Free Chapter Cape Town

Breakfast Ride to Elgin Railway Market – 8th March 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

– From the pen of Social Officer, Tim Booysen

Lunch Ride to the Black Marlin – 9th February 2020

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