GEORGE – The annual Heritage Tour of the Southern Cape Old Car Club (SCOCC), proudly supported by ReCollection Rides, takes place on 20 to 24 September.
SCOCC members hail from George, Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn, but also has members and representatives as far as Beaufort West and Victoria West.
For the old car enthusiast the Southern Cape is the ideal environment – a real “home” to the old ladies on whom so much time and effort is spent.
The SCOCC is also home to and the organiser of the popular and well-known George Old Car Show.
The tour coincides with Heritage Day on 24 September, Tourism Month and the Midlands Old Car Show in Graaff Reinet in the Eastern Cape.
The convoy of special vehicles sets out from Halfway Toyota at the Garden Route Mall on Friday 20 September, where they may be viewed prior to departure.
The routes winds its way through the charming Karoo villages of Uniondale, Willowmore and Aberdeen to the historic town of Graaff Reinet.
On Saturday 21 September the vehicles will be one of the highlights of the Midlands Motor Show, held in conjunction with the bi-annual Collector’s Fair at the Laer Volkskool sports fields.
The next day the tour will visit the quaint village of New Bethesda, known for the Owl House. Here the eccentric Helen Martins, turned her house into an eclectic mixture of walls elaborately decorated with ground glass and other fascinating décor. Her garden has more than 300 statues including owls, camels, pyramids, peacocks, and people.
On Monday they leave for Jeffrey’s Bay, where the end of the tour will be marked with a glamourous gala function, returning to George on Tuesday 24 September.
The Heritage Tour is one of the SCOCC’s highlights. “We enjoy participating because it provides us with an opportunity to share the heritage that we hold dear,” says Pierre Olivier, chairperson of the organising committee.
Visit the Heritage Tour page on the SCOCC website at www.SCOCC.co.za or contact Pierre Olivier at 082 8726456 for more information.
Pierre Olivier in his Morris Minor 1000 on the way during the 2016 Heritage Tour. Pics: Tisha Steyn