Panelbeating unlimited Rebel 4×4 Rock Crawl

Modified A class: Nico Pretorius from Nelspruit, Mpumalanga with Hein Grobler as co-driver came first with their Jeep.
Modified A class: Nico Pretorius from Nelspruit, Mpumalanga with Hein Grobler as co-driver came first with their Jeep.

MOEGATLE – Early Saturday morning on 5 September, with the sun just rising over the horizon, 31 extreme 4×4 enthusiasts arrived at Moegatle for the second annual Rebel 4×4 Rock Crawl.
With very high stress levels, the guys and Tannie Ronel Steyn, met on the rocks to start a day that will not be forgotten, until next year when this will all happen again.
The Main sponsor, Panelbeating Unlimited, from Rustenburg made sure that the day could once again be a huge success.
In the production class 13 drivers started the day with the time trail and went on to tackle the rocks. Only 11 got to finish the 12 obstacles for the production class. Cassie Kruger all on his own, in a Toyota Hilux from Benoni only added 54 points to his total. The best score for the day. Andre Friss and Estienne Bezuidenhout, also in a Toyota Hilux came second, with George van Wyk and Rassie Erasmus, once again in a Toyota Hilux, not far behind in third place. Nico Killian and Dennis Laatz from Randburg in a Landrover had to cheer on all the other Crazy Dutchman from the sideline after their breakdown.
The Modified classes were split in two, Modified A and B. In the Modified B class, Jakes Booysen and Hennie van Dyk from Thabazimbi in their V8 powered Jeep showed the guys how it should be done. Rudi van Aarde from Vanderbijlpark, driving without a co-driver came second, and Robert Eichorn from Pretoria and Willie van Rooyen from Springs, in their Range Rover, that met a tree or two during the day, came third. Of the 5 trucks that started the day only 4 finished. Jannie Landman in his Landrover had a break down after the 5th obstacle for the day.
In the Modified A class, Nico Pretorius joining the ride all the way from Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, with Hein Grobler as co-driver came first in a Jeep. Johan van Wyk also in a Jeep, was second, and from Witbank in Mpumalanga Marius Pick and Deon Schoombee in a Toyota Hilux was third. Of the 9 Modified A class vehicles, 2 had to go home without completing all the obstacles. Ronal Hairbottle and Johan de Lange from Polokwane and Max Bayers and Roelf Liebenberg had to go home early.
Two rookies in the Rebel ranks, Chris Gunter and Wayne Potter all the way from Witbank in their stock standard jeep got the Most spectacular driver of the day award sponsored by Zoneoffroad.
In the Super Truck class, diff-locks and pipe frames were allowed. Lukas Holtzhausen and Bert Stols in Tuppertjie was first, Jan Bredenhann and Jan Coetzer from Ermelo came second, and Hein and Ciska Duraan from Krugersdorp, in Boesman was third. In this class the competition was nerve raking until the last obstacle. All the co-drivers in this class had to see the rocks coming closer on more than one occasion while making sure that no banner was touched on their side of the obstacle.
Once again we would like to thank all the guys and girls that took the time to come and help us with the marshalling, without them there would not have been a rock crawl.
The next Rebel 4×4 event on 5 December 2009 will be the ElectroDiesel 4X4 Team Challenge in Rustenburg at Bushwhackers, this is not a Rock Crawl event .For more info visit or contact Ciska Duraan at  or Hannie Holtzhausen at or Lukas Holtzhausen 082 765 3418 or Hein Duraan 082 793 8910.