The Vaal’s “coolest car” a hot performer in the Karoo

‘Dusty dancing’ with the beloved ‘old lady’ on the Karoo's salt pans.

Retha Fitchat

VEREENIGING. – A group of friends from Vereeniging are safely back in the Vaal after travelling 1 900km in their 1969 Volvo to take part in Wegry & Sleep Magazine’s sponsored event, held from October 6 to 8 in Vanwyksvlei in the Karoo.

Theirs was one of 150 cars entered for the famous annual S.A. Bull Run event, which had very specific requirements for the participating groups: Their cars had to be pre-1980 models and had to cost a maximum of R25 000. The cars had to be driven to the event by all team mates. With only a handful of cars making the journey from Gauteng, the little Volvo surely turned heads all the way there and back.

The four Vaal Triangle friends, Jaco Janse van Rensburg, Franscois Visser, Reinhardt Myburgh and Renier Marais, along with their backup crew, Kevin Taylor, Harry Willson and Jan Swarts, enthusiastically spent many months planning and preparing for this large event and to represent The Vaal as “Team Safety Thirst”, says the team’s spokesperson Anelle Janse van Rensburg.

“The guys spent two days participating in various challenges including drag races and just having fun with the cars on the salt pans. The nights were cold and the Karoo days were scorching, but roughing it was exactly what the boys’ weekend was all about.

“The tented campsites were well set up and locals and farmers made sure the guys dined on the best the Karoo has to offer. The group returned late Sunday afternoon, tired and dusty but with the memories of a once-in-a-lifetime experience and with rookie bragging rights of finishing 46th place out of a 150 cars,” says Anelle.

The “coolest car the Vaal has ever seen”, a Volvo 144 model 1969, safely took the team 1 900 km from Vereeniging to the small Karoo town without any hassles except a blown tire.

A lot of thought went into decorating the little green Swedish lady including all original stickers and, of course, a metal bull for the roof rack. Upon their return, the four friends have already started planning their next adventure and will be sure to enter into the Bull Run again next year with their now famous Volvo.

On top of their list are aspirations of being faster, louder and with even more “cool factor plans” than they came up with for the 2017 event!

Filling up and attending to a blown tyre on route to Vanwyksvlei.

An aerial view of the 150 veteran vehicles that took part in this year’s S.A. Bull Run event.

The Vereeniging team, Safety Thirst, next to their 1969 Volvo en route to Vanwyksvlei in the Karoo.

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