Tuesday, 28 August 2012
A large gathering of about 25 Pontons belonging to members of the Mercedes Club of SA had a meander down to the Village for this very chilly weekend where they gathered at the Rosenhof Country Lodge and Dunlin B&B to socialise with each other and those residents of the village who appreciate classic cars. The Maluti Auto Club also had some members who came along in their assortment of cars to join in.
We are told that a gathering of Pontons this size was a very rare occurence and it grabbed the attention of the international Mercedes Benz website news.
Murphey's Law had it that it was the coldest weekend in years and with pipes freezing in the whole area it made showering in the mornings a somewhat delayed affair. But red wine and whiskey flowed in the evenings with lots of banter and testing of Mercedes knowledge and a good time was had by all.
Monday 6 August saw much of the eastern side of South Africa experiencing snow falls - some places heavier than others. Whilst for many motorists travelling on the N3 between Johannesburg and Durban, their trips turned into nightmares as the main highway was closed. People I knew spent up to 27 hours trapped in their cars, many of them with no food, drink or extra warm clothing. However, Paul Roux experienced a generous covering of snow which lay heavily on the ground, only to melt several hours later, but not before we were able to have a lot of fun, as did our dogs which all seemed to enjoy the romp.