SIDEKICKS

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - FRONT PAGE - PHO­TO­GRAPH: WERNER HILLS

TWO’S COM­PANY: Nel­son Man­dela Bay Tourism in part­ner­ship with Dirty Boots and the Cape Side­car Ad­ven­tures team had a ex­cur­sion to Cape Re­cife and the Donkin. The Cape Side­car Ad­ven­tures team are, from left, Scott Clarke, Mishyel Lilly, John Coyle, Jo­han Rad­cliffe, Alice Lim and Tim Clarke

This is a unique tour and will high­light not just the city but also the whole Gar­den Route

KIT­TED out in a red leather jacket, ban­dana, dark shades and a hel­met, I felt like a real biker af­ter spend­ing about an hour on Mag­gie – a side­car from Cape Side­car Ad­ven­ture – cruis­ing from the Port El­iz­a­beth beach front to Cape Re­cife.

The ex­hil­a­rat­ing ride was on a CJ750 mo­tor­bike at­tached to my side­car, which is one of the 30 vin­tage World War 2 side­cars owned by Cape Town busi­ness­men Tim Clarke.

Clarke and his driv­ers are on a jour­ney to Africa’s Travel Ind­aba 2018 that will be in Dur­ban on May 7.

A route from Cape Town to Port El­iz­a­beth in the side­cars will be launched at the event.

Nel­son Man­dela Bay Tourism (NMBT), Ad­ven­ture Guide Dirty Books and Cape Side­car Ad­ven­ture have all col­lab­o­rated in launch­ing the Side­car 12-day Gar­den Route over­land tours.

The NMBT’s Doné Louw said they were ex­cited about the project.

“This is a unique tour and will high­light not just the city but also the whole Gar­den Route.

“As an or­gan­i­sa­tion one of our man­dates is to in­crease the num­ber of vis­i­tors to the city.

“In this re­gard we build re­la­tion­ships with tourism trade and ne­go­ti­ate the cities in­clu­sion in itin­er­ar­ies be­ing pro­moted in­ter­na­tion­ally. This is an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity for the city to wel­come more tourists to the city,” Louw said.

On ar­rival at the Cape Re­cife light­house, Clarke said: “We are of­fi­cially launch­ing our new in­land tours this year so we are do­ing re­search on where to stop here in Port El­iz­a­beth, like now we know to come to Cape Re­cife be­cause it is beau­ti­ful.

“We have 50 peo­ple work­ing for us per­ma­nently in Cape Town and we thought we should ex­pand our busi­ness but also help other tourism busi­nesses down the Gar­den Route by mak­ing stops at their at­trac­tions.

“We try to cre­ate an ex­pe­ri­ence for peo­ple us­ing the cloth­ing and com­pli­men­tary ban­dana as well as the rid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of our 50-year old fe­male-named side­cars,” he said.

Ac­tiv­i­ties in the Bay will dif­fer de­pend­ing on the age group and in­ter­est of the vis­i­tors book­ing the ex­cur­sions.

Pic­ture: WERNER HILLS

BREEZY FUN: Doné Louw from NMB Tourism, Jonker Fourie from EC Tours left, and Tim Clarke from Cape Side­car Ad­ven­tures on an ex­ploratory ex­cur­sion to Cape Re­cife and the Donkin

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