Ermelo 400 pre-event notes

EXCITEMENT MOUNTING FOR ERMELO TOYOTA 400 OFF-ROAD RACE Excitement is mounting for the Ermelo Toyota 400, the final found of the SA national off-road championship for motorcycle and quad competitors that will take place in the Ermelo area in ...

EXCITEMENT MOUNTING FOR ERMELO TOYOTA 400 OFF-ROAD RACE

Excitement is mounting for the Ermelo Toyota 400, the final found of the SA national off-road championship for motorcycle and quad competitors that will take place in the Ermelo area in Mpumalanga on 27 October.

The area has had soaking rains over the last 10 days and all fears about excessive dust, especially in the forest sections, have now been allayed. On the contrary, the organizers are currently constructing some 10 bridges to ensure that all streams will be passable even if there is a lot of rain just prior to or during the event.

Race organisers are also accommodating spectators in a big way with 15 spectacular spectating points and accurate and easy instructions to each view point together with calculations on how long it will take competitors to get to each point. Hundreds of spectators are expected and spectators can download the spectator guide beforehand from the internet (www.ms2000.co.za).

The good news for competitors is that both the main service points (DSP) as well as the refuel DSP on the long loop have more than adequate space to handle a record entry and service crews an erect their gazebos and book their places on the Friday already as overnight security is in place at these points.

There are still lots of accommodation available and all entrants are reminded to finalise this by phoning Louiza van Schalkwyk at 017 811 0622 as soon as possible. The organizers had to block book all available accommodation in Ermelo to ensure that everyone has a place to sleep.

At the prize giving function, racing legend Sarel van der Merwe will be master of ceremonies whilst a seven man rock band, who played at Sun City for a year, will be performing.

The Ermelo district has turned into a green lush land after the rains and the Ermelo Toyota 400 promises to be a great event in a scenic area with professional organisation and one great party afterwards.

This race will also cater for the not-so-serious off-road racer and one day licences are available at a cost of R110 each. Nobody who can ride a motorcycle or quad and would like to end the year on a high note has any excuse not to participate.

For more information on the Ermelo Toyota 400, contact Jimmy Loubser (082 852 8006) or visit the organiser's website at www.ms2000.co.za

-credit: ms2000.co.za

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Series Other rally
Drivers Sarel van der Merwe