Touring to East London

We have not been on the road for a while and today I am reminded of how fortunate we are to be passionate about old cars AND to have a love for travel and classic car touring.

We are en route, albeit the long way round, to the annual Mercedes Benz Club of South Africa National Gathering – this year in one of our favourite destinations – East London.  We love the friendly people and a visit to the Mercedes Benz factory make the destination twice the  fun.  The theme of this year’s event is “Bring them Home” and our Bree, a 1966 Merc Fintail is one of those making her way back to her birthplace.

So, about the long way round…the Southern Drakensberg has been on my bucket list for a very long time but hey, this beautiful land of ours has so much to offer it’s taken a while.

Well, we’re here and our fabulous first day started with a comfortable drive along the #N3TollConcession through Cosmos Country.  This is one of the most stunning flora seasons which we learned on a Battlefields tour late last year, is apparently is an Ode to the thousands of horses who were shipped over by foreign forces to play out their part in the Boer War.  Most, unsuited for the task, perished within 6 weeks of arriving but left behind the seeds of Cosmos, ingested with their fodder on their way over from far off lands.  Kind of nostalgic, isn’t it?

1966 Merc Fintail IN the Cosmos on N3TollConcession
Bree – 1966 Merc Fintail IN the Cosmos

We stopped off for lunch in Van Reenen at the renowned Green Lantern for their great Liver and Onions.  Here Mr Bojangles (a female donkey) popped into the Pub for an unexpected chin-wag and her favourite snack of NikNaks.

Green Lantern Inn in Van Reenen
Mr BoJangles at the Pub at the Green Lantern Inn in Van Reenen

From here the day went up-hill – in a nice way!  We exited the N3 at Howick and followed the R617 through breath-taking mountainous scenery.

on the R617 to Underberg
on the R617 to Underberg

Up, up to Cedar Garden B&B in Underberg (1553m).  The tranquil English garden and hostess Val welcomed us warmly where we united with fellow-tourers, Clive and Tanya in their 1963 Merc Cabrio.

Hire Classic
1963 Merc Cabrio

The two will make a pretty pair as we wind our way down to the Eastern Cape.

But first, more up,up and upper tomorrow.

In the meantime, note to self:  Come back with time to stop off at the Moth Hall in Boston; the “birds in the barley” coffee shop in Bulwer and the Nip Inn pub, sounds far too tempting to ignore.  The area abounds with things to do like fly-fishing, birding, bushmen art, river tubing and canoeing for the adrenalin junkies. Horse riding and hiking in this area could keep one gaping for many a day.

We recently started sharing our passion for the old wheels and offer them for wedding cars, matric school dance transport and various photo shoots. Check out the great images on our Facebook page

The whole Hire Classic Car Fleet is on our image gallery.

 Remember it’s oldie but goodie!

4 thoughts on “Touring to East London

  1. Sounds grand Suzette. Look forward to hearing more upon your return as the MGA 60th tour plans to use a similar route.

  2. Well done you guys. Wish we could be with you. Must say I never thought of PJ being an Oldie! Easter Monday at our place as usual. Bring the Merc. Lots of love Paul & Lynda.

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