Both Heritage Day and Tourism Month will be feted in grand style by a diverse group of car enthusiasts when the Southern Cape Old Car Club’s (SCOCC) Heritage Tour hits the road from 23-26 September.
The tour party of 46 participants and 26 special automobiles – which includes one less-than-vintage backup vehicle – sets off from Halfway Toyota in George at 08:00 on Thursday 23 September, after being scrutinised.
The backup car’s purpose is to see that no one gets stuck on the side of the road with mechanical niggles, but thorough checks before departure minimise this risk, while also ensuring that Southern African Veteran and Vintage Association (SAVVA) regulations are met.
“We ensure that all the cars are roadworthy before departure,” explains Heritage Tour organiser Pierre Olivier of the SCOCC. Oliver has participated in each of the eight Tours since the event’s inception.
“Drivers are not required to stay in convoy, so are free to detour when it pleases them,” he says.
This year’s participants head southwest before leaving the beaten N2. The first stop after departing George will be Delish in Heidelberg before cruising along to Swellendam. The fleet will then turn towards the coast and overnight in Arniston.
Heritage Day on September 24 will be celebrated while passing through Baardskeerdersbos, Gansbaai, Caledon, Franschhoek and Villiersdorp, with Worcester the day’s final destination.
The Franschhoek experience will include a visit to the automobile museum with its extensive collection of antique and vintage cars and motorcycles.
On Saturday 25 September, the Heritage Tour departs Worcester for Montagu, Barrydale, and Calitzdorp before ending the day in Oudtshoorn with a gala evening and prize giving. On Sunday, the happy fleet returns to George via De Rust and Uniondale.
The SCOCC also organises the popular George Old Car Show, which takes place on 12 and 13 February 2022. For more information, visit www.scocc.co.za