With support coming from ReCollection Rides, the eighth four-day Southern Cape Old Car Club (SCOCC) Heritage Tour 2019 took place during September and saw fine vehicles complete a circular route from George to Graaff-Reinet, Jeffrey’s Bay and back to George.

Day 1 kicked off at Halfway Toyota in George, where local enthusiasts could view these beautifully and loving restored treasures dating back over 100 years. The tour then threaded its way through the charming Karoo towns of Uniondale, Willowmore and Aberdeen with the rising heat (which peaked at 40°C) testing the cars to the limit. But all arrived safely in Graaff-Reinet. 

Fortunately the weather was more bearable on Day 2, when the tour took part in the annual car show hosted by the Midlands Car Club. On display were Veteran (pre 1918), Antique (1919 – 1925) and Classic cars (post WW2 and no longer in production with a cut-off date at December 1975). 

After breakfast and visit to Recollection Rides Museum, the party set off for New Bethesda (home to the famous Owl House) and a spit-braai, curry and malva pudding at Tot Hier Toe Padstal. With full tanks, the tour returned to Graaff-Reinet.  

An early start on Monday morning saw crews head for Jeffrey’s Bay with interest stops at the Kleinpoort Pompstal and the Cheetah Sanctuary near Kirkwood. A gala dinner was held that night followed the next morning by a leisurely drive back to George, bringing to an end a hugely successful ReColletion Rides Heritage Tour.

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