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Winter Trial - Moegatle

18 July 2018 - Hennie Steyn
The Winter Trial for 2018 was hosted at Moegatle 4x4 over the weekend of 29 June to 1 July. It was quite cold and few people opted to camp. A communal braai was held on Friday evening at the inside braai at the entertainment area. Thanks to Alex and Betsie, Moegatle, for sponsoring the wood and use of the venue.

There was a slight misunderstanding regarding the training area to be used for Saturday with the result that training started a bit later than scheduled. It was, however, well attended.

Three vehicles tackled the notorious Moegatle trial in the trust area. Some minor vehicle damage was picked up, but was fixed. Jono can elaborate on that!

Those that camped and stayed in the permanent accommodation opted to gather in smaller groups for the Saturday evening although all were invited to join for a braai at the inside braai at the entertainment area.

The trial for Sunday was setup in the play area close to the campsite. This allowed for reasonable challenging and creative obstacles putting drivers and vehicles to the test. Especially reversing through a twister around a corner. Feedback received was that the trial was challenging, though for some, very tight in some areas but still interesting.

The trial started late due to the Trophy Secretary running late, but suited some of the participants who were also late. Some later arrivals joined the queue after the trial was already well underway. This caused quite few a challenges for both marshals and participants resulting in the prize-giving only starting at 15:00. Some of the participants (winners) could not wait for the prize-giving due to other commitments.

LROC would like to thank Alex and Betsie from Moegatle 4x4 for hosting us with the reduced costs, making the entertainment area available and sponsoring the wood. I would like to thank Ansie for her hard work on Saturday with setting up the obstacles and marshalling on Sunday, as well as Nigel for driving through again on Sunday to marshal. I would also like to thank the others who jumped in to help move things along when and where we were running short of marshals. Thanks to all who assisted in packing up even though we finished late. Last but not least, thanks to Tiaan from Timaris ( for sponsoring additional prizes.

A few points to ponder in closing:

  • Bookings for the Sunday trial only indicated six vehicles, but almost three times that number participated in the end. The three planned marshals would have been sufficient for the small number of vehicles.
  • Punctuality! Being late affects everybody else. Entries need to close at start of trial in order to ensure that all vehicles participating were properly scrutineered.
  • Navigators guiding from outside the vehicle need to adhere to keeping a safe distance.

1st Mike Palmer
2nd Bruce Farthing
3rd Pieter Greyling

1st Brian Norie



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