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The Hottentots Holland region had the Somerset West Motor Club as the door to regional rallying and the popular Pop’s Robert Interclub Championship.

John David Floyd had Links Garage and was Chairman of the SWMC. In rallying he prepared the Volkswagen Golf of David John Crossley and then he would become the navigator in the Western Province Reginal Rally Championship. As in any sporting environment there were great results and not such great results. Losing a new car in a fire possibly the lowest point whilst the most memorable results were not always reflected in silverware. Only those who have experienced the close relationship that exists between driver and navigator will be able to relate.

The Pop’s Robert Interclub Championship was a fierce “friendly” challenge between the five rally clubs in the Western Province and the Somerset West Motor Club would knock the Cape Peninsula Motorcycle and Car Club of the top spot with John David Floyd as Chairman. The Witzenberg Motorklub would become a sibling of the Somerset West Motor Club and they would become the club to beat with the Cape Car & Motorcycle Club and Western Province Motor Club bringing the total to five.

Serge Damseaux and Neil Watt were the obvious SWMC star combination but John David Crossley and David John Floyd held their own against stiff opposition for many seasons.

Drive Time on Radio Helderberg 93.6Fm (from the days of 95.9Fm) became his passion after competitive participation faded into memory and his passion for anything with wheels was an obvious reflection. Making trophies for the WPMC Drag Section, commentating, testing cars and covering Formula 1 for various publications brought great pleasure until health did not allow travelling extensively.

John David Floyd touched many, in many ways, but there is no denying that he made an enormous contribution to motorsport and general motoring.

Those “quick”, hour long, phone calls will be missed!

To his loving wife for 56 years, Jennifer Floyd, sons Gavin and David and daughters Paula-Jayne Baker, Lindsay du Preez, Ada Floyd and relations our sincere condolences.

Till we meet again!

Published by: Patrick Vermaak

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