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Title: Roof of Africa 1986 Program & details
Post by: IanTheTooth on August 22, 2016, 03:17:32 pm
Roof of Africa 1986 Program & details

Recently my daughter and her husband decided to move to Seattle. I had a very hard week with her sorting through her stuff deciding what would go with her and what would go to the tip. I have eventually finished that project although my eyes still leak unexpectedly at times.

The way that our comrades and masters are going I donít think it will be that long before we join our son in Australia so I thought I might as well carry on with clearing out now that I had started.

One of the things I have found is this pretty well complete documentation from the 1986 Roof of Africa with competitors list, program, results and route.
At the time I was much more interested in getting myself to the start (and the finish) to worry about too much else but in retrospect a lot passed me by.

We all know Murray Watt won the 1985 Roof on a 125cc KTM but I didnít realize he was back the following year and came in nowhere land.  I suspect the man with the dead KTM500mxc on Rampaiís pass that I gave a handful of jelly babies to before his walk back to the Kao mine checkpoint could easily have been Murray. Hylton Haywood, who I was to be friends with later on when he came down to do Natal WFO events, was also there but didnít place(edit: got that wrong, he did). However, Iíve now realized that the guy on the shiny new red Honda XR RE that was snapping at my heels was in fact Hyltonís brother Grant. One of the things about being a dentistís offspring is that you always have shiny new toys. Grant I knew later through sailing because he married one of South Africaís best sailors, Belinda Classen, who was deeply involved in junior sailing.
 
The Roof program is quite fascinating. Quite interesting to see what Mike Egan thought was important, especially the sticky plasters on the nipples. I always thought he was a bit oversexed. Enjoy the read. I have put the link to my Google drive below:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1vdKsX95pPQY0ZjMlM3RmlZYkU
Title: Re: Roof of Africa 1986 Program & details
Post by: Rossdog on August 22, 2016, 03:42:29 pm
Thanks for sharing this. Memories on an IT175!
Title: Re: Roof of Africa 1986 Program & details
Post by: Clockwork Orange on September 06, 2016, 11:33:19 am
Very cool. I enjoyed that
Title: Re: Roof of Africa 1986 Program & details
Post by: halfjob on September 06, 2016, 03:00:34 pm
yoh Ian, we raced that year together  :deal: i was number 97... do you have the finishing positions? was quite pissed off at the time that all i got was a bumper badge for finishing  :imaposer: but i treasure it today. was a hard race that year  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Roof of Africa 1986 Program & details
Post by: halfjob on September 06, 2016, 03:05:31 pm
oops sorry just saw it now.. :biggrin: 15th in class  :deal:
Title: Re: Roof of Africa 1986 Program & details
Post by: Wayne Duck on September 06, 2016, 03:55:11 pm
Thanks Ian - Nolan and I wanted to enter that year but could not find the money / sponsors...poorly paid apprentices back then!!

Thanks for the memories   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Roof of Africa 1986 Program & details
Post by: BlueBull2007 on September 10, 2016, 08:46:51 am
Thanks for posting this Ian! :thumleft:

We don't have enough of "Do you remember the day" stories like this.