1st Cape Town Free Chapter




For our first ride of 2023 the Cape Doctor was in fine form as I made my way, “wind assisted”, to Cape Town. The wind abated slightly as I arrived at the Greek Club and we had 16 hardy members for the ride, as well as Barry Katz, who we picked up on Chappies, and Enid and Alan who met us at the venue.Our head road captain was unavailable so our “Hoof Meisie” Liza was upfront. It was a beautiful sunny day as we made our way through Sea Point, Camps Bay and Houtbay to the picturesque Chapmans Peak drive.After paying our fees, which was quite tricky for some as their money was blown out of their hand (Lynn) 😊, we made our way up the Drive and stopped for a photo call with the beautiful Houtbay as a backdrop. We continued our ride up and over Chappies, on through Noordhoek, Ocean View and then back towards Misty Cliffs, Scarborough and Cape Point The wind had picked up slightly with the odd gust to keep us awake but the big v-twins handled it with ease. We all made it safely to Simons Town and into the venue. The restaurant was buzzing with tourists when we arrived and I must say the service and the food was excellent.After saying our goodbyes it was time to make our way back home. Unfortunately someone left their lights on and had to be jump started (Paul Wiesenberg 😊) Take note fine’s master !Our return route was up and over Ou Kaapse Weg and then we all went our separate ways. Thanks to Marianna and Armelle for another excellent venue and to Liza for getting us there safely.Ivor Wills.

Captain’s Ride at Cape Winelands Business Villas

Sunday 15 January   The FCCT new year started with a bang as we gathered for our annual “Captain’s Ride” hosted by our very own Road Captain, Mr Mike, and his assistant Riana 😊. The venue was at the Cape Winelands Business Villas owned by Riana’s son, and what a nice venue it was, with its lush green lawns, a sparkling pool and plenty of shade under the trees, umbrellas and Bedouin tents as well as in the indoor bar area.

The food for the day was a delicious lamb on the spit and chicken on the braai as well as roast potatoes, pasta salad, green salad, garlic bread and roosterkoeok (yum) followed by malva pudding and custard, with a flower on top 😊! There was a cash bar available for those who didn’t bring their own. I was DD for the day, so it was alcohol free for me which wasn’t nice ☹ although good job I did as we came across a road block as we turned off the N1! It was nice to catch up with everyone after the holidays and swop a few stories. Thanks to Mr Mike & Riana for all their hard work, and to Roeloff for letting us use his beautiful venue.

Year-End Function - Shelley Point

26th - 27th November 2022

The highlight of the year for our FCCT family was our year end function which was held at the luxurious Shelley Point Hotel & Spa in St Helena Bay.  The weather forecast was good for our ride to the venue although it was a little windy, but most of our ride was actually wind assisted from behind us.

Our meeting point was the Total garage in Melkbos, and we had a good turnout of bikes and a few members in cages for various reasons 😊 After a quick coffee and some scones it was time to put the stands up and head out onto the West Coast Road.

Our lunch stop was the Engen Wimpy at the Langebaan turning, for some good old junk food to line our stomachs before the party 😊. We all parked our bikes safely at the garage, apart from Lynn Stols, who is unfortunately the new holder of the “Shit Happens Cup” after horizontally parking her bike.

After lunch it was time to continue our journey up the West Coast to St Helena Bay. Our head road captain was a bit unsure of directions as we neared the venue, but Jan Palm was on hand to lead us the last part of the journey through Stompneus bay to St Helena.

We all made it safely to the venue and we were joined by a few more members so we were 40 strong. I must admit the rooms and the amenities at the hotel were superb and I couldn’t fault anything, and after checking in to our rooms some of us headed to the bar to quench our thirsts and enjoy some snacks.

After a few more beers it was time to freshen up for the evening function, the format for which was a buffet style dinner with various offerings of fish, salad, breads, meat and veggies followed by delicious desserts. During the evening meal the fines master was out to make as much money as possible for charity 😊. Some of our members had to open their wallets for various indiscretions throughout the year which had been noted by our Hoof Meisie and fines master Liza 😊 .  Thereafter our charity officer, Lisa, raffled off some awesome prizes which had been either donated or purchased by the chapter. The recipients of the prizes were Sean, Armelle, Riana and our Director himself! A total of R5300 was raised towards next year’s charity coffers. Thank you all!!

After a delicious supper, we all relaxed and listened to DJ Kevin and his boombox until it was bedtime for most of us, apart from some people who couldn’t even find their room (Mr. Mike)

Breakfast was bright and early from 07h30 so myself and Lisa quickly went to find our charity venue and then made our way for back for breakfast which was a delicious buffet style, with a choice of fresh fruits, cereals, juices and the traditional eggs, bacon and various other delicious offerings.

After breakfast, before we headed home, we made our way to our charity handover which was organized by Lisa. The kid’s charity for this year was “Die Sardyntjies Dagsorg“ in Stompneus Bay. This facility is owned and run by Jo-Ann, and she was so overwhelmed by our generosity as we arrived armed with a present for every child at the school which will be handed out at their Christmas party this coming Friday. Please follow them on Facebook to see the amazing work they do and have a look at the pictures and video on the FCCT Facebook page.

It was then time to head home as a group, via the same West Coast Road, with the wind against us this time, but much lighter than Saturday’s wind. Thanks to Marianna and Armelle for another great venue and to the marshals for getting us there safely.

Wishing all our members a peaceful holiday period and we look forward to another great year with great rides and great friends.

Ivor Wills


Red Cross Childrens Hospital Christmas Party

Friday 25th November 2022

On Friday 25th some total of 30 odd Harleys from all clubs gathered on Rondebosch Common for the annual kiddies ride. Free Chapter was well represented and were asked to marshal the ride to the hospital cancer unit. We arrived en mass and with a few of the riders including Bob took some of the kiddies for rides around the parking lot. Thereafter we joined the kids for a Xmas party on the lawn were presents donated by the bikers as well as goodies to eat and drink, were handed out to each child. 

This was once again one of those “Feel Good’ moments. We will be back next year. 

Annual Memorial Ride - Shunting Shed, Bot River

13th November 2022

Once again, the weather gods were smiling on FCCT as the weather forecast for the day was perfect for riding our memorial ride to the “Shunting Shed “at Bot River.

As this was a lunch ride, we took the scenic route and our meeting place was the Engen N1. It was nice to see the ride well supported with 23 people meeting up at the starting point and a further 7 people meeting at the venue.

After a short briefing we headed out onto the N1 and then off at Butterfly World towards Stellenbosch. We then took a left turn and headed up and over Helshoogte Pass towards Drakenstein, turned right onto the R45 and made our way towards Franschhoek and then up and over the beautiful Franschhoek Pass. We stopped on the Theewaterskloof dam bridge for a photo and video shoot by our photographer for the day, Kevin 😊.

Time was marching on, so we had to cancel our coffee stop and head straight to Grabouw and the N2 via the picturesque Elgin Valley. We all made it up and over the Viljoen’s Pass and safely onto the N2 and then over another pass, the Houhoek Pass, 4 passes in 1 day 😊!

We all arrived safely at the Shunting Shed and parked our rolling stock in the siding next to the railway track.

I must say the venue is a very interesting place with all sorts of railway memorabilia from days gone by. After settling into our tables etc., Gideon said a few words as we remembered those brothers and sisters we have lost over the years and then observed a minute’s silence as a mark of respect.

We ordered some drinks and then the food, table by table, but I think 30 people arriving as well as the other patrons took them by surprise as the food started arriving very slowly for some people - I could hear Mr Mikes tummy rumbling on the next table 😊! The food, when it arrived, was very tasty and I couldn’t fault anything.

As time was marching on some of our members made their way home soon after lunch with the remaining members riding back as a group via the N2 to Cape Town.

Thanks to the marshalls for getting us all there safely and to Marianna and Armelle for yet another superb venue. Congratulations must also go to “Bags “for negotiating 4 passes in 1 day perfectly, although he did say he would need a change of underwear 😊 !

Ivor Wills.