1st Cape Town Free Chapter

Free Chapter Year End Function 2014

Our FCCT has once again ended a great year with a memorable Christmas sleepover in the beautiful mountain resort, Piekenierskloof, situated just before Citrusdal, 170 kms from Cape Town. 

25 bikes gathered at the Engen Garage on the N7 to leave sharply at 8.30 for Piketberg where we stopped for brunch & a re-fuel.

Our capable & trusty marshals gathered us to continue our ride to Citrusdal where we handed over blankets to a needy old age home & sung happy birthday to a 90 year old tannie who expressed her gratitude to all of us for being there.

It must be mentioned the bike temperature gauge registered 40 degrees. By now we all could not wait to ride the 10 odd kms back to Piekenierskloof to unpack & chill out.

The beauty of this 4 star resort, I think came as a pleasant surprise to most of us. After being given our room numbers, many of us changed into something cooler & headed for the swimming pool to cool off.

At 6 pm we gathered in the function room to participate in a chocolate & wine pairing session – it was a most enjoyable & interesting hour.

At 7 am, we headed for the party room where we were to spend the next few hours, drinking, eating, dancing & paying fines. (all for a good cause, though)

It must be mentioned that the buffet meal was excellent & the selection of fine wines, sponsored by FCCT, was very much appreciated by all. In the background, entertaining music by the DJ kept the atmosphere happy & joyful.

Between our MC, Mike Newman & director, Bruce du Toit, happenings for the year were summed up & Bruce again expressed his thanks to the members of our club, who without their participation & support, there would not be a club. 

Likewise, we the members, would like to acknowledge, that without the devoted, passionate & capable committee that we have, we also would not have a club – we are indeed also very grateful to all of you.

Of our 72 members, we had a great turnout of 61 people & a few children.

After an enjoyable Sunday morning breakfast, we left for home in various groups, some of us leaving a little earlier to try & avoid the heat of what promised to be another stinker of a day.

All in all, we have arrived safely home loaded with wonderful memories of a most enjoyable few days with an awesome bunch of FCCT friends.

A special big “thank you” to Marianna who organised & put this whole event together.
Wishing all our members & their families a peaceful, happy & safe festive season.

May the New Year only bring good things for us all. 

From the ‘Golden Pen’ of Alan Joffe

We would like to say a big thank you to Marianna Kriel for organising a superb end of year function.

Due to Lisa and my work commitments we were unable to join the chapter ride in the morning so we decided to go by car, this was a big mistake as Mike made us suffer when the fines were announced !!

On our arrival we were greeted by friendly staff and 39 degree heat, now the car was a good idea!

Our room was spacious and the views amazing. After freshening up and putting on our bling we all met in the bar (where else).

We were then ushered into the dining room and treated to a delicious wine and chocolate pairing by a very knowledgable local wine expert.

After quaffing our wine and choccies, we proceeded to the function room where we were greeted by a beautifully decorated hall and tables.

The evening commenced with a delicious bowl of soup and some complimentary wines.

We listened to the speeches from Bruce and Mike where there were various awards handed to members and numerous fines!

After the soup we were served a delicious buffet with roast meats, chicken pie and more!

This was followed by various desserts which included one of the best Crème brulee’s I have tasted.

As I listened to Bruce and Mike I realised how much this Chapter has achieved this year, with the numerous charities that we have supported and the various rides and events we have attended. This is due to the commitment of our committee and members who make it possible.

From myself and Lisa a big Thank You to the committee for a great year end function.

We look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

Happy holidays.

From the pen of Ivor & Lisa Wills

Another year has come and gone – amazing how quick time can fly.

Saturday morning, 6th Dec 2014, 25 bikes gathered at Swartland Engen, to start another unforgettable event in the short, but active history of FCCT.

The ride started out in perfect weather with strong sidewinds the closer we got to Piketberg.  About 15km from Piketberg, the pack was stopped – something had happened!  Our 2 newly-weds had a problem. The heat was on – they burnt some rubber and lost a tyre. To their rescue came HD Tygervalley, recovering the bike and replacing the rear tyre. Fortunately, Will managed to be in time for the function.

The pleasure to organize the function was superseded by the appreciation of our members – this made it all worthwhile. 

I would also like to express my gratitude towards Piekenierskloof and their personnel for the professional manner in which they made this event a great success.

Sunday morning, after breakfast, all lined up to proceed back home.  Good camaraderie was in turn shown by FCCT towards HD Tygervalley by us attempting roadside assistance when Shaun’s vehicle broke down. Although a repair could not be effected, he was escorted by Ammi and Bruce to Malmesbury from where alternative arrangements were made.

All in all this was another great event – the bar is set…

From the pen of Marianna Kriel