A record crowd enjoyed the spectacle that was Stofskop Powered by Motul at the Randfontein Raceway on Saturday, 12 August 2023, with participants and fans leaving with big smiles and great memories of another dusty but spectacular day out.

Brian Capper (on the left) pushing it for the win in this categoy’s final heat, Photo taken by Disruptive Intent

After most events, the discussion focuses on the winners – but then Stofskop isn’t most events. Simply by taking part, you’re a winner at Stofskop – and this event attracted just about every imaginable rider and motorcycle, from Plastic Pigs and Side Cars to Mopeds and Inappropriate Road Bikes. Capes were donned, corners were cut, some heroes took a tumble – and it all added up to a perfect day in the dust…

Photo taken by Disruptive Intent

An undoubted crowd-pleaser was the Delivery Bike Dash in the Dust, with a stellar line-up of legends. Between them, Clinton Seller, Ross Branch, Brian Capper, Hippocrates ‘Taki’ Bogiages, Louwrens Mahoney and Darryl Curtis have won 37 National Motorcycle Racing Titles across many disciplines – but they were about to face their toughest (and undoubtedly silliest) challenge yet.  

Mercia Jansen from Motul at the starting line Photo taken by Disruptive Intent

They took to the track on the kind of bikes that you’d more usually see at your front door bringing you your groceries or a takeaway, with Honda Ace 125 motorcycles sponsored by Honda SA for all the riders except Ross Branch, who took his Hero Eco 150 for a ‘slide’.

Ready, Set and Go! One of the heats heads out on the dirt track at this year’s Stofskop Photo taken by Disruptive Intent

Of course, with this much talent on show, everybody wanted a ‘pizza’ the action, but (this being Stofskop), things didn’t quite go according to plan. Seller enjoyed falling off his bike so much that he did it a few times, while ‘somebody’ turned off Branch’s fuel in an attempt to sabotage his bid for glory!  Capper, Mahoney and Curtis all pushed hard, while Bogiages was the first to zigzag across the middle of the track, in an effort to cross the line first. The rest of the pack all followed suit, so working out who might have won after four chaotic heats became rather difficult – but also irrelevant, as the Delivery Bike Dash in the Dust was all about the entertainment value.

Ross Branch, Taki Bogiages, Eddie Leggo and Darryl Curtis having a laugh in-between heats Photo taken by Disruptive Intent

The final heat of the day saw Taki and Ross in a head-to-head that was enlivened by Skinny van Schalkwyk emerging from the delivery box on Ross’ Hero to scatter gold confetti on the track as the afternoon sun began to set… a glittering end to the perfect day.

“The events on the track were far from the only highlight at this year’s Stofskop Powered by Motul,”.

commented a delighted Chief Organiser, Chris Shelvey
Side Car slide as part of the thrilling entertainment at this year’s Stofskop Photo taken by Disruptive Intent

“We’d like to thank the sponsors, fans and riders for making this our best event yet! ”.

he added
Some of the spectators having a laugh in-between heats at thisyear’s Stofskop Photo taken by Disruptive Intent

“Stofskop was everything we had hoped it would be,”.  

commented Mercia Jansen of Motul
Something for everyone, kids were also entertained by the whacky outfits and sliding skills at this year’s Stofskop Photo taken by Disruptive Intent

“An inclusive, fun, and slightly crazy day out for families and riders alike, and the perfect way to encourage more people to get into – or get back into – the riding lifestyle, with or without the fancy dress,”.  

she added

Check out MotulZA on FB or Motul_South_Africa on Insta for highlights from this year’s event and head to https://www.stofskop.co.za/ to get all the info and consider entering for next year’s event.

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