Behold, as the dust gracefully descends, settling upon the grand stage of a remarkable and exhilarating Rally season. A season that was nothing short of extraordinary, brimming with electrifying moments that left us breathless. Experience the thrilling conclusion of the highly anticipated 2023 championship as it embarked on an unforgettable journey through the captivating landscapes of the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and Gauteng.

We Witnessed the culmination of skill, determination, and sheer athleticism as the finest competitors showcased their prowess in the ultimate battle for glory. Join us on this remarkable expedition that left spectators in awe and etched unforgettable memories in the hearts of all fortunate enough to participate.

2023 TRAC Rally Winners Chris Coertse and Greg Godrich celebrating

Discover the captivating world of Rally, where competitors immerse themselves in hours of meticulous planning, tireless fixing, and strategic manoeuvring. Their unwavering dedication knows no bounds, as they pour their heart and soul into this exhilarating sport. And let’s not forget the substantial investments made, for these passionate individuals spare no expense to be part of this extraordinary experience. When asked why they commit so wholeheartedly, the resounding response echoes through the air – because Rally is an addiction, a thrilling drug that cannot be resisted.”

Stuart Stirling making a VW Bus fly – Photo by David Ledbitter

In 2023, we saw a flying VW Kombi, and the number of NRC 1 Four WD cars increased from four to eleven. New brave Warriors joined our ranks to contend in the National as well as Northern Regions Championship. Our regulars we back braver and more determined to be the ultimate Champions of the Season. On average, at least 28 vehicles lined up at the start line for each event. This is undeniably strong evidence that our sport is well-liked and beloved. To you, the Key-board Warriors of the world I say “What have you got to say for yourselves now, hey?'”

While we had plenty to celebrate, we also encountered substantial loss. Billy te Water, a respected Businessman, Family man and enthusiast of the Secunda Rally, met a tragic end in January when he was struck by lightning on the legendary TW Stene stage situated on his farm. Billy will be fondly remembered for his calm demeanour and unwavering support in ensuring the success of the Secunda Rally, which is currently in its 10th year on the South African Rally Calendar. The Community of Secunda is where Billy’s heart and passion were felt the most. RIP Billy – You will forever be a part of us!

Billy te Water

Another prominent figure in the South African as well as African Rally scene has passed away. Willie du Plessis has held various important roles in the motorsport industry, including serving as a Clerk of Course and organizer of the Sasol Rally for 25 Years, being the former President of the NRC commission, acting as an FIA Steward on African Rallies, and fulfilling the roles of a trainer, mentor, and friend. Willie’s departure has created a significant void and his absence is profoundly felt. We thank Willie’s family for sharing a Legend with us for so many years. Thank you Willie for your selfless contribution to Rallies. We miss you dearly!

Stalwarth Willie Du Plessis

We were profoundly disappointed when we had to cancel the 1st event of the year scheduled to take place in the Western Cape. Due to the fact that Gauteng and Surrounds are home to the majority of National participants—who cited cost as the most important factor—the Cape Overberg Rally did not garner the necessary backing to host the event as a National Event.

The NRC is cognizant of the difficulties and expenses associated with travelling to the Western Cape, but it is also conscious of the significance of the exposure and inclusivity required for the Championship. Stunning rally stages can be found in the Western Cape, and we should promote our sport to all of the provinces.

Benjamin Habig and Barry White

Get ready to witness the exhilarating 2024 Rally Championship as the event returns as Round 3&4 to the captivating Western Cape on the 12 -13 April once more! Experience the allure of the Swartland like never before. Experience the thrill of Malmesbury, the ultimate base for competitors. Get ready to elevate your game and seize the opportunity to score Double Points in this exhilarating event. With this incredible bonus, your spot on the scoreboard in 2024 will skyrocket to new heights. Don’t miss out on this game-changing chance to dominate the competition.

The highly anticipated return of the beloved Ermelo Rally, making a triumphant comeback after a remarkable absence of 7 years. Experience the ultimate Rally heaven as the National Rally Championship (NRC) returns on 15 – 16 March for Round 1&2 of the Championship. Join us as we embark on a thrilling journey that has captivated enthusiasts for years. The NRC is thrilled to bring back the exhilarating action that has made this event a true spectacle. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to witness the heart-pounding excitement firsthand. Mark your calendars and get ready to be swept away by the adrenaline-fueled atmosphere. The countdown to Round 1 has begun, and we can’t wait to see you there!

An old favourite and ultimate showdown as rounds 5&6 transport you to the adrenaline-fueled Petrol Head Capitol of South Africa – none other than the Mpumalanga city of Secunda! Experience the electrifying allure of the Secunda Rally, a sensational event that captivates and enthrals the masses like no other. Prepare to be dazzled by the awe-inspiring spectacle that unfolds before your very eyes, as this rally takes entertainment to new heights. Join the throngs of enthusiastic spectators and immerse yourself in the exhilarating atmosphere that permeates the air.

The Secunda Rally is a must-see extravaganza that promises to leave you breathless and craving for more. Experience the ultimate destination from the 31st of May to the 1st of June – Secunda! Welcome to Lake Umuzi, the ultimate destination for all your accommodation needs! Experience the unparalleled charm and comfort that awaits you at our magnificent establishment. With a wide range of options to choose from, Lake Umuzi is the undisputed mecca of accommodation.

Gerald Klopper and Etienne Lourens

Whether you’re seeking a luxurious getaway Experience the epitome of luxury with our exquisite 5-star accommodation options. Indulge in opulence and unparalleled comfort as you immerse yourself in a world of sophistication. Alternatively, for those seeking a more adventurous and nature-filled experience, our cosy camping options provide the perfect blend of comfort and outdoor exploration. With a wide range of accommodation choices, we have something to suit every traveller’s unique preferences and desires.

Experience the thrill of the Championship as it embarks on an intriguing journey to the picturesque city of Gqeberha, affectionately known as the Friendly City Port Elizabeth. Join us for the thrilling rounds 7 & 8, where the competition reaches new heights. Prepare to be captured by the enchanting allure of Longmore’s lush forests, beckoning thrill-seekers and their high-octane chariots. Experience the radiant charm of Jeffreys Bay as it warmly embraces us once again. Our hearts are drawn in by the enchanting allure of the Eastern Cape and the unwavering support of its beloved fans. See you on the 5 – 6 July 2024.

Gustav Potgieter and Armand Du Toit

The teams leave an indelible mark on the majestic Longmore forest, only to embark on a thrilling expedition to the enchanting realm of Forest 1461.4 kilometres apart from the enchanting allure of Tzaneen. Introducing the colossal sensation that is none other than the Tzaneen Rally “This is a Biggie!” Prepare to be astounded by the sheer magnitude of this extraordinary creation. Experience the unparalleled unity of a community coming together like never before to proudly host this extraordinary spectacle. Experience the exhilaration of the highly anticipated 2024 NTT Tzaneen Rally, a true standout on our Rally enthusiast’s calendar.

Get ready for an adrenaline-fueled spectacle like no other as the Event enters its highly anticipated 4th year. Brace yourself for Rounds 9 & 10, where the thrill and excitement will reach unprecedented levels. Experience the awe-inspiring spectacle as massive dust clouds gather, casting an ambience over the captivating Merensky Forests. Mark your calendars for the extraordinary events unfolding on the 30th and 31st of August.

Theuns Joubert and Schalk Van Heerden

A Rain Date event is on the cards for October 11 & 12! With no concrete plans in sight, this could very well be a well-deserved period of rest and rejuvenation. Stay tuned for any changes. The thrilling conclusion of the Championship as it once again takes centre stage in the captivating town of Dullstroom. The exhilaration of a lifetime at the highly anticipated 2024 TRAC National Rally – the ultimate season finale on 15&16 November, will leave you wanting more!

This one is the formidable Monster Rally. Brace yourself for the ultimate challenge that lies ahead. Introducing the ultimate test of skill and resilience: the treacherous stages that have become the stuff of legends. With their notorious technicality and unforgiving terrain, only the bravest dare to conquer them. Brace yourself for a heart-pounding adventure that demands nerves of steel and a trusty tank of a car. Are you ready to face the challenge?

Mandla Mdikane and Kes Naidoo

From me, more than THANK YOU is in order. To all our Competitors, you are the reason we do this. To our Marshals, You are the reason we can do this, To our Sponsors and Partners, You are the reason we are able to do this and to all our fans out there You are Who we do this for!!

To each and every person who formed part of organizing events, Sponsoring, Giving your time or just a kind word of encouragement along the way, THANK YOU!!

Thank You, God Bless you all and see you in 2024!!

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