Free Chapter Cape Town

Year End Function – 7th December 2019

One of the highlights on the FCCT social calendar is the year end function. This year’s function was held at the Lagoon Beach Hotel in Milnerton. I think it’s called the Lagoon Beach Hotel because it's literally on the beach, with beautiful views of the Table Bay harbour and Table Mountain.

The theme for this year’s event was nautical and the tables had been expertly decorated by some of our talented ladies with beautiful shells, pebbles, and various other seaside decorations.

After enjoying a few welcoming drinks and meeting and greeting each other it was time for Bruce’s welcoming words and then it was time for our new Fines Mistress, Liza 😊, to issue a few fines and raise some money for charity. As it was her first time, she was quite lenient with the fines, but she still managed to raise R1250. It was decided by the committee to add to the amount to a round figure of R2000. This will be donated to the South African Guide Dogs for the Blind.

After speeches and fines it was time for dinner. The hotel had laid out a buffet fit for a king & queen 😊! There were salads, various roast meats, potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and roast veggies. This was followed by delicious desserts and coffee.

Our thanks must go to the ladies who decorated the tables so beautifully and to Armelle and Marianna for arranging the venue.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor

Road Captain's Ride – 1st December 2019

For this year’s Captain’s Ride we returned to the Constantia Bowling Club for some family fun on the “Greens”.
33 members and guests attended this popular event to try their hand at lawn bowls. The weather gods were once again smiling on FCCT with warm sunshine and a gentle breeze to keep us cool.

After choosing our teams and selecting our bowls we started by playing a few round robin games against each other. Eventually we were left with 2 semifinals to play and then a final.

It was like a replay of the Rugby World Cup final! Gideon & André vs Soutie & Soutie Junior 😊- the pressure was now on!

After 3 close “Ends” the Souties came out on top, but alas no trophy. ☹ After cooling down with a nice cold beer it was time for lunch.

The catering this year was a spit braai which was provided by “Spit Braai King”. The menu consisted of spit-roasted lamb with baby potatoes, onions, garlic bread and 3 delicious salads. This was followed by a selection of ice creams and custard for dessert.

Thanks to all those committee members who were involved in the organisation of such a fun event.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor

Red Cross Children's Hospital Ride – 30th November 2019

37th Annual Toy Run – 24th November 2019

1st Free Chapter Cape Town were proud to support this worthwhile event with 12 members and our new prospect André, with his partner Anja, as well as some guests meeting up at Grand West Casino.

We were nice and early at the venue to ensure our place at the front of the pack to avoid all the Kokkolollies 😊.

Our route was to take us out of Grand West and on towards Thornton and past the Epping market, Pinelands, Old Mutual, Ndabeni and on to the N1 past Canal Walk and onto the N7.

We then turned off at the smelly Caltex refinery and headed into the Killarney racetrack facility.  After a few negotiations we found our way into the inner part of the track and safely parked our bikes.

Now it was time to deliver our toys to the two big trucks at the drop off point and then it was time to relax with something cold. Myself and Mr Mike chose a nice cup of iced coffee while others chose something slightly stronger.

Some interesting stats I picked up off the Toy Run website is that the number of toys donated has been steadily dropping over the years, with 33,877 toys donated in 2010 and 12,378 donated in 2018.

It was good to see so much support for the event this year and we hope, judging by the numbers we saw yesterday, that they manage to increase the number of toys this year.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor

Annual Poppy Run hosted by Hell's Angels – 17th November 2019

The phrase “LEST WE FORGET” comes to mind this time of year as Commonwealth countries remember the sacrifices made by so many in the First and Second World Wars as well as various battles fought subsequently.

We gathered at HD Tyger Valley bright and early with all the various chapters and clubs who were taking part. The marshalling was undertaken by the Moths and various other marshals from other clubs.

As this ride was open to all bikers, we were expecting the usual Kokkolollies to be out in force and we were not disappointed. 😊 

The route took us out onto the N1 and on towards Cape Town. We were following a nice motorcycle and side car which we assumed knew where he was going! Unfortunately, we were wrong and Mr Mike ended up turning off on the N7 towards Epping. ☹

After realizing our error, we all made a U turn at the next robot and headed back onto the N1 and Cape Town followed by the majority of the other riders!!

We all made it safely to the Tommy Rendell Shell Hole in Rugby and made our way into the venue to give our R50 donation. There were refreshments on sale as well as merchandise and poppies. There was also a bike build-off competition and you could vote for your favourite bike.

After paying our respects and viewing the various stalls on offer most of our members decided to head off for breakfast in Melkbos. I, unfortunately, had some beer to bottle so I left for home.

It was good to be part of this worthwhile event and I’m sure we will be back next year.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor


Breakfast Ride to Brig's Barn, Darling – 10th November 2019

15 members and 3 guests gathered at the Total Garage in Melkbos bright and early on a rather gloomy, overcast morning. According to my weatherman, it would soon brighten up later in the day. 😊

After our briefing we headed out onto the West Coast Road – straight up towards Yzerfontein. The traffic was light and the pace nice and brisk for the big V-twins to stretch their legs.

We turned right onto the R315 and rode straight into Darling. We all entered the venue car park safely but, unfortunately, Poul Enja joined the “Shit Happens Club” as he dropped his bike at the entrance to the venue! Fortunately, he wasn’t injured, and we all assisted in parking his bike vertically again.

We were greeted outside by our friendly hosts and were shown to our tables. We were seated on 3 separate tables and our table was obviously number 3 because our food and drinks came out last!!

I must admit it was well worth the wait and the food was delicious - I think they were slightly unprepared for 18 bikers descending on them.

After saying our goodbyes, we headed home via Malmesbury, with some of us going across country to Durbanville and Stellenbosch, while the majority turned onto the N7 and headed back to Cape Town.

Thanks to Armelle and Marianna for the ride arrangements and to the marshals for getting us there safely.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor


Memorial Ride – 20th October 2019

It was to be quite an emotional day for FCCT as 40 members and guests gathered to ride and remember their fellow members Uncle Don Crowther, Captain Jan-Pieter Luedtke, Peter Schiffer, Dirk Koning, Mike Manna Newman, Zelda Newman, Chanté Newman and Dieter Sowade.

We were joined by Marzell Newman and Armand, Armand’s Sister Janke and husband Szandro and Bridgett Schiffer and her son.

25 bikes met at the Caltex Waterfront for our ride to Hout Bay. Our route would take us out on the N2 and M3 towards Kirstenbosch and up and over Constantia Nek and down into Hout Bay. As we descended into Hout Bay we were greeted by some light rain to cool us down! Fortunately, this didn’t last long and as we approached the toll booth the weather gods were smiling on us once again.

At the toll booth we had been told to ask for day permits as we were only going to one of the lookout points. Unfortunately, the staff had been told that bikes must pay! After a few choice words and a phone call to the GM of the toll company by Paul Wiesenberg we were allowed through.

We all parked our bikes safely at the parking lot overlooking the ocean and Hout Bay which was bathed in glorious sunshine. One of our members had a small problem at the toll booth and is now the proud owner of the “Shit happens Cup”! Sorry Eben! 😊

Tim Booysen gave a beautiful speech with some beautiful quotes which I have included below.

Remembrance Day - For the Fallen - Laurence Binyon
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

There is no magic answer to loss. 
Nothing, not even time, will make the pain completely disappear. 
But loss is transformative if it is met with faith.
Faith is our chance to make sense of loss, — Rabbi David Wolpe

“I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. 
They continue to participate in every act, thought, and decision we make. 
Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. 
We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.”
~Leo Buscaglia

After Tim’s moving words and a short prayer, we all took a handful of rose petals and threw them towards the ocean, unfortunately the wind was blowing towards us, so we were surrounded by rose petals. This was obviously a sign that our dearly departed were watching over us.

After a moment to reflect and remember it was time to return to Hout Bay for lunch and for some members to go their separate ways. 

Marianna had made a booking for us at Zur Holzbucht, but unfortunately the owner decided to give our table away, so he will be blacklisted. ☹

Luckily for us there was a restaurant just across the road which could accommodate us all called Deli-Delish and the food was as the name suggests, “Delish”.

After saying our goodbyes, we made our way back to the Waterfront via the coast to drop off our pillions, Marzell, Armand and his sister and brother in law. 

Thanks to all the members who could join us for such a special day and to everyone involved in organising the Remembrance Day. This will be an annual event.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor


Brunch Ride to KabelJoe's, Kleinmond – 15th September 2019

Our breakfast ride for September was replaced by a brunch ride to Kabeljoe’s in Kleinmond. 1st Free Chapter Cape Town was invited by HOG Tyger Valley to join them on their ride to Kleinmond. 

It was a disappointing turnout for FCCT with only 13 members including committee and marshal’s as well as 15 H-DTV members. We had been asked by H-DTV to lead the ride to Kleinmond with Mr Mike and Liza up front closely followed by yours truly 😊.

After a short briefing we made our way out of Willowbridge and mustered across the road. Our route would be a straight forward one via Durban Rd, N1, R300, N2 and straight up and over Sir Lowry’s Pass, Houw Hoek Pass and on towards Hermanus.

Just after Honingklip we turned right onto the R44 towards Kleinmond. Once in the town we made our way to the Harbour and Kabeljoe’s. At the post-ride briefing our marshals were complimented on how well they controlled the pack by some of the H-DTV members.

After safely parking our bikes, we made our way to the venue only to find it was still closed! Apparently we were a bit early for them as they only open at 11 am! After a word from Willie from H-DTV they opened the blinds and we made our way into the venue and made ourselves at home.

We were able to order coffees and drinks while we looked at the menu’s. KabelJoe’s is renowned for their calamari and fish but the menu was varied with fish curry, mussels, fresh line fish and beer battered hake.

My fish & chips was delicious apart from a couple of bones. After finishing our brunch some of the H-DTV members went their separate ways while the rest of us headed home via the beautifully scenic Clarence Drive.

On our way back we called in at a new place just outside Gordon’s Bay called the Grille Shack or Pit Stop for a milkshake or something stronger 😊. The venue is excellent, and the staff are very friendly. I’m sure Marianna will be organising a ride there soon.

After saying our goodbyes, it was time to head home. Thanks to Willie and his team at HOG TV for inviting us. It was good to meet new faces from another club and share a few stories with them. And thanks to Mr Mike and Liza for getting us there and back safely.


– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor


Lunch Ride to Delheim – 25th August 2019

It was a cool, cloudy day for our August lunch ride, but the threat of rain didn’t put off our hardy FCCT members. 13 members and marshals gathered at the Engen N1 for a quick coffee before our ride.

We were missing our Director “Bwana” Bruce and our road captain Mr Mike who were both attending a wedding. Our very capable marshal, Liza van Jaarsveld, was put in charge of the ride by Bruce and organised the route etc.

After Liza’s Briefing, we set off on the N1 northbound and took the first exit and made it safely onto the R304 towards Stellenbosch. We safely negotiated the traffic of Stellenbosch and turned left onto the R44 briefly and then right onto the R310 towards Helshoogte.

At the bottom of Helshoogte we came across a large police roadblock. Eben quickly decided he wasn’t going to get another fine for a small numberplate, so he left the pack and ducked! The police must have decided we looked far too intimidating to stop so they waved us through.

After safely negotiating Helshoogte and Pniel we turned left onto the R45 and headed towards Paarl. Just before Paarl we turned left onto the Simondium road towards Klapmuts. When we reached Klapmuts we turned left onto the R44 and headed back towards Stellenbosch.

Outside Stellenbosch we turned left onto the Knorhoek road and made our way to the venue. They had arranged VIP parking for the Harleys, and we all parked safely, practically in the venue. 😊

Delheim has a special connection with Noel and Naomi Peagam. Victor Sperling the owner of Delheim was one of the people who rescued their daughter Kate from her terrible diving accident in 1993.

We were joined at the venue by Marius Smit and Rob & Anja Jones. Rob had not read his SMS properly and ended up at the Engen N2 (that must be a fine.)

We were a bit early for our hosts so we sat outside in the garden and enjoyed a nice cup of hot coffee, after which we made our way into the venue and made ourselves comfortable. The pre-booked choices were crispy pork belly, Cape Malay chicken curry or roasted vegetable salad. My roasted veg salad was delicious. After rounding the meal off with a nice cup of coffee it was time to make our way home.

Thanks to Marianna and Armelle for organising the venue and to Liza and Will for marshalling us safely to the venue.


– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor


Lunch Ride to Le Pommier – 28th July 2019

“Gorillas in the mist” came to mind as I rode into Cape Town on Sunday morning! As I approached Cape Town the mist was lifting, and visibility was good at our Waterfront meeting place. We had 15 of our hardy members and 14 bikes who braved the mist and chilly weather!

Bwana Bruce had returned from his hunting trip but had some butchering to do so he was missing in action (shame, poor Bambi.) After our briefing from Mr Mike we headed out onto the N1 and headed north towards Paarl. As we approached Plattekloof hill the mist was waiting for us and became steadily worse. When we approached Paarl the temperature seemed to drop, and my thermal jacket was starting to malfunction ☹

As we approached the R45 turnoff our marshals swung into action and guided us all safely through the intersection onto the R45 and on towards Wemmershoek. By now the mist had lifted and we could take in the beautiful mountain views that surrounded us, as well as the throbbing sounds of the big V-twins.

Our next challenge was to cross the busy main Franschhoek road! Thanks to our marshals we all safely crossed and headed on towards Pniel and the Helshoogte Road. With the help of the marshals once again we all made it safely into the venue. The car park was a bit of a challenge due to the steep slope in some areas but luckily there were no takers for the “shit happens cup” 😊 and all members parked safely.

We were joined by Marius Smit and his wife Marinda who took the shortcut route from De Zalze. There were no pre-orders so we were all able to order off the al a carte menu. The restaurant was fully booked for Sunday lunch so there was a bit of a wait for our food to arrive! Hearty comfort food on offer such as bobotie, potjie and lamb shanks.
After enjoying our leisurely lunch, it was time to go our separate ways, with some members opting to go straight back to Cape Town and others opting to go their own way.

Thanks to Marianna & Armelle for the venue and the marshals for guiding us safely to the venue.

Congratulations to Eben Roos for his beautiful new addition to his fleet and we wish you many happy riding kilometers.


– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor

Harley Super Chefs – 27th July 2019

On 27 of July the 1st Free Chapter Cape Town were invited to enter a team in the “Super Chefs” competition in aid of the Charity “FOOD FORWARD SA. “ This organisation aims to distribute surplus food from some of our biggest supermarket companies. Their mission statement is to reduce hunger in South Africa by safely and cost-effectively securing food and making it available to those who need it. Please go to foodforwardsa.org or email info@foodforwardsa.org if you would like more information.

The format of the competition was a mystery box competition, just like Masterchef 😊 Our team consisted of Marianna and Gideon, Lisa, myself (Soutie) and Liza. We arrived bright and early and set to work unpacking all our cooking equipment etc.  Marianna had brought everything except the kitchen sink which included her jaffle iron 😊. She soon started a production line with Liza, preparing our breakfast - cheese, tomato and onion sandwiches in the jaffle iron. I must admit they certainly hit the spot and we were very soon queuing up for seconds.

At 10 am all the teams gathered for the draw to see which mystery box we would get. Our lucky number was 9 and with much anticipation we quickly opened our bag! Our ingredients were 3 x pork chops, 1 bag baby spinach, 1 bag of rice and a packet of salted Lays!! We were glad not to get the bag with rice, chakalaka, jelly tots and biltong!!!!!!

We also had use of a few staples which were cooking oil, milk, garlic, salt & pepper, mixed herbs, flour and eggs. We very quickly put our heads together to brainstorm what we would make and decided to cut the pork off the bone, into strips and cut off the skin to make the crackling into some pop corn type of garnish to serve on top! The pork we fried in a crumbed crust which we made from the crushed-up Lays and some dry fried rice with herbs, salt and pepper. With no pestle and mortar in hand, Tim assisted Marianna in crushing the dry fried rice between two bread boards! The crispy pork was served on wilted spinach egg fried rice.

As we were the 9th team we were judged last, so plating was left to the last minute to keep our plates warm. Marianna brought her “wonder bag” with her which keeps food warm for a very long time, thankfully! The judges were Africa Milani from Cape Talk, Jenny Morris aka the Giggling Gourmet and Henning from the Tyger Tavern. When it was our turn the whole team as well as fellow chapter members swung into action to take the 3 plates of food as well as the wine and FCCT place settings.

Lisa was our spokesperson and she proceeded to tell the judges exactly what we had done step by step. After they had tasted we made our way back to our table to await the results.  We were soon put out of our misery when they announced the 3rd, 2nd and 1st prizes. Once again 1st Free Chapter was disappointed, but it’s not always about winning, it’s about taking part and the comradeship which exists in the Harley family and especially 1st Free Chapter Cape Town. We had a lot of fun! The winning team had Chicken portions, popcorn, sweet potato and a sachet of red curry paste which really impressed the judges.

Thanks to all the 1st Free Chapter cape Town members who came out to support us on such a chilly, misty day! After finishing packing up our Assistant Director decided to play his coin! Unfortunately for Marius Smit he didn’t have his coin ☹ this was to cost him a round of Jaeger Bombs at Jerry's Burger Bar 😊. After someone ordered a second round of Jaeger Bombs it was time to head home, I thought!!

Thanks to Harley Davidson Tyger Valley for organising such a worthwhile event. We will definitely try again next year.


– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor

Breakfast Ride to Postcard Café – 14th July 2019

It was a dark and misty start to our day as we all made our way to the meeting point at the Engen N1 - my particular ride started in darkness and as I approached Stellenbosch the mist became steadily thicker. There were a few clearer spots but as I rode nearer to the N1 the mist became thicker again and I decided the safest method of riding was to follow the cars taillights in front of me and concentrate.

As the weather was so bad, I was pleasantly surprised to see so many of our members had decided to join us. We had 20 members and Armelle’s daughter who was visiting from Bonny Scotland.

One of our members unfortunately missed the turn off into the garage and decided to enter up the exit road ! Unfortunately, there was a traffic officer waiting to pounce which resulted in a rather large fine which made the breakfast quite expensive 😊 Rafi will be starting a crowd funding site soon to pay for the fine so watch this space 😊!!

At the pre-ride briefing it was decided that due to the mist there would be no blocking for safety reasons, and everyone would be responsible for their own safety. Well, as usual, the weather gods were once again smiling on FCCT, as we moved out onto the N1 the mist started clearing and before we reached the Butterfly World turn off, we had full visibility.

The marshals very soon took up their positions and marshalled us safely across the intersection and on towards Stellenbosch. We all made it safely into Stellenbosch and onto the Jonkershoek road towards the venue.

After safely parking our bikes we were joined by Marius Smit and his wife and we were now 23 in total which was excellent. It was a chilly 6 degrees at the Postcard Café and not much warmer inside although there were a few patio heaters on the go. This is a beautiful venue with stunning views and manicured lawns and a beautiful dam.

Hot coffee was the order of the day and very soon we were feeling a lot warmer, while we waited for our breakfast. My choice of scrambled eggs and bacon was delicious, although I found the seasonal veggies which came with almost everything quite strange!!

After some more coffees and teas, it was time to head home. Unfortunately, Will Felix’s battery had decided enough was enough and his bike wouldn’t start. Fortunately, our safety officer has a really nifty gadget which has enough power in it to start even a Jumbo jet (so I’m told) 😊

We were all now safely on our way with some of us heading our separate ways while most of the members headed back to Cape Town.

Thanks to Marianna and Armelle for another great venue and to the marshals for getting us safely to the venue.


– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor

Lunch Ride to Café Felix – 30th June 2019

I must admit when I left Somerset West the weather was looking quite ominous and the clouds were busy gathering!  But as you all know we bikers are hardy people and a bit of the liquid stuff doesn’t scare us 😊 It was a bit chilly as I rode to the Engen N1 but not too windy.

14 members and 9 bikes met at the Engen N1 with Tim & Heather riding sweeper in their car. After our briefing we headed out straight onto the N1 and on towards the Butterfly World turn off. After being safely marshalled through the off-ramp we headed straight for Wellington - the weather was chilly but dry and wind free. 

Just before Wellington we turned left and headed for Malmesbury. The roads were very quiet apart from the roar coming from the big V-Twins and we were cruising nicely at the legal limit. Just outside Malmesbury we turned right and headed for our destination, Riebeek-Kasteel. After safely parking our bikes and the customary photo call we headed into the venue, Café Felix.

We were greeted by friendly staff and a large warm fire. Once seated we started looking at the blackboard menu which was full of delicious winter comfort food including slow roasted lamb shanks, Fillet Mignon and delicious line fish in a yummy sauce. The overall favourite with the chapter was lamb shanks and judging by the silence at the table when we were eating, they were delicious!

After enjoying some good coffee it was time to head back to Cape Town via Malmesbury. When we rode through Malmesbury we all went our various ways. Thanks very much to Marianna and Armelle for choosing such a great venue and thanks to our Marshalls for getting us there safely.


– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor

KIDS Blanket Run – 2nd June 2019

1st Cape Town Free Chapter supported the KIDS blanket run, which is jointly hosted by HOG Tyger Valley, Cape Town and Breede River Chapters. We were quite thin on numbers with some members sick and some lucky ones attending the Free meeting in the South of France.

7 of our members met up at H-DTV bright and early to join Tyger Valley and Breede River to ride to H-DCT. The ride was well-marshalled as we made our way onto Durban Rd and onto the N1 straight into Cape Town and the dealership.

When we arrived at the dealership there were so many bikes we had to park in the road! There were roughly 150 bikes, I was told, as well as 6 more of our members. We made our way into the dealership for a coffee and to look at the latest bikes and clothing on offer.

After a short briefing by the HOG Cape Town Road Captain we mustered back at the bikes for the ride back to H-DTV. Our route took us through the back of the Waterfront and out onto the N1 towards Paarden Island. The marshals did an excellent job as we made our way onto Marine Drive, passing through Milnerton, Tableview, Blouberg, Melkbosstrand and back onto the N7, across to Durbanville and back to the Tyger Valley dealership.

The ride was excellent, and the weather was warm and wind free. When we arrived at the dealership we all donated our R100 for a blanket and a pin. The blankets will be divided between the 3 chapters and donated to various children’s charities that they have identified.

There were various food stalls selling amongst other things boerie rolls, prego rolls and stir fries, as well as draught beer. The Harley Davidson mobile stage was on site with a band to entertain the crowd.

I must compliment the 3 chapters for a well organised and attended event.


– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor

FCCT 7th Birthday Party – 25th May 2019

It’s hard to believe that the 1st Cape Town Free Chapter is 7 years old! 43 members and guests gathered at the Hellenic Community Centre to celebrate 7 years since our club was founded.

Although the recent tragic events have touched us all in one way or another, and the Newman family will never be forgotten, it was good to be together, share a drink or 3 with friends as well as enjoy a delicious meal.

After nibbles of crisps and nuts for starters, we enjoyed Marianna’s bread table with cheese, jams and Lisa’s delicious paté. The main meal consisted of delicious saucy meatballs, chicken portions, lamb chops and fish goujons accompanied by rice, potato wedges and roast vegetables, as well as complimentary wine provided by the Chapter.

After dinner it was time for dessert and a birthday wouldn’t be a birthday without a cake. Kevin and Vani had made a beautifully decorated FCCT cake and the Hellenic Club had made “ Bougatsa”. I thought this was a make of car but apparently I was wrong. 😊

After the desserts we all enjoyed coffee and tea and some sweeties to end off the evening.

A big thank you to Marianna and Armelle for all the arrangements and to ALL the ladies who helped with the setting up and the packing up. I must also thank the Hellenic Club for the delicious food they prepared for us.


– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor

Breakfast Ride to Fairview Estate – 12th May 2019


After the tragic events that have taken place over the last few weeks, it's hard to find words to express how this has affected all our members and their families, but Bruce felt strongly that we must ride again and feel the wind in our faces…

After safely negotiating the thick mist 14 members and Kevin and Vani’s daughters met at the Engen N1 bright and early. I was quite emotional when I arrived at the meeting place not to see the familiar big blue couch parked next to Mr Mike’s bike, as well as the usual greeting “Môre Soutie” ☹

After a short briefing we headed out onto the N1 and headed for Paarl. We are pleased to welcome back Liza and Will as marshals and they safely guided us off the N1 at Paarl and back on the Old Paarl Road. We then turned right onto the Suid-agter Paarl Road towards Fairview. 
We arrived safely at the venue, but unfortunately, we have a new holder of the Shit Happens Cup 😊! Dear Armelle decided to park her bike horizontally but luckily was not hurt. After a quick photo call, it was time for breakfast.

As it was Mother’s Day it soon started to fill up quickly and we were lucky that we arrived early. After enjoying a nice hot cup of tea or coffee our breakfasts soon started to arrive. All the mothers and some who aren’t mothers were treated to a complimentary glass of bubbles with their breakfast.

After a second cup of coffee, it was time to go our separate ways and head back home. Thanks to Marianna and Armelle for organising the venue and to the marshal team for getting us there safely.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor

Auf Wiedersehen Peter & Marlene – 13th April 2019


1ST Cape Town Free Chapter gathered at the Woodstock Bar & Grill to say goodbye to one of our founder members Peter Löeffler and his wife Marlene who are relocating to Germany.

Peter has been a passionate and inspirational member of this Chapter since its inception and prior to that he was a director of Hog Cape Town.

His knowledge, guidance, organisational skills, generosity and his wicked sense of humour will be greatly missed by us all.

On our last ride to Namibia I shared a room with Peter and his ability to party late into the night put many of us younger folk to shame 😊.

Peter was presented with a commemorative Chapter Insignia and flags to take with him on his travels. We look forward to welcoming him back at our 2020 Route 62 Rally!

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor

Lunch Ride to Gabriëlskloof – 31st March 2019


It was a cloudy start for FCCT on this last Sunday of March when 13 members and 10 bikes gathered at the Engen N2 for a quick coffee before we headed out onto the N2.

The route was to be a straightforward one on the N2 through Somerset West, over Sir Lowry’s Pass, through Grabouw and over the Houwhoek Pass towards Botriver. We were expecting a detour due to some unrest earlier in the week, but I think they heard the big V twins approaching and the road was clear. 😊

After safely crossing the N2 we made our way into the venue. We were soon seated at our table and after ordering something to drink the food started to come out. The food was beautifully presented, and it tasted as good as it looked - my pulled pork burger was delicious.

After all filling our stomachs it was time to head back to Cape Town. The sun was shining, and we decided to make the most of the autumn sunshine and take the scenic route via Kleinmond and Clarence Drive.

As we rode through Betty’s Bay, we could see the devastation caused by the recent fires, with some houses completely gone and others untouched. In some parts the mountainside looked like a lunar landscape and it makes you realise the power of Mother Nature.

We really are privileged to live in such a beautiful part of the world and to ride our Harley-Davidson motorcycles on such beautiful roads. After leaving Clarence Drive we turned back on the N2 and headed to the Shell Ultra City for our customary milkshake and to say our goodbyes.

Thanks to Marianna and Gideon for organising such a stunning venue and to Mike and his team for getting us there and back safely.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor

Breakfast Ride to Toeka's Stoor – 10th March 2019


As I opened the blinds early on Sunday morning I thought to myself: "It must be Argus Cycle Tour time", as the wind was pumping! Luckily for me, most of my route was wind assisted and as I got closer to the N1 the wind abated slightly.

The cycle race definitely affected our numbers due to the amount of road closures, I think. 15 members and marshal’s including our guest Free Chapter member, Tippi, from France.

After a quick briefing from our Head Road Captain we headed north onto the N1. At the first off-ramp we turned left onto the R304 towards Malmesbury and then right towards the R44. By now there was quite a strong cross-wind hitting us from the side, but the big V-Twins took it in their stride. As we turned onto the R44 Bruce radioed up to the front of the pack to say one of Ammi’s silencers had decided to come loose! Bruce and Tim stopped to assist with running repairs (take note Mr Fines Master) 😊.

After waiting for Ammi and company to catch up, we were back on the road. At Windmeul winery we turned left onto the Voor Paardeberg Road and on to Toeka's Stoor. After safely negotiating the paved driveway and the gravel car park and our customary photo call, we made our way into the venue.

For those members who missed this ride you have to see it to believe it! There is so much memorabilia, tractors, lorries, signs, sewing machines, wedding dresses, models and chairs! And the list goes on.

After taking in as much as possible we all sat down and waited for menus. There was no trouble choosing what to eat because there was no choice. 😊 It was Breakfast, Breakfast or Vetkoek. 😊

While we waited for our food our host brought us some complimentary bottles of wine, the only problem was that it was only 10 AM. WTF! We couldn’t possibly refuse such a generous offer of wine and it only equated to half a glass each.

Our breakfasts started to arrive which consisted of Eggs, Bacon, Mushrooms, Wors, Baked Beans and farm baked bread. This easily absorbed the Wine and the moerkoffie rounded off the breakfast in style. After viewing yet more of the vehicles, signs and Bric-a-Brac it was time to fire up the Harleys and head back to Cape Town.

Thanks to Marianna and Armelle for the venue arrangements and to Mike and his team for getting us there and back safely.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor


Lunch Ride to Black Marlin, Simonstown – 20th January 2019


It was great to see such a good turnout for our first ride of 2019. We had 21 bikes and 31 members and guests who joined us for a stunning peninsula ride to the Black Marlin Restaurant in Simonstown. The weather gods were once again smiling on 1st Free Chapter Cape Town as we met up at the Waterfront Audi dealership.

After meeting and greeting everyone and a briefing from our Head Road Captain it was time to hit the saddle. Our route took us out on the N2 and the M3 and up & over Constantia Nek towards Hout Bay. After safely negotiating the twists and turns of Constantia Nek and the circles of Hout Bay we headed up & over Chapman's Peak drive which was showing off all its natural beauty.

After Chappies we headed for Kommetjie and up & over towards Scarborough and Misty Cliffs. En route we quickly stopped for a photo call with the beautiful Atlantic Ocean as our backdrop. We then headed for Cape Point and on towards our lunch venue in Simonstown. The weather was perfect with no wind which is quite rare for these parts. 😊

We all made it safely to the Black Marlin and after all safely parking it was time for lunch. There was no pre-orders for lunch so we were expecting quite a wait for our food! Well, I was soon proven wrong as our food started to arrive very promptly. The fish & chips were delicious.

After filling our stomachs and soaking up the sun and sea air it was time to go our separate ways and head home. Thanks to Marianna & Armelle for the venue arrangements and thanks to Mike Newman and his guest marshals Liza and Will for guiding us safely through all the junctions, circles, roadworks etc.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor

Year End Function, Piekenierskloof – 1st December 2018


Another year ended off in style for 1st Free Chapter Cape Town at our year end function at Piekernierskloof Mountain Resort. For those members who went by bike the meeting point was the Engen N7 and then straight up the N7 towards Piketberg for a pit stop at the Spur. After refueling their stomachs, they headed straight to the venue although some members made a detour!!

For those of us who went by car we all met at the venue with 44 members and guests checking in for a fun night ahead. 
After settling into our rooms some of us headed to the pool and a nice cold beer.

Marianna and her team had arranged wine tasting and snacks for the members to enjoy at 3pm. The wines were provided by Org Du Rac Organic wines and the snacks consisted of large plates of samoosas, wors rolls, burgers and chicken strips. There must have been enough food for the whole of Citrusdal!! 

As we were relaxing with our delicious wine and snacks, we were presented with 46 JagerBombs courtesy of Bruce and Mike’s friend in Bloemfontein, Nico - one for every member 😊 After the wine tasting, snacks and Jagerbombs it was time for a quick powernap and to get dressed for the evening’s festivities.

The theme for the evening was Harley Glitz and Glam and the function room and tables were beautifully decorated by the hotel staff and all our members looked splendid in their various bling. Bruce started the proceedings with a minute’s silence as a mark of respect for Peter Shiffer who passed away recently. After a welcome drink and our starters, it was time for Bruce to deliver his annual report and hand out some well-deserved awards.

Then it was over to Mike Newman AKA the fines master! A new addition was the red cards which were handed to a few members for various misdemeanors. I must admit Mike was very lenient with the fines this year 😊

The main course was served which was a buffet consisting of chicken, roast beef, roast potatoes, roast vegetables, rice and gravy which was all delicious. This was washed down with complimentary wines from the Chapter. This was followed by sticky toffee pudding, ice-cream and coffee.

After enjoying each other’s company and listening to some great 80s music provided by Marianna, and for some of us more Jägermeister’s and Springbokkies ☹, it was time for us to head off to bed.

After a good nights sleep we all slowly started to surface and met for a hearty breakfast provided by the Hotel. With full stomachs we all headed our separate ways after saying our goodbyes. Thanks to Marianna and Armelle for organising such a great venue and function.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor

Captain's Ride – 14th October 2018


2018 has certainly flown by and I honestly don’t know where this year has gone, well at 1st Free Chapter Cape Town it was time for the much-anticipated captains ride potjie cook off.

35 members and guests gathered at Laerskool Simon van der Stel on a lovely sunny but windy day, members started arriving from 10:30 am and quickly set about establishing our Laager with our various vehicles used as ox wagons 😊

We quickly set up our Braais and started making our fires, as an ex Boy Scout there’s nothing better, the various Pots of all shapes and sizes were very quickly on the go with Chicken, Beef, lamb and even smoked Fish potjies on the go, it was very interesting listening to everyone’s different tips and tricks and how it should and shouldn’t be done. As an Englishman its very difficult to compete with the seasoned Pro’s in our Chapter but it was so much fun.

After nearly 3 hours of preparation and cooking we were all starting to feel hungry, all the pots were ready, but we needed to wait for Gideon and Marianna’s Rooster Koek! the delay was caused by our very own Will Felix who was using the Braai grid to Braai his Wors & Chops (take note Mr fines master).

The Roosterkoek was a definite win and was so good with the Potjies, after the judges had tasted a few pots it was decided by our Head Road Captain that we were all winners. 

I must just make mention that our Director Bruce, Trevor & Ammi deserve a special mention for the spread they served up, complete with smoked fish, couscous and side salad, all made in pots complete with a printed menu, Bruce obviously has too much time on his hands 😊 

Thanks to our Head Road Captain Mike Newman AKA Manna for organising such a great day.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor

Breakfast Ride to Fairview Estate, Paarl – 14th October 2018


It was a cloudy and windy start for our first breakfast ride of October, 10 members together with Leen’s partner Denise, met up at the Caltex V&A Waterfront bright and early. The gloomy weather had obviously prompted most of our members to stay in bed!

As with most breakfast rides we took a direct route straight up the N1 towards Paarl. The wind was a bit blustery and swirly but the Big V Twins took it in their stride. We turned off at Butterfly World and turned left towards Wellington.

After a few kilometers we took a right turn onto the Agter Paarl road towards Fairview, just past the Spice Route we turned left into Fairview. The farm was founded in 1693, and is a working farm which houses a collection of microbusinesses focusing on wine and cheese production (and the food’s not bad either! 😊)

There were no pre-orders and we were able to order from the menu. My choice of the Farmstyle Breakfast, with some tasty boerewors, was delicious. After a walk through the gardens and a photo call with the smelly goats we all headed home and went our separate ways.

Thanks to Marianna and Gideon for another great venue and to Mike and his team for getting us there safely.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor

SPAR Women's Day – 6 October 2018


Charity Handover and Lunch Ride to 
Bonnievale and Montagu – 30th September 2018

The weather Gods were once more smiling down on FFCCT as it promised to be a beautiful day. 17 members, 9 Bikes and 3 cars met up bright and early at the Engen N1. The sun was already shining and the temperature warming up nicely as we headed out on the N1 towards the Huguenot Tunnel. Along the way we picked up Eben Roos who was waiting for us just before the tunnel.

After handing over our 38ZAR we all headed safely through the tunnel and on towards Worcester. At Worcester we turned off the N1 and rode through the town and on to Route 62 towards Montagu. The big V twins were starting to stretch their legs and gulping in the warm spring air.

Along the road the verges were full of wild spring flowers and Route 62 was really showing off its best, progress was swift, and we were very soon pulling into Robertson for a pee break. We headed out towards Ashton which is where our progress would be slowed. Due to the contractor for the road works in Ashton and Montagu going insolvent, all work has stopped hence all the roads that were dug up are still dug up and the remainder are full of pot holes!!!

After safely negotiating all the gravel surfaces, pot holes and stop & go’s we all made it safely to Montagu. Our first stop was at Huis Uitvlught here we were joined by our local member Riana Delport. By now the temperature was approaching 30 degrees and it was time to strip off some layers.

At Huis Uitvlught we had donated some cushions for their outdoor chairs, 50 plates, 105 unbreakable mugs, chafing dishes and some medical first aid equipment. After a short introduction from Zelda, and a thankyou speech from the Manager, we were treated to some tea & coffee as well as traditional Hertzog cookies (yum). Some of the residents posed for photos with then bikes and Theuns Burger tried out his new trike!! (see photo’s)

It was now time to head off to our next stop, Bonnievale. We safely negotiated the Cogman’s pass roadworks again and turned left onto the Swellendam road towards Bonnievale. As we approached Bonnievale we were following Zelda and her sat nav. which decided to take us back to Robertson! Luckily eagle-eyed Mike Newman spotted the sign in the opposite direction and managed to turn us all around.

We all arrived safely at Herfsvreugde Te Huis and were greeted by the manager. Here we had donated floor tiling and a Dr’s bed for the medical room, as well as 40 goody bags for the residents which were packed by Marzell & Chantè Newman. This was all from money donated by the Chapter. The average age of the residents is 84 and they all rely on their state pension of R1700 pm. After meeting and greeting some of the residents they wanted us to rev up our bikes for them which woke up the sleepy town I’m sure!

After saying our goodbyes and giving them a nice noisy departure, we headed for our lunch destination at Van Loveren. Once more, as we left Bonnievale, we came across more roadworks and stop & go’s and by now the Temperature was 32degrees which felt like 42degrees when you’re sitting at a stop & go with the heat rising from the Big V twins. We all made it safely to Van Loveren and negotiated the peach pip driveway without incident. We were joined here by Poul-enja Hansen who overslept I think!!

Christina’s Bistro was our lunch venue in the gardens at van Loveren. The food and drink was delicious but a little pricey. My choice of the Christina’s Burger was delicious, and the potato wedges were yummy. After our relaxing lunch it was time to re-fuel the bikes and head back to Cape Town.

Our route took us through Robertson and Worcester and up & over the Du Toitskloof pass. Some members went their separate ways while some stopped for the customary milkshake stop. Thanks to Zelda and her team for all their hard work and organization for making these handovers possible and thanks to Marianna and Gideon for another great venue.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor

First Aid for Bikers – 8th September 2018

An excellent training session was conducted at Laërskool Simon van der Stel by Ryan Wills who is the Training Manager for Emergency Medical Care & AHA Training and ER24 Skills Development Facilitator. The training was well attended by a good number of members who benefitted from Ryan’s knowledge.

After a welcome coffee and munchies, Ryan did a formal presentation followed by a Q&A time and then some practical teaching. The primary purpose of the session was to prepare us as first responders to an emergency situation, to take control until professional emergency medical help arrives. He provided some emergency numbers and how to relay vital information to the EMS (Emergency Medical Services). He told us what practical things we could do in the interim for a variety of situations such as unconsciousness, burns, broken bones etc.

And as our fearless director, Bruce says “Keep Calm”

We will have a follow up training session sometime in the future.

A HUGE thanks to Ryan for dragging himself away from his new baby boy to share his knowledge and experience with us.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor


SATURDAY SKILLS TRAINING HOSTED BY FCCT.

4th August 2018.

FCCT recently hosted a skills training session at Simon vd Stel Primary School in Wynberg, 16 members and Marshals attended the event on a gloomy Saturday morning. Fortunately the weather gods were smiling on us as it failed to rain on our parade 

After helping ourselves to a cup of coffee, we started with a theory session hosted by our Head Road Captain Mike Newman. We watched some very informative videos hosted by a highly skilled instructor from America as well as Mike’s considerable knowledge and tips.

After the theory it was time to see if we had all been listening and watching and to try the practical skills for ourselves. We would be practicing the bike parking, slow cone weaving, circular riding and the figure of eight riding. If you don’t understand these terms then you need to attend the next skills!

After practicing these skills for a few times, it was so nice to see the levels of confidence shown by our members new and old especially Heather Booysen who was running circles around Mike Newman after a few practices 

After the skills it was time to enjoy a Listeriosis free Hot Dog lovingly prepared by Bruce Du Toit. For all the members who missed this skills training please watch the Web for details of our next training session, you won’t regret it. 

Ivor Wills


LUNCH RIDE TO DOCKSIDE CAFÉ & LOUNGE 

MYKONOS LANGEBAAN.

29TH JULY 2018.

21 members and guests, which included our new prospect Marius Smit and his wife Marinda on their first pack ride, joined us for our monthly lunch ride to Dockside Café and Lounge in Langebaan. Our meeting place was the Total garage opposite Atlantic Beach Golf Estate.

Once again, the Weather Gods were smiling on FCCT as the temperature was mild with blue skies. After our briefing from our Head Road Captain we lined up and headed out onto the West Coast Highway towards Langebaan.

The road was relatively quiet, and the Big V Twins were soon stretching their legs at the Legal Limit (of course). As we approached the turn off to Langebaan our marshals Mike, Bruce and our stand in marshal Will Felix sprang into action to guide us safely to the venue.

Unfortunately, we have a new recipient of the “Shit Happens Cup“ Poul Enja had a small incident with some uneven paving I heard and made an unscheduled dismount. After safely parking our bikes right outside the venue we were greeted by our hosts, old Harley friends JC & Anna-Marie. After soaking up a few rays we made our way to our tables, some opting for sun and some choosing shade.

After quenching our thirsts with something cold the food started to arrive. My choice of fish & chips was delicious, but I must admit the lamb shanks looked tempting! With our stomachs suitably filled it was time to say goodbye to our hosts JC & Anna-Marie.

We made our way safely out of Langebaan and headed back to Cape Town. The ride was uneventful apart from 1 BMW driver who thought he could pass 15 Harleys without meeting oncoming traffic.  Needless to say, when he could see he was heading for disaster he decided to dive into the pack next to me!  After our Head Road Captain had made his feelings known to him he sped off with his tail between his legs.

We all arrived safely back at the Total garage apart from a few members who carried on straight for home. After saying our goodbyes, we all went our separate ways. Thanks to Marianna, Armelle and Gideon for another great venue and to the marshals for getting us there and back safely.

Ivor Wills

Editor.

Breakfast Ride to Ons Huisie, Bloubergstrand – 8th July 2018

It was a chilly start to what turned out to be a stunning winter's day for a bike ride - no wind and a mild 20 degrees. 14 members met at the Caltex garage in the Waterfront bright and early.

Our route took us out on the N1 and on to the N7 towards Malmesbury, just past the weighbridge we turned left and headed for Melkbos. After crossing the West Coast road we rode through Melkbos on our way to Blouberg.

With beautiful views of the ocean and Table Mountain on our right-hand side the Big V-Twins rolled into Blouberg. After negotiating a few twists and turns and circles we arrived at our destination.

After safely parking our bikes and admiring the sea views we made our way into the venue. Unfortunately, Ammi tripped over a protruding fireplace and took a nasty tumble. We were joined at the venue by Alan and Michelle Joffe and Riana Delport who all came by car.

There were no pre-orders of food so we were able to order off the menu. My particular choice of savoury mince, baked beans on toast with an egg on top was delicious. Unfortunately, the coffee was not good at all. After enjoying some more of the sunshine outside, it was time to go our separate ways.

Thanks to the marshals for getting us there safely and to Ammi for arranging the venue in Marianna’s absence.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor

Lunch Drive to Darling Brewery – 23rd June 2018

This month's lunch ride was replaced with a lunch drive to the Darling Brewery. This was due mainly to our club’s zero policy on drinking and riding and if we were tasting beer it would be safer on 4 wheels.

Due to the weather on Saturday, this was a very good decision by our activities officers. The weather must have put a lot of members off as we only had 6 committee members, 2 members and 2 guests! Bruce and Mike were away on Free Chapter business in Durban.

The large modern brewery is situated in the industrial area of Darling. We were seated upstairs in the large bar area which was a bit chilly but I was sure the beer would warm us up. There were roughly 17 different beers on offer with names such as THUNDER BIRD, BLOOD SERPENT and ROGUE PONY.

Those members who were tasting beer chose their 4 beers to taste and some members opted for wine, cider or coffee. There is a wide range of beer styles to choose from including Lagers, IPAs and Weiss Beers. Ee were now getting hungry and it was time to order lunch. There was pulled pork on Roosterkoek, pork ribs, salmon on bagels amongst the choices on offer.

The food arrived fairly promptly, and we were soon tucking into our lunch. My particular choice of the pulled pork on roosterkoek was delicious. After enjoying a nice coffee to round off the lunch it was time to go our separate ways back home. By now the rain was really coming down and I was really grateful to be climbing into a car!

Thanks to Marianna, Gideon and Armelle for organizing such a great venue.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor

Breakfast Ride to Hudson's, Vredenheim – 10 June 2018

Well, for once the Weather Forecast was correct as I woke up to clear skies bright and early, although still dark. It was a chilly start but thank the heavens for heated grips ☺

13 Members including our prospect Theuns and his wife Magda met at the Engen N1 for our first ride of June, we had 2 Cars join us as Leen had a flat Battery and Gideon was getting over Man Flu! This was to be an unmarshalled ride as Bruce & Mike were away Hunting in Namibia and Tim was unavailable.

It was a quick route to Hudson’s which took us out on the N1, off at the butterfly world turn off and straight to Stellenbosch, after riding through Stellenbosch we headed out past the Station and on towards Baden Powell Drive. We turned off into Vredenheim and parked up safely outside Hudson’s.

We were all seated outside on a nice long table in the Beautiful gardens, we were offered Coffee as soon as we sat down which warmed us up a bit. The food started coming out quite quickly and very soon we were tucking in to V8 Breakfast’s, Eggs Florentine, Salmon filled Croissants or deconstructed Muesli. All the comments were positive and judging by all the clean plates there were no complaints.

After saying our goodbyes, we all headed our separate ways, Thanks to Marianna & Gideon for another great venue and for Mr Mike for showing us the way & Ammi for being our sweeper.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor

Battle of the Potjie Kings – 28 May 2018
Hosted by Harley-Davidson Tyger Valley

Once again, The Free Chapter Cape Town entered a team in the battle of the Potjie Kings competition at Harley-Davidson Tygervalley. The team this year consisted of Team leader Liza van Jaarsveld, yours truly Chief fire maker and general gofer ☺ and our Chefs for the day Kevin & Vani Moodley.

My day started early as we had arranged to meet at 7:30 ish! When I arrived at the venue most of the teams were beavering away preparing their stands and lighting their fires. Mr Mike arrived shortly after with the gazebo and we quickly established our stand.

Our team leader Liza arrived next, just as we were talking about breakfast, so we all decided to adjourn for a quick breakfast. Shortly after Kevin & Vani arrived with all the necessary ingredients for a knockout curry.

The fire was ready, and Kevin & Vani very quickly had the curry on the go. In no time at all the aromas started emanating from the pot and this started to attract a few onlookers. We would be serving lamb curry bunny chows, with grated carrot on the side, as well as a bean & potato curry for the vegetarians. At 1 pm the judging started, and we started plating up as we were 3rd on the list for judging.

The judges really tucked in to our bunny chows and we were quietly confident that we had the winning pot.

There were 11 teams that entered with a wide range of menus and some elaborate table decorations. Of course there were none as good as our curry and we were convinced we had won. After all 11 teams had been judged it was time for the winners to be announced. Unfortunately, once again, FCCT was to be denied a victory, with HDCCT ladies taking the title, Tygervalley Hog Chapter the team spirit award and Breede River Chapter the best decorated table.

A great day was had by all and we look forward to challenging again next year. Maybe we should also look at entering two teams for next year?

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor

6th Birthday Bash – 12 May 2018

Well, it's hard to believe that FCCT is 6 years old! 50 members and guests gathered at the Greek club in Greenpoint for our 6th Birthday Bash. There was no specific theme this year, but some of our Harley Ladies were asked to decorate the various tables in their own style. It was nice to see how much trouble the ladies had gone to. We had Harley themes, Scottish themes, tables with candles and candelabras of various shapes and sizes and some lovely flowers.

The Chapter had provided chips and nuts for the tables and there was Marianna's delicious bread table which was laden with various breads, jams, cheese and Lisa’s delicious chicken liver pate. We definitely wouldn’t be thirsty as there was wine and bubbly provided by the Chapter as well as a cash bar.

After welcoming everyone and enjoying a few “Dops” Bruce said a few words and then it was time for the food to be served. Once again we were treated to Greek Lamb on the spit which was served with butternut, salad and potato wedges. This was followed by some delicious desserts.

After the dinner and desserts it was time to cut the cake. This was donated by Kevin and Vani Moodley. As the cake was being cut someone decided it would be a good idea to try and decorate each other with the cake ☺ this ended in some sticky faces and hair ☺

Thanks to Marianna and her team and all of the Harley ladies who helped with the decoration of the tables. See you all at the 7th Birthday party.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor


Lunch Ride to Anura, Stellenbosch – 22nd April 2018

Once again, the weather Gods were smiling down on FCCT with glorious Autumn weather. 17 Members met up at the Engen N2.

Mr Mike’s bikes were both still in Hospital and Kevin & Vani’s battery was flat, so they were all in their cars. Kevin & Vani passed us on the road but didn’t join us for lunch and Michael Bagraim joined us for the ride but also didn’t join us for lunch.

We headed out onto the N2 towards Somerset West, as we rode through Somerset West someone must have told all the robots we were coming as all 7 sets changed to green as we approached them.

We headed up over Sir Lowry’s Pass safely and on towards Grabouw. At Peregrine Farm Stall we turned left into Grabouw and then right on to the Vyeboom/Villiersdorp Road.

It was single file all the way as the Big V-Twins safely negotiated the Viljoenshoek Pass towards the Theewaterskloof Dam. As we approached the Dam we were greeted by sand being blown across the road from the dry dam bed.

We stopped on the bridge across the dam for a photo shoot and to try and comprehend the sad state of the dam. With pumps working 24/7 they are trying to pump out the last 10% of the water. It will definitely take years for this dam to recover.

At the dam we turned left towards Franschhoek and we all made it safely over the Pass this time! We rode safely through the bustling town and on towards Pniel and Simondium. At Simondium we turned left towards Klapmuts and headed for Anura.

We all arrived safely at the Venue and after safely dismounting our bikes we headed into the venue. There was a nice long table waiting for us in the garden next to the pond. As there is a Brewery at Anura some of us decided to try some of the beer with others opting for their delicious coffee.

After a reasonably long wait the food started to arrive but unfortunately, they forgot Bruce’s food! As we all tucked in Bruce waited patiently while they quickly made another Fish & Chips. My choice of Burger and Fries was delicious.

It was compliments to the Chef all round as we all enjoyed a delicious coffee to round off the meal. After saying our goodbyes, we all went our various ways home. Thanks to the Marshals for getting us there safely and thanks to Gideon & Marianna and Armelle for yet another great venue.

From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor


 Breakfast Ride to Eaglesvlei – 8th April 2018

For our breakfast ride of April the sun came out and so did our members! We had 26 people which consisted of 22 members, our new prospect Theuns and his wife and Eben Roos’s guests Marius and his wife who met us at the venue.

We met at the Engen N1 bright and early for what must be our second shortest ride in the history of FCCT. Eben and Theuns are both riding Trikes and our Head Road Captain pointed out that we have now filled our quota of Trikes in the chapter. ☺

We were without Mr Mike up front as both his bikes are still in hospital. We headed out on the N1 towards Paarl and took the Klapmuts turn-off, under the N1 and past Butterfly World. At the Klapmuts intersection we turned right onto Old Paarl Road and into the venue.

After safely parking our Bikes and Trikes we made our way into the venue. It is a large venue with various foods and entertainment on offer and a large kids play area which is far enough away that you can’t hear them. ☺

When we were all seated we helped ourselves to coffee and soon after, the Breakfast Buffet was ready. There was Wors, Bacon, Tomatoes, Mushrooms and Scrambled Eggs on offer as well as Toast and Jam.

After exploring the venue, we all said our goodbyes with some members opting to go for another ride and some heading home. Thanks to the Marshals and stand in Marshals Liza and Will and to Marianna and Gideon for another great venue.

From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor


 Lunch Ride to Tulbagh Hotel – 25th March 2018

For our second lunch ride of 2018 it was another low turnout of members ☹ with a total of 8 committee (including the Marshals) and 5 members and 2 guests, we were very thin on the ground.

The weather was looking threatening when we met at the Engen N1 but thankfully the weather Gods were smiling on us on Palm Sunday.

We headed out on the N1 and made our way safely over the Du Toit's Kloof Pass towards Worcester. We had a short pit stop at the Du Kloof trout farm and unfortunately Armelle joined the elite “Shit Happens” club by parking her bike horizontally and not vertically.

There was a short ceremony arranged by our Head Road Captain where the Cup was passed from Ammi to Mr Mike and very quickly on to Armelle.

Once again we headed out on to the N1 towards Worcester. At the weighbridge we turned right on to the Rawsonville road. We then turned left onto the Slanghoek Pass road. The road was nice and quiet, and the Big V-twins lapped up all the nice sweeping bends.

We then turned left onto the Ceres road and then turned off through Wolseley and on to Tulbagh. We all parked our bikes safely opposite the venue and we even had a Bike guard with a Blue Face!

Our tables were ready and waiting at the venue and we were very quickly seated and enjoying a refreshing drink. We were joined at the Hotel by Poul Enja’s wife who had driven out to join us for lunch.

Our food arrived promptly and my Fish & Calamari was delicious. After enjoying a nice coffee to round off the lunch it was time to hit the road back to town. Our route was through Hermon and Wellington and back onto the N1 for our customary Milkshake stop and goodbyes.

Thanks to our Marshals assisted by Liza for getting us there and back safely and thank you to Marianna and Gideon for another great venue.

From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor


Breakfast Ride to Houwhoek Farm Stall – 11 March 2018

It was a beautiful day for our first breakfast ride since the rally, but unfortunately the numbers were low. ☹ Only 10 bikes and members turned up on such a beautiful day.

We all met at the Engen N2 bright and early, and after a quick coffee we headed out onto the N2 towards Somerset West. After safely negotiating all the various traffic lights through Somerset West we made our way safely over Sir Lowry’s Pass and on to the Houwhoek Farmstall.

We safely crossed over the N2 and lined up neatly in front of the venue. A nice table had been reserved for us outside, overlooking the bikes, which gave us peace of mind.

There were no pre-ordered meals so we all ordered from the menu. My choice was Eggs Benedict. I ordered chips on the side. Oh dear, I think they gave me a plate of chips for the whole table!!

After finishing our breakfast and washing it down with a nice cup of coffee it was time to hit the road back to Cape Town via the N2 and our customary milkshake/cool drink stop. After saying our goodbyes we all went our separate ways. Thanks to Liza for standing in for Marianna as activities officer for the day.

From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor


Route 62 Rally
15th - 18th February 2018

Well another Route 62 Rally has come and gone and judging by the attendance it was one of the best.

540+ Harley enthusiasts descended on the small town of Montagu at the Avalon Springs Hotel. As usual FCCT was well represented with 30+ members and guests.

The proceedings started early on Thursday morning with the customary “THUNDERSTRUCK” being played at 7am. Registration opened at 9am and riders from all over the country started arriving throughout the day.

After relaxing with a couple of cold beers and catching up with friends, it was time for the Thursday evening Pool Party. This year it was the turn of the “ROBFATHER” to entertain the crowds at the Calypso Bar.

Friday morning bright and early it was once again time for the customary wake up with “THUNDERSTRUCK” at 7am. After breakfast the first unofficial outride was to the ever popular “DIESEL & CRÈME” IN Barrydale.

The rally programme said they make the best milkshakes South of the Equator! Well, I chose the Chilli Chilli Bang Bang which was the hottest Milkshake South of the Equator with fresh Chilli’s (EINA)!

Everyone made their way back to the rally site or to the various wine farms for some wine tasting. If you visited all 4 participating wine farms you stood a chance to win some great prizes.

After freshening up at the rally site and tucking into a delicious Shawarma it was time for our very own Lance Allam and his band to entertain the crowd with some Blues, followed by the main band Empire Light. Friday night was the traditional party night and this year was no exception!

Saturday morning bright and early it was time for “THUNDERSTRUCK” yet again to wake the party animals from their slumber. After breakfast it was time to line up for the mass ride. The Townsfolk really look forward to the Rolling Thunder roaring through their town.

Back at the rally site it was time to relax and enjoy a spot of lunch and a cold beer or 3. After lunch it was time for the ever-popular Harley Games which the crowd really enjoyed. This was the first year I can remember where the Newman girls didn’t win. ☺

After the games it was time for the Karoo bike show with prizes up for grabs for “Best Original”, “Best Custom” and “Best of Show”. My personal favourite was a beautiful Springer Softail which was the overall winner.

After freshening up we all met in the Rally tent to enjoy a delicious Buffet Dinner prepared by the Hotel which was included in our rally fee. After dinner it was time for Bruce’s ‘Thank you’ speeches and awards, as well as the Raffle drawers. Unfortunately, I missed out again ☹ but there’s always next year. ☺

It was now time to party and dance the night away to the live band. For those of us who stayed a bit longer we were treated to a performance by some of the Amigo’s who soon had all their fellow Amigo’s back on the dance floor.

To any members who missed this year’s rally, be sure to register early for next year. Remember, you snooze, you lose!

From the pen of Ivor Will, Editor / Historian


8 PASSES RIDE HOSTED BY TYGER VALLEY CHAPTER
 4th February 2018

It was an early start for FCCT as 14 members gathered at H-D TYGERVALLEY at 7 am. After a quick coffee to wake us up, we decided to leave before the masses.

With Liza as our pack leader we set off through the suburbs and parts of Cape Town I had never seen before! Our route would take us through Malmesbury, Riebeeck Kasteel, Tulbagh and on to Ceres – which was our first fuel stop and our Breakfast stop.

As we walked into The Wimpy I immediately thought of Geoff Davidson. As we know, it's his favourite restaurant. ☺ We were joined at the Wimpy by Teuns Burger and his wife on their new Trike, and they would join us for the ride to Montagu via Touws River.

This would be our second fuel stop and also our lunch stop. Although most of us were still full from lunch, our very own Safety Officer found room for a rather large pancake with ice cream and all the trimmings.

After lunch it was time to head out towards Robertson. As we rode through Robertson we were joined by Eben Roos and his wife. After Robertson we headed towards Villiersdorp and the final destination Franschhoek.

On our way up the Franschhoek Pass, Mr. Mike and myself had a coming together which resulted in Mr. Mike taking a tumble. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries. Our thanks to all the fellow members who stopped and assisted. Apart from some gravel rash and some bruises and some damage to the bikes he managed to make it to the end point in Franschhoek and the Station Pub & Grill.

Apart from the accident, it was a superb day with roughly 500km ridden. Our thanks to Tyger Valley Chapter for a well organized event.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor



Breakfast Ride to Bistro 365, Pringle Bay – 28th January 2018

For our first lunch ride of 2018 it was a low turnout of members, but the weather and ride sure did make up for that. There were 15 members and 2 guests, one of which was Alan Joffe’s niece all the way from down under!

Our route to Pringle Bay was straight on the N2 through Somerset West, over Sir Lowry’s Pass and on towards Grabouw. After Grabouw we headed over the Houw Hoek Pass and took the left turn towards Hermanus. As we approached the junction towards Bot River we practiced our emergency stops as a car was about to cross in front of us. Luckily, everyone was up for the challenge and we were on our way again.

We turned right onto the R44 and headed for Kleinmond. By now there was a slight breeze which gave us some relief from the heat. We passed through Kleinmond after a short stop to let Mr. Mike give his head a breather as he was suffering from a badly-fitting helmet.

We made our way slowly through Betty's Bay and on towards Pringle Bay. We arrived at our destination and all parked and dismounted safely. After being seated we all ordered drinks and waited in anticipation for the food.

The food arrived fairly quickly and it all looked delicious. My choice of baked hake with chips and veg was delicious. The only complaint was from Ammi who thought there were too many vegetables in her vegetarian dish. ☺

After lunch it was time for a coffee and a chat and then we saddled up and headed back towards Cape town via The R44 and Clarens Drive. As we left Pringle Bay, the wind abated, and we were soon sweltering in 35 degrees heat as well as the heat from the big V-twin motors. Due to the traffic we encountered the pace was quite slow – which added to the heat.

We all made it safely onto the N2 with some members going their separate ways while the rest of us stopped at the Shell garage for the traditional milkshake or water.

Thanks very much to Marianna and Gideon for organising another great venue and a special “Thank you” to Liza van Jaarsveld for assisting with the marshalling.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor


Breakfast Ride to Marmalade Cat, Darling – 14th January 2018

Our first ride of 2018 took us to the Marmalade Cat in Darling. 16 members and 2 guests met up at the Total Garage on the West Coast Road.

After greeting everyone and catching up with the latest news we had a quick briefing from Mike and we headed out up the West Coast Road towards Yzerfontein. The weather was perfect for riding with no wind to speak of and very little traffic. At Yzerfontein we turned right and headed for Darling. Upon arrival at the venue we all parked safely… and congratulations to Heather Booysen for joining us on her own bike!

The venue was nicely laid out with tables arranged for us in the courtyard. Our breakfast consisted of two eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes and potato wedges served with ciabatta toast and coffee.

I must say my breakfast was delicious and the coffee was excellent. Thanks once again to Marianna and Gideon for another great venue.

After saying our goodbyes, we headed back to Town via Malmesbury with some members going their various ways along the route.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor


Captain's Ride – 9th December 2017

This year's ride (drive) took us to the Valley Gun Club for some Clay Pidgeon shooting.

There were 37 members and guests who attended. After watching some of the club members shooting it was time for FCCT to have a go! Some of our regular hunter members showed us how it's done, but all my clays could be recycled as I didn’t hit a thing! Personally, I blame the wind. ☺

After the shooting it was time for some lunch, which was a delicious spit braai with salads, potatoes and garlic bread (yum).

Thanks to our Head Road Captain for organizing such a fun day out.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor


FCCT Year End Function – 2nd December 2017

Another highlight on the FCCT calendar is our end of year function which once again lived up to expectations.

The weekend started on Saturday when most of the participants met at Doodles Restaurant in Blaauwberg for a delicious buffet breakfast. After refueling ourselves it was time to head off to Riebeeck-West.

The ride went smoothly and thanks to Will & Liza for assisting with the Marshalling. On arrival we checked in and enjoyed a bit of R & R before the first event which was Wine Tasting and snacks.

Some members arrived later by car due to other engagements, including yours truly. This would later prove costly as the fine master was on form! After the wine tasting, some members went to watch Rugby in the Bar which ended badly once again for the Springboks.

After donning our Black & White Harley attire it was time to meet in the function room. Marianna had really decorated the room and tables quite beautifully.

Bruce and Mike started with their welcoming speeches and very soon the fines started! The fines are for various offences throughout the year, from wearing brightly coloured Takkies on your Harley to arriving at the end of year function by car. After the opening speeches it was time for the starters to be served. This consisted of fresh farm Bread, paté and savoury snacks with a fresh green salad.

After the starters it was time to hand out some awards to certain individuals for their service to the Free Chapter. This included the Marshals as well as some individual awards including a Travelling Willbury award to Peter Loeffler for all his travels abroad to attend the Free Chapter meetings etc. and a special award to Harley-Davidson Tyger Valley for their ongoing support of our club and the Route 62 Rally. The award was accepted by Chesco Parker who was our guest for the evening.

After yet more fines from Mike it was time for the main course to be served. There was roast veggies, roast beef, chicken pie and curries as well as roast potatoes which was all delicious.

It was now time to hit the desserts which were yummy. Hopefully we would work off the extra calories on the dance floor!

The music for the evening was provided by Silverland which was kindly sponsored by HDTV. The dance floor was soon full as various members were showing off their dancing skills. As the night drew to a close, some of the members drifted off to chat and some of us headed off to bed.

On Sunday morning we all met up for a delicious buffet breakfast before heading our separate ways. I think those of us who went in cars were quite thankful as the heavens opened as we drove back home.

A big thank you to Marianna and Gideon for all their hard work in organizing such a beautiful venue and for decorating the room so beautifully.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor


35th Annual Toy Run – 27th November 2017

Well, I can’t believe it's been 12 months since I wrote about the last Toy Run! This year the venue was Killarney Race Track, which was very kindly given to the organizers at little to no charge.

18 FCCT members took part in this year’s event, the majority of the members met at the Caltex Waterfront, and Bruce, Ammi and a few others opted to ride directly to the meeting point at Grand West casino to secure us a prime spot.

As usual FCCT was leading the way (it’s not what you know, it's who you know). We departed at 10:30 and left in chapter groups 5 minutes apart, this was to help with traffic control and to avoid cars having to wait at intersections too long!

The South Easter was really starting to blow now, which made the ride a bit more challenging to some. The Marshals even added a U-turn especially for Geoff Davidson, I was told! Upon arrival at Killarney Race Track we were ushered into our private parking area which was reserved for Harleys and other important people. We paid an additional R30 for this privilege which was well worth it.

Judging by the numbers of people entering I would say the event was a big success. There were various food stalls on offer and various clothing and specialty stalls selling anything from oil to exhaust pipes.

After handing over our Toys and games we headed over to the food stalls and sampled a pulled pork roll from Hippos Diner who will be one of the food trucks at our ROUTE 62 RALLY in February.

It was now time to leave as the Band was getting too noisy and the members all went their separate ways. Thanks to all the members who took part.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor


Red Cross Children's Ride – 24th November 2017

Once again FCCT took part in the Red Cross Children’s ride to the Cancer Ward at Red Cross Children’s Hospital. 9 members met up at Cottage Motors next to the Rondebosch common.

This was the 13th year that this event has taken place and judging by the numbers of bikes it is still very well supported. There were various Chapters represented including a visiting chapter from Oxford UK.

FCCT was asked to assist with marshalling and Mike and his team took the pack safely around the Rondebosch Commons and safely in to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

As we arrived, some of the children were waiting in the car park with Father Christmas to greet us. Some of the bikers lined up and took some of the children for a ride around the car park on their Harleys. The look on their faces was quite special. After the rides it was time for Father Christmas and his helpers to hand out presents to all the children, unfortunately there was an infection in the wards, so we were unable to go into the wards.

All the presents were donated by various chapters including all the presents from our Christmas in July.

After enjoying a cold drink while the Children opened there presents it was time to go our separate ways.

This is definitely a worthwhile event and to see the look of joy on these little faces is quite special. Thank you to all our members who donated presents.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor



Hell's Angels' Poppy Run – 11th November 2017

We had 19 members and 2 guests who attended our ride to Fort Wynard, Greenpoint.

This was to be the shortest ride in the history of FCCT! Our route took us from the Caltex Garage at the Waterfront through the scenic Waterfront with all its beauty and into Fort Wynard.

A brief history of Remembrance Day

Armistice day is commemorated every year on the 11th of November, to mark the Armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiegne in France for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I.

This took effect at 11am in the morning, The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month.

The date was declared a National holiday in many allied nations and coincides with Remembrance Day and Veterans' Day public holidays.

The first official Remembrance Day was held in the garden of Buckingham Palace on the 11th Nov 1919.

In 1919, South African Sir Percy Fitzpatrick proposed a 2 minutes silence to Lord Milner. This had been a daily practice in Cape Town from April 1918 onwards. Within 2 weeks it had spread throughout the British Commonwealth after a Reuters correspondent cabled a description through to London.

People observe a 1, or more commonly 2-minute silence at 11 am local time. It is a sign of respect for, in the first minute the roughly 20 million people who died in the war and the second minute to dedicate to those left behind.

Here in South Africa the “Memorable Order of Tin Hats or M.O.T.H.S. had by the late twenties developed a ceremony to Toast Fallen Comrades.

After watching the official wreath laying and bagpipe band, the Last Post was played, and we observed the 2 minute silence.

There were various other activities on the go including a Custom Bike Build Off and a Strongman Competition. After enjoying a boerie roll and a beer we all headed our separate ways.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor


West Coast Rally, Lambert's Bay – 26th October 2017


Lunch Ride to Red Tin Roof, Riebeeck West – 10th September 2017

We had 10 bikes which set off in coolish weather heading up the N7 for Riebeeck West. Peter and Marlena joined us by car as Peter’s bike had not yet arrived after his European trip.

Our destination was the NG Kerk in Riebeeck West where Zelda gave the congregation a very good insight of what our Club is about and the charities which we support and how we go about supporting them. After the service we joined the congregants for coffee and biscuits. The Dominee and a number of folk expressed their interest in and support of our charitable activities.

Next stop was the new home for the St Monica’s residents who moved there from Cape Town a few months ago. What lovely buildings and facilities they occupy. It was once a High Performance Rugby Centre which is no longer in use. There are also tennis courts, a huge swimming pool and abandoned bowling green. The plan, we were told, is to breed tilapia fish in the pool and develop vegetable gardens on the old bowling green. The tennis courts will also be used as a raised vegetable garden. There are about 80 residents being folk in real need of accommodation and care. The centre is a few kilometres out of town which some residents feel is a disadvantage even though transport to town is provided occasionally. It was also mentioned that finding a meaningful job from the new location is very difficult. A really very impressive place and we should re-visit for a braai lunch there in a year or so.

The highlight of course was the symbolic hand over of a cheque for R15 000 to St Monica’s Home, being funds derived from our 2017 Route 62 Rally. The actual money though will be paid into the bank account of Spar Malmesbury who will then supply St Monica’s Home with goods to that value over time. Albie Coetzee who owns this Spar franchise is also a Harley Rider.

There were 14 of us for lunch at the Red Tin Café in Riebeeck Kasteel. A lovely venue with a large plate of very tasty food. We all enjoyed our lunches in a shady spot thankfully as the weather had turned very hot. We varied our trip home via Wellington to the N1 and once again we passed many lovely yellow canola fields. A thoroughly enjoyable and interesting outing with many thanks to Zelda and Marianna.


– From the pen of Noel Peagam, Membership Officer


Lunch Ride to Oumeul Bakery, Riviersonderend – 27th August 2017

16 members and our prospect Rob met up at the Engen N2 for our lunch ride to OUMEUL BAKERY in Riviersonderend. This was apparently Rob’s longest ride, but he was up for the challenge.

After negotiating all the robots through Somerset West we headed up over Sir Lowry’s Pass. By now the wind was becoming quite fresh and breezy.

As we headed over Houw Hoek Pass and on to Caledon we started passing the beautiful canola fields with their bright yellow flowers. The road was relatively quiet with Mr Mike setting a nice steady pace as we rode through the sweeping bends and up and down the rolling hills towards Riviersonderend. A specific song came to mind “ENOLA GAY” by OMD – which I renamed Canola Gay!!

On arrival we found plenty of parking outside the venue. For those members who are not familiar Ou Meul Bakery is famous for its pies. My choice was 2 bobotie pies which was 1 for breakfast and 1 for lunch. That was my excuse anyway!

This now brings me to another song “THERE’S A RAT IN MY KITCHEN” by UB40. Mike Newman has a rat problem at his house in Struisbaai so Mike, Mr Mike and Rhianna left us at Riviersonderend to do some exterminating!

The rest of us headed back to Cape Town and our milkshake stop just outside Somerset West. After saying our goodbyes we all headed our separate ways. Thank you to Marianna and Gideon for another great venue.


– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor


Breakfast Ride to Rhodes Memorial – 13th August 2017

It was a chilly 5 degrees when I left for Cape Town, but I must admit the new gloves helped!! 17 members and our new member, Rob’s wife Annya, joined us for the short ride to Rhodes Memorial. As all the marshals were unavailable this was to be our first unmarshaled ride! As Gideon & Marianna and Ammi were in cars we decided Gideon would be road captain in his Mini and Ammi would be sweeper in the Honda!!

This was probably one of our shortest rides we have undertaken - our route took us out onto Mandela Boulevard and onto the M3 past UCT. We turned left at junction 8 and headed back under the M3 and into Rhodes Memorial. The roads in Rhodes Memorial were rather bumpy and windey with plenty of speed bumps and potholes to keep us on our toes.

On our way up to the venue we came across our very own Alan Joffe striding up the hill, as it was close to his home he had decided to meet us there on foot – well done, Alan!

We were joined at the venue by Michelle Joffe, Rafi Wiener and Paul Wiesenberg’s wife Laura.

Rafi only made a guest appearance as he had to go to work (well someone has to keep the country going!)

After parking our bikes and the customary photo call we headed up the steps to the restaurant. The service was speedy and efficient and very soon we all had nice hot coffees to warm us up.

The menu was varied with plenty of choices for our discerning members, my particular choice of chili con carne with eggs on top was delicious. After saying our farewells we all went our separate ways. Thanks to Gideon & Marianna for another great venue.


– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor


Lunch Ride to Du Kloof Lodge, Du Toits Kloof Pass – 30th July 2017

Well all I can say is, what a stunning day for a Lunch Ride. It was a clear, chilly Sunday morning when 15 members and 3 guests met at the Engen N1.

After a coffee and a briefing from our Road Captain Mike, it was time to hit the road. Our route was to be a “PROPER RIDE”. We headed out on the N1 towards Paarl. As we pulled onto the N1, Bruce had his hands full with some idiot trying to enter the pack.

We took the first exit and turned left towards Klipheuwel. At the first 4-way stop we turned right towards Wellington. As we entered town we turned left into the main road and headed towards town. We thundered through town with the big V-twins, turning heads as we headed towards Bainskloof.

As we negotiated the pass the wind came up and the temperature went down! We stopped for a quick photo call in the chilly wind, but we were soon on our way.

We all negotiated the pass without incident and headed towards the beautiful Slanghoek Pass. The road and bends were smooth, long and winding and the backdrop to our ride was truly amazing with the mountains showing off their colours in the beautiful sunshine.

The Harleys were flexing their muscles as we headed towards the N1. We safely negotiated the N1 and made it to the venue and lunch.

We were immediately offered soup which was a bonus, I think, and soon afterwards lunch was being served.

My choice was the Bobotie, which was delicious. After lunch and coffees it was time to hit the road and head back to Cape Town. We all safely crossed the N1 and headed towards the Du Toits Kloof Pass. Some members went their separate ways and headed for the tunnel. The remaining members headed over the pass which was nice and quiet for our group. After descending the pass nice and briskly, we turned onto the N1 and to our milkshake stop at the Wimpy. After our milkshakes it was goodbye and we all headed our separate ways.

Thanks to Ammi for organising the venue in Marianna’s absence.


– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor


Christmas in July, Rooi Olyf Tuis Kombuis, Duynefontein – 2nd July 2017

Well, once again Father Christmas came early to FCCT. 39 members & 2 children gathered for our ever popular Christmas in July. The venue was at the SPORTS EXCELLENCE HIGH PERFORMANCE CENTRE IN DUYNEFONTEIN.

On arrival we were welcomed with a glass of sherry to warm us up. A big thank you to Joe & his family from Harley Davidson Tygervalley for supporting us once again! Father Christmas heard that Joe’s children were coming and dropped off some gifts for them.

All the members brought gifts with them which will be kept for the end of year Red Cross Children’s ride.

After Bruce’s welcome it was time to tuck into our starter of delicious hot soup with melba toast followed by a selection of chicken pie, roast lamb and potjie, served with cous cous, rice, sweet potato, roast potatoes, vegetables and salad.

Dessert was cupcakes and chocolate pudding with coffee or tea. There was also a selection of wines provided by the chapter.

After lunch there was a lucky draw for the members with 1 male & 1 female prize for the lucky person. Kim Du Toit was the lucky winner for the ladies and yours truly was the lucky winner of the men’s prize, a nice bottle of whiskey. (Thanks to Joe’s children for drawing my name!!)

After lunch and saying our goodbyes it was time to head home.

Thanks to Marianna & Gideon for yet another great venue.


– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor

Lunch Ride to Skilpadsvlei, Stellenbosch – 25th June 2017

It was a crisp Sunday morning when 12 members and 1 guest met up at the Engen N1. The weather was ideal for biking and the Big V Twins were happy to be gulping in crisp cool air.

Our route was straight up the N1 and off at the Klapmuts turn off straight through Stellenbosch to the venue. The venue is obviously a very busy place as it was full of people. We were joined at the venue by Gideon & Marianna who came by car as they were recovering from the flu.

The food was delicious and the setting and views were beautiful.

Our congratulations go to our very own Heather Booysen who was on her first solo ride with the Chapter! We look forward to many more rides together.

After filling our stomachs it was time to head back to Cape Town via the customary milkshake stop. Thanks to Gideon & Marianna for yet another great venue choice.


– From the pen of Noel Peagam, Membership Officer



Skills Training, Simon v/d Stel – 24th June 2017

Safety is a number 1 priority at FCCT so it was time for another Skills Training session which was held at Simon van der Stel Primary School in Wynberg. The first half of the training was theory in the classroom presented by our Head Road Captain, Mike Newman. It was good to see some of our newer members attending in order to hone their skills. As Mike reminded us all, Skills Training and Pack Rider Training is a perishable skill that even the most experienced rider needs to brush up on.

After a quick cup of coffee, Mike took us through the theory part of Skills and Pack Rider Training with a presentation on the screen.

After this, the marshals had laid out a course on the playground with cones to test our practical riding skills. We started with riding in and out of cones, first spaced 8m apart, then reduced to 7m, 6m and 5m apart. It was good to see the members gaining confidence as they practiced.

After the cones it was time to ride in a circle and then a figure of eight, which helps you with turning your bike at slow speeds in a tight turn. We would encourage all members to make the effort to attend the next training session as this definitely makes us all better riders.

After the training we all tucked into a delicious hot dog prepared for us by Bruce.

Thanks to Mike and all the marshals for making this another great success.

From the pen of Ivor Wills, Historian / Editor

Breakfast Ride to Die Damhuis in Melkbosstrand – 11th June 2017

Well, they do say you can never predict the weather in the Cape and this particular Sunday was no exception!

Due to the fact that we had appealed to the members to please bring donations for the fire victims in the Knysna area, and that the weather was pretty grim, it was decided to make the ride a 4-wheeled ride.

With most of the Marshal corps missing in action or sick, it was left to Mr Mike and myself to keep the flag flying.

As we were all in cars and it was for a good cause I was expecting a good turnout! Unfortunately, we were 8 in total! I think most of the members were hibernating or sick!

The venue was nice and cosy with a nice wood fire to keep us warm. As we were so few members we decided to forget the set menu and order off the menu, this was good for me as I could change from the health breakfast to the unhealthy breakfast of bacon and eggs etc. (yum!) The food was delicious and the coffee hot.

When it was time to leave we headed outside to load up Riana’s car with various clothes and food etc. which her son is very kindly driving up to Knysna.

After saying our goodbyes we went our separate ways. Thank you to Marianna and Gideon for another great venue.


– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Editor / Historian


Lunch Ride to Café Felix, Riebeeck-Kasteel – 28th May 2017

19 Members and our new prospect Rob met at the Engen N1 on a wet & chilly Sunday morning.

Luckily for us the weather was improving as we pulled out of the garage and on to the N1. Our route to Riebeeck-Kasteel was via Klapmuts, and through Wellington. Since we were early for our lunch date we decided to stop for a coffee break at a local farm stall. They very soon mustered up a big pot of coffee – enough for all 20 of us.

It was time to get back in the saddle and hit the road. Michael Bagraim had a prior engagement and left the group to ride back to Cape Town and Leen decided not to stay for lunch and headed off back to town once we arrived in Riebeeck-Kasteel.

We arrived at the venue and lined up outside the venue for a photo call! We were seated outside under some trees with two nice big tables to seat all of us. After ordering drinks we were soon served our food which was very nicely presented.

We very soon realised we were not alone as a parakeet swooped down and stole some of the sugar from the table. It is a tame bird that apparently has a sweet tooth.

After a nice lunch it was time to head back to Cape Town. Some members made there own way while the remainder rode back together via Malmesbury, Durbanville and Stellenbosch.

Thanks very much to Marianna and Gideon for organising the venue.


– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Editor / Historian



Battle of the Potjie Kings, H-D Tyger Valley – 20th May 2017

On Saturday 20 May the FREE CHAPTER CAPE TOWN entered a team into the Battle of the Potjie Kings 2017.

This was our second year of entering a team and we were up for the challenge. Our team comprised Liza, Leon & Bernie, Marianna and myself.

After suggesting a recipe, I was given the task of buying ingredients and cooking the pot (“Oh dear!” I thought ). Liza and Bernie were in charge of logistics and telling us all what to bring as well as supplying all the utensils etc. Leon aka Mr. Fixit was our Fireman to keep us supplied with coals etc. Marianna was in charge of Décor and Presentation.

The teams we competed against were HDTV, HOG TV, Breede River Chapter, HDCCT and the SOGS (Sporty Owners Group).

We met at HARLEY DAVIDSON TYGER VALLEY from 7:45. After claiming our spot we soon had the gazebo erected and tables set out.  We got off to a bad start as the braai I had taken with me was rusted through!! Luckily for us our Director Bwana Bruce arrived with his braai and with Leon’s second braai for the coals, we were sorted.

Our Potjie was to be a BEEF PINOTAGE which consists of beef shin cooked in red wine along with a few other ingredients. The girls soon got to work chopping all the veggies while we got the fire ready to start cooking. Once all the bones and meat were browned and the pot was on the simmer, there wasn’t much to do apart from enjoying a cold Tafel Beer that Liza had managed to find in Pick & Pay. By now the aroma coming from the pot and also the other teams pots were starting to make us hungry! Towards the end of cooking we added some mushrooms and pickling onions for flavour and our secret weapon - the dumplings!

After 3 hours of cooking it was time for the judging and the nerves started! Marianna had beautifully decorated the table ready to serve for the judges. Each judge was served with their plate of food and a nice glass of Pinotage to wash it down! There was nothing we could do except wait for the results:  BREEDE RIVER CHAPTER 1ST, FREE CHAPTER CAPE TOWN 2ND, AND HOG TYGER VALLEY IN 3RD PLACE.

We were very surprised to scoop 2nd place and were all delighted with the result. Next year we will be looking for 1st place.

Thanks to all our members who came out to support us and to make it such a fun event, and to HDTV for hosting the event. See you all next year.


– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Editor / Historian


Breakfast Ride to The Postcard Café, Stark-Conde – 9th April 2017

Our meeting point was the Engen N1, bright and early on a rather cool morning. (Autumn is definitely on its way.)

We were 16 members and 1 guest “Rob” who has joined us before. Rob was a guest of Poul-Enjar and a potential new prospect.

The route took us straight up the N1 and off at Klapmuts towards Stellenbosch. Just outside Stellenbosch we turned left towards Helshoogte, at the bottom of Helshoogte it was a quick right and a left as we headed up towards the Jonkershoek Valley and our destination at “Oude Nektar”. As we arrived at the venue I soon realised why they call it the Postcard Café as the scenery and the views are like something you find on a postcard.

The menu was different and varied with delicious savoury muffins, chocolate croissants and bacon and cheese omelettes to name a few. Definitely worth a second visit.

After saying our goodbyes it was back towards Somerset West for me with the rest of the Chapter heading back to Cape Town via the N1 and the customary milkshake stop.

Thanks to Mariana & Gideon for another great venue.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Editor / Historian


Lunch Ride to Die Plaaskombuis, Hemel en Aarde Valley – 26th March 2017

Our meeting point was the Engen N2 just outside Somerset West which gave yours truly an extra hour in bed!

15 members gathered at the Wimpy and we were joined by Willie from the Breede River Chapter and Mr Mike's niece and friend from Nantwich in Cheshire in the UK.

After a few hassles with Malcolm Lourens’ alarm fob or battery we headed out on the N2 towards Somerset West.

The weather was mild and wind-free (hooray). Our route took us through Somerset West and up and over Sir Lowry's Pass towards Grabouw. We then headed over the Viljoen's Hoek Pass and past Bot River towards Caledon.

At Caledon we turned off into the town and as we headed out on the Bredasdorp road we turned right towards Hermanus and the Hemel en Aarde Valley.

The road and the scenery were quite spectacular with some nice gentle twisty bits. The valley is full of endless vineyards and fruit trees with some stunning wine farms which are well worth a visit when you're on four wheels.

We arrived at the venue and after negotiating the sloped gravel parking we headed in for lunch. After a short while André and Estelle Geering, our newest country members also joined us, since we were in their neck of the woods.

My particular choice of chicken salad was really fresh and yummy. The majority of the members opted for the traditional rys, vleis en aartappels which looked delicious.

After lunch and pudding we headed back towards Cape Town. Some members decided to go the direct route back to Town with the remainder opting for the scenic ride along Clarence Drive and Gordon's Bay back to our customary milkshake stop at the Shell garage on the N2.

After enjoying our yummy milkshakes we said our goodbyes and headed home.

Thanks to Marianna and Gideon for arranging the venue.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Editor / Historian


Breakfast Ride to !kwa ttu, Yzerfontein – 12th March 2017

I used to think the wind was born in Gordon's Bay, but on this particular day it looks like it was born in Cape Town! On a day when the Cape Town cycle tour was cancelled for the first time in 40 years, we decided to have a breakfast ride.

Well, as they say “ONS SKRIK VIR NIKS”. 15 members and 2 guests gathered at the West Coast Farm Stall on the West Coast Road. After a quick briefing from Mike, we headed out on the West Coast Road towards Yzerfontein.

The pace was brisk to prevent us being blown off course – which definitely helped – and the wind was mostly from behind with very little traffic.

We arrived at the venue and were greeted by 1.3km of dirt road. It was in very good condition (but still dirt).

The venue was very interesting with various tours and activities as well as accommodation. For more info check out www.kwattu.org.

The breakfast was a la carte and my particular choice was a full breakfast with “eland wors”. The only downside was the home-baked bread was actually Duens supermarket bread! The home-baked was still in the oven at 10 am.

After filling our stomachs and quenching our thirsts it was time to head back on the straight road to the West Coast Farm Stall for a milkshake and to say our goodbyes. A special thank you or merci to our French guest Tippi for picking up the tab for the drinks.

The journey home was wind, wind, wind all the way for most of us.

Thanks to Mariana, Gideon & Liza for the venue choice. Until the next time, ride safely.

– From the pen of Ivor Wills, Editor / Historian


Lunch Ride to Under the Pepper Tree, Philadelphia - 26th February 2017

It was a nice wind-assisted ride into Cape Town to our meeting Point at the Caltex Garage in the Waterfront.

16 Members & Marshals gathered including Mr Mike in his Bakkie! (His bike is in hospital.)

Our route took us out on the N1 and along Marine Drive towards Milnerton and through endless sets of robots. In Table View we turned onto the beach road and headed along Blouberg, Eden on the Bay and through Melkbosstrand.

We then turned left onto the West Coast Road towards Langebaan. Our Bikes were “purring” along nicely on the long straight road.

We turned off right and headed towards Darling, this was to be our coffee stop at The Marmalade Cat.

After our coffee fix we headed out towards Malmesbury and after riding through the town we turned onto the R44 towards Stellenbosch. We then turned right towards Philadelphia.

Upon our arrival at the venue there was a road full of bikes which, luckily for us, were just leaving. There were some nice examples of Sportster café racers.

We were joined for lunch by The Joffe’s and the Schiffer’s who both had family with them.

We all sat down for lunch under the trees and I had a delicious glass of home-made lemonade. The food arrived promptly and my choice of chicken salad was delicious.

After saying our goodbyes we all went our separate ways. Thanks to Marianna & Gideon for another great venue and thanks to Mike and his marshals for the Ride.

- From the pen of Ivor Wills, Editor / Historian



Route 62 Rally
A Different Perspective

I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE MY EXPERIENCES OF OUR ROUTE 62 RALLY AS A NEWCOMER TO THE RALLY COMMITTEE! In September 2016 I was asked if I would join the Rally Committee and Ammi said “You’ve got 2 minutes to say no!” but I said “Yes”.

I was promptly sent minutes of a meeting that Bruce and the rest of the committee had attended with the Avalon Springs management. My first thought was “OMG what have I gotten myself into!?!”

The attention to detail and organisation that the committee achieves is amazing. After 11 years of organising rallies Bruce and his committee certainly know how to do it.

My particular task was to organise some of the stalls and be a general helper. After various meetings and emails the date was fast approaching.

Two weekends before the rally it was time to pack the two trailers with all the banners, fairy lights, contents of the rally packs, gazebos, flags, cones and all the admin equipment and rally T-shirts – and not forgetting Bruce’s motorised hair dryer or Poegie.

The weekend before the Rally the trailers are driven through to Montagu and dropped at the rally site. On the Tuesday before the rally Bruce, Ammi, Mike, Mr Mike and I rode up to the rally site to begin setting up.

The tents had already arrived before us. Once positions were discussed they started erecting them. As this was happening the hotel staff, led by Marius (Mike's BEE partner), were busy building the stage and the bars and offloading fridges, tables and benches.

The tents were causing a few problems for Bruce and Mike as the sizes were not what was discussed when ordered. I could see Mike's “Moer meter” was rising and someone was going to get an earful shortly!

Things were starting to take shape now, but the bodies were getting tired. After a delicious supper hosted by our local FCCT member Rhianna it was back to the hotel. When we returned to the hotel we found the Monster Truck had been dropped off and parked in the wrong spot. Mike's “Moer meter” was about to rise again, but that would be tomorrow’s problem…

On Wednesday morning bright and early we were up and erecting the banners, flags, fairy lights and the FCCT stall as well as all the umbrellas and advertising feathers. H-D Tyger Valley had arrived with their merchandise and some fine examples of new and used bikes to tempt the rally-goers. By Wednesday evening we were good to go and even the Monster truck was in its place (sort of)!

Thursday morning at 6 am Mike, Mr Mike and I left Montagu to ride back to Cape Town to meet our chapter members who were attending the Rally. We met up at the Engen N1 and after a hearty Wimpy breakfast it was time to hit the road.

The route was straight up the N1 through the tunnel, past Worcester and De Doorns and turning right to ride over the Koo pass and into Montagu.

We arrived back at the rally site which was already abuzz with the sound of Harleys echoing around the valley.

After checking all was running smoothly it was time for some shorts and a cold beer! It was now time to get ready for the pool party. Lisa and the girls had arrived and we all had a nice meet and greet next to the pool with DJ Squeak providing the music and lots of glow sticks and rings to make a memorable evening.

After the pool party it was back to the rally site to sample some of the food on offer. Unfortunately, the sushi man was only told to be ready for the Friday so we settled on pizza and ribs which were very nice.

By this time Mike, Bruce and Mr Mike were rekindling their friendship with the Bloemfontein Steelwings guys - with beer tankards on their hips these guys were ready to party! After a couple of Jägermeisters I thought it wise to retreat quickly. I was very impressed when Mike appeared for coffee and Thunderstruck at 7 am!!

On Friday morning, after enjoying a delicious breakfast in the hotel, we gathered at the gate for the mass ride to Diesel & Crème in Barrydale. The route was straight up Route 62 into Barrydale which was Hot, Hot, Hot!

The venue had plenty of parking for us and very soon we were tucking into their famous thick milkshakes and listening to the band.

Some of us decided to head back to the rally site. As we were leaving I picked up one of the photographers who was looking for a lift back.

Back at the Rally site it was time to help with registration. While some of the other members went to listen to the first of the bands which was our very own Lance Allam and his band. After a few power issues he was soon getting everyone into the party mood.

Friday night was sushi night in our family which was delicious. After a few cold ones and some more music it was time for a quick debrief in the pool and bed.

Saturday morning we again woke up to the sounds of Thunderstruck and coffee on the lawn and after yet another delicious hotel breakfast it was time to assemble for the mass ride.

With our various chapter flags flying we set off with police escort to ride through the local township on the outskirts of town and then through the town and up the Main Road back to the rally site. The local residents came out in force to greet all the gleaming Harleys.

Back at the rally site it was time to get ready for the Harley Games. After unpacking all the cones and hoops we discovered the main poles for the spikes were missing! After a quick call for help to the Hotel, Marius and his team appeared with two hastily welded poles which they had found somewhere. The Harley games were enjoyed by all and the Newman family again showed their skills.

After the Harley games it was the Karoo Bike Show with Best Standard, Best Chopper and Best of Show up for grabs. With a record 20-plus entries on show there was plenty to drool over.

It was time for the delicious supper to be served before the prize giving and speeches, followed by the raffle draw. Unfortunately, Lady Luck was not shining on me that night!

Once the speeches and awards were over it was time for the band to start and very soon the dance floor was full with people eager to dance the night away! There was a constant flow of Jägermeister girls at our table as Trevor was determined to finish the remaining stock of Jägermeister before the night was over.

On Sunday morning bright and early while most of the rally goers headed home it was time for the committee to start packing up all over again! With team work and help from the hotel it was soon finished and we were ready to roll before lunch.

As I previously went to the rally as a rally goer it was good to get a different perspective and see what really makes the rally work. I was proud to be part of the team and I encourage any other members who get a chance to get involved.

- From the pen of Ivor Wills, Editor / Historian


Lunch Ride, Seaforth Restaurant, Simonstown - 29th January 2017

Our first lunch ride of the year took us to Seaforth Restaurant in Simons Town.

19 Members and marshals met up at the Caltex garage in the Waterfront. Our route took us along the M3 and up and over Ou Kaapse Weg towards Noordhoek and Kommetjie.

We then headed up towards Misty Cliffs and Scarborough. After stopping for a quick group photo it was on to Simons Town for lunch.

After successfully parking our bikes in the small parking area next to the Restaurant we were quickly shown to our tables which were overlooking the beach.

We were joined by Paul Wesenberg & his better half and Poul Ejnar’s wife Lorna, we were now 22 in total.

The service was excellent and very soon we had drinks and we were tucking into our delicious lunch. My particular choice was Beer Battered fish & chips which was cooked to perfection.

We were missing our Head Road Captain Mike who was catching his own fish!

Once again a beautiful ride with beautiful scenery and great friends.

- From the pen of Ivor Wills, Editor / Historian

Breakfast Ride, Allée Bleue - 15th January 2017

Firstly, from the Editor, I would like to wish ALL our members a Healthy, Wealthy and Happy 2017.01.19

Our first ride of the year was attended by 30 members and 2 guests. We met at the very busy Caltex garage in the waterfront, our Road Captain thought “His Ship had come in”, but unfortunately it was the MSC cruise ship which had just docked which was causing the traffic jams.

After the welcome and briefing from our Road Captain, we lined up and headed off straight up the N1.

The traffic was light and the weather was perfect for our ride. We turned off towards Klapmuts and headed past Butterfly World towards Stellenbosch. Just outside Stellenbosch we turned left and rode over the Helshoogte pass. After dodging a few fire trucks on their way to yet another fire we arrived at ALLEE BLEUE.

After meeting and greeting a few members who met us at the venue we were seated outside on a nice long table. Unfortunately for some, a long table means a long wait! I think the 30+ people arriving at once stretched their resources a little.

My breakfast was delicious and the coffee was good (what more do we need). After saying our goodbyes, some members went their separate ways, with the rest of the chapter heading back via the N1 Engen for the customary milkshake.

Another great ride with great people.

- From the pen of Ivor Wills, Editor / Historian