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Latest news - 4th October, 2013

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Graham Ross's camping rig Graham Ross's camping rig - Photo: Graham Ross

There is a wondereful book for mountain pass fans called "The Romance of the Mountain Passes of the Cape". It was written by retired roads engineer and 'padmaker' Graham Ross and is now in it's 5th edition. It contains wonderful stories about South African history and the role the passes played in the development of our nation. I call Graham from time to time for guidance and technical advice. This week he sent me this lovely old black and white photo of his family on a camping excursion circa 1950, which shows the family car - an Austin A70 Station Wagon, with an Andy sailing dinghy on the roof and the trusty sloped roof Gypsey caravan in tow.

The camping in those days was 'bundu' style and self-sufficiency was the watchword. Taking the family Boxer along was no problem either. Graham tells the story of several passes that almost got the better of the old Austin - of his family having to walk up the pass to lighten the load, whilst he had to reverse to the bottom (caravan in tow) and then try again with more momentum and speed. For those of you that were children in the 50's, this photo will conjure up very strong memories of camping and family bonding.

Thank you Graham for sharing your extraordinary knowledge and expertise with us. We are honoured!


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