The Breakfast Run is one of my favourite events, my first club event was in fact a Breakfast Run nearly two years ago. The final one for this year did not disappoint, with over 60 adults in attendance along with ten kids. Menlyn Auto BMW in Pretoria was the starting point where everyone was treated to coffee and muffins; special thanks to Anina Grobler and her team for the warm hospitality. There was also a nice array of the new 4 series on the showroom floor and to think BMW only had a four model line-up not too long ago. I also admired their Pre-Owned selection and in particular the 6 series coupe and Gran Coupe, both in white, a club member who works for another dealership hinted to me that the Pre-Owned vehicles were very well priced.
As always there was plenty of club metal to admire and just when you think you know all the cars in the club something surprises you, like the red E60 M5. The only one in the country, and if you said to me before that BMW made a red E60 M5 I would not have believed you, but to see it in the metal, it actually looks amazing. Bevan Meyer’s new 435i in Estoril Blue made me somewhat green with envy, well done Bevan.
The route to the venue consisted mainly of country roads that were quite scenic and rather relaxing, a refreshing change from the everyday hustle and bustle. The venue, Destiny Lodge in Cullinan treated us to a scrumptious breakfast, thereafter one could relax outside in the beautifully maintained rose gardens which have a nice tranquil setting. Some of the kids seized the opportunity to take a refreshing dip in the pool and I was surprised as to how many parents came prepared. The adults that gathered around the pool took a different approach to cooling down from the heat and soon Robin Sadler became the comedian I never knew he was. Mike Salt started reminiscing about the Cockpit Brewhouse and seemed to develop a deep longing to go there.
For those interested in Cullinan, it was made famous by the discovery of the largest rough gem-quality diamond ever found. It was then cut into three large parts, which gave rise to the Great Star of Africa - the largest polished gem from the stone, also known as Cullinan I. The second largest gem derived from the stone, is known as the Lesser Star of Africa, it is the third largest polished diamond in the world and part of the British crown jewels.
Cullinan is somewhat of an open museum similar to Pilgrim’s Rest, with its historic stone and corrugated iron mine workers’ houses, offices and churches a throwback to the mining times of the early 1900s. It is definitely well worth a visit with plenty more on offer.
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