Well organised events allowed enough time at refuel points to minimise road racing but as any time lost on tight sections had to be made up along the rest of the route, often resulting in some serious catch-up driving. Dust-covered crews would arrive at the finish washing the grit out of the teeth with a beer or two (or three) and sharing war stories of the event, of course.
Entry lists of club events were typically in the forties, and nationals often ran into sixty or seventy crews. There was a clear hierarchy starting with club rallies, then provincial and eventually the nationals. All rallies had to be presented to the AA Motorsport Committee for approval and run by national regulations, but at the core were motorsport clubs such as Pretoria Motor Club (PMC), South African Motorsport Club (SAM), Rand Motor Club (RMC), Sports Car Club (SCC) and the Western Province Motor Club (WPMC), as well as the Rhodesian clubs such as Mashonaland Motor Club and Mozambique’s ATCM. Inter-club rivalry was fierce, especially when it came to the Lawsons Trophy (sponsored by the Volvo agents, Lawsons Motors), awarded for an inter-club competition. This was a regularity rally and gymkhana combined.