Ber­tha Benz her­den­kings­rit in Suid-Kaap

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Die Mer­ce­des-Benz klub van Suid-A­fri­ka het on­langs 130 jaar ge­vier van die eer­ste be­stuur­der, Ber­tha Benz, wat ‘n lang tog van 106 km af­ge­lê het.

Soos die aan­ha­ling van Mer­ce­des-Benz se ge­skied­kun­di­ge web­werf dit stel: “In the e­ar­ly hours of a fi­ne Au­gust day in 1888, to­get­her with her sons Ri­chard and Eu­gen, and wit­hout the kno­w­led­ge of her hus­band, Ber­tha Benz took to the ro­ad with the Benz Pa­tent Mo­tor Car. She was un­de­ter­red by the fact that so­me stret­ches of the ro­ads, which we­re nor­mal­ly u­sed on­ly by horses and car­ria­ges, we­re a­ny­thing but suit­a­ble for the au­to­mo­bi­le. Lack of fu­el, clog­ged val­ves or wi­ring cha­fed-through to bre­a­king point. She found a so­lu­ti­on to e­very dif­fi­cul­ty on the jour­ney. She re­sor­ted to a gar­ter, a hat-pin and plun­de­red the ligroin stocks of phar­ma­cies al­ong the rou­te. E­ven w­hen the fu­el ran out com­ple­te­ly out­si­de Wie­sloch, and the Mo­tor Car had to be pus­hed for se­ver­al ki­lo­me­tres, she was not too proud to get do­wn her­self and help.” (www. mer­ce­des-benz.com/en/mer­ce­des-benz/clas­sic)

Al­le stre­ke van die klub het op Son­dag, 12 Au­gus­tus, weg­ge­trek en on­ge­veer 106 km af­ge­lê met hoof­saak­lik vroue ag­ter die stuur. Hul­le was ge­klee in mo­des van daar­die era.

Die Suid-Kaap­streek van die klub het van­af P­let­ten­berg­baai na Ge­or­ge ge­ry. Land­wyd het al­te­sa­me 119 Mer­ce­des-Benz mo­tors aan die rit deel­ge­neem. Wal­do en René S­cri­ban­te se 1913 Benz was die oud­ste plaas­li­ke mo­tor wat deel­ge­neem het met René

ag­ter die stuur. - Chris K­hün

Fo­to's: René K­ühn

Wil­na en Pie­ter Lou­rens by hul 1968 280SL. JC Coet­zee en sy 1983 300GD. René en Wal­do S­cri­ban­te by hul 1913 Mer­ce­desBenz.

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