We spent a day with more than 100 supercars and took a drive in a Bentley Continental W12 Speed convertible on one of Cape Town's most scenic roads.
Late last year, we were asked if we would like to drive a convertible Bentley and take part in what was touted be the biggest supercar run ever held in Cape Town — and possibly in South Africa.
The event was scheduled for 27 December and, by some miracle of bureaucracy, the City of Cape Town opened up the Green Point stadium for the event. We were due to begin our run on the pitch of this beautiful theatre of sports events and Coldplay concerts.
It’s hard to describe what it’s like driving a Bentley into a football stadium with its top down. I’m sure Wayne Rooney could tell you. But walking (and drooling) over the astonishing collection of vehicles will remain a fantastic memory.
The "police"-branded supercars were unique aspects of the event. Cars such as a Lamborghini Huracan, a McLaren and even a Hummer H2 were all marked and driven by city traffic officials, to promote #boozefreeroads — an initiative to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving during the festive season.
The City’s traffic officers led the parade from the stadium via road intersections that had been temporarily closed. Then we rumbled out of the city, rolled through Somerset West and turned off the N2 towards Gordon's Bay to join what must be one of the most beautiful roads in the world: Clarens Drive.
This is a stretch of tarmac that has been featured in countless car adverts around the globe, magazine shoots, new vehicle launches (both local and international) and, of course, the holiday snaps of decades worth of tourists.
It is a picturesque road that hugs the mountain with nothing but the Atlantic Ocean on its other side. And it was about to be experienced by supercar drivers from around the country as part of the final Last Lion Lifestyle event of 2015.
Truth be told, it was a difficult time of year for an event of that kind. The road was busy, but the holiday traffic certainly didn’t dampen the mood; the sight of at least six supercars following me in the Bentley was certainly something.
Last Lion Lifestyle will be hosting many more events in 2016. Stay up to date with their activities on Instagram @lastlionlifestyle. We’d like to thank Last Lion Lifestyle for including us in their programme and Bentley SA for kindly lending us the rather spectacular Bentley Continental W12 Speed.
What a wonderful, thirsty and ludicrous machine.