Moreca Ford Caledon 400 line up

Champs 1 The Class T Supertruck category at the Moreca Ford Caledon 400 on September 20 and 21 will be a haven for South African champions who have won national titles in off-road racing, saloon car racing, karting, rallying and on two ...

Champs 1

The Class T Supertruck category at the Moreca Ford Caledon 400 on September 20 and 21 will be a haven for South African champions who have won national titles in off-road racing, saloon car racing, karting, rallying and on two wheels.

No fewer than 11 of these motorsport talents - and between them they have won over 50 national titles - will be in action on the penultimate event of this year's MSA Off Road Championship. The Moreca Ford Caledon 400 is open to cars, motorcycles and quads, and with a number of championship issues wide open, could turn into one of the showpieces of a long and hard season.

Top of the Supertruck championship pile - when it comes to gathering in national titles - is Nissan factory driver Giniel de Villiers. A relative newcomer to the world of off-road, de Villiers has won 10 national saloon car championships.

The talented Paarl driver won four Bankfin Touring Car titles in a row, and is a three-time SA Saloon Car Champion. De Villiers is a contender for the Class T championship, and the Moreca Ford Caledon 400 could be make or break for the Nissan driver.

Next on the list of champions is Castrol Toyota stalwart Apie Reyneke. The Vryburg farmer has won nine national titles, all of them for Toyota in Production Vehicle off road racing.

During a distinguished circuit racing, rally and off-road career Hannes Grobler has become synonymous with Nissan products, with the jovial Schoemansville garage owner gathering in six national off-road and rally titles. Claudio Piazza-Musso also has six national titles to his name, and is a five-time kart champion and won the Formula Ford championship in 1990.

Robin Houghton has won all five of his Production Vehicle co-drivers championships sitting alongside Reyneke. A Reyneke/Houghton rival, Neil Woolridge, also has five national titles to his name, but four of those came in his days as one of South Africa's top off-road motorcycle racers.

Woolridge and current co-driver in the Moreca Ford Ranger Kenny Skjoldhammer have one other unique achievement in common. Both have won the Roof of Africa Rally on two and four wheels.

Another jovial character, Buks Carolin, has four national Special Vehicle titles to his name. Carolin won three championships as a driver, and one as co-driver.

Skjoldhammer and Richard Leeke, who partners Grobler in the second Nissan Hardbody, have each won three national titles as co-drivers. Skjoldhammer has won two Special Vehicle and one Production Vehicle title, while Leeke has won two national off-road titles and was SA Rally Navigators champion in 1977.

Both Cliff Barker's national titles have come in Production Vehicle competition where he is a two-time champion, with Paolo Piazza-Musso joining brother Claudio on the honours list. The brothers will share the driving in the Vacation Vans Jeep Cherokee with Paolo a former South African Class B rally champion and, as an aside, the Piazza-Musso's father, Giovanni, is also a former South African saloon car champion.

Of the 11 champions on parade in Class T on the Moreca Ford Caledon 400, only Barker and Paolo, the older of the Piazza-Musso brothers, have not been awarded national colours. The roll of honour is as follows:

Buks Carolin: 1989 - Special Vehicle Drivers Champion; 1989 - Springbok colours; 1990 - Special Vehicle Drivers Champion; 1991 - Special Vehicle Drivers Champion; 2000 - Special Vehicle Co-drivers Champion.

Apie Reyneke: 1990 - Production Vehicle Drivers Champion; 1990 - Springbok colours; 1993 - Production Vehicle Drivers Champion (Marathon); 1993 - Production Vehicle Drivers Champion (Sprint); 1994 - Production Vehicle Drivers Champion (Marathon); 1995 - Production Vehicle Drivers Champion; 1996 - Production Vehicle Drivers Champion; 1997 - Production Vehicle Drivers Champion; 1998 - Production Vehicle Drivers Champion; 1998 - National colours; 1999 - Production Vehicle Drivers Champion

Cliff Barker: 1994 - Production Vehicle Drivers Champion (Sprint); 1994 - Production Vehicle Drivers Champion (Overall)

Neil Woolridge: 1982 - SA Enduro Champion; 1983 - SA Enduro Champion; 1983 - Springbok colours; 1986 - SA 200 Enduro Champion; 1984 - 500 Off Road Motorcycle Champion; 1990 - National colours; 2000 - Production Vehicle Drivers Champion.

Hannes Grobler: 1979 - SA Amateur Rally Champion; 1980 - SA Amateur Rally Champion; 1986 - SA Off Road Drivers Champion; 1986 - SA Rally Champion; 1987 - Springbok colours; 1991 - SA Rally Champion; 1999 - SA Group N Rally Champion; 1999 - National colours.

Richard Leeke: 1977 - SA Rally Navigators Champion; 1979 - Springbok colours; 1984 - SA Off Road Co-drivers Champion;1989 - SA Commercial Vehicle Co-drivers Champion;

Kenny Skjoldhammer: 1990 - Special Vehicle Co-drivers Champion; 1990 - Springbok colours; 1991 - Special Vehicle Co-drivers Champion; 1999 - National colours; 2000 - Production Vehicle Co-drivers Champion.

Robin Houghton: 1995 - Production Vehicle Co-drivers Champion; 1996 - Production Vehicle Co-drivers Champion; 1997 - Production Vehicle Co-drivers Champion; 1998 - Production Vehicle Co-drivers Champion; 1998 - National colours; 1999 - Production Vehicle Co-drivers Champion.

Giniel de Villiers: 1993 - SA Class D Group N Champion; 1994 - SA Class B Group N Champion; 1994 - SA Production Car Champion; 1997 - SA Saloon Car Champion; 1997 - Bankfin Touring Car Champion; 1998 - SA Saloon Car Champion; 1998 - Bankfin Touring Car Champion; 1998 - National colours; 1999 - SA Saloon Car Champion; 1999 - Bankfin Touring Car Champion; 2000 - Bankfin Touring Car Champion.

Claudio Piazza-Musso: 1987 - SA 100 International Karting Champion; 1990 - SA 100 International Karting Champion; 1990 - SA Formula Ford Champion; 1990 - SA Formula 100 Karting Champion; 1990 - Springbok colours; 1999 - SA Formula 100 Karting Champion; 2000 - SA Formula 100 Karting Champion.

Paolo Piazza-Musso: 1995 - SA Class B Rally Champion.

-msaor

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