Christmas bustle in September

St Francis Bay was all a bustle this past Heritage Day long weekend with traffic flow reminiscent of the Christmas holiday period.  And how blessed were our visitors with the weather? Three magnificent, warm, almost windless days and for those competing in the Calamari Classic, bowls or golf, they must have been ‘bowled’ over by the benign conditions and judging by the golf scores, the weather certainly did play its part.

The normally busy monthly market too was busier than normal and this is really a wonderful monthly occasion for both locals and visitors to meet and chat with friends one may not see that often. An idea the organisers should consider for next year would be an evening food market. Certainly it would not have worked this year for watching the’ Boks was foremost on almost everyone’s list of priorities. Maybe next year?

St Francis Bay market

The St Francis Bay New Market – 26th September 2015

And on the subject of the Springboks! Wow what a turnaround in their fortunes.  Great to see the ‘Boks play as we know they can and put Samoa to the sword, even if we don’t agree with Heyneke Meyer’s team selection. With so many choices of where to watch, the Port St Francis Ski-Boat club seemed a good choice this past Saturday. Spacious, enough screens to allow everyone a good view of the game, superb food (their calamari is outstanding), great drink prices and an enthusiastic, exuberant group of loyal supporters, it was a good decision to venture to the port for the evening.

Springbok's win over Samoa at Port St Francis Ski-Boat Club

Reveling in the Springbok’s win over Samoa at Port St Francis Ski-Boat Club

Down at Seal Point in Cape St Francis the Billabong Junior surfing contest ran from Friday until yesterday with the weather and surfing conditions being near perfect for the first two days. Sadly the weather deteriorated somewhat on Sunday with the waves losing a bit of their shape. A choice of watching the boy’s under-20 finals and getting soaked and watching these youngsters perform or seeking refuge indoors was easy and a soaking it was. But it was worth it if just to watch Daryl Lightfoot’s final wave as he took off just before the final hooter and executed a near perfect 360 to end his ride. Really super watching these youngsters perform, some of them only  “knee height to a tickey”.

Congratulations to Richard Vauqulin on winning the overall Calamari Classic honours and Jane Schultz on winning the ladies title.

Veteran or Modern?

The Veteran

Members of the Eastern Province Veteran Car Club paid a visit to Cape St Francis this weekend to give their beautiful old timers some wind in their radiators.

Vintage car enthusiasts

Eastern Province Veteran Car Club enthusiasts stopped over at Cape St Francis Resort Friday night – Photo L-R: Riaan Hanekom, Wiehan van Onselen and Liesl Viljoen

Recently Riaan Hanekom, (pictured above) got a bee in his bonnet and thought it was about time to get some of the grand old ladies out of their garages and “feel the wind in their radiators” once more. His idea was to have a tour for cars that were built before 1940 that are never seen at any of the club’s runs or functions. He realised that this type of tour excludes some members of the club from going on the tour but his idea is that each year there will have a different criteria for entry e.g next year it could be pre-60’s or only European cars etc.

The tour set off on the 24th September (Heritage Day) via R10, stopping for tea at Jeffreys Bay before continuing to  their first night stop at the beautiful, historical Tsitsikamma Village Inn. On Friday the 25th, the tour group headed back towards Humansdorp for their next one night stop at Cape St Francis Resort. After breakfast on Saturday headed back home to Port Elizabeth. According to Riaan they only suffered one casualty among the old ladies with all the rest successfully completing the tour.

A little different to what was on show at the International Motor Show (opposite) in Frankfurt last week.

 

The oldest car on the tour. A 100-year old 1915 Model T Ford.

1915 Model T Ford

1915 Model T Ford – Brian Clark and Francois van Jaarsveld

 

1938 Chevrolet Coach

1938 Chevrolet Coach – David Muller

 

1928-Chevrolet-Shooting-Brake

1928-Chevrolet-Shooting-Brake – Riaan Hanekom and Hein van Zyl

 

1929-Chevrolet-Truck

1929-Chevrolet-Truck – Keith and Janet Blignaut

 

1930-Railton -

1930-Railton – Eben Landman and Brian Harris

 

1930-Triumph-Super-7 -

1930-Triumph-Super-7 – Rod and Eila Smith

1934-Ford-sedan -

1934-Ford-sedan – Wiehan van Onselen and Liezl Viljoen

Here are list of the participants and the cars with photos of some of these lovely old machines.

1915 Model T ford – Brian Clark and Francois van Jaarsveld
1928 Chevrolet Shooting Brake – Riaan Hanekom and Hein van Zyl
1929 Chevrolet International AC Imperial Landau – Garth and Sue Todd
1929 Chevrolet Truck – Keith and Janet Blignaut
1930 Truimph Super 7. – Rod and Eila Smith
1931 Chevrolet Roadster – Jan and Hannalie Enslin
1932 Chevrolet Roadster- Derek Elliot
1934 Ford sedan – Wiehan van Onselen and Liezl Viljoen
1936 Railton – Eben Landman and Brian Harris
1938 Plymouth Sedan. – Hannes Geyer
1938 Chevrolet Coach – David Muller
1939 Chevrolet Coupe – Colin and Susan Dettmann
1931 Chevrolet – Frank and Lisa Jonker

Thanks to Riaan Hanekom for information, Hannes Geyer, Chairman: Eastern Province Veteran Car Club for the help in identifying the models in the photographs and to Eastern Province  Veteran Car Club for basics of article background.

The Modern

Last week saw some epic modern cars on display at the 66th International Motor Show (IAA) held in Frankfurt, Germany

The first show, held way back in 1897,  featured just eight cars and was held at the Bristol Hotel in Berlin and has since grown into one of the biggest motor shows in the world. One wonders what those attending that very first motor show would think of these mighty beast. Possibly the only thing some of them would have in common would have been their Kilometres per litre fuel consumption.

Below are are some of the new vehicles and concepts unveiled to the public for the first time at this years show.

Bugatti

bugatti

Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo concept car The car was designed for the Gran Turismo game – once again proving video games are of value.

Lamborghini

Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder

Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder
A 5.2-litre V10 producing 602hp (448kW) and 0-100km/h in 3.4 seconds – all with the top down.

Ferarri

Ferarri 488 Spider

Ferarri 488 Spider
Ferrari’s 488 Spider is packing a 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 – giving the rich 661hp (492kW) to slide around corners with.

Nissan

Nissan Gripz concept

Nissan Gripz concept
The Gripz concept is packing a version of the Leaf’s electric motor, paired with a gas-powered engine to form a hybrid system.

Honda

Honda Project 2&4 roadster

Honda Project 2&4 roadster
This open-cockpit package is powered by the 1-litre V4 engine Honda developed for MotoGP, which produces 212hp (158kW). Oh, and the car weighs just over 400kg.

Alfa Romeo

alpha-romeo

Alfa Romeo Giulia – Quadrifoglio edition
The Quadrifoglio edition Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan is powered by a turbocharged V6 which produces 510hp (380kW) and has a claimed 0-100km/h time of 3.9 seconds.

Porsche

Porsche Mission E

Porsche Mission E
An electric concept car that has a 500km range and can go from 0-100km/h in 3.5 seconds.

Volkswagen

Volkswagen Golf-GTE-Sport-Concept

Volkswagen-shows-the-Golf-GTE-Sport-Concept

Toyota

Toyota C-HR concept

Toyota C-HR concept – About a year after revealing its first C-HR concept at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Toyota refines the design into the all-new C-HR concept

Smart

Smart Forgigs

Built with help from JBL, the Forgigs features a 5,720-watt sound system

Mercedes

Mercedes SUV

Mercedes shows a sportier, more compact SUV form

 

Photo’s and Captions – Credit: Chris Weiss/Gizmag