CELEBRITIES are usually dolled up in designer gear and heavy make-up at social events, but a hands-on car launch this week was a refreshing change from the norm.
Masterchef: South Africa’s Kamini Pather, MetroFM’s Mpho Maboi, Good Hope FM sports anchor Tammy B, actress Jay Anstey, former Miss South Africa Nicole Flint and Top Billing presenter Jonathan Boynton-Lee were among those treated to an adventure by Ford South Africa for the launch of the new 4X4 Everest in Cape Town.
Mostly clad in sporty gear, there was one exception – Miss South Africa Liesl Laurie rocked up in heels. Clearly she was living up to the notion of driving in heels – or perhaps it is part of her daily routine to look glam while holding up the title’s demands.
“It’s part of work, we have to look presentable, when we do the drive I will wear pumps,” giggled Laurie.
The celebs – who were joined by bloggers and influencers such as Aisha Baker, Sarah Langa and a few others – arrived at the Cape Town airport to be treated to breakfast before being paired into twos and sent to their first driving adventure that led to lunch at the scenic Cavalli Wine and Stud Farm.
On arrival they were treated to refreshments while viewing some of the art exhibitions at the gallery on the farm, before heading to a brief presentation. There, guests were taught about the car’s techniques which include a lane-keeping system, blind spot information, collision alert and cruise control – all included in vehicle, which will set you back about R600 000. The part that had most of the women impressed was the fact that the cubby hole can fit a laptop.
“This is a beautiful car, I expected it to be more pricey,” said Maboi.
They were then treated to a three-course lunch before driving another 90 minutes along dangerous slopes down rocky mountains, muddy pits and bumpy terrain.
Hot couple Anstey and Boynton-Lee were inseparable as they rode in the same car and even shared a few smooches and hugs along the journey. Beauty queen Laurie, who was paired with Pather, seemed to love the thrill as she snapped away with her partner as they alternated driving. Red-haired Tammy B was also quite the sport and made guests laugh with her jokes along the way.
“This is quite an adventure, now we need to make sure we stay in the car while driving those slopes,” she quipped.
By the end of the day, everyone was spoiled with dinner at Chef Reuben Riffel’s restaurant in Franschhoek before heading off to sleep at the lavish L’ermitage Franschhoek Chateau and Villas.
By morning it was time to bid farewell to the adventure as everyone had to get back to the real world.
Who knew driving could be such fun!