Proud stockists of Ural sidecars & spares
Yearly Sidecar Convention
The scenery along the route to Tweespruit where we had breakfast was just perfect. Ray Eckstein climbed onto the roof of the local pub to take some awesome pictures. We had a hearty country breakfast, complete with ‘skilpadjies’ and got going to Excelsior – for those who wanted to visit the gallery displaying some of Father Claerhout’s work.
From Excelsior the R703 to Clocolan is just the most perfect little tar road. It felt like I was riding in my own movie again and now you’re going to laugh when I tell you the sound track. ‘You fill up my senses’ by John Denver was playing in my heart as that is truly what I experience when I ride those Eastern Free State little roads (and big roads) as the scenery just fills my entire being with joy! And it really does fill up all your senses – it’s a feast for the eyes, you smell the grass and the fresh air and poplar trees, the air we rode through was clean and fresh and John Denver in my head!
We arrived just about perfectly on schedule in Clocolan where the sidecars featured on the Show agenda. At 12h30 the sidecars took to the arena and after some flying the car and waving, adventurous members of the public were monkeyed around as well. Grant had a real race with a huge John Deere tractor. There was Bobotie and Bobotie and a little more Bobotie for lunch and one could watch a team of oxen being spanned in and go for a ride on the oxwagon.
However time does not wait, and we had our Sidecar Games commencing at 15h30 at St Augustine’s. What fun, Jacquie had set out a course to ride with cold drink tins placed just far enough apart for a sidecar to fit through. What looked very simple turned out to be a little more difficult than most anticipated. Amanda got so excited and enthusiastic that she managed to overturn her sidecar! No harm was done and after a collective gasp from the crowd everybody exhaled again, Amanda got dusted off, and her sidecar put on all 3 wheels again and it was business as usual. There were 2 clear rounds and team Paul & Salome and team Vic & Marianne went into a ride-off. Paul impressed us all and went on to win.
Our next event involved jousting a toilet roll with a mop handle! The rider was not allowed to use his clutch while the knight/monkey had to collect toilet rolls with a mop from strategically placed positions. This caused much laughter and Alpha almost lost her little monkey Klara, who luckily fell into the sidecar while Salome was not so lucky. Her rider got a good whack with the mop handle!! Ray and Bron made this exercise look like a piece of cake, cleaning up and finishing with all 4 toilet rolls on her mop handle – well done team Eckstein!
At supper on Saturday evening it was time for prize giving. Paul and Salome got a beautiful little sidecar donated by Tim from Cape Sidecar Adventures for winning the course, Ray and Bronnie got a set of brushes for cleaning Verushka for their efforts in the Toilet Roll Joust and Jacquie received a lovely Sidecar Africa flask and cups in a special travel bag for being games mistress and also winning the Darwin award. Ken Dalglish recieved a prize for being the most travelled (and loved) sidecar member. The Rood team, Hanneli and Wynand got a prize for best kept secret and last but not least, The Johan prize was awarded for the most Beautiful Sidecar at the Convention. This year it was decided to ask a completely non-partial person to choose his favourite sidecar. Johan, manager of St Augustine’s and his 2 sons took their duties very seriously and after much deliberation, this special prize went to Nic Loveday and his monkey Thalita for their beautiful, authentic black CJ.
We kuiered and laughed until the tears rolled on Saturday night and just had a fantastic time catching up with and spending time with dear sidecar friends whom we don’t see often. Sunday morning it was with warm hearts that we bade our friends a fond farewell. We had a wonderful weekend convening with our sidecar buddies at St Augustine’s and it was time to head home, or on to our next destination for the lucky Nelspruit contingency for whom the convention had just been the first leg of a 2 week sidecar holiday – lucky feeeeshes!
Thank you to Ryno and Zeta and Isaac at Sidecar Africa for a most memorable Convention! We’ll be back!