1st Cape Town Free Chapter

Curry Quest new venue Saturday 5th December

The Free Chapter congratulates Kevin & Vani Moodley on the successful opening of their boutique curry den in Kenilworth.  Members were treated to many delicious delicacies at the celebration.

We wish you every success at this new venue

YEAR END FUNCTION NOVEMBER 2020

DUNN’S CASTLE PIKETBERG

At midday on Saturday 28 November 9 bikers set off from Engen N1 together with Gideon and Marianna Kriel travelling by car. Our route took us up the N1 for a few kilometres and then left onto the R44 – past the outskirts of Wellington by-passing Hermon and Gouda to our coffee and snack stop in Porterville.

Our visit to Koppikofi Café was a welcome refreshment and comfort stop giving us time to loosen our tongues and get conversations going reflecting on the difficult year just past and how we’ve all been doing coping with the challenges which we have dealt with and overcome.

Feeling fresh and relaxed we covered the remaining 30 kilometres to Dunn’s Castle on the outskirts of Piketberg in no time. There we were met by a number of members who had made their way there by car. We now had in attendance 24 members and 3 guests – it was particularly pleasing to have Country Member Barry Katz from Kimberley with us on his bike – and also Country Members Gerrie and Monica Haasbroek down from Ladysmith by car.

The afternoon was spent catnapping by some and others socialising and having drinks and chats catching up on each other’s news. The function room where we assembled for dinner had 5 lovely decorated tables at which we were able to spread ourselves. We started off with champagne plus coffee and a nice offering of breads and cheeses. Champagne and wine were sponsored by Bon Courage and our FCCT Club.

Director Bruce Du Toit then welcomed members and guests and gave a broad review of activities during the year and some of our forthcoming events. Bruce stressed how disappointing it was that we had only 24 members present when we have 61 members in our Club. He mentioned that he was very hopeful that we would have a significantly better turn out at our year end function next year. Early notification of the date of the function would be given. Bruce thanked the Committee and Members for their support during what has been a difficult year. Assistant Director Gideon then thanked Bruce on behalf of members for all the work which he had done and continues to do for the Club.

Liza van Jaarsveld followed as Fines Master with assistance from Monica and proceeded to humorously and joyously fleece members of approximately R3 000!! This will be matched by an equal donation of the same amount from our Chapter. The funds raised will be donated to the Guide Dogs Association who are in need of funds for training guide dogs – which may cost thousands of Rands each, with sponsorhip starting at R5 000 for a puppy.

Our meal started with a delicious bowl of butternut and sweet potato soup followed by a tasty buffet. It was rounded off with a lovely dessert of fruit salad and/or chocolate brownie plus cream and/or ice cream.

The evening was then livened up by Kevin Moodley bringing out his DJ equipment of music and strobe lights. Sporadic dancing took place until one by one folk drifted off to bed. A few "never enders" danced until just past 11:00. One ambitious member wasn't ready to set off to bed yet, and made his way to the bar which unfortunately was closed already…

Sunday morning started off with coffee and a scrumptious breakfast. Not long thereafter a few farewells took place and the bikers started off down the N7 pulling off at Malmesbury for petrol and a final farewell.

All in all it was an enjoyable weekend together and a great way to finish off our FCCT year. Thanks to the staff at Dunn’s Castle for looking after us so well and a big thank you to Armelle De Mey for organising the event – enjoyed by all I’m sure.

Wishing all members a Happy Festive Season and Happy Holidays.

Stay Safe

Noel Peagam


BREAKFAST RIDE TO FAIRVIEW WINE FARM PAARL

15 November 2020

For our last breakfast ride of the year the turnout was quite low, with only 13 members & Poul-Enja’s wife Lorna who joined us at the venue.

Our meeting place was the Engen N1. Gideon and Marianna are obviously missing the bike because they arrived in their car with helmets on 😊!!

Our route was a familiar one as we made our way onto the N1 and then off onto the R304 towards Malmesbury, then turned right to join up with the R44 back towards Paarl and then left onto the Suid Agter Paarl Road.

The sun was shining and virtually wind free and it was so good to be out on the bikes (or cars) and to hear the roar of the big V twins again. The Joffes also came by "cage".

After arriving safely at the venue “where the goats they do roam” we all had our temperatures taken and made our way to the table.

The gardens were looking splendid with masses of fragrant star jasmine lining all the walkways. The breakfast menu comprised of 3 choices - smoked salmon trout on scrambled eggs, farmhouse breakfast and mushrooms on toast.

After breakfast a few of the members went shopping at the well-stocked deli & wine cellar and then it was time to make our way home.

Bruce wants to re-introduce the pink milkshake stop on the way home for all the members who are returning from the ride via the N1 or N2 so that everyone can say their goodbyes as we used to.

Thanks to Marianna & Armelle for organising another great breakfast venue.

Ivor wills

Editor.

Lunch Ride to Cafe Felix, Riebeeck Kasteel – 1 November 2020

There were only 10 members and 3 guests and 8 bikes for our first ride in November. After the South Easter blew itself out on Saturday it was nice to wake up to a wind free day (well almost) and the temperature was rising as I made my way to the Engen N1.

We were joined here by our newfound friend, Dewan Smit, who was joining us for his first ride in a pack! After a quick briefing from Bruce we headed out on the N1, turned on the R304, then turned right and headed to Wellington.

The temperature was warming up and it was so nice to feel the sun on our backs as we rode through the beautiful winelands with the vines, olive trees and wheat fields showing off their beautiful colours that mother nature gave them.

Just before Riebeeck Kasteel we stopped for a coffee break at Du Vlei Farm Stall which is a regular stop for bikers. It was just a short ride up the road to our lunch venue Café Felix in Riebeeck Kasteel. It was now 31 degrees as we arrived, so we headed in for some shade and something cold!

Our table was in their beautiful garden area with plenty of shade and a very varied menu from pizza’s to pork belly with something for everyone. My chicken tikka burger was delicious, although I never found the tikka!

As we waited for our food our waitress alerted us that someone had been fiddling with the bikes and they had stolen some items from Tim’s bike - apparently some light fingered individuals had helped themselves to Tim’s keys, battery charger etc. Luckily for Tim he found all the items where they had been dumped, just down the road, and he managed to retrieve everything.

After lunch we headed back home via Malmesbury and then all went our separate ways! Thanks to Armelle for choosing another great venue.

Some interesting numbers emerged when I looked up our last ride to café Felix which was on the 30th of June 2019, we had 14 members and 9 bikes which tells me we are quite consistent (almost) 😊

Ivor Wills.

Editor.

FCCT Memorial Ride 2020, 18 October 2020

This was our 2nd Memorial ride to remember our brothers and sisters who are no longer with us. The weather gods were once more kind to us as we had a perfect day for riding.

20 members gathered at the Caltex Waterfront. Our route took us out onto Helen Suzman Boulevard and through Seapoint, along the Atlantic Seaboard and through Camps Bay which was bustling with beautiful people out to enjoy the sunshine.

After safely riding through Hout Bay we headed up Chapman’s Peak to the toll booth. After collecting our day passes, we all rode to one of the many beautiful look-out points which overlook the beautiful ocean and Hout Bay.

We were joined here by Peter Schiffer’s wife and son, and Michelle Joffe. Tim read a beautiful poem and then asked some of the members to share their memories and anecdotes they had of the various members.

After a short prayer from Tim it was time to return to Hout Bay to our lunch venue, “The Dunes”. We were joined here by Rob Jones and his wife Anja, and Poul-Enja’s wife Lorna. Michael Bagraim also called in to say hello to us all.

Our venue was practically on the beach, so fish & chips was my choice although the sushi did look delicious 😊! After lunch we all went our separate ways and headed home.

There were two very important people missing from our ride, namely Gideon and Marianna. Gideon was not feeling well on Sunday morning and was taken to hospital. He was admitted for tests and according to Marianna he suffered a mild stroke. We all wish him a speedy recovery and ask the members to keep him in their thoughts and prayers.

Thanks to Marianna and Armelle for organising another great venue.

From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor

Sleepover at the Angora Stud Farm, Bonnievale – 3 October2020

This was our first sleepover for 2020 and our first event post-lockdown. The venue was limited to 25 people so Yours Truly and 24 fellow members along with wives were the lucky ones.

We all met up at the Engen N1 for a 10 am departure, with some members opting for 4 wheels and the rest of us on 2 😊. We had lunch booked at Bon Courage so our route was straight forward onto the N1, over DuToits Kloof pass and through Worcester, where we had a brief coffee stop.

As we headed out onto the N1 again the clouds were starting to gather, and we could see there was rain coming. I’m sure those members in their cars were starting to smile as the rain started to fall! As we approached Robertson, the rain became quite heavy, but nothing we couldn’t handle.

We all arrived safely at Bon Courage for our lunch stop. After lunch the rain had stopped and we continued on to the venue in Bonnievale. Apart from Mr Mike missing the turn, which gave us the opportunity to practice our U-turn skills, we all made it safely to the venue.
Upon arrival we were greeted by our hosts Bertus & Rozita Oosthuizen and after having our temperatures checked we were all given our own “stable” for the night.

The stables have all been converted into luxury rooms, all with different décor which celebrates the history of the farm and horses. I recommend you Google this venue to find out more about what they offer and the beautiful facilities.

After settling in it was time to relax and enjoy the open bar and snacks courtesy of FCCT. We were entertained by the miniature Shetland ponies and their antics. One in particular was in the mood for love, and you couldn’t help noticing that not everything is miniature on these Ponies 😊!!

As evening approached our hosts prepared a delicious braai with chops, wors and delicious salads. After a few more drinks and some Jägermeister’s ☹ we all drifted off to bed…

Sunday morning was coffee and rusks time and then a delicious cooked breakfast served in the large hall which houses the owner’s impressive car collection as well as art and various memorabilia. After breakfast our hostess, Rozita, and her assistant, were taken for a spin on the Harleys by Mr Mike and Gideon - they both came back with big smiles on their faces :D

Time to hit the road and head home after a memorable sleepover. Thanks to Marianna & Armelle for finding such a gem and to all the members who missed this one -its well worth a visit.

From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor


Pitch and Ride – 2 August 2020

It was great to see the numbers increasing for our 3rd non-ride since the lockdown. Our first Pitch & Ride was attended by half a dozen, our second was attended by a full dozen, AKA the Dirty Dozen, and our third ride was attended by one and a half dozen 😊.

Once again, quite by accident, 18 FCCT members decided, as it was such a beautiful day, to take a ride out onto the N2 and stop for a coffee at the Engen N2.

After a quick meet & greet we all decided to make our way to the Elgin railway market. Our route was out onto the N2 and through Somerset West. Luckily, there was no sign of the recent protest action en route.

After safely negotiating the numerous robots we headed up and over Sir Lowry’s Pass and on towards Grabouw, after which we safely parked our bikes and made our way into the venue for some coffee and a light snack from the various vendors.

The market was a lot quieter than our last visit, which was obviously due to the Corona Virus effect. Let’s hope great venues like this can survive.

Our return journey was out onto the Villiersdorp Road and through the beautiful Elgin Valley to Theewaterskloof Dam for a photo shoot - what a difference in dam levels since our last stop!

The final leg of our journey was up and over the picturesque Franschhoek pass and through Franschhoek. It was so nice to see so many of the eateries open again with people making the most of the warm winter weather.

After safely negotiating the pass and the Franschhoek traffic we made our way towards Klapmuts and went our various ways home. For our next ride we are hoping for 2 dozen members 😊

From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor

Pitch and Ride – 20 July 2020

As social gatherings are currently prohibited due to the Coronavirus, this was not classed as a ride!

It was quite by accident that 12 FCCT members, otherwise known as the “Distancing Dozen”, should all decide to go and refuel at the Engen N1!

After having our temperatures checked and swearing our allegiance to Wimpy, we were allowed to grab a quick cup of coffee.

As we were all together now, we decided to make the most of the beautiful weather and make our way home with a small detour 😊

We headed out onto the N1 observing our 2m social distancing rule and made our way up and over Du Toit's Kloof pass. At the weighbridge we turned off on the Rawsonville road and made a coffee stop at The Ou Meul Bakery at the Du Toitskloof winery.

Once again, our temperatures were checked and all our personal details recorded, and then we could sit outside and enjoy some delicious coffee.

After catching up with the latest news from some of the members it was time to head home via the Bainskloof Pass. As we made our way towards the pass the surrounding mountains were still covered with a light dusting of snow.

With the warm winter sun on our backs we all made it safely up and down the pass and went our separate ways home.

Let’s hope we happen to meet more FCCT members next time we fill up! 😊

From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor

Breakfast Ride to Elgin Railway Market – 8th March 2020

On Sunday 17 dedicated members on bikes plus 1 car gathered at Engen N2 on an overcast breezy morning perfect for riding.

Liza van Jaarsveld was Road Captain in the absence of Mr Mike who was recovering in hospital (speedy recovery). Ivor Soutie traded his 2 cylinder Harley for 2 pedals and joined the intrepid thousands cycling around the Cape peninsula in wind and some rain.

All the traffic lights in Somerset West were perfectly synchronized and we travelled quickly through and up the scenic Sir Lowry’s Pass. We turned off the N2 into Grabouw and soon on to Elgin where we arrived safely at our destination. Elgin Railway Market is an old apple warehouse converted into a bustling steampunk station market boasting local vendors offering a plethora of food and products.

Once in the venue, market visitors can choose from food vendors purveying everything from fragrant curries, to wraps, pizza and ribs and burgers. Mexican dishes and pies, tarts and quiches or cheeses, breads, dips, patés and dolmades. Delicious fresh juices are available. Farm Food offers local items such jaffels, vetkoek, pancakes and a soup of the day. Visitors can also stop in for a snack from the biltong stall. Sweet treats are abundant, including home-made fudge and ice-cream and waffles-on-a-stick. The bar serves local wines, beer and cider. L-Gin, an artisanal gin bar serves up local craft gins. Ground Central Coffee serves home ground brews whilst the upstairs wine shop, stocks excellent Overberg wines. A variety of retail offerings can be found on the mezzanine and ground floor with jewellery, leather goods, pottery, wooden pieces.

There was so much to see (and eat) one needs to visit here again. While we enjoyed our breakfast outside, there was a spectacle of boy-racers on the road outside. Annoying to some and enjoyed by others.

After Breakfast we headed home, safely navigating the sharp U-turn bend, over Theewaterskloof dam, and down the pass into picturesque Franschhoek. Some riders elected to stop here while others made their way home just before the rain arrived. A gorgeous ride and a fantastic venue enjoyed by us all.

– From the pen of Social Officer, Tim Booysen

Lunch Ride to the Black Marlin – 9th February 2020