BDC South African Rally
A recent Bentley Drivers Club first was a rally for vintage Bentleys (the sort made by W. O. Bentley until 1931) in South Africa. The fortnight-long 2,400-mile run was greatly assisted by Total, who provided all the fuel, lubricating oil, food, and accommodation for the cars and their crews. There were 53 starters, some 30 of which had come from Britain. In spite of temperatures in three figures Fahrenheit only two cars failed to finish the course, which included Durban, Johannesburg, Kimberley, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. The roads were mostly long, straight and free of traffic. The rally was organised by John White, a South African BDC member living in Port Elizabeth. — T.J.T.