Retro Roof of Africa Rally announced – historic event for all-comers

September date set for new Motul Retro Roof event celebrating the infamous Hard Enduro with an event for amateur riders harking back to 50 years of its history. 


Live Lesotho events company has announced a new Retro Roof off road competition to bring enduro riders, adventure bikes and 4x4s to the Maluti Mountains in Lesotho. 

When it first began more than 50 years ago, the Roof was a cross-country rally for cars from Johannesburg to Durban, passing through Lesotho. It slowly morphed into an off-road event for cars, motorbikes and quads, entirely contained within Lesotho before becoming the Roof as it is today. 

The Retro Roof will be open to a broad range of off road vehicles and will take place at lower altitudes in Lesotho on September 20-21, 2019.

Retro pics of Roof of Africa courtesy of Motul 560

“We wanted to turn back the clock to what the Roof was originally about,”explains Charan Moore, Retro Roof Route Director, Manager of Live Lesotho and a man with serious Roof pedigree. “By making the event open to cars and quads as well as bikes, we’ve made it possible for more people to experience racing in Lesotho.”

“The course will consist of a 250km loop which will be faster and less technical (than the Roof course), so many more people will be able to complete it. 

“In addition to honouring the legacy of the Roof with a Vintage Bikes class, we’ll also have an Enduro and Adventure Bikes class –in other words, just about anyone can participate.”


The Motul Retro Roof event will be run under the auspices of Motorsport South Africa, and all competitors will require a current MSA licence. The full list of classes includes motorcycles, quads, cars, vintage bikes and adventure bikes.

There will also be a non-competitive “Sweep Class”for experienced 4x4 drivers wishing to assist with recovery and other event functions. 

Entry costs are R1500 per bike or quad (all classes) and R2000 per car. Retro Roof entries, full event details along with all applicable regulations can be found 

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Jon Pearson
Enduro21 Editor and Bike Tester