The Classic Safari Challenge 2011

15th August to 6th September 2011


Cape Town Final:

Safari Diary from Cape Town - September 5

We have arrived at Cape Town at last…after a visit to Franschhoek in the wine-district for our final gastronomic experience. The dinner saw the last batch of medals being presented, with Rudi and Helga again setting the best times on the two Medal Sections to clinch their hold on the Vintageant section in their 1932 Alvis, newbie Keith Ashworth in the Merc Fintail go into the Medals for best effort in the pre-1966 Category, and Jose and Maria de Sousa won medals for pushing their Volvo hard in the post-1966 Category.

Today was an easy run via the Cape of Good Hope, with the Atlantic rollers breaking over the rocky beach before a stunning drive and a final reminder of what glorious roads South Africa has to offer before arriving at the Table Bay Hotel.

The Classic Safari Challenge has been a memorable 4,700 miles. We have flown off to the Selous for a spot of animal watching on a day off, and taken another single-engined plane to land at Indigo Bay on a tropical island in the Indian Ocean… it’s not all been about hard driving. We have dined out well each evening in a variety of top-notch hotels. 

There are arguments over which hotel comes in second-best… Cathedral Peak wins the best-breakfast award, but there is universal agreement that Sandra’s grip of the street she owns in Craddock, and Clark’s wooden cabins in Barrydale, a small town (or is it a large village?) in the Karoo is where you need to go for a memorable of lunch.

Yesterday’s tests with their dramatic river crossings were the only occasions when crews had to use their wiper-blades on the entire trip… not that wiper blades were much good judging by the exuberance of some of the crews – several lady navigators complained of being totally drenched by the experience.

So much could be said in summing up the last 20 days… one thing everyone is in total agreement: It has been an adventure-drive that lived up to all expectations, with everyone having made several firm friendships.

This has been the fourth Classic Safari Challenge Martin and Sue Clark have mapped out since coming with this unique idea in 2003 when we drove from Cape Town to Hemingways at Malindi in Kenya, followed up by 2006 and 2008 editions. The fourth has surely gone down as the best of the series.



The Classic Safari 2011 - Award Winners
Vintage Category
1stRudi and Helga FriedrichsAlvis Speed 20
2ndMartin and Anne EgliLagonda M45 Tourer
3rdMichael and Anne WilkinsonAlvis 4.3
Classic Category
1st =Margo and George CoelhoVolvo 122S
1st =Jose and Maria De SousaVolvo 142
3rdKeith and Norah AshworthMercedes 220 Fintail
4thManuel Enes and Alexandra PomboVolvo 164
4x4 Category
1stRoger Allen and Maggie GrayLandrover Discovery

Final Overall Results at Cape Town - September 5th

NumCrewCarO/A mins
Vintage (pre-1941 type cars)
3Rudi Friedrichs/Helga FriedrichsAlvis Speed 202
4Martin Egli/Anne EgliLagonda M45 Tourer17
7Michael Wilkinson/Anne WilkinsonAlvis 4.329
8Xavier del Marmol/Ines BodmerChevrolet Convertible378
2Harry Hickling/Catherine HicklingMG SA480
12Jorg Lemberg/Louis LembergLagonda Tourer TI903
5Daniel Schlatter/Rabia SchlatterBentley Open Tourer1061
1Peter Little/Susan LittleBentley 3 Tourer2820
6Daniel SchochBentley DerbyRtd
Classic (pre-1966 type cars)
16George Coelho/Margo O'Brien-CoelhoVolvo 122S6
17Keith Ashworth/Norah AshworthMercedes 220 Fintail33
21David Roberts/Joanna RobertsTriumph TR250421
15Andreas Pohl/Jacqueline PohlBentley S2 DHC916
19Giancarlo Puddu/Agneta Rossi-LandiVolvo PV5441248
10Gerhard Weissenbach/Anna NunRover LR881664
18Jan Van Gemert/Mario Van GemertFord Mustang1783
20Geoff Dorey/Jennie DoreyAlfa Romeo Sprint VeloceRtd
14Martti Kiikka/Pirkko KiikkaMercedes 230 SLRtd
Classic (post-1966 type cars)
22Jose Romao de Sousa/Maria Romao de SousaVolvo 142S6
25Manuel Enes/Alexandra PomboVolvo 16464
24Joao Sardoeira/Joao SardeiraVolvo 164313
23John Noble/Jean NobleMercedes 280 SL770
4x4 section
31Roger Allen/Maggie GrayLand Rover Discovery18
29John Horton/Ginny HortonToyota Landcruiser26
30Terry Ward/Janice WardToyota Landcruiser498
9Jorge Ruiz/Elvis FogalHire Car618
11Marie-Luise Lemberg/Petra Lemberg/Viktoria LembergLand Rover Defender 110822
28Robert Kitchen/Gerard BrownLand Rover Defender 1101234



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