Death of a South African Legend
- 30th June 2016, 11:06pm
82 year old South African rally driver, Jan Hettema, died cruelly after being shot by robbers at his smallholding home near Pretoria.
Dutch born, he had escaped wth his family one week before the outbreak of WW2 and took up competitive cycling, gaining a Springbok title in that sport by representing his new country at the 1960 Olympics.
His cycling activities were then limited after being branded a professional, having won £10 at a race earlier in his career!
He then turned to motorsport, rallied for 40 years, was five times national champion and won more than 100 events, including being the first winner of the celebrated Roof of Africa event.
His record of national championship rally wins was only surpassed by Sarel van der Merwe and Serge Damsaux.
He competed a half dozen times on Rallye Monte Carlo, becoming the first works rally driver for Toyota in 1968.
- Martin Holmes
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