Moreca, Ford to sponsor Caledon 400

Moreca And Ford Join Forces To Sponsor Caledon 400 The Motorsport SA Off-Road Car Commission has pulled off a double coup in landing sponsorship for the penultimate event of the season on September 21 and 22. The Moreca group of companies and...

Moreca And Ford Join Forces To Sponsor Caledon 400

The Motorsport SA Off-Road Car Commission has pulled off a double coup in landing sponsorship for the penultimate event of the season on September 21 and 22.

The Moreca group of companies and Ford, which is celebrating 100 years in motorsport, have stepped in with backing for the Caledon 400 which is run in the Dewetsdorp area. Organised by the Caledon 400 Off-Road Club, the Moreca Ford Caledon 400 is open to cars, motorcycles and quad racers and could go a long way towards settling some championship issues.

"The sponsorship is just the tonic we needed," said club spokesman Vivian Maclachlan. "We are looking forward to a well supported event with a route that will provide an interesting challenge."

Moreca and Ford have close ties with Moreca sponsoring the Ford Ranger V8 in which Neil Woolridge and Kenny Skjoldhammer won the recent Queen Motor Spares Tarka 400. Moreca activity includes TV production, air charter and the manufacturer of insect repellant candles with radio personality Willem Engelbrecht and former motorcycle racer Kallie Coetzee among the management team.

"We are passionate about our motorsport," said Coetzee, who raced Grand Prix and Superbike machinery along with the likes of Koos Zietsman. "Organising clubs are always in need of funding, and our sponsorship will enable the club to stage a first class event."

MSA Off-Road Car Commission chairman Piet Swanepoel said the Moreca and Ford sponsorship was proof that hard work from the commission's marketing division was paying off. "All events making up this year's championship have now been sponsored, and we have in place an attractive television package," Swanepoel said.

"Entries continue to rise, particularly in the Production Vehicle category, and competition in the Supertruck class has reached unprecedented levels. It augurs well for the future, and we like to think of off-road racing as the premier non-circuit category in South African motorsport."

Swanepoel added that some tight championship issues added to an interesting climax to the season. "There are some very tight championship battles going on," he said, "and this has ensured that interest will be maintained through to the last event in November.

"We could not have asked for a better scenario."

-msaorc

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