An early morning start at Auto Bavaria, Midrand, where BMW aficionados are greeted by the aroma of percolating coffee and a new leather smell that permeates throughout the dealership. All attendees are rewarded with gift packs; that alone was worth getting out of bed for...but there is more, by filling in your name, etcetera, you stand a chance of winning even better prizes. This notwithstanding that Auto Bavaria has sponsored R50 for each adult and R30 for those under the age of 12, for the breakfast. So we are off to a fantastic start! Before we head off to Cullinan, Piet van der Merwe, the General Manager, reaffirms Auto Bavaria’s commitment to the Club - announcing that a free hijack prevention seminar is planned and confirms Auto Bavaria as a major sponsor for the Club track day at Kyalami on the 29th October. And in a blink of an eye, a BMW squadron lines up in formation on New Road, heading for Cullinan.
As usual I am the last to vacate, making sure everyone else has left armed with a map. The roads leading to Cullinan are perfect for a Sunday morning jaunt, passing through open countryside with hail bales strewn as far as the eye can see. All too soon the open road leads to the Cullinan turn-off, by the time I reach the Oak House on Oak Street the designated parking space is filled with blue and white roundels. This quaint venue is set in a wonderful garden and as you enter the intoxicating smell of breakfast lures you in. Every one of the 104 adults, 12 kids and 6 toddlers are seated digging into the hearty breakfast. The food is so good that some try out the salmon and chicken that is left from the Halaal menu...delicious. Auto Bavaria has kept the best for last though, the prize draw. Linda Van Rooyen, Wade Jackson and Angela Cotly all walked off with some fantastic BMW Motorsport regalia...enjoy!
After breakfast most attending descend on the little town of Cullinan. Oak House is situated on the main street in the heart of Cullinan, so no need for a BMW. This historic little town is an open-air museum, some of the world’s biggest diamonds were mined right here...just ask the Queen of England. Cullinan is very popular, especially over weekends and wherever we venture to find a watering-hole it is completely full.
Eventually my posse of six meanders over to the railway station where we are happily accommodated at the bar and eventually shown to a table on the platform. There is great excitement and commotion as a steam locomotive operated by Friends of the Rail, pulls in, ferrying people from Pretoria. It is wonderful to see steam locomotives still being operated in South Africa, thanks to organisations like Friends of the Rail. As the afternoon draws to a close Ronell and I part ways with the Kaplans and the Steyns having had a wonderful Sunday out in the country.