The Distinguished Gentleman's Drive 2022

Distinguished Gentlemans Drive

As part of a global, coordinated event to raise awareness and funds for men's mental health and cancer research, The Distinguished Gentleman's Drive took place this past Sunday the 25th of September... and Capetonian petrolheads came out in full support!

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Drive is a celebration of classic style. Founded in 2021, it is an on-road motoring event, uniting pre-'80s classic cars, designed to encourage enthusiasts and vintage car owners around the world to dress dapper and drive for men’s health.

Cadillac Coupe De Ville

Funds raised support the organisation's charity partner, Movember. These funds are invested in vital research and programs for prostate cancer and men's mental health to support the wellbeing of men all around the world.


The Distinguished Gentleman's Drive is a themed event, where drivers and their passengers dress dapper to complement the elegant design of their vehicles.

Overall 55 countries took part in the event on Sunday and, interestingly, South Africa boasted the fourth most entrants (134 cars registered), and overall the Cape Town group raised more than R30 000 for the selected charity.

Mazda rotary

Each local event is organised by a passionate volunteer, and in Cape Town's case this was Ashley Thompson, owner of Cape Classic Cars.

Some truly special cars arrived at the Waterfront's Silo District for the briefing and start of the drive, a scenic, twisty route that took entrants along the coast to Hout Bay, and then past Newlands Forest and back to the Waterfront.


Only cars pre-1980 could enter, and the field was certainly diverse, with anything from a striking pink Cadillac Coupe De Ville, to a Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 and Ferrari 250 GT/E drawing lots of attention.

You can find out more about The Distinguished Gentleman's Drive here.


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