The annual DJ regularity rally between Durban and Johannesburg for classic motorcycles made before 1937 continues to be a popular event at a time when entries are falling in many branches of South African motorsport. Fortunately participating in this famous event remains an aspirational challenge for many people.
The annual, commemorative DJ regularity rally, which celebrates the original race on public roads between Durban and Johannesburg from 1913 to 1936, has been an annual event since 1970. It is for this reason that competing motorcycles must have been manufactured before 1937.
The 2018 DJ Rally has attracted 102 entries, which is very good considering the tough economic environment affecting many current and potential competitors. This good entry is also despite the increasing value and frailty of motorcycles at least 82 years old, while many riders must deal with the effects of old age too!
Another good feature of the healthy entry for the 2018 DJ Rally is the fact that there are 15 first time entrants. However, there are only three women entered this year, one of them being Dorian Radue, of Australian who is a regular competitor.
Radue, who will ride a 1935 250cc Rudge Tourist, is one of three overseas riders in this year's event. The other overseas entries are: Les Youngman, from the United Kingdom (1935 500cc Model 18 Norton) and Maurice Bracken, from Ireland (1930 500cc BSA Sloper).
The oldest motorcycle entered in the 2018 DJ Rally is the 1909 500cc Humber with pedals to assist the engine when climbing hills. This motorcycle, which was badly damaged by fire during the 2016 DJ Rally, has been entered by Samantha Anderson.