Living in South Africa has some serious perks. Majestic mountains, vast miles of beautiful terrain and incredible coastlines provide the backdrop for the summer holidays currently being enjoyed.

We are also famous for our wildlife, especially the Big Five – lion, rhinoceros, leopard, elephant and buffalo. This is actually a hunting term used primarily in the 19th and 20th centuries, when professional hunters bagged as many trophies as possible in the shortest possible time.

At Carbs and Coffee, our shooting is done through a lens instead. Our trophies are from the 20th and early 21st centuries. In many cases, they aren’t nearly as good at camouflage as their animal cousins, sporting bright colours and huge wings.

The Big Five became a rite of passage for hunters travelling to Africa to hunt dangerous animals on foot. Our beasts may have beating engines and four wheels instead of hearts and legs, but the rite of passage concept isn’t so different. Experiencing cars like these is an important step to becoming a true petrolhead.

South Africa may not be as famous as other countries when it comes to classic cars, but it should be. We have an incredible array of cars here and the perfect roads to enjoy them on. Our mission at Carbs and Coffee is to showcase these cars to a global audience.

We got our lion’s share of South African classic car, modern classic and racing experiences in 2018. We now present the Carbs and Coffee Big Five of 2018 – our five most read features:

1. OUTLAW ORANGE | ALFA ROMEO GIULIA – THE LION

At the top of the food chain, this outlaw takes no prisoners. Whether hunting in a pack on a breakfast run or on a solitary mission through the Cape Town landscape, this animal particularly enjoys a diet of unsuspecting “faster” cars that don’t realise its full potential.

Being diurnal, it prefers operating when the sun is out, not least of all to avoid leaks from rain or the perils of misbehaving headlights.

READ MORE – OUTLAW ORANGE | ALFA ROMEO GIULIA

2. YELLOW BRICK ROAD | ALFA 2000 GTV – THE RHINO

A once abundant species, finding these powerful gems is becoming increasingly rare. We had the pleasure of being able to ride (in) this one and what a beauty she was.

Poaching is thankfully less of a problem with our Big Five than with their animal cousins, but is still a problem with 105 series Alfas, as sedans were historically broken up to provide parts to coupe projects.

Times do seem to be changing though. After all, the Giulia pipped the GTV for top spot!

READ MORE – YELLOW BRICK ROAD | ALFA 2000 GTV

3. MGBEAUTIFUL ROADSTER – THE LEOPARD

Once abundant across most of sub-saharan Africa, the majority of the species are now found in Kynsna.

Often mistaken for a Jaguar by non-petrolheads who don’t know their cats (or their cars), a touchy subject for Jag and MG owners alike, the MG generally has a smaller, lighter physique with a balanced package aimed at giving a spirited drive through the twisties.

READ MORE – MGBEAUTIFUL ROADSTER

4. MUSCLE MEMORY | BACKDRAFT COBRA – THE ELEPHANT

Two distinctive tusks, one on either side of the nose, are common on these powerful creatures. The distinctive roar of the V8 turns heads everywhere.

Like elephants, these cars are also considerably faster in a straight line than they are around corners, unless you are very brave indeed.

READ MORE – MUSCLE MEMORY | BACKDRAFT COBRA

5. GENERATION GAP | PORSCHE 996 911 – THE BUFFALO

Not everyone is a fan of buffalos and the same is true for the 996. However, popularity is certainly on the rise and deservedly so. They are becoming sought-after trophies for collectors, particularly the Gen.2 cars.

Oh, and this car is a movie star in a Disney-Pixar film! Not The Lion King of course…but Cars.

READ MORE – GENERATION GAP | PORSCHE 996 911

It truly has been a wild year.

Roll on 2019 – that’s all folks!