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    Wijnland Carmuseum in Kraaifontain

    by globetrott Written Jul 9, 2014
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    About 35km from Capetown and on the way to Franschhoek you will find this interesting carcollection: The Wijnland Carmuseum with a fine collection of cars, and some of them are well-known movie-stars like the red car of "Starsky and Hutch" and many others. This museum also works a bit different from other museums, as you will first get to the fenced "car cemetery", you will have to press a button, explain what you want and then the door will open automatically.
    At first you have to walk to the office, that also seems to be the home of the owner Les Boshoff and his wife. You will pay the small entrance-fee and then Les Boshoff might start to talk to you about his and other cars in general and he will also show you around the hall, where various vintage-cars will be shown like in a garage, no further infos given there like in other museums and most cars stand there like they where just recently parked there.
    And that might even be the case, as this collection is used for weddings, movies, commercials ect.

    Kraaifontain is about halfway between Capetown and Franschhoek

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    See the "Starsky and Hutch" Gran Torino

    by globetrott Written Jul 9, 2014
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    For thousands of fans this is the most interesting car of the Wijnland Carmuseum in Kraaifontain: The Ford Gran Tourino of 1976 with the white arrow on a red car. After the big success of that TV-series you could even buy that car, painted that way directely at Ford.
    For me there are other cars that are more important, like the ones in my extra pictures.
    The Wijnland Carmuseum in Kraaifontain is certainly more of a garage and a place to get, rent or buy custom-built cars for movies and commercials like they are quite often made in Southafrica for TV-stations from all over the world.
    And for car-enthousiasts like me it was really great to be able to walk around and take a lot of pictures of great cars and it was also nice to be able to talk to Les Boshoff and his wife, who both also love to travel and so there was a lot top talk about before I started to explore the "rusty cemetery " on my own.
    Some day I will certainly come back !
    In my last 2 pics: a "speedcar" that was built for a Commercial by the Wijnland Carmuseum .
    Kraaifontain is about halfway between Capetown and Franschhoek

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    The car - cemetery of the Wijnland Carmuseum

    by globetrott Updated Jul 8, 2014
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    This is the part of the museum that you will see first: rusty cars in partly terrible conditions waiting for restauration and maybe even a role in a movie or commercial !
    And what is even more interesting about the way of restauration that is done here is the fact that the cars that are used for commercials and movies are mostly ordered to be made as a combination of various cars that might give the audience the idea to see a vintage Mercedes or other type of car, while this very car in the movie was never built in that very way before !
    Kraaifontain is about halfway between Capetown and Franschhoek

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    Victor Verster Prison & N. Mandela Monument

    by globetrott Written Jul 8, 2014
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    This is the gate of Drakenstein Correctional Centre (formerly Victor Verster Prison), where Nelson Mandela walked free on February 11, 1990 accompanied by his wife Winnie.
    On the gate of the prison you will see a monument for Nelson Mandela, who was imprisoned there for the last 2 years, between 1988 and 1990.
    Mandela was for 27 years in prison, first on Robben Island, later in Pollsmoor Prison and finally in the Victor Verster Prison.
    You will pass by that monument on the way from Capetown to Franschhoek.

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    Butterfly world

    by mvtouring Written Jul 29, 2007

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    Butterfly world lies on the road as you leave the N1 to go to Franschhoek. It is a delightfull place to visit for both adults and children alike. Not to be missed in my opinion

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