THE GARDEN ROUTE MOTOR CLUB WELCOMES BELGIUM CAR RALLY Peter Pretorius

THE GARDEN ROUTE MOTOR CLUB WELCOMES BELGIUM CAR RALLY    Peter Pretorius

The Belgium Classic Car Association organised a tour of 28 classic cars for a group consisting of 23 Belgium’s, 2 Dutch, 1 French and 2 Malaysian teams (56 people) to South Africa for the period March 12 to 26, 2016.

The classic cars were shipped in containers to Cape Town and the cars ranged from a 1986, 600cc Citroen 2PK to 1956 Mercedes 190 SL‘s, 1966 E-TYPE Jaguars, 1957 Jaguar XK‘S, 1964 Austin Healey’s, 1963 Alfa Romeo Spider, Morgan + 4 and an immaculate 1957 MG Magnette.

A distance of 2675 km was covered through the most scenic parts of the Cape and Eastern Cape, with the route taking them from Cape Town to Oudthoorn over the famous Swart Berg pass, Graaff Reinet, Addo, Port Elizabeth, Knysna, Swellendam, Franschoek, Stellenbosch back to Cape Town. With the soft tops down they enjoyed the scenery, travelled over several gravel roads and even toured the Addo Elephant Park to watch kudu, zebra, elephants and more. On their return to Cape Town the cars were containerised and shipped back to Belgium.

The highlight of the tour was their visit to the beautiful Garden Route, where the Garden Route Motor Club (GRMC) arranged sightseeing visits to several scenic spots in the area. In true South African fashion and hospitality, their visit was rounded off by GRMC hosting a spit-braai dinner for them in the area known as Gasoline Ally in the Knysna industrial area. Here they were able to mingle with the GRMC members, view the fantastic car collection of Brian Bruce, tour the facilities of Frost Brothers and Bodge Engineering. Ron Hollis from Bodge Engineering even did some emergency repairs to some of the classic cars. Dinner for the total group of 100 people was held in the newly completed facility of Brian Bruce and which has been beautifully decorated with motoring memorabilia. An evening thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by our visitors.

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