER 2015 – BY DELRAE MAYER, SOCIAL SECRETARY
This year has flown past so quickly, the Buffalo Rally was just the other day and here we are all ready for the Springbok. Luderick and company went up a week ahead as per usual to set up everything. I hitched a lift with Jean and Krog Potgieter, leaving at 6am on Friday the 2nd October as James had to work and only arrived at De Hoek at about 11pm. The weather played along and on arrival at de Hoek at about 11am it was quite warm.
There were a few fellow bikers already at the campsite and later some more arrived. At about 5pm Jean and I Jean decided to take a walk around the campsite on the lookout for entrants for Miss Springbok 2015. We managed to round up a few nervous contestants and crowned Jenn van Wyk of Parow, as Miss Springbok 2015. I must say a natural beauty, shy and very reserved and I am sure a surprise to everyone. Jenn of course was very happy with her winning prize as well Paolo, Mr DJ. Paolo was absolutely great as per usual with being MC for Miss Springbok and of course his great music. He played at night and James monitored his own music during the day, so the result of good music all day. After Miss Springbok we had the beer drinking competition which is always fun for the beer drinkers and for those of us that don’t drink I am always amazed how quick a beer can be downed! Lol After that it was party time and those who wished to, danced the night away.
Saturday morning it was Miss/Mr Springbok junior, we had an overwhelming amount of children, 23 to be exact ranging from about 9 months to 13 years old. Miss Springbok Jnr was won by Hannah Jackson, 8 years old and Mr Springbok Jnr was won by Dean Hattingh, 4 years old. Ironically they were both no 4. We then moved on to the games, we had a jumping castle (thanks for Jonathan Erasmus for organising that) and a slip and slide as well which everyone enjoyed. At about 2.30pm we had the adult games, with the funny bikes always being a hit, the tyre throwing, egg throwing, where someone even slipped in a rubber egg! Needless to say they were discovered with no prize awarded there! We also had a new game of musical bikes which was a great hit and loads of fun. Pietie Kotze of Nomads and Grant Hattingh of the CTMCC were fantastic MC’s. The weather was perfect for all the games.
Later the evening the official prize giving took place for those who have attended 30 Springbok rallies which included our very own President John van der Spuy, our Chairman Luderick Jacoby and his lovely wife, Helewese Jacoby. We also had prizes for the longest distance male and female, longest distance smallest bike, longest distance on dirt, oldest rider and bike combined was Henry Friebus of the Harley club with a combined age of 114 years old, longest distance couple, concours d’elegance. The best represented club award went to the “Rude” club. We had the lucky draw prizes, first prize of R3000 went to Laura Hawes of the CTMCC, second prize of R2000 went to Jose Crause of the Coded Club of Port Elizabeth, third prize, a helmet, sponsored by Reevu Helmets went to Leanne de Beer of Absit Invidia and fourth prize, a jacket from Frox International went to Mariska Havenga of Universal riders.
A good time was had by all old and young and thank you to all those that assisted me.
The 2015 Springbok Rally will be held at the De Hoek Mountain Resort from the 2nd to the 4th October 2015.
Please join us as we will be celebrating our 30th such event.