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2013-12-05 12:26

QUAD CHAMPS: Jurie 'Botter' Meyer (left) and his father Jurie Meyer (right) have made history and won the national off-road quad championship titles in 2013. Image: Elza Thiart

Elza Thiart

Jurie Meyer and his son 'Botter' Meyer have made off-road history as they have both won the 2013 National Off-Road Quad championship titles in their respective classes.

The Meyer family from Polokwane has collected a few National quad  championship titles in the past but 2013 is special as they each took the National Off-Road championship title in the same year.

‘Botter’ defended his title as overall winner of the 2012 championship and has again won the Q1 Class championship while his father is the 2013 Master Class champion.


It’s ‘Botter’s second consecutive National off-road title (the Q1 Class championship and the overall victory in the quad category) but Jurie added a third Master Class championship title (2010/2011) for riders older than 46.

It's been quite a successful season for the two Polokwane businessmen who led their respective class championships from the opening race outside Bela-Bela after both had won their classes while ‘Botter’ won the race overall.

The younger Meyer then went on to win two more events during the 2013 season including the Mantshwabisi 1000 Desert Race (round four of seven) in Botswana while he finished on the podium after two more events.

Jurie Senior had a bit more luck on his side and his accumulated points after round six were enough for him to secure his third Master Class Championship title. After winning the Master Class at the penultimate round and with the title secured, he decided not to compete in the final event and focussed on young Jurie’s onslaught by rendering much needed assistance in the pits.

Quad racing in South Africa is still a relatively young sport and the achievements of the Meyer father and son combination (seven national championship titles between them in six years) are most probably a record on its own.


Jurie Senior tried his hand at racing for the first time in 1984 when he tackled the well-known Barberspan 500 off-road race in the Sannieshof area with a Honda XR500 motorcycle. His first attempt was not too successful as he fell and broke his back.

Years later he decided to have another go and in 2004 he entered his first national off-road quad race held at Vilagama in Mpumalanga. The bug has bitten and not even a crash during the time-trial of the next event held on his doorstep at Polokwane, discouraged him.

‘Botter’, a nickname he has had for as long as he can remember, is a qualified professional hunter and Outfitter like his father and has only been racing for seven or so years. He competed for the first time in 2006 but fell with his quad and decided to rather try riding a motorcycle. This was however not much fun and he gave the quad racing another chance.

To have won three national championship titles at the age of 21, speaks of commitment and hard work as well as a healthy lifestyle that includes a very strict diet and daily work-out sessions in the gymnasium to stay fit. Both Meyers spent many hours per week practising on their quads as they have one goal in common – to win again.

The Meyers will receive their national championship awards at a gala dinner hosted by Motorsport South Africa on December 5 in Midrand, Gauteng.

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