The team was
Mike and Jeanette van Ginkel, Roger Pearce, Koos Roets,
Marc Campbell-Gibson and Steve Pickering.
Mike van Ginkel (73)
time of the Adventure Mike was a young 73 year old with
a fascinating and distinguished career behind him. He
was born in East London and educated in Grahamstown.
He became a pupil pilot with the SAAF and got his ‘wings’
in 1955. In 1959 Mike started his own flying training
school in George.
Mike has been a charter pilot, survey
pilot, crop sprayer and had an exciting time spraying
tsetse fly in the Okavango at night! Mike founded Avex
Air, together with Nick Turvey, in 1965. He resigned
in 1993 to become Director General of the Aero Club
of South Africa for the next 8 years. Mike spent his
entire working career as a pilot, clocking up over 27
000 hours in over 100 different aircraft.
Although a commercial pilot by profession,
Mike flew gliders for many years as a hobby. He is also
a lover of old cars, having owned a 1948 Chevrolet and
a 1954 Vanden Plas Princess.
Mike received his Springbok Colours
in Aerobatics in 1968 and represented South Africa in
Magdeburg, East Germany. In 1969 Mike and Jeanette won
the State President’s Air Race and in 1972 they
won it again for the second time.
Mike van Ginkel
Rolls Royce Driver
Jeanette van Ginkel (70)
Jeanette met Mike when
still a schoolgirl and ballet teacher. They married
in 1955. Jeanette assisted Mike at the flying school
in George where she was taught to fly aircraft by Mike
and was the first licensed hot air balloon pilot in
South Africa, representing South Africa in the World
championships at Castle Howard in York, UK in 1976.
Jeanette went on to become a balloon instructor and
testing officer and is an international ballooning event
is a successful interior decorator and has owned the
well-known Tylers of Rosebank for 38 years. Jeanette
is an enthusiastic driver and is a vibrant person.
and Jeanette have two sons who are pilots, one in Australia
and one in South America.
Jeanette van Ginkel
Rolls Royce Co-Driver,
and ‘Feet on the Ground’
Roger Pearce (58)
is a well known and very experienced travel adventurer.
He competed in the London to Cape Town in 1990, the
London to Sydney in 1993, the London to Mexico in 1995,
Shield of Africa in 1998, two Targa-Tasmania events
in 1996 and 1998 and a further London to Sydney in 2000.
In 2004, he single-handedly drove from South Africa
to Silverstone, UK in an MGB GT! Roger has also won
the South African Historic championship three times,
for which he received South African colours.
Roger runs the well-known EmGee Workshop
in Randburg, which is acclaimed for servicing, rebuilding
and general maintenance of classic cars.
Roger enjoyed an illustrious racing
career, and competed in the Porsche Turbo Cup with the
likes of Sarel van der Merwe and Chris Aberdein. He
was the team leader for the MINI Odyssey in 2006, when
5 Mini Coopers did the Cape to Cairo trip. He travelled
in the support car, a BMW X5.
Roger Pearce is the current Chairman
of Motorsport South Africa.
Planner, Co-ordinator, Mechanic
and Backup Vehicle Driver
Koos Roets (65)
had a long and distinguished career as a cameraman and
film director. He has directed the photography for productions
of all kinds - commercials, documentaries, TV dramas
and full-length movies.
Koos started his career in 1962 as
assistant cameraman , working for Jamie Uys (The Gods
Must be Crazy). After a variety of documentaries and
feature films he graduated as a camera operator working
on international features at SA Film Studios. In 1969
he photographed his first feature, the highly acclaimed
“Geheim van Nantes”. After photographing
more than a dozen features in a short span of time,
winning high critical praise from the media, he graduated
as a director for both television and the big screen.
Koos has won numerous awards, including
the Kodak Spectrum, Rapport Artes, Star Tonight, SA
Academy for Arts & Sciences, Artes, M-Net Vita &
Cameraman, Director and
Marc Campbell-Gibson (Medical Support)
Marc has 14 years experience as
an advanced life support paramedic. During this
time he has held a variety of specialised positions
in medicine, rescue and firefighting. Marc represented
South Africa as an international judge in the world
motor vehicle rescue competition: Plymouth, UK and
Hamilton, New Zealand in 2004 and 2005. Marc was
Principal and Head of medical training for the city
of Johannesburg from 2001 to 2003.
Marc is now a senior flight paramedic
for a service specialising in medical evacuations
within Africa. Marc’s company Event Medical
Solutions provides adventure event medical support
including for the Mini Cooper trans-Africa Odyssey
Steve Pickering (Mechanic)
Steve graduated as a Chemical Engineer
in England in 1975. He then travelled extensively around
the world working in sugar processing and waste water
Steve worked on the Zambian copperbelt
from 1977 before moving to South Africa in 1980, where
he continued in this field, opening his own business
Steve started Classic Motorsport in
2002, specializing in race and rally car building and
preparation and restoration of Classic sports cars.
Steve had a notable motor racing career.
He raced extensively in the Porsche challenge during
the 90’s, achieving many class wins and best position
of 2nd overall in the championship in1994. He started
rallying in 1998 and competed in the Shield of Africa
(1998), Roof of Africa (1999) Africa Rally Championship
events (1999), London Sydney (2000), Evo Africa &
Kalahari events (2001/2003) & East African Safari
Steve is currently chairman of Historic
Sports And GT racing association.