1st Cape Town Free Chapter

FCCT Lunch Ride to Du Vin, Stellenbosch

24 April 2022

There was a definite nip in the air as I made my way to our meeting point at the Winelands Engen N1 but thank goodness for heated grips 😊 !

We had 15 members as well as Bob’s guest, Celine, who met up at the meeting point . It was nice to welcome back Barry Katz who has recently relocated to the Cape.

After a short briefing we headed out onto the N1 and headed for Paarl, then turned onto the R301 Franschhoek Road towards Groot Drakenstein. At Allee Bleue we turned right onto the R304 and through Pniel and up and over The Helshoogte Pass.

We all made it safely over the pass and into Stellenbosch - the traffic intersection at the R304 was a bit of a challenge but we all made it through safely. The restaurant is situated on “Kanu” wine farm.

After safely parking our bikes we were joined at the venue by Ammi and Lisa so we were then 18 people. The venue was quite busy with various activities on offer to keep children busy such as putt putt and a large jungle gym area.

We were seated at 3 large tables and I must say the service was on the ball ! The restaurant theme is Asian Fusion which sounded very fancy😊. There was a wide choice of dishes on offer including sushi, shrimp and soba noodle salad and delicious burgers. My southern fried chicken burger with delicious onion rings was first class.

I would definitely give the venue and the food a 10 out of 10. After saying our goodbyes it was time to hit the road with most people returning via the N1

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

Ivor wills.

Editor 

FCCT Breakfast Ride to Pepper Tree Art Stable & Coffee Shop, Philadelphia

10 April 2022

I must say the seasons are definitely changing and as I made my way to the meeting point at the Engen Winelands my bike was showing a chilly 9 degrees… Brrr!

We had 18 members + Michael Bagraim’s son Jacques who was riding his dad’s other bike. The parking was bustling with classic cars, muscle cars and bikes who were on their way to Freedom 301 to the Classic Car & Bike Expo.

After a short briefing we headed out onto the N1 and then 1st exit left onto the R304 towards Malmesbury. At Klipheuwel we turned left and then right and headed straight to Philadelphia.

We all arrived safely in Philadelphia and parked our bikes outside the church which gave us all a bit of exercise as we walked to the venue 😊

After being seated we ordered teas and coffees and our breakfasts. We were met at the venue by Ammi, Uncle Poul-Enja and Bob and his family.

Our table must have drawn the short straw as our food took ages to come but was worth waiting for as my Farmstyle breakfast was delicious.

Some members decided to make their own way home so we all headed in different directions.

Thanks to the Marshalls for getting us there safely and to Armelle for another great venue.

Ivor wills.

FCCT Lunch Ride to Shark Bay Hotel, Langebaan

27 March 2022

The weather gods were definitely smiling down on FCCT for a change, and beautiful blue sky and no wind was the order of the day as I headed to our meeting point at the Total Garage West Coast.

Unfortunately, some of our members couldn’t find the Total Garage and ended up in some strange places 😊- be prepared for fines!

Our route was a simple one, straight up the West Coast Road to Langebaan. Mr Mike is running his new bike in, so our pace was a leisurely one as the big V twins ate up the kilometres.

It was quite some time since my last visit to Langebaan and I was amazed at how much it has expanded with shopping centres, offices, supermarkets and houses of all shapes and sizes!

After safely negotiating our way through the residential areas we found our way to The Shark Bay Estate and what our dear Marshal thought was the venue. Unfortunately, it was not, but Armelle took over the navigation and we carried on safely to the hotel!

We were met at the venue by our much-travelled members who missed the Total garage 😊, Gordon, Debbie, Francois, Lynn and Malcolm (take note Fine’s person)

We were now 20 members and 1 guest, who was visiting Liza from the UK. I must say the venue and the views were stunning overlooking the azure blue lagoon.

Our food orders were promptly taken, and we were lucky enough to be the 1st table to be served. Unfortunately, the remaining tables waited for nearly an hour for their food to come out - apparently it was the eisbeins that were the holdup 😊! All the food looked delicious - even Bags’s kiddies Mac & Cheese was delicious he told me 😊!

After lunch it was time to hit the road back to Cape Town and go our separate ways. It was a great ride with great weather and great people.

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

Ivor Wills

Editor


And from the pen of Gordon 'show me the way' Collins

The lunch ride on Sunday 27 March 2022 was a great, longer ride to Langebaan. An awesome group of the regular riders met at Ou Meul Total garage on the R27 by Melkbosstrand for the ride up to the venue. Some of the Somerset West members missed a few turns, ending up about 40km off-course, and decided to go ahead to the venue. One southern member arrived at the venue later after riding alone.

On arrival at the turn-off to the venue more than half of the group got confused between Shark Bay Shack and the real venue of Shark Bay Hotel. Eventually everyone arrived at the correct venue though. What an awesome venue it was! Views to die for, attentive staff, scrumptious food, and good company combined to make a memorable afternoon.

After lunch the majority of the large group left together and rode back as a well-led and disciplined pack. Thanks to the organisers, RC, marshals, and of course the attending members for a great day out.

FCCT Lunch Ride to Eight Feet Village, Bothmanskloof, Riebeeck-Kasteel

27 February 2022

Our February lunch ride took place on a sweltering hot day with temperatures soaring over 40 degrees. We were without our trusty pack leader/historian/editor a.k.a. Soutie.

It seemed incongruous that while the world is in turmoil, we were privileged to find serenity as we cruised on our Harleys on quiet backroads, through the the Boland farmlands.

We met at the Engen Winelands 1-Stop with a pack of 14 bikes and 4 pillions, turning off the N1 onto the R304, where we proceeded to the 4-way stop, turning east onto the R312. Ably managed by our marshals, we joined the R44 towards Wellington, then onto the R45. Just before Malmesbury, we turned onto the R46 towards Riebeeck-Kasteel. At the top of Bothmanskloof we arrived safely at our destination on top of a kopjie with spectacular views over Kloovenberg estate and the Riebeeck-Kasteel valley. We were joined for lunch by Al & Michele Joffe. 

The menu was varied and the enjoyable lunch was served to tables under the shelter of trees and umbrellas to escape the scorching heat.

Kevin remarked that when Bob got home, his rump would be medium rare.

Our intrepid road captain's plan was to ride back home at speed to facilitate air-cooling.

In spite of this we were still pap-sop-nat from perspiration.

FCCT Breakfast Ride to Allee Bleue Bistro, Groot Drakenstein

13 February 2022

For our first breakfast ride in February, we had an excellent turnout of 22 members and 18 bikes. Our meeting point was the Engen Winelands N1 which was bustling with various car and bike clubs bright and early.

After a short briefing we saddled up and headed out onto the N1 towards Paarl. At the Paarl off-ramp we turned right and under the N1 and then turned left onto the R45 towards our destination.

At the junction of the R45 and R310 we reached the venue and took the long and winding road to the Bistro where we all parked our bikes safely outside and were shown to our tables.

The waitrons were very efficient, and our orders were very soon taken, and teas and coffees served. There were various breakfasts on offer and my choice of the full breakfast was delicious!

After filling our stomachs, it was time to head home via the scenic Helshoogte Pass and Stellenbosch, at which point we all went our separate ways, with some members stopping for a quick beer on the way home.

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

Ivor Wills

Editor

 

Lynn Stols: Thanks Marshals, riders and pillion riders for a fabulous morning. Enjoy the rest of your day and a good week ahead 😊😊

Michael Bagraim: Once again words are not enough to describe how fantastic the ride was! Thank you to the organisers the the committee and especially our marshals. Food and venue was great. Bags

FCCT Lunch Ride to GabrielsKloof Wine Estate, Botriver

30 January 2022

For our first ride of 2022, and our last ride of January, we had an excellent turnout of 25 members, 17 bikes, and a few cars!  The temperature was warming up and the good old south easter was having a blow as we set off from the Engen N2.

Our route was onto the N2, through the numerous traffic lights of Somerset West and on towards Sir Lowry’s Pass. The wind picked up as we made our way up and over the pass and safely through the single file roadworks.

The wind eased off somewhat, going through Grabouw and up and over the Houw Hoek pass towards Bot River. We arrived at the turning to Gabrielskloof and all made it safely across the N2 and into the venue.

We all parked our bikes safely, except for our new transferee Francois Stols, who unfortunately parked his bike horizontally! We now have a new holder of the “shit happens cup”. Luckily Francois was not hurt, apart from his pride😊!

We were all seated outside on a long table and were joined by Mandy and Patsy and their guests; now 29 people. Unfortunately, a long table meant a long wait for the food which took about 90 minutes before we were served.

Once the food arrived it was worth the wait and my choice of calamari Caesar salad was delicious. Due to our lunch being delayed some of our members took the direct route back to Cape Town while the rest of us took the scenic route via Kleinmond and Clarens Drive - it was sad to see the extent of the damage caused by the recent fires.

As we headed for Kleinmond we were cooled by a nice sea breeze, but as we descended into Rooi Els the heat returned and the mercury started to rise as our speed slowed due to all the Sunday drivers! At one point I think the temperature was higher than our speedos!

We all made it safely back onto the N2 and some of us headed home while others stopped at the Shell N2 to say their goodbyes.

Thanks to Marianna and Armelle for the venue choice and to the Marshals for getting us there and back safely.

Ivor wills

Editor

FCCT Captain's New Year Potjie Cook Off 

16 January 2022

We had an excellent turnout of members and family members who came to support the 7 teams who were participating in our potjiekos competition. The venue was the Laerskool Simon van der Stel in Wynberg who very kindly gave us the use of their sports fields for the day!

The weather was quite cloudy as I left Somerset West, but this soon changed to sunny skies as people started arriving and establishing their spots under the shady trees. The braais were very soon on the go and everyone was very busy chopping and slicing and dicing in preparation for cooking their various pots.

Michael Bagraim and his team of Mexicans were making veggie Nacho’s in a pot, with a drop of Tequila :) !!

Gordon Collins and his team - an oxtail pot, specially imported from KZN.

Gideon Kriel’s team - a chicken pot.

Liza van Jaarsveld’s team - a pasta pot.

Mr Mikes team - biltong, pasta, and rice pot.

Kevin Moodley’s team - FH Durban bunny chows!!

And Bwana Bruce’s team were making lasagne in a pot.

The smells coming from the various pots was making everyone hungry so at 1pm it was tasting time, and I must say the pots I tasted were delicious. We were all asked to vote for our favourite pots, but not our own unfortunately 😊, and the results will be announced at the next club meeting.

Coffee or tea was provided by Gideon and Marianna.

Thanks to Mr Mike and his team for organising the braais and wood and arranging the venue for us, and to all the members and their families who made the day such a success!

FCCT Bwana Bruce's Pitch & Ride

5 January 2022

Our director Bruce was suffering from an extreme case of cabin fever and suggested a Peninsula ride to blow away the festive season cobwebs!

Some of us lucky enough to be on leave, or retired, decided to join him and 10 FCCT members turned up at our meeting place at Paradise Motors in Newlands. We had 6 Harleys, and Alan Joffe on his BMW vacuum cleaner, and Enid Katz on her BMW hairdryer 😊.

Our route took us out on the M3 towards Lakeside and then up & over Ou Kaapse Weg towards Noordhoek and over the mountain towards Glencairn and Simonstown. The roads were quite busy and our progress quite slow but the weather and scenery spectacular.

In Simonstown we stopped for a coffee break at Berthas restaurant in the harbour, where there was a lot of activity on the water, after which it was time to carry on around the peninsula and our lunch stop in Kommetjie. As we climbed up out of Simonstown the weather was starting to cloud over and look like rain. As we passed Cape Point we were greeted by some fine rain, but this didn’t last long.  Misty Cliffs lived up to its name and as Rafi said we had 4 seasons in 1 ride 😊

As we dropped down into Kommetjie the road has deteriorated since our last ride with some serious bumps to contend with which caused a few of us to become airborne! We all arrived safely at our venue the Fisherman’s Gardens in Kommetjie and chose a nice big table under the Milkwood trees.

My choice of fish & chips was delicious and my ice-cold Castle Lite went down like a homesick mole 😊

After lunch we continued our journey back over Ou Kaapse Weg and then went our separate ways, by which time the South Easter was really pumping and the ride home was quite breezy.

Thanks to Bruce for the great idea and to everyone who joined.

Ivor Wills.