Some sparkle for Nkomazi 400

2013-03-15 11:42

Nkomazi 400, Round 2 of the 400 Cross Country championship, will see international model and surfer Roxy Louw take part in the Celebrity Challenge in Malalane over April 12/13 2013.

The daughter of Springbok rugby legend Rob Louw will make her cross-country racing debut with former SA champion Archie Rutherford in a Nissan Navara.

Championship spokesman Terence Marsh said: "The Celebrity Challenge has been a lot of fun and has taken cross-country racing to a wider audience. The celebrities have come up with a couple of good results with Springbok rugby legend Stefan Terblanche and Paralympics star Natalie du Toit achieving top 10 finishes. If Archie can keep his eyes on the road the pair can perhaps improve on this to set a new benchmark."


Louw’s modelling career took off after playing provincial hockey and taking up competitive surfing. She joined Oakley America as a team rider where a photo shoot on a small Brazilian island launched her into the spotlight. She also modelled swimwear for Sports Illustrated and has been voted "sexiest woman in the world" by FHM.

Now she’s trying to make a name for herself in show business thanks to a role in a Universal Pictures movie being shot in South Africa.

“You just have to go where the wind takes you,” she said.

Several other women will also be competing in the race and a number of them have major roles behind the scenes as team managers, race officials and race organisers.

Sharon Marsh and Lizelle van Allemann act as team managers and among those competing will be Yolinda Fourie who co-drives for husband Marius in Class A among the Special Vehicles.


Zelda Niemandt competes in Class A alongside Botswana driver Mogrey Mabille and Sandra Labuscagne co-drives for father Coetzee in Class P in the Special Vehicle category. Lizelle van Tonder teams up with brother Jacques in a Ford in the premier Class SP category among the Production Vehicles.

Spectators will have free access to the service area for the Nkomazi 400 at Riverview Primary School in Malalane.

The prologue starts on Friday, April 12 to determine start positions for Saturday’s race at 8.30am.