The South African version of the DGR was once again a huge success raising over R80, 000 for research into prostate cancer. There was a fantastic turnout again this year, with many interesting bikes and people. The Participants really got into the spirit of the event dressing in DAPPER for the occasion.
We all arrived at Nescafé Woodmead had a coffee and just wondered around while we waited for all the bikes to arrive. It was a great opportunity to look at the bikes and all the creative designs that get together for this once a year event. There was a wide range of machines from 60-year-old classics to modern retro bikes, with the emphasis on non-standard motorcycles that reflected the owners' personal interpretation of the passion all riders share.
After the riders briefing, we all climbed aboard our bikes and headed out to our first stop which was the Kensington Bowling Club, apparently this is one of the oldest bowling clubs in Johannesburg and is still thriving. The route was extremely well thought out. We headed down the M1 South towards JHB, turned off in Houghton and made our way up Monroe Drive and headed through the back streets of Yeoville, Observatory,Bezuidenhout Valley and down into Kensington. I went to school in these suburbs and have not ventured back into these area since, it definitely brought back memories. How the areas have changed was quite an eye opener.
At Kensignton Bowing Club the first port of call they had organized the thirsty gentleman 2 x Bars and 1 x Beer Garden that had been put on for the riders. The tennis court parking soon filled up and bikes and scooters filled out into the road, there were bikes parked everywhere. The Club was founded on the present site 1914 at the foot of the koppie, where these days the Club offers social and bowls membership, which includes the use of two bowling greens, the hall and the pub, The Kensington Arms.
Bang on 11:00 am we all headed off to the Mad Giant Brewery in Newton. Mad Giant is situated in the heart Joburg, The definition of being a Marshall, is breaking every rule of the road on route to your next marshalling stop and the marshals really need to be commended on the job they did keeping all the riders together through the heart of Johannesburg amidst Taxi’s potholes, hawkers and everything else. We stopped on the way for a photo shoot before arriving at the Brewery.
The Brewery and the surrounds are a must to go and visit on a lazy Sunday afternoon, I am not sure how many people know the place even exists. There is the Mad Giant Brewery where they had 5 different beers, the Food Shed where cuisine from all over the World can be bought with a massive central eating area and then outside ther was another small Micro Brewery selling their own brew. Most of us had to try one of the flavours of food on sale not to mention the beers so we stayed on a bit longer than anticipated before we headed off to our Final Stop Rim and Rubber in Greenside.