Izak and Dewald are the 25th Mykonos Kings

Celebrating the 100th Witzenberg Motorklub Gymkhana with a capacity entry of 100 teams was just the tip of a very special iceberg on Saturday 13 September 2014 with the UNIREF 25th Club Mykonos Langebaan Gymkhana undoubtedly the best event to date! Visiting entries from Gauteng had local honour under pressure and the near perfect weather left nowhere to hide as every driver, navigator and vehicle had to deliver to succeed.

Izak van Zyl Jnr and Dewald van der Merwe finished the rebuild of their Dynotech class G VW Golf MkII GTi 2.0 Turbo on Friday and started the event with absolutely no time to test the new 16v conversion. The bad news for their opposition is that they still proved untouchable enroute to a fine overall victory. Izak Jnr now have the 22 – 23 and 25th Mykonos crowns behind his name whilst father-in-law, Dewald van der Merwe, opened his account with a first success as navigator.

The fastest pastors in Stellenbosch, Leon Engelbrecht and Pieter King, finally vindicated the hours of development that have gone into the Eikestad Plastic Repairs class A VW Golf MkI 2.0 by finishing a fighting second overall. This orange Golf was specifically built for Mykonos and certainly did not disappoint on the day.

Tersius van Tonder and Hennie Odendaal so nearly upset the applecart in their neat and mean looking class G VW Golf MkI 2.0. This car was built over a period of just two weeks, but ran absolutely perfectly all day. Across the big blue dam the official VW WRC Team completed a podium clean sweep in the Rally Australia and locally VW cleaned up at Club Mykonos! This possibly the most enthusiastically supported team present at Club Mykonos!

Fanie du Toit and Kobus Wilson Jnr simply could not produce the type of performance expected from them but the FM Civils class A Mazda Rustler LDV 2.0 16v retained it’s WBMK 2014 championship points lead with fourth overall.
Giving it everything they had Werner “The Mayor” Koekemoer and Patrick Vermaak were well pleased with fifth overall and first rear wheel drive home in the awesome 270kW twin turbo class G BMW 135i. Brent Laurings and Duncan Andrews once again proving why they are so highly rated in local gymkhana events by placing their 1984 class A Opel Kadett GTE sixth overall amongst much more modern machinery.

Sharing the Eikestad Plastic Repairs class A VW Golf MkI 2.0 Marius Swart and Ettiene Swart achieved a fine seventh place overall after a much more consistent outing whilst the giant killing 1976 class F Datsun GX DeLuxe Sedan of Kobus Wilson Jnr and Jean-Pierre Robberts stunned with another blistering performance enroute to eighth overall.

Anton Wannenburg and Patrick Vermaak found the wickedly powerful Promotor class G SE7EN Subaru STi Turbo 4x4 to be both a delight and challenge on the day as the power delivery made smooth lines tough to achieve. Improving with each run ninth overall could certainly have been improved upon with a little more time to practice. But, that is the nature of the sport, it’s those first time out performances that count!

When this specific route was first presented to competitors during Mykonos 21 it was Duncan Jepthas that achieved his best ever result by winning overall (driving with the use of only one arm). By his own admission his car was not set-up perfectly for this route on this occasion, yet it was still great to see Duncan and Nashrené Schloss return in 10th place overall with the monster class G VW Golf MkII TSi 2.0.   

Rafique and Aatera Firfirey have in recent times become serious challengers in their AHI Construction class G Mini Cooper S 1600 Turbo and eleventh on debut at Club Mykonos could certainly be considered a mighty achievement. In fact they were so determined they beat Leon Engelbrecht and Natheer Firfirey, sharing the silver AHI Racing Turbo Mini, by 0.25 seconds.

Nashrené Schloss and Louise Appelgryn another combination that really turned up the heat and the first ladies team home certainly impressed enroute to thirteenth overall in their Toyota corolla Tiwn Cam Sprinter 180i. Class B winners, Günther and Louise Appelgryn, pushed as hard as the Spiderman VW Golf MkI Chico 1.8 would allow and fourteenth overall kept them ahead of the supercharged AHI Construction class G Mini Cooper S 1600 of Natheer and Rafique Firfirey.

Nashrené and Taahirah Schloss also challenged their male counterparts in class B and placed a fighting sixteenth overall in the well driven Toyota Corolla Twin Cam Sprinter 180i. Team GrandPa 1 had a great day in the office and Dewald van der Merwe and Izak van Zyl Snr were understandably impressed with 17th overall in the Dynotech class G VW Golf MkII GTi 2.0 Turbo 16v. Dries and Shane du Toit celebrating their return to Club Mykonos with a fine 18th overall in their racing spec class A VW Golf MkII 2.0. The father and son combination really enjoying the day.

Jacques du Plessis and Danye Louw somewhat disappointed with 19th overall in the extremely rapid Du Plessis Auto class C Toyota Conquest RSi 1.6, simply not being able to run consistently. In contrast Jan van der Vyver and Liezel Oosthuizen was extremely consistent, and quick, in their Race-Tech class D VW Golf MkI Citi 1.4i and twentieth overall was really quite impressive.

Shane and Dries du Toit shared the racing spec class A VW Golf MkII 2.0 and were having their own private tussle until Dries accidentally knocked the cut-out switch during Shane’s best run. One way of keeping your son in check – but fortunately we know it was an honest mistake! (Well, maybe?). Hennie Odendaal and Donald Loubser shared the amazing Red Bull class A VW Golf MkI 2.0 of Tersius van Tonder and enjoyed a disciplined drive to 22nd overall. 

Eric Nel and Liezel Oosthuizen shared the Gary Meyer class C VW Golf MkI 1.6 and impressed with a neat drive to 23rd overall whilst Anton and Adri Smit did likewise enroute to 24th place in the always impressive Innovative Woodwork class F Nissan-Toyota LDV 1.6. Ettiene Swart and Izak van Zyl Jnr driving the Cape Fire & Aircon class D VW Golf MkI 1.4i to a fine 25th overall.

Driving at their best Johann Zulch and Tania Vermaak faced 13 opponents in class E with their No 13 Ceres Toyota backed BMW E30 325iM and the 2014 class champions were pushed all the way to 26th overall and first in class. Amazing how motivated a man becomes when a woman threatens to dent his ego and it was Leandi Wasserman and Rano Barnardt who delivered the drive of the day by finishing just 0.69 seconds later in their BMW E46 330i. Leandi really taking the men by surprise with some determined driving! In fact, she posted the fastest time in class E to really make the presence of the Coathangers felt.

Walter van Dyk and Pierre du Plessis included a few entertaining pirouettes in their class G VW Golf MkI Chico 2.0 Turbo before settling for 28th spot whilst Pierre du Plessis and Walter van Dyk finished 29th overall in the Du Plessis Auto class C Toyota Conquest RSi 1.6. Rano Barnardt and Leandi Wasserman added 30th spot to their tally for the day in the impressive class E BMW E46 330i. Rano very proud of Leandi’s achievement. UNIREF not only stepped in as great title sponsors for the event, Hilary Denyssen and Ashley baker also entered a class D VW Golf MkI 1.3 and achieved 31st spot overall despite some new car maladies.

Rafique and Natheer Firfirey down in 32nd spot in the class B championship leading AHI Construction VW Golf MkII GTi 1.8 with the great looking class E BMW Z4 M Coupé 3.0 of André Hartman and Beverley Peens-Hartman in 32nd spot. If you had the privilege to listen to the Roman preview or the Witzies vs Coaties 7’s Rugby you will recognise the voice of Mr H or Pack Jarow. The latter apparently so impressed with the UNIREF 25th Club Mykonos Gymkhana Langebaan that he might just be releasing a new rap song soon!

Shamiel Brown and Natheer Firfirey well satisfied with 35th spot on debut in their supercharged AHI Construction class G Mini Cooper S whilst Gary Meyer and Jonathan Smith could possibly have improved upon their eventual 36th spot in the class C VW Golf MkI 1.6. Charl Carr and Richard Hough combined as team in the well known silver class D Opel Corsa Classic 1.4i and enjoyed every second enroute to 37th overall. Jaco Matthee and Robin Wakeford returned in Woelwater, their class F Toyota Corolla TRD 1.6, and drove well to finish 38th overall.

Morné Roux and Liezel Oosthuizen once again achieving an almost impossible 39th overall in their completely standard class C Mazda 323 160i after another super consistent drive. “Uncle” Dickie Firfirey and Rafique Firfirey represents Team GrandPa 3 in the AHI Construction class G Mini Cooper S 1600 and the former rallyist enjoyed his drive to 40th spot.
Willie Morries and Nick Retief popped a welsh plug on the engine of the Fine Cars class B VW Jetta 1.8 but it was quickly repaired and achieved a credible 41st place overall. Masood Dangor and Rafique Firfirey placing the AHI Construction class G Mini Cooper S 1600 42nd and in 43rs spot it was father and daughter, Kobus and Lizelle Smit, in their KS Panelshop class E BMW E30 325i.
Danye Louw and Jacques du Plessis contested class G in an ultra rare BTC Toyota MR 2 2.0 Turbo and finished 44th overall having struggled to get to grips with the handling. Swopping sides they also managed to finish 45th in the same car. It must rate as the prettiest little car present at the event and Danye a number of people wanted to buy it off him on the day!

Vredenburg based couple, Maranoux and Michelle van Schalkwyk, were 46th overall despite the driver suffering from a bad bout of the flu. Their class G VW Golf MkI Turbo a welcome addition to the quality entry received. Beverly Peens-Hartman and Anton Wannenburg enjoyed a great day in the incredibly attractive class G Peugeot 208 GTi Turbo 1.6 and 47th left them well pleased. Günther and Pierre Appelgryn achieved 48th overall on debut as father and son in the rear wheel driven class E BMW E36 325i.

Beverley Peens-Hartman and Leandi Wasserman also had a go in the all ladies category and managed 49th overall in that same neat Peugeot 208GTi Turbo 1.6. Brothers-in-law, Nic Oosthuizen and Morné Roux, 50th overall in that amazing class C Mazda 323 160i. Androniki Pouris became the first Greek driver to contest a Club Mykonos Gymkhana and drove her BMW 125i 2.0 Turbo to a respectable 51st spot with Beverley Peens-Hartman as navigator. Sister and brother, Liezel Oosthuizen and Morné Roux, taking 52nd spot in their class C Mazda 323 160i.

Brothers-in-law, Izak van Zyl Snr and Dewald van der Merwe, sliding all over the show in the Dynotech class G Toyota Corllus V8 but that is what they intended and 53rd overall was something of a bonus for Team GrandPa 2. Liezel Oosthuizen and Tania Vermaak tried a “new’ class I VW Polo Playa 1.6 and were happy to accept 54th place as reward. Husband and wife, Aatera and Rafique Firfirey, 55th overall in the AHI Construction class G Mini Cooper S 1.6 Turbo. 

Hilton Africa and Willie Morries 56th overall in their neat red class B VW Fox 1.8 whilst Kosie Swanepoel and André Olivier lightened their class E BMW 328i against the tyre barrier enroute to 57th spot. Not often one of the most experienced drivers accepts the Boo-Boo of the Day award, but it was all in good fun. Pierre Appelgryn and Stiaan Kriel 58th on debut in the purple class E BMW E36 325i. Swopping sides it was Jannie Swart and Willie Morries in 59th spot with the red class B VW Fox 1.8.

Robin Wakeford and Jaco Matthee struggled to keep their class F VW Pipe-Car 1.6 pointed in the right direction to finish 60th overall whilst Danye Louw and Jacques du Plessis did their best not to have their class E BTC BMW E36 328i pointing into any specific direction. Desmond Harding and Fritz Blom finishing 62nd in their unique class F Chana LDV 1.3.

When the first WBMK Club Mykonos Gymkhana took place on 24 July 1999 Tania Vermaak was but three years old and to finish her first Club Mykonos Gymkhana in 63rd spot was extremely satisfying. Liezel Oosthuizen navigating the standard VW Golf Citi Sport 1.4i. André Olivier and Kosie Swanepoel brought their class E BMW 328i home in 64th spot with Daniël Blaser and Ross Ireland 65th in their drifting class G Nissan 200SX Turbo 2.5.

Stiaan Kriel and Pierre Appelgryn 66th in the hard working purple class E BMW E36 325i with Gary Mahnke and Keiran van Vuuren 67th  in their immaculate class E BMW M3 3.0. Hermann Mahnke and Naaime Elloker 68th in their supercharged class G BMW M5 V8. Faheem Salie and Izak van Zyl Snr enjoyed the monster drifting BMW E36 and were quite content to accept 69th spot overall.

André Dreyer and Patrick Vermaak unfortunately became the first retirement of the day when the class A VW Golf MkII GTi 2.0 16v stripped it’s differential early on the very first run. Jean-Pierre Robberts and Kobus Wilson Jnr also failing to finish the event in their class A Breedevallei Truck Centre Opel Kadett GSi 2.0 16v.
Tersius van Tonder served notice of the potential of his new VW Golf MkI 2.0 when he won class H from Brent Laurings, Opel Kadett GTE 2.0, and Anton Wannenburg, Subaru STi Turbo 4x4. Brent the true star in this trio with another amazing performance in the 1984 Opel.

Günther Appelgryn, VW Golf MkI 1.8, followed by Jan van der Vyver, VW Golf MkI 1.4i, and Dewald van der Merwe, VW Golf MkII GTi 2.0 Turbo 16v. Kobus Wilson,Datsun GX 1.4i, just ahead of André Hartman, BMW Z4 M Coupé 3.0, Willie Morries, VW Jetta 1.8, and Fanie du Toit, Mazda Rustler LDV 2.0 16v. Izak van Zyl Jnr, Toyota Corollus V8, Marius Smal, Toyota Corolla 3.0 the final single seater entries.

Arriving at Club Mykonos an air of anticipation set the scene for a brilliant day and near perfect weather soon had the grandstands filled, despite the fact that this event started at 09h00! Documentation opened at 06h00 and Anette Vermaak, Meghan Nortjé and Michelle Ramshaw have to be complimented on a job well done. Marius Bester and Unicom Services then provided the event with the best sound system ever whilst the welcome return of Neels Rabe and Pieter Swanepoel as commentators certainly set the scene for a fantastic experience.

Xandré du Toit led the Judges of Fact, Phillip Botes and Altus Auret taking charge of Lane A and Norman and Ernest Reynolds Lane B. André Mitchell had the Scoring computer ready for action whilst Neville Gleeson enjoyed having the Jayen Timer running to maximum performance again with the dual format. Dewald Nortjé and Nico van Zyl took charge of Lane A Start & Finish whilst Meghan Nortjé and Jurgen Smit did likewise on Lane B. Pit Bull, André Brinkman, really put to the test as the man in charge of 100 entries, but he did an admirable job on the day!

On track we had the valuable sevices of our "internationally acclaimed" marshal, Uwe Pey, who was taking a well derserved rest break from working on events such as the Qatar Moto GP and Sealine Rally. Such is the demand for his services we rarely see him in action locally! Pierre van der Westhuizen the Clerk of the Course with Robert Marle as MSA Steward and Environmental Officer. A few competitors learning more about his latter role during the day with the cleaning up of a few oils spills.

Danie Burger deserves special mention as not only does he produce the HD DVD’s of each WBMK event but behind the scenes he is an invaluable aid to the organisers. Almost relieved to just concentrate on his filming Jannie Slabbert was as always on hand to assist. Leatitia Bester, Dieter Pey and the old hand, Eric Joseph, also present behind their respective cameras.
So many familiar faces and what an atmosphere! UNIREF prepared the ±1000 tyre wall and unique refractory trophies but their members were present everywhere to assist whilst Club Mykonos staff added to the positive approach. 

Great to see former Kings of Mykonos, Mike Nathan, Anton van Bosch, Anton Slabbert, Cobus Erasmus present with Werner Koekemoer, Duncan Jepthas, Izak van Zyl and André Dreyer actually competing. Truly impressive to see this type of support guys! Hopefully Johan Fourie will join in the fun next time around! Even the Teletubbies, Thorsten Pey and Mark Palmer, were present as frustrated spectators.

Then there was the Coathangers led by Anton Wannenburg, André Hartman, Beverley Peens-Hartman, Rano Barnardt, Leandi Wasserman and Androniki Pouris. You might not have won the the overall trophy but rest assured that you returned to Coathanger with something much more valuable, the respect of every Witzenberg Motorklub Gymkhana Competitor and Official! You will always remain Coathangers, but you are forever WBMK gymkhana family.

Prizegiving as always on the Marina Terrace with Chris Rain providing the music and the venue the atmosphere certainly had a few individuals forget about time altogether. Michelle Goldschmidt, Club Mykonos Resort, presented the class awards whilst Donevan and Hilary Denyssen, UNIREF, presented the overall awards. Neels Rabe behind the microphone with Pieter Swanepoel somewhere in the crowd.

Anette Vermaak received acknowledgement as the only person to have actually been present at all 100 events as the Event Secretary and WBMK Chairman, Pierre van der Westhuizen, accepted a special award celebration the 100th WBMK Gymkhana on behalf of the club. Innovative Woodwork, Gavin Parsons, the creator of the two unique awards.

A fitting centenary!