October 23, 2012
2012 International Vintage Bentley Tour of South Africa in Cape Town
Sightseeing in picturesque Cape Town from the back of a vintage Bentley was an opportunity too good to waste, so I joined the 2012 International Vintage Bentley Tour of South Africa for its Cape Town leg on Saturday, October 20, 2012.
The International Vintage Bentley Tour of South Africa, now in its seventh year, saw 30 of the cars drive along the South African coastline. The Bentley enthusiasts hail from all over the world, including England, Germany and Ireland and were seen cruising in immaculately maintained cars, manufactured during the 1920s and 1930s.
Following an often challenging three-week tour, the travelling troupe ended their journey in Cape Town and was treated to the spectacular scenery the Mother City is so well known for. The beautiful cars elicited more than a few audible gasps, hoots and waves from passing cars and passengers.
Perhaps the most heart-warming aspect of the tour, besides the drivers’ obvious admiration of these luxurious vehicles, was the wives’ dedication to supporting their husbands as navigators.
With most of these couples being married for close to 50 years, one cannot help but commend these women for not only agreeing to play second fiddle to a car, albeit the grande dames of cars, but sharing their husbands’ passion for them too.
Tour co-ordinator John White, owner of a Bentely, shares his thoughts on the Vintage Tour, his admiration for Bentley and why he loves Cape Town in the video below: