Words: Johann Venter, Photography: Mahomed Abdulla
The Club managed to perform the opening and closing ceremony at this year’s Angela’s Picnic. With a substantial amount of rain prior to the event and in particular, the night before, it was touch and go for a while.
For some reason Angela’s also fell on Easter Sunday? It’s never a good idea to have a classic car show over Easter in Gauteng. Ronell and I arrived at the crack-of-dawn to stake out BMW territory. We were greeted by nothing more than low lying mist and grey skies. By the time we got the banners into the ground, we saw the welcome sight of a lone BMW E46 Wagon. Kapi had come to our rescue in setting up the gazebo; it was surely appreciated as this is a four-man exercise. He then vanished, to later reappear in his Inca orange 2002. First to roll-call were the Kaplans in their ever popular 2002 Turbo. Jack did have me worried for a bit, as he normally gets to Angela’s before me. Soon thereafter, the Saddlers arrived in their stunning iS. By nine o’clock it was beginning to look like not everyone had vacated Jo’burg for the Easter Weekend, or had been scared off by the weather.
To be honest, it wasn’t as full as it normally is. When Ronell and I took our walk-about we could see less cars than usual, some spots were completely empty. It is however, still the best social classical car event on the calendar. Where else will you see owners of classics walk their dogs, read a newspaper or sip on a glass of red wine? This event truly is for the whole family, with a kids’ play area comprising of slides, jungle-gyms and a merry-go-round.
Back at BMW headquarters, the Steyns were busy braaing some wors and chicken sosaties. What would Angela’s Picnic be without a Steyn braai? The area the Club occupies at Angela’s, is the biggest of all the clubs, and although it was not completely full there was plenty to admire.
From an E9 Coupé to an E60 M5 Touring and everything in-between! But as is the case every year, there are some BMWs that really pull the crowd. Jack’s 2002 Turbo does this automatically, whether at Angela’s Picnic or anywhere else. But no BMW is loved more in South Africa than the iS, and Robin’s pristine example was a favourite all day long. The biggest crowd-puller however, had to be the E92 M3 bakkie, which Leon Loubser had to keep on starting. And for good reason, it sounds awesome, and if you stand close enough to the Akrapovič tail-pipes, you get a reverberation through your entire body that makes you want to do the Samba. Angela’s Picnic would, however, not be complete without a pot of Biryani from the Naidoos. Enough to feed the entire clan, plenty going for seconds ... it’s that good. By four o’clock the Bavarian faithful had thinned out substantially, so I joined the well-organised Ceprnich camp for a loop-dop or two. And in so doing, ensured that the Bavarian faithful also close the proceedings, to what turned out to be a perfect classic day in Gauteng.
Another fantastic Angela’s Picnic, looking forward to Cars in the Park on the 2 August, at Zwartkops.