VVCC Participation in SAVVA Vintage and Veteran Tour Bethlehem - 21 - 24 September 2019

The VVCC proudly had 8 participants in the above-mentioned tour, namely H. Heyns, K. Botha, P. Mouton, K. Lombaard, A.Duvenage, C. Lourens, D. Lemmon-Warde and P. de Wet.   The group departed on the morning of the 20th September with cars loaded on to trailers, with the destination being Lavender Hill Hotel, just outside Bethlehem.   The trip there was trouble free.
Saturday morning, after a hearty breakfast, the entire group assembled for a group photograph, thereafter, the group departed to the Maluti Motor Show Grounds.   This show is an annual event and our cars were displayed with positive reception from the public.   We then departed around 13h30 for our trip to Clarens, with the overall round trip being 68,4km.   Again, the trip was trouble free.   Saturday also included a meet-up with the participants from various clubs countrywide.   The tour had a total of 22 participants, with vehicles ranging from 1911 models to 1930.
Sunday's tour included visits to Clarens, Golden Gate and Kestel, with a round trip of 233km.   Various mechanical problems were experienced on route.   The highlight of the day was an excellent lunch stop at Kiara Lodge.   A challenging point of this leg of the tour included negotiating a steep incline and decent in the Golden Gate area.
Monday's tour was only 186km for the day.   Windy and hot conditions were experienced during the day.   We had a stop-over at Lindley Hotel for lunch, followed by a visit to the local museum and mill.   This visit proved very inciteful and enjoyable.   However, certain cars were plagued by mechanical problems.   

Tuesday's journey was from Bethlehem to Sandstone Estates with a stop-over at IONIA Cherry Farm Stall.   The farm offered a tasting of the various cherry liquers.   However, the highlight of the trip was the visit to the Sandstone Estate, which housed a vast collection of steam driven tractors, trains, coaches, military vehicles and agricultural tractors.   Again, we were treated to a very hearty lunch.   Following that we returned to Lavender Hill.

Our hosts, The Model T Ford Club, hosted a gala evening on the Tuesday evening where a lucky draw took place and prizes were handed out for various categories.   The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone in attendance.   The Model T Ford Club must be complimented for their well-organised tour of 2019.   The facilities of Lavender Hill Country Estate also deserve praise.   Their accommodation and catering were of a very high standard and can be highly recommended by our club.

Submitted by Harry Heyns and Des Lemmon-Warde