The 2003 Classic Safari Challenge

 A three week marathon drive across the heart of Africa. 


From Cape Town

The hassles of Heathrow seem a long time ago...

The hassles of Heathrow seem a long time ago now as all the crews spent a busy Saturday in the glorious Cape Town sunshine. A few were making last minute checks to their cars but the majority were busy visiting the many 'must do' trips around Cape Town or just soaking up the sunshine and holiday atmosphere along the waterfront near our luxury Table Bay Hotel. 

Favourites among the attractions were a drive to The Cape of Good Hope; a boat ride to Robben Island or the cable car ride up to Table Mountain.

In contrast to today's sunshine the skies were overcast yesterday morning as many crews began to arrive early flights from London. Heavy rain slowed the taxi ride from the airport and rumours were rife that the cars were 600kms up the road in Port Elizabeth. There was some truth in the rumour as the container ship had unloaded it's special cargo in Port Elizabeth instead of Cape Town. However a busy couple of days by shipping organiser Jeremy Barker saw all the containers safely delivered to Cape Town in time for the relieved crews to collect them from the container port as planned. The whole business was completed in under an hour and apart from a couple of, easily sorted, flat batteries everyone was driving back to the hotel in time for a harbourside wine tasting session organised by a local wine trader.

Tomorrow the adventure really begins with an easy afternoon run from Cape Town to Clanwilliam.

Sunday Morning. Lord Montagu is due to arrive shortly at the Table Bay Hotel to flag off the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost of Bill Borchert Lar


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