As far as the record goes no South African has achieved this in their motocross careers, as not many are still competing after 35 years and successfully winning, over four decades. Hunt’s career in motocross has to be the longest and most successful in the history of the sport in South Africa.
A multiple motocross SA National Champion, now with 12 overall SA National titles, that started back in the early 1980s. He won numerous SA events, regional championships, local and International MX, Supercross events staged in SA and abroad, he travelled and raced in the UK, Europe and the US, which did not go unnoticed as he was awarded his Springbok colours and received the Protea Award for his successes in the sport.
Overseas wins included the Master Supercross class for three consecutive years at the Weston Super Mare Beach race, an all-time record in this events history as no MX rider has managed to win this race for three years running. He was an official SA team rider in the legendary Trophy Des Nations and many other events in Europe and the US. He has recently returned from the International MXDN world event at Fairleigh Castle in the UK finishing 11th overall, the best overall position of the SA team riders that took part.
Clinching the 2016 SA National MX3 title was the one last challenge which he achieved in the penultimate round, giving him his remarkable record of four decades of SA National titles. This is the first ever recorded four-decade win for any SA rider.
“It’s gets a whole lot harder as one gets older – I must also say winning any SA National MX title has never been easy as we have some really talented riders in SA, the younger guys are also really quick,” said Hunt. “Ian Topliss could well have taken the 2106 MX 3 Title and it would have gone right down to the wire had he not had an accident. I feel for him as I and many riders have been in the same position down the years. Asked about his plans for 2017 Hunt said: “who knows as there is still some way to go in the old body and I also still enjoy the sport.” Hunt and a number of MX Vets run and support a training school for young riders at Terre Topia.
VERMONT SALES WIN FOUR AWARDS
V ermont Sales,, a leading supply company in the Power Tool and Accessory business, has, probably, the largest selection of blue chip international brands and huge product range, has cemented a name for itself in the industry over the past 30 years, winning numerous awards.
These awards are presented annually by DIY Trade and Industrial News, and are based on votes from retail customers who submit their votes on the page in each monthly edition. The voting criteria is based on service, sales, parts, innovations, product range, general DIY, Power Tools, and support and service to the industry.
This year they did it all again, winning two Gold awards for Supplier of the Year, and DIY Company of the Year, plus two Silver awards for Power Tool Company of the Year, and Industrial Company of the Year.
“What is so important in winning these awards is that the voting is done by our clients and keeping them all happy is key to Vermont Sales staff. We thank them for their votes,” said Vermont sales CEO Roland Hunt, the founder of the company.
“The company has grown tenfold over the years with now over 40 International brands and well over 15 000 line items, so we had to look at an expansion programme as this was the only answer. 2015 saw the construction of purpose built, state of the art, green (solar panels supplying a good portion of daily power requirements, rainwater harvesting, and Sunlight harvesting roof panels), warehouse and offices which are now accommodating more stock, more staff and a fully equipped training centre with ample parking for staff and visitors. The new building also houses a complete repair centre and comfortable collection counter”, explained Hunt.
This has led to Vermont Sales being able to increase its supply rate and service to all its customers.
For more information contact Vermont Sales on +27 (0)11 314 7711 or visit their website www.vermontsales.co.za Trade enquiries welcome.