1969 Album

Early morning at the lookout before starting our descent.

Return to the Canyon.

In 1969 a group of Cape Town Vespa Club members and partners including four of the previous years team revisited the canyon. Their aim was to retrace the expeditions route and to locate the three Vespas named Veni, Vidi and Vici.

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Graham fixing the obligatory puncture.
Graham fixing the obligatory puncture.
Club members on the morning of our descent.
Club members on the morning of our descent.
From the lookout
From the lookout
Looking down into horseshoe bend.
Looking down into horseshoe bend.
Canyon panorama.
Canyon panorama.
Starting down.
Starting down.
On our way down.
On our way down.
Descent  to the first plateau.
Descent to the first plateau.
Making our way down.
Making our way down.
We found Veni…
We found Veni…
…where we had left her.
…where we had left her.
Stripped of parts including her motor, taken by souvenir hunters.
Stripped of parts including her motor, taken by souvenir hunters.
Tony down at the river.
Tony down at the river.
Cape Town Vespa Club Members at base camp.
Cape Town Vespa Club Members at base camp.
Base camp panorama.
Base camp panorama.
Peter Chislett contemplating.
Peter Chislett contemplating.
Late afternoon.
Late afternoon.
We new Vici had to be here somewhere.
We new Vici had to be here somewhere.
We spread out and started searching.
We spread out and started searching.
It had to be close and…
It had to be close and…
…it wasn’t long before Graham found an  engine cowling.
…it wasn’t long before Graham found an engine cowling.
Graham & Johnnie with the Vici find.
Graham & Johnnie with the Vici find.
Soon we found Vici battered and bruised, washed up on the rocks.
Soon we found Vici battered and bruised, washed up on the rocks.
A quiet Vici moment. Remembering the hardships.
A quiet Vici moment. Remembering the hardships.
Searching for Vidi.
Searching for Vidi.
Searching.
Searching.
How did we get this far?
How did we get this far?
Later we found Vidi.
Later we found Vidi.
Still covered with reeds, as we had left her the previous year.
Still covered with reeds, as we had left her the previous year.
One last ride.
One last ride.
Three of the original 1968 Vespa Expedition team.
Johnnie, Graham and Tony.
Three of the original 1968 Vespa Expedition team.
Johnnie, Graham and Tony.
The engine still looked reasonable.
The engine still looked reasonable.
We covered Vidi with reeds again & got ready to exit the canyon.
We covered Vidi with reeds again & got ready to exit the canyon.
Jean Nell & Jéanne Beckley climbing out.
Jean Nell & Jéanne Beckley climbing out.
Jéanne & Tony Beckley after exiting the canyon.
Jéanne & Tony Beckley after exiting the canyon.
Jéanne Beckley with Shawn & Cindi Nell after exiting the canyon.
Jéanne Beckley with Shawn & Cindi Nell after exiting the canyon.