1930 AJS R10 500cc
In March 1913 the first Johannesburg to Durban motorcycle race took place over three days and three stages. The winner’s total time of 12h45m, on a 544cc Bradbury, is amazing as the whole route was on open public dirt roads and included stopping to open and close farm gates! These machines were little more than motorised bicycles with minimal front suspension. With the exception of three years during WWI, the race was held annually until 1936, after which it was deemed to be too dangerous to still be racing on public roads. The record race time was 6h05m set in 1936.
1928 Norton Model H 500cc
Since 1970 an annual commemorative Durban to Johannesburg Run for motorcycles manufactured pre 1937 has been held. It has become South Africas most prestigious vintage motorcycle event. The DJ Run is a regularity rally which requires riders to maintain varying speeds by means of a route schedule and stopwatches. Marshalls at unspecified positions along the route, clock riders as they pass. For every second early or late the rider scores one penalty point. The rider with the least points at the finish wins. This sounds simple but being competitive requires many kilometers of practise. Visit www.djrun.co.za for a very comprehensive history of both the original races and commemorative events.
1931 Rudge Ulster 500cc