I earned a liv­ing from soc­cer until the age of 23 when I broke my leg play­ing in an exhi­bi­tion game, which some would say was a “lucky break” as soon after­wards I was offered a posi­tion in the sports spon­sor­ship divi­sion of Hol­i­day Inn hotel group in South Africa. After a few years joined the lead­ing hotel group in South­ern Sun who acquired Hol­i­day Inn and after 6 years as the Group Direc­tor of Mar­ket­ing woke up one morn­ing and real­ized that there was more to life and had lost my pas­sion for the cor­po­rate life and finally man­aged to “escape” the col­lar and tie brigade.

Whilst I was enjoy­ing my sab­bat­i­cal RJ Reynolds approached me in 1992 to start the Camel Tro­phy event in SA which neces­si­tated me under­go­ing spe­cial­ized train­ing abroad. Our teams enjoyed huge suc­cess in the inter­na­tional events win­ning over­all on 3 occa­sions but more impor­tantly the spirit award every sin­gle year that we com­peted.

The skills I learnt equipped me to start the Con­ti­nen­tal Off-​Road Acad­emy 1997 which con­ducts courses teach­ing peo­ple the nec­es­sary 4×4 dri­ving tech­niques and since then launched the Toy­ota Advanced Dri­ving 2006 which cov­ers all dri­ving aspects namely Defen­sive, Hi-​Performance, 4×4, Anti-​Hijack etc.

I have three chil­dren Dylan 21 (final year at Stel­len­bosch Uni­ver­sity), Lau­ren 32 ( V.P. Mar­ket­ing JP Mor­gan) and Travis 36 ( my busi­ness part­ner). Three grand­chil­dren namely Jade 5, twins Max & Ty 2 years.

Got my first motor­bike at the age of 13 and bar a few years have been enjoy­ing the free­dom of the open road and I am a com­mit­ted Harley rider and by choice don’t belong to any spe­cific MC but ride with many.

Ben­e­fi­cia­ries

Cheshire Home South Africa

After more than forty eight years of ser­vice to Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties in South Africa, Cheshire Homes has accu­mu­lated a sub­stan­tial range of resources and ser­vicede­liv­ery pro­grammes, which are care­fully man­aged, in line with a ded­i­cated visio­n­and mis­sion refined in con­sul­ta­tion with Per­sons with Disabilities

Quad Para Asso­ci­a­tion of South Africa

QASA is a co-​ordinating, policy-​making, gov­ern­ing and­sup­port­ing organ­i­sa­tion.
The Asso­ci­a­tion strives to pre­vent spinal cord injury, as well as pro­tect and pro­mote the inter­ests of peo­ple with mobil­ity impair­ments by for­mu­lat­ing a national pol­icy and strat­egy, to develop and ensure the full poten­tial and qual­ity of their lives.

Main Spon­sors

Hoog­land Health Hydro

Hoogland Health Hydro

Hoog­land Health Hydro is a fam­ily owned busi­ness, spe­cial­is­ing in improv­ing phys­i­cal well­be­ing since 1977. Hoog­land prides itself in treat­ing guests as unique indi­vid­u­als and sup­port­ing and improv­ing the body’s own heal­ing abil­i­ties in a com­fort­able, nat­ural envi­ron­ment. Their team of med­ical and well­be­ing pro­fes­sion­als are highly expe­ri­enced and all cel­e­brate the tenac­ity of the human spirit. Few peo­ple embody spirit and tenac­ity as much as Dave Barr.