Groote Constantia welcomes car rally

A red Citroen was the cheapest car that Peter van der Horst could find. That was in 1986 and he still has it to this day. They’ve travelled together through Australia, New Zealand, Europe and, most recently, to South Africa.

“Did you know it was originally made for a French farmer to transport a basket of eggs on his hat?”

Whether this was a practical joke or not, the 600cc looked in great condition despite being thirsty from the 3 000km journey around the Western Cape.

And the Citroen was not the only one quenching their thirst on Thursday March 24, as 28 classic cars from the 1950s and 1960s pulled into Groot Constantia to taste some of the estates finest wines.

Organised by the Belgium Classic Car Association, participating cars ranging from a 1956 Mercedes 190 SL, a 1957 MG Magnette, a 1959 Jaguar XK 150 DC, a 1963 Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider to a 1964 Austin Healey MK111 had completed 2 675km, taking them through the most scenic parts of the Western and Eastern Cape. Participants came from Belgium, France, Holland and Malaysia.

From Cape Point on day one, they drove to De Doorns, Oudsthoorn, the Valley of Desolation at Graaff Reniet and Addo National Park where, with soft tops down, they toured the reserve to watch elephants, kudu, zebra and more.

Moving on they stop-ped at the windy city of Port Elizabeth before continuing to Knysna where that town’s classic car club took them on a tour before they visited Swellendam, Lanzerac in Stellenbosch and finally came back to Cape Town.