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    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

    What is believed to be the world's longest microlight rally started from Johannesburg on May 7.

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    1. GV Microlight being wheeled on and started. 0.23
    2. GV Microlight being washed down. 0.27
    3. GV Competitors revving engine and holding microlight back. 0.38
    4. CU & GVs Competitor strapping himself in, putting gloves on and moving off. (3 SHOTS) 0.57
    5. CU & GV Mick Yorke taking off (black plane with red and yellow stripes on wings.) (2 SHOTS) 1.26
    6. CU PULL BACK TO GV Double-seater microlight takes off. 1.50
    InitialsCC/IC/JRS

    SPORT: MICROLIGHTS
    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

    What is believed to be the world's longest microlight rally started from Johannesburg on May 7. The fifteen competitors faced a six-day endurance test over a 500-kilometre course. The pilots were due to complete two or three 40-kilometre legs per day, with the highlight of the event being the crossing of the Drakensburg Mountains -- where winds and air currents can be extremely turbulent. Navigation plays an important part in the competition, as points are deducted for exceeding the time limit set for each leg. Last year's winner, Mick Yorke (black microlight with red and yellow stripes on wings) was penalised only three-and-a-half minutes in the 1983 event. The microlights, which took off from the Springs Airfield, outside Johannesburg, were either single or double-seaters -- the only stipulation for the race being that the engine should not exceed 150 kilograms in weight.

    Source: REUTERS - GEOFF CHILTON

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4INT6WM420XM2QJE9BJ0TQFEF
    Media URN:
    VLVA4INT6WM420XM2QJE9BJ0TQFEF
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/05/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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