Tours & Track

  • Inaugaral Passes Project 2018

    Inaugaral Passes Project 2018

    It was a clear and cool day that dawned on the 11th December 2018. A curious crowd had begun to gather at the start point, ogling the assembled cars…

    Lotus 7’s, an Aston Martin, an exclusive to South Africa Alfa GTV6, Harper Type 5’s, a Lotus Elise, a GT40 replica – and an equally varied assortment of drivers and passengers.

    Greeting friends old and new, a camaraderie peculiar to those self-confessed petrol heads embarking on a road trip. This was the scene at the start of the second Harper Sports Cars Passes Tour.

    Somewhat akin to herding cats, the participants were rounded up and briefed on the plans for the day –

    Starting with a gentle drive to Greyton via some of the most delightful driving roads – Hellshoogte, Franschoek pass and the back roads to the N2.

    Inaugaral Passes Project 2018

    Greyton saw the group stop for breakfast and deeper discussion on the merits of one another’s choice of ride. There was of course the obligatory photo shoot for the residents of Greyton, unaccustomed to the roar of sports cars in such numbers.

    On then to Barrydale for the mandatory milkshake at Diesel and Crème, then a short hop to Ronnies Sex Shop – where the Harpers duly obliged with a display of delicately shaped tail ends! The final hop of the day saw everyone push on to Oudtshoorn and De Rust. Checking in to the official headquarters for the Passes Project, House Martin Guest Lodge, a welcome cold drink was in prospect – but, petrol heads being petrol heads, the lure of the Meiringspoort section of the N12 was too great to resist, and there were several runs back and forth between the canyon walls before finally calling an end to the driving exploits for the day.

    Our hosts, Theresa and Jan laid on a traditional Klein Karoo braai (note to our foreign readers – a barbeque is NOT the same as a braai!), and road trip stories began. Gathering around the pool, firm friendships were formed, technical details discussed, and some tall stories told. Holding forth until the late-night hours, several of the party were to be a little the worse for wear on day 2…

    Inaugaral Passes Project 2018

    An early start for all had the group meet in the primary viewpoint within the Meiringspoort canyon (if you have never seen this, it is an archeological wonder – bucket list stuff!) we watched the early morning sun creep into view on the rocky promontories. Drivers and passengers swapped cars, with the absolute lack of fuss that marks true trust and the companionship of old friends.

    Setting up a series of photo shoots, video clips and drone filming the order of the day, all chipped in and made the most of the opportunity. Back to the guest house for a bumper breakfast (driving is hungry making work!), a new route was proposed for the eager crews, and all set out to Oudtshoorn via Dysseldorp, and on to the stunning road that is the Outeniqua pass to George. Let it be said that this is one of the finest mountain passes one can experience in an open sports car!

    From George, a quick left turn put us on the 7 Passes Road taking us to Wilderness. Tight and twisty, with overhanging branches and narrow bridges, the 7 Passes Road requires the full attention of the driver at all times, and rewards those driving the smaller more nimble cars with an absolutely immersive experience. Breaking for lunch in Wilderness had an appreciative crowd nosing around the parking lot and asking questions of the drivers as to the why, where and how of driving their trusty steeds.

    Back up the Outeniqua pass we went, running into light rain as we approached the crest – nothing to worry about, but a refreshing change from the blistering heat of earlier in the day! A parade formation through the streets of Oudtshoorn meant much waving to the crowds lining the streets of the town, and the cameras were out to capture the moment for all concerned.

    Even on the inevitable stop and go roadwork interruptions, we found ourselves the target of amateur photographers – and curious fellow road users wanting to know more.

    Late afternoon found us driving back into De Rust – and straight through towards THAT poort. Somehow Meiringspoort has a magnetic attraction, and once again it didn’t disappoint. For most of the team, the promise of a hot shower and a cold beverage soon meant we were soon back at the guest house. Our hosts had excelled themselves with a formal buffet dinner, and once again friends regaled each other with tales of the day’s exploits.  The consensus at the end of day 2 was that this was a success worth repeating.

    Day three, and the journey home in prospect – thanks to Theresa and Jan for being the perfect hosts, and fond farewells as some of the adventurers headed out in different directions. We pushed on to Barrydale, and experienced the first technical failure of the outing, when an electrical failure left Red Roxy stranded outside Diesel and Crème! Nothing like a double thick milkshake to put things in perspective.

    All in all, a wonderful road trip with memories that are indelibly etched in the minds of all who were fortunate enough to join us on the trip. I am looking forward to the next edition with great anticipation, hoping to meet new friends, travel new roads and create more memorable moments!

  • Advanced Driver Training with Harper Sports Cars

    Advanced Driver Training with Harper Sports Cars

    Advanced Driver Training with Harper Sports Cars

    Benefits

    When we first are taught to drive, the emphasis is on obeying the rules of the road, parking, hill starts and other fairly mundane driving duties. But what happens if the car you are driving suffers an unexpected tire failure at highway speeds, an animal runs out in front of your over confident child when they have had their license for just 3 weeks, or you hit a patch of spilled diesel, mud or ice on the road?

    The advanced driver training with Harper Sports Cars offers real value by teaching you how to drive your car on the limit, when it’s sliding around and barely in control. Very few people ever are able to experience their vehicles in this situation, so when they encounter an emergency situation, they are not ready for what happens next and often freeze up or use exaggerated inputs to deal with the situation. ABS is great, but it can’t save you in every situation.

    We start all our courses on gravel roads, in cars we provide and on routes that test your ability to remain in control of the vehicle while trying to cover the route as quickly as possible. It’s educational and great fun. It’s essential for newly licensed drivers, great as team building or as a fabulous gift. Should you wish to go big, we will set you up with a qualified instructor at a local race Track, taking you to the next level- flat out on dry tarmac.

    Please book your driver training experience with us now! Singles and groups welcome. Pure education blended with a fun competitive approach guaranteed.

     

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  • 2017 Driving Tour in South Africa

    2017 Driving Tour in South Africa

    We hosted an exclusive 2017 Driving Tour in South Africa – namely,

    The 2017 Passes Project

    Picture the scene:
    15 high performance Sports Cars,
    25 passionate motoring enthusiasts,
    3000kms of fantastic driving roads, and
    15 of the worlds best driving passes.
    All over 3 Days and 2 nights under the crisp stars of the open Karoo in South Africa.

    Captured moment from the tour

     

    This was the Inaugural Passes Project of 2017. We intend making this kind of experience a regular feature. So please contact us so we can book you onto our next slot. Bring your own cars or drive ours. We have a varied and eclectic range of mainly sports cars, but also some older sporting classics. You can expect to swop cars and share your impressions each evening around the African Fire with fellow enthusiasts.

    We promise there will be plenty to talk about. We can even arrange special guest speakers, in fact, we can arrange just about anything. We will eventually have our own Race Track in the desert, for you to absolutely gas it in complete safety.

    Watch the Tour Movie here:

     

     

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  • 2018 Car Shows with Harper Sports Cars

    2018 Car Shows with Harper Sports Cars

    We pride ourselves in being present to all first class South African car shows. Here is our reviews of the the 2018 Car Shows with Harper Sports Cars.

    The Cape Town Motor Show

    Did you join us at the Cape Town Motor Show at the GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World ?

    https://www.facebook.com/HarperSportsCars/videos/10155082228910706/

    The Knysna Motor Show

    On the 29th of April 2018, we attended the – Knysna Motor Show !!

    2018 Car Shows with Harper Sports Cars

    The Simola Hill Climb

    The Knysna Speed Festival ran on the 3rd to 6th of May 2018 as the #JaguarSimolaHillclimb !!

    2018 Car Shows with Harper Sports Cars

     

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