|The Ranch Hotel /
Weekend Tour November 2006
Ranch Hotel is situated near Polokwane (Pietersburg) in the Limpopo
Province, about 2 hours North of Pretoria. It was a popular destination
for Bentley Drivers Club outings in the 1960's and 70's, so it seemed
an appropriate destination for the first weekend tour organised by
Classic Rolls SA. It is also interesting to note that the hotel was the
first home to our Silver Shadow in 1974. The car was delivered new to
Mr. Basil Shearer, founder of the hotel, which is to this day owned and
managed by his family. Pictured above is the lineup of cars that
attended the weekend.
|On Saturday morning
after breakfast we decided to drive out into the scenic countryside to
the quaint village of Haenertsburg, situated East of Polokwane on the
road to Tzaneen. Here we had lunch while waiting for Tony to catch up
with us after leaving Johannesburg earlier that morning...
||...he duly arrived in
his stunning 1927 4.5 litre Bentley.
son Jamie relaxing in the back of the Shadow, oblivious to the
beautiful view of a vintage Bentley in the back window.
would a classic car weekend be without a bit a spanner swinging? By day
three they could not resist it any longer, so a toolbox was produced in
the hope that something might require tightening or fixing...
search as they might, nothing was found amiss and the tools were packed
away again. Maybe next time! For now the mighty 8-litre wins and
owner of the hotel Tom Shearer and his two sons posing in front of
Tom's dad's old car. It was a wonderful emotion returning the car to
it's first home.
|Clive loading up for
the journey home while his mascot "Bertie, the Brooklands Bentley bear"
gets ready for the open road.
|A quick group photo
before we depart. From left to right: James & Lynn (Continental T),
Roy & Jane (R-Type), Clive (8-litre), Tony (4.5 litre) and KC,
Jeannette & Jamie (Silver Shadow)
|The exhilarating view
from the passenger seat of the 1931 8-litre Bentley. Looking over acres
of bonnet and with another vintage Bentley in the foreground are some
of the ingredients that fond motoring memories are made off.
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