Career Highlights

3rd Place Overall: Rally Dakar - Bike
4th Place Overall: Rally Dakar - Bike
2nd Place: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
2nd Place Overall: Rally Dakar - Bike
2nd Place Overall: Optic Rally Tunisia
2nd Place: Baja España Aragón
3rd Place Overall: Rally Dakar - Bike
3rd Place Overall: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

Summary of Achievements:

  • Springbok colours awarded 1988
  • Protea colours (replaces Springbok colours) 1997
  • Awarded by MSA – Lifetime Achievement Award 2002
  • 9 times Roof of Africa Rally Winner (Lesotho, Southern Africa)
  • Multiple South African Enduro & Off Road Champion
  • Multiple Natal Champion (Moto cross, Enduro & Off Road)
  • BAJA 1000 & BAJA 500 Mexico class winner
  • 4 Times Gold Medallist I.S.D.E. (Australia, USA, Poland & Italy)
  • Trans Namib Desert Race Winner (South West Africa)
  • 1997: 8th Overall, 1st in class (660cc) UAE Desert Challenge – Dubai
  • 1998: 4th Overall Paris Dakar Rally with one stage win
  • 1998: 4th Overall Atlas Rally (Tunisia) with 3 stage wins
  • 1998: 3rd Overall UAE Desert Challenge – Dubai
  • 1999: 3rd Overall Granada Dakar Rally with 2 stage wins
  • 1999: 2nd Overall Baja Aragon (Spain)
  • 1999: 3rd Overall Egyptian Rally
  • 1999: 4th Overall UAE Desert Challenge – Dubai
  • 2000: Dakar Cairo Rally – 2 stage wins (45th overall – engine failure)
  • 2000: 2nd Overall Optic Rally (Tunisia)
  • 2000: 3rd Overall Master Rally – Paris to Istanbul
  • 2001: 5th Overall Paris Dakar Rally with 2 stage wins
  • 2001: 5th Overall Rally of Egypt
  • 2002: 2nd Overall Arras-Madrid-Dakar Rally with 2 stage wins
  • 2002: 5TH Overall Tunisia Rally
  • 2002: 4th Overall Rally of Egypt
  • 2002: 2nd Dubai Rally “UAE Desert Challenge”
  • 2003: DNF crash (Broke shoulder) on Stage 8 after winning stage 7
  • 2004: Won the Class D Off Road Championship. Finished 5th overall Dakar
  • 2005: 3rd overall Dakar Rally. Won the South African Off Road Championship. My son, Bradley won the 50cc MX Championship - first time a father & son won championships in the same year.
  • 2007: Won the SA Championship Off Road in a BAT Spec II

April 2003
Debut in Class D racing a Nissan Hardbody - leading class in “Nissan 400” Darling Cape Town, and lying 3rd overall when the gearbox broke.
Nissan Sugarbelt Race – 1st in class D and 9th overall.
Toyota 1000 Desert Race – DNF

Won “Class D” of the South African Off Road Championship – Motorvehicles
Winning 4 of the 7 races – Class D.
Finished 5th in the Dakar.

Debut in the Nissan Works”T” vehicle. Have won 3 of the 3 prologues and went on to win the Toyota 1000 Desert Race, Botswana by a margin of 50 minutes. Went on to win the SOUTH AFRICAN OFF ROAD NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - beating the likes of Hannes Grobblaar.
DAKAR Rallye on board a KTM 690 Bike – 3rd overall.

Signed up to race the 2006 LISBOA DAKAR RALLY for the X-RAID TEAM out of GERMANY in the BMW X3.
DAKAR – Lisbon-Dakar competing in a BMW X3. Finished 15th overall (after gearbox problems) with two very good stages – highest finish in stage 2nd in the penultimate stage of the Dakar.
Lost my drive in the Nissan dealer team due to conflict of interest with my international racing contract with X-Raid Competed in CLASS A in a “BAT” car.
Won the SA Off Road Championship racing the BAT Spec II sandmaster.

Raced for Motorite in a BAT Spec III – this year we had many technical problems and DNF’s. Did not have a ride to compete in the 2007 Dakar.

Again racing for Motorite but this time in a FORD SP vehicle. Unfortunately due to the recession gripping the motor trade my main sponsor, Motorite, had no option but to scale down their involvement. I only competed in the beginning part of the season. DAKAR rally was cancelled this year due to militant groups in Africa threatening the safety of the competitors in Africa.

In August 2008 I had a phone call from a very good friend, Jurgen Schroeder in Germany who had a dream to compete in the Dakar rally. Jurgen arranged a package with SMG out of France we took part in the Dakar rally – this year starting in Beunos Aires, Argentina crossing over the Andes Mountains in Chile and finishing back in Beunos Aires. It was an interesting Dakar not without many technical problems and incurring a huge penalty for not completing a stage, but we soldiered on and finally finished around 45th!

Jurgen and I had a score to settle with Argentina!! Jurgen bought a rally package from HallSpeed in Joburg – Hallspeed build the Proudly South African Nissan Nevaras which have been very successful in the past few years. Our Nissan Nevara was ready in September 2009 and we were able to compete in two rounds of the South African Off Road Championship – using it as a “shake down” for the car. We finished both races just outside of the top 5. Incredible achievement especially in that Jurgen Schroeder has never sat in the co-pilot’s chair prior to going to the first Dakar Rally in 2009!

We had a very good first 4 days of the rally and by stage 5 we were lying 5th overall!! Unfortunately on the 6th of January (which happens to be my birthday) we were about 14th on the road and in the dust, a road book which was not too clear, we went off the road and crashed into a ravine.

The radiator moved back and damaged the oil coolant pipes. I managed to “make a plan” and we drove on after losing about 1 hour, the temperature of the engine got too hot and I was concerned more damage would be done. We were towed out of the stage, the mechanics worked all night on the car but unfortunately the valves had bent and our race was run.