The 2018 Heritage Tour, supported by Montego Pet Nutrition, will visit the West Coast this year. Fifty-one participants in 27 vehicles will take part. They tell us more about the vehicles they will be travelling in.
Walter and Lydia Fivaz of Hartenbos are for the first time taking part in their 1948 Hudson Pacemaker Coupe, which was manufactured by the Hudson Motor Company in Detroit, USA. They bought the vehicle from a restaurateur in Keurboomstrand, Plettenberg Bay five years ago. “The vehicle is unique as it is the only one other in the country. The elegant style and the impressive chrome grille are very special,” said Lydia.
George Marx of Tergniet, Mossel Bay, will be participating for the 7th time. He will again be driving his two-door 1957 Morris Minor 1000. “I experienced no problems with the vehicle during the past six trips.”
He bought the vehicle from a friend eight years ago. “He had been restoring the vehicle for seven years, but fortunately the work was almost done, leaving little for me to complete.”
The vehicle is close to his heart. “As a young man I owned a 1954 Morris Minor, in which I obtained my driver’s license in 1962, and it remains my favourite. These cars are generally very reliable – to such an extent that they were manufactured without a thermostat!”
The two-door has more leg space than the four-door, and he should know, as he also owns a four-door 1959 model, in which he will undertake a six-day tour in September.
Chris and Nelie van Staden of Great Brak River are also participating for the 7th time in their 1968 Porche 912 Targa. “After retiring, I was looking for a plaything, and fortunately found the Porche. “It seems expensive and attracts a lot of attention, but it is not really that expensive. She is very temperatmental, but we still enjoy her!”
Rohann and Marlise Steenekamp of George are taking part for the fourth time and will be touring in their 1952 Chevy bakkie. “I bought the bakkie from the Esterhuizen family of Joubertina, who had a garage-shop at Misgund for many years. The bakkie was used to transport good from town and the station until about 1980.”
They heard about the bakkie during the 2015 Heritage Tour during the Eastern Cape, and at first sight it was clear that the bakkie had worked hard over the years. “Now that it is restored, it is such a joy to sit upright behind the large steering wheel and travel through our beautiful country,” said Rohann, who grew up on a farm. “We enjoy sharing quality time. The bakkie truly puts a smile on our faces.”
Sydney and Daphne Young of Tulbagh is taking part for the third time in their 1960 Morris Minor 1000. “I bought the car in 2016 through a friend and it is very special to us, since it is an authentic, imported model.” During their first year of participation, Sydney drove the sweep vehicle, and last year, illness prevented them from taking part.
Jan du Randt and Jani Klomp of Storms River in the Eastern Cape are participating in his 1962 Consul Capri 315 this year. “I had been searching for such a vehicle for years, and at last found it earlier this year.”
The car was originally manufactured with a 1340 cc engine, but in September 1962 it was upgraded to a 1500 cc with a four-speed transmission. “I was lucky to obtain the rare GT, for which the Cortina GT specs were used.”
Jan and Jani participated in the Heritage Tour in a 1959 Ford Zodiac in 2015, in a 1961 Vauxhall Velox in 1961, and a 1977 Mercedes 500 LC in 2017.
Contact Pierre Olivier, chairperson of the organising committee, at 082 872 6456 for more information.