Keep an eye out for this sporty lady during the Erfenistoer

This September, the Southern Cape Old Car Club (SCOCC) joins South Africans from all over the country in celebrating Heritage Month. This includes meticulously preparing cherished autos for the yearly Erfenistoer (Heritage Tour) for SCOCC members and friends.

The festival, which takes place from September 22 to 25, promises to be an unforgettable adventure filled with fascinating historical landmarks and mesmerising views. The tour is an important event for new and returning participants, and the 2023 edition will keep the tradition of exhibiting beloved historic vehicles.

Each annual Erfenistoer, the Club’s flagship event, is a joyous celebration of South African automotive heritage set against the breathtaking background of the Western Cape’s most magnificent roads.

The Overberg’s lovely roads will be traversed on the 2023 itinerary, highlighting the beauty of this region’s distinctive landscape along the way. The approved overnight locations for the 11th edition of this legendary event are Arniston and Bonnievale.

This year’s Erfenistoer fleet will again depart from Halfway’s headquarters off Knysna Road, proudly supported by Halfway Toyota George. On the morning of September 22, enthusiastic old-car enthusiasts are expected in large numbers to wish participants a safe voyage.

Many familiar faces will be among the drivers and navigators as some of the Southern Cape’s most enthusiastic collectors of classic automobiles converge for the event. RenĂ© and Waldo Scribante, one of these Erfenistoer veteran pairings, will be celebrating a milestone this year.

It won’t be the first time tourers see Waldo in his Pagoda 280SL 1968 Mercedes Benz on the starting line, but keep your eyes out for RenĂ© in her stylish white VW-Porsche 914.

“It will be my first time driving it on the open road and as part of a tour,” RenĂ© exclaims, noting that this beauty was purchased in September 2007. It was originally red but now comes in a crisp white with all the proper racing markings. Martini Racing Livery repaired the car in 2012.

The following are some facts and data about this amazing vehicle:

From 1969 through 1976, Volkswagen and Porsche collaborated to design, construct, and market the VW-Porsche 914 mid-engined sports car. It was only offered as a targa-topped two-seat roadster with a flat-four or flat-six engine.

The first 914 prototype was unveiled on March 1, 1968. During its model run, the Porsche 914/4 outsold the Porsche 911 by a significant margin, selling over 118,000 copies worldwide.

The maximum speed is 186.5km/h, the 0-100km time is 13.3 sec, and the 914/4 accounted for 115,646 of the total output of 118,978 automobiles.

“Volkswagen versions originally featured the fuel-injected 1.7 litre VW Type 4 flat-four boxer engine producing 60kW, but our engine is a 1.8 litre VW Type 4 F4 5-speed manual gearbox,” RenĂ© adds. This well-known artist, who works in George and the surrounding areas, certainly knows her engines!

Look for the excellent lineup of 30 exceptional automobiles taking part in this year’s Erfenistoer. During specified tea breaks, this outstanding fleet will be available for viewing. For additional information on these destinations and other tour specifics, contact mimi@gojipr.net.

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