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Written by Albert Bossert for Go! Magazine February 2007 Edition

12-16 MAY 2014

At the base of the canyon soon after Pulpit Rock a bunch of friends sought out the now famous Vespa landmark ‘Vidi’, with the purpose of giving her a fresh coat of paint.

She’s been painted numerous times since 1968. This time she was transformed from her usual rust-red to stark black and white zebra striping.

Thanks to the group for their photos:

Stoffel, Pierre van der Westhuizen, Alan Hubbard, Hanneli Gerber, Sanet van Meersbergen, Jaco Beukman  and Heinrich Gerber.


An invitation was accepted by three members of the original 1968 Cape Town Vespa Club Fish River Canyon Expedition to attend a reunion and the 2010 opening of the Cañon Roadhouse, Namibia. Organized and hosted  by Gondwana, Collection, Namibia.

The photograph below was taken at the exact same spot they stopped at 42 years earlier in 1968 before undertaking their Fish River Canyon Challenge.

Johnnie Johnson passed away 7 February 2011 in Cape Town.

Pictured left to right:

Graham Nell, Johnnie Johnson, Aubrey Jackson and Mannfred Goldbeck, Managing Director of Gondwana Collection, Namibia.

Photograph courtesy of the Gondwana Collection Namibia.