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Report by Rob Pattison-Emms.

The Century Run is an informal gathering and run featuring Veteran, Vintage and Classic motorcycles and riders whose combined ages exceed 100 years.

The event also caters for Veteran, Vintage and Classic Cars.

The event celebrates the camaraderie and fun aspect of vintage motorcycling and motoring. All marques are welcome and the event takes place on roughly the 100th day of the year.

Participants are encouraged to don “period costume” relating to the era of their vehicle.

The 2014 Century Run was a great success with a large field of very old (Quality!) flat-tankers and veteran, vintage and classic bikes.

A large majority of entrants and spectators turned out in period dress, from 1920’s flappers to 1960’s rockers and 1970’s hippies.

Due to a great punt on radio there were several spectators that came from far and wide.

This year the Johannesburg Century Run was held again, at “Something Country” in Muldersdrift on the 6th of April.

The event has always been open to motorcycles, motorcycle and side-car combinations as well as three wheelers. This year we extended the invitation to vintage and veteran cars and were hoping for a few entries from the VVC to swell our numbers. --- Not a sausage! This is probably due to the error on my part, as the event coincided with the date of “Angela’s Picnic.”

In spite of a very small entry (disappointing!) we attracted seventeen (17) entries of exceptional quality! A large number of “flat-tankers”, veteran, vintage and post vintage motorcycles. Only two post war bikes made it to the start. But it was the flat-tankers that the crowds came to see. The immaculate and well prepared 1913 Norton BRS belonging to Jef Frost caused quite a stir! And others, too numerous to mention.

Photographers seemed to be more common than bikes, often having to queue to take shots of the older bikes. The people who took the trouble to find period costume made a spectacular scene and enhanced the mood of the event. Simon Mc Donnell took some fantastic pictures that really capture the character of the event. His pictures appear in the gallery below.

The Senior Award was won by Fritz Kraehmer totalling a score of 176 years with his 1920 Excelsior Sport. Fritz is also the second person to achieve a platinum award. (175 years or more)

Jef Frost received a prize for entering a bike older than 100 years. (1913 Norton BRS)

The Nipper Award was won again by Donovan Wressell with a difference between his age (23) and that of his bike, the 1923 Triumph Ricardo. A difference of 68 years.

The Best Dressed Award was won by Tarryn Neary, dressed as a 1920’s Flapper. (And very fetching too!) Amongst the spectators and participants I spotted a few celebrity “lookalikes” the flappers could have stepped out of the film set of The Great Gatsby. A James Dean lookalike --- or was it “The Fonz” from “Happy Days”? --- It could have been his every day “get-up”? (See picture No. 18)

The event was followed by lunch at the venue “Something Country.”

As you will see from the entry list and results, there were two non-starters. Several people without entries rode along for the fun of it. A good time was had by all.

* = Senior Award, = Nipper Award, $ = Best Dressed
Cert Type Name Club Year Bike Age
1 Platinum Fritz Kraehmer VMC 1920 Excelsior Sport 176*
2 Bronze Donovan Wressell VMC 1923 Triumph Ricardo 114"
3 Gold Jef Frost VMC 1913 Norton BRS 173
5 Gold Trevor Jones VMC 1936 Ariel Red Hunter 146
6 Gold John Hassall VMC 1929 Ariel Model A 153
7 Silver Roy Moult VMC 1928 BSA s/v 146
8 Silver Tim Neary 1926 AJS G4 s/v 146
10 Silver Leon Bardenhorst VMC 1917 Triumph Model H 141
11 Silver Gavin Lumley VMC 1939 Moto Guzzi GTS 133
12 Bronze Guy Levine 1947 Matchless G3L 118
13 Bronze Robert Currie CMC 1962 AJS Model 31 CSR 109
15 Bronze Tristan Neary 1936 Matchless G3 107
16 Bronze Chantal Madgwick VMC 1957 BMW R50 103
17 Bronze Martin Kaiser VVC 1935 Sunbeam Model 9 102
N/S Ric Lewis VVC 1929 Sunbeam Model 5
N/S Ian Storer VMC 1969 BSA Lightning
Best Dressed Tarryn Neary Dressed as a 1920’s “Flapper” $
The photographs in the gallery below are courtesy of Simon McDonnell and he captured the character of the event perfectly.
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