When it came time to head out to the Midnight Run hosted by our good mates at the Volkswagen Club of South Africa, the weather was a little on the miff side with a healthy dose of rain and temperatures more reminiscent of a winter cold front. That’s usually a bad thing, but in my experience it’s pretty much fact that bad weather keep at least half of the possible attendees away, which means if the weather was great the chaos would have been on another level. With rain and boost-friendly weather in play, I’m guestimating at least 450 – 500 cars arrived at the meeting point in Kempton Park. Meadowdale Mall has NEVER seen so many cars, not even on a payday weekend in December. As usual, the run was open to all kinds of cars, but as expected there were loads of VAG cars parked around.

The plan was to run a lap of Jo’burg’s ring road and return to the Edenvale area and the VWCSA clubhouse, situated in the Oettinger SA premises, where Club members and auto enthusiasts could grab a cappuccino, a chai latte or something else equally warm and wet. With drizzle falling and the run taking place at midnight, this VAG Cafe photographer opted to not join on the run for rolling shots because most wouldn’t work as well as I’d like and I’d probably only be able to get pics of the few cars around me. So I headed straight to the Club house to wait for the guys to arrive. Oddly, the end point was just a few kilos from the start point, but it only took a few minutes for the first guys to arrive after a lap of the highway. Let’s just say I hope they had plates off and that Metro was too lazy to trap or set up cameras in the rain, coz chaps was FLYING yo!

While Van Riebeeck Road in Edenvale has plenty parking in it, it soon filled up with tasty rides. It did seem that a lot of the cars that went on the just did a driveby of the Club house and went on their merry way because when all the parking were full, there were probably just shy of 200 seen. There is a lot of ambient light, but that still doesn’t mean taking pics after midnight is an easy affair, but yours truly did some experimenting with setting and I’m happy to report that the images captured turned out pretty damn decent. Some cars are easier to shoot at night than others thanks to reflections and colours, but overall they have that VAG Cafe quality you’re expecting…

So once again, the chaps from the VWCSA set the bar for runs, this one is going to be very hard to beat. I can’t imagine how good one would be with perfect weather. Why yes Ian, that is a challenge good Sir, we know you can do it. Highlights for the evening? Well, there’s the cars of course, we spotted so many hot VAG cars that we didn’t know where to look. The cars ranged from Mk1 Golfs through to Strat’s bagged Audi A8 with a spattering of BMWs, Fords, Opels and most other brands including many JDM neckbreakers. For the most part, people behaved, although when there’s a group this big it is hard to weed out the idiots. Luckily the VWCSA committee is good at what they do and any transgressors (big word huh?) were taken note of and will be excommunicated (another one!) from the next run, or at least they will be closely watched. A huge thanks to the Club and everyone who attended, even the weather wasn’t enough to put a damper (haha) on things. We’ll be seeing you at the next Club event, but that’s what you expect from VAG Cafe. You can catch more images from the night over on our Facebook page, but you knew that already too…