Angela’s Picnic is an annual event held at Delta Park in Johannesburg and has been going strong for over 30 years.It is held on the 1st Sunday in April and is held in memory of Angela Heinz who initiated and hosted the event until she passed away from cancer.A donation is made as vehicles enter the park and all money raised is donated to the South African Hospice Association.
It is a great day out for the whole family, including the beautiful dogs that have so much fun and get just as much attention as the cars.This year the picnic fell on the Easter weekend and as such many of our trusty attendees could not be there due to family commitments, and others being away for the school holidays.
The weather prediction for Sunday was also “an eighty to a hundred percent chance of rain” which we thought might deter some from joining in, however we were pleasantly surprised at the great turnout of BMW Car Club Members and public.Some of the cars proudly on display by the club members included BMW Z3 Coupe’s, 2002’s, an E39 M5, a 530 MLE and numerous E9’s and 635CSi’s. The two BMW CCG race cars – “Manny” an E36 328i and “Sandbag” an E46 325i Touring also drew a lot of interest and questions – be on the look out for them at club race and track day events.
As it was the Easter weekend, we started the day with fresh Hot Cross Buns and coffee kindly provided by the Sadler family.This was followed by bacon rolls cooked by Craig on the gas braai - nothing beats the smell of bacon cooking whilst out and about in the park early in the morning.The children enjoyed their time on the picnic blankets playing cards, Jenga, painting Easter eggs (courtesy of Gerhard) and catching up on news.New friendships were formed and the children had great fun with lots of giggles, chatting and having fun on the jungle gym.
Then it was time for boerewors rolls, and snacks which were laid out by Gerhard for all to enjoy. This was followed by a leisurely walkabout to see all the interesting cars and other vehicles on show.Daleen and I held the fort at the BMW stand and enjoyed chatting and relaxing under the trees.
The ice-warfare initiated by Brett Michaelis last year as we were packing up to go was once again the order of the day, and I have a feeling will be a tradition that will continue every year.The kids love taking revenge on their parents at the end of a fun day by forcing ice down their shirts.
A great day was had by all and apart from a few spits and spots, the rain stayed away until we were all home safely.Hope to see you all again next year.