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SAMCA’s 37TH ANGELA’S PICNIC

SAMCA (South African Motor Club Association) hosts the 37th Angela’s Picnic on Sunday, 1 April 2018 at Delta Park, Johannesburg from 08h00 to 15h00.

A premier classic and collectable car social event, it is a non-commercial affair and car lovers are invited to bring their picnic, enjoy the park surrounded by a plethora of classic cars and at the same time support the Witwatersrand Hospice Association by way of donations at the gate. Over the years SAMCA has collected and donated up to R700 000 to organisations for cancer sufferers and terminally ill people.

The event is held annually in memory of the late Angela Heinz, a remarkable lady whose interests included crop-sprayers, off-road motorcycles, opera, Morgan cars, rifle shooting and Dobermans. She arranged this laid-back, uncompetitive picnic in the park to give SAMCA members and the public the opportunity to see a variety of very special cars in one place.

SAMCA (South African Motor Club Association) is the coordinating body for over 30 car clubs catering for classic and collectable cars in South Africa.

For more information email Rob Clark at robherofarm@gmail.com.

DRESS IN RED, DRIVE IN RED

The third Craft/VVC charity RED CARnival spectacle will be held on 22 April 2018 in Parkhurst, Johannesburg. The red Routemaster Bus will be coming out the museum again to take everyone for rides and once again money raised will go to the Smile Foundation which provides funds for surgery for people with facial deformities. The event has grown in popularity and an extremely large turnout is once again expected. Even if you don’t have a red car or bike, dress in red and come be part of the show. Old or brand new, it does not make a difference – just so long as it’s red!

CONCOURS SA ENTRIES OPEN

Entries are open for Concours South Africa 2018, to be held at Sun City on 10-12 August 2018. Owners of classic, vintage and veteran cars can now enter their cars for this year’s event by visiting www.concourssa.com and following the instruction on the site.

This year’s event will be the third annual Concours South Africa, and as in the previous two events, will be held at the marvellous Sun City Venue, on the lawns adjacent to the Gary Player Country Club. Last year’s event was won by the 1989 Ferrari F40 belonging to Johannesburg’s Keith Rivers, while the very first Concours South Africa winner was a 1985 De Tomaso Pantera GT5, owned by the De Abreu family in Gaborone, Botswana.

Last year over 80 cars entered the various categories, and this year it is expected the entry will swell to some 100 cars, all built before the cut-off period of 1990. The oldest car entered last year was a 1913 Buick entered by Johannesburg vintage and veteran specialist Brian Noik.

LAND ROVER 70th RESTORATION

Land Rover will mark its 70th anniversary with a series of events and celebrations in 2018, beginning with the restoration of the vehicle that started it all – one of the three pre-production Land Rovers shown at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show launch. This gave the world its first glimpse of the shape that would become instantly recognisable as a Land Rover.

For years the whereabouts of this launch Land Rover was a mystery. The demonstration vehicle from the Amsterdam Show was last on the road in the 1960s, after which it spent 20 years in a Welsh field before being bought as a restoration project; it then lay languishing unfinished in a garden. Following its surprise discovery just a few miles outside of Solihull, UK – where the car was first built – the experts at Jaguar Land Rover Classic spent months researching in company archives to unravel its ownership history and confirm its provenance.

The team behind the successful Land Rover Series I Reborn programme, which allows customers to own a slice of Land Rover history with meticulously restored Series Is, will now embark on their most challenging project yet: a year-long mission to preserve this historically significant prototype and enable it to be driven again.

KNYSNA NEEDS MORE

In June 2017, fires spread across the Garden Route affecting areas from Sedgefield, Knysna and the surrounding areas as far as Plettenberg Bay, leaving over 8 000 people homeless. The devastation resulted in families from formal and informal suburbs seeking urgent relief, supplies and support. Although many private and government institutions have already come to their aid, there is still a great need as the devastated areas are being rebuilt and communities are being supported. With the 2017 Knysna Motor Show achieving record levels, an amount of R150 000 was donated to charities and car and motorcycle enthusiasts who lost everything. The aim of the 2018 Knysna Motor Show is to exceed last year’s amount and to donate a larger amount to the needy charities as Knysna gets rebuilt. To achieve this, we need the support of participants in the form of displaying their beautiful cars and motorcycles, and for the public to attend in great numbers.

Recognised as a premium motor show in SA with sponsorship again from Sanlam Private Wealth, it kicks off on Sunday, 29 April at the Knysna High School sports grounds. With a few public holidays around this weekend, it is the perfect time to take a holiday on the Garden Route. In addition, you could extend your stay to watch the very popular Jaguar Simola Hillclimb taking place the following weekend. It is guaranteed to be a motoring extravaganza week.

In 2017, the Knysna Motor Show attracted more than 400 high-quality and rare cars and motorcycles, with more than 6 000 visitors coming to look. Now in its seventh year, the aim is again to continue the growth and exceed the 450 mark. Categories on display will be all classics, with the emphasis on sports classics, modern classics, veteran and vintage machines built prior to 1945 and, of course, collectable motorcycles of road, racing and off-road orientation. It’s an invitation event for the display vehicles but if you have a car or bike that meets the criteria please make contact. With plenty of top-quality food and drink stalls on hand, it is a great day out for the whole family.
For more information and to register your vehicle please contact Peter Pretorius at peterp@afrihost.co.za or 082 321 4724.

SA GRAND PRIX PARTY

If there is an event not to be missed in 2018 it is the South African Historic Grand Prix Festival, taking place from 25 November to 2 December – a celebration of the cars that participated in the South African Grands Prix of the 1930s.

The festival, which sees a number of events over the period, will be an exclusive and unparalleled opportunity for a limited number of the public to see these amazing cars in action.

THE EXHIBITION RACE

The Exhibition Race will consist of two display races and a track demonstration at the East London Grand Prix Circuit on 25 November. A significant portion of the original circuit from the 1930s still exists and the participating cars will once again come alive and drive corners such as the legendary Potters Pass. These corners, usually part of a public road, are not much changed from what they were 80 years ago!

The demonstration will be held in conjunction with a historic car race meeting, giving the public lots of activity and classic machinery in which to immerse themselves.

THE HISTORIC GRAND PRIX TOUR

Slotting in between the East London GP Exhibition Race and a Grand Festival in Cape Town, a leisurely road tour will take place for owners and the road-going cars from the Grand Prix, as well as other age-related vehicles. This will be an opportunity for many of these cars to relive the roads they once travelled from East London to the Grosvenor Grand Prix (held a week after the SAGP) between the races and for owners to enjoy the splendours of South Africa’s famous landscapes, hospitality, cuisine, weather and luxury accommodation.

THE GRAND PRIX GARDEN PARTY

The culmination of the event will take place in the beautiful Western Cape. The high-end two-day event will see an evocative display of the original cars that took part in the original South African Grand Prix. There will also be a live demonstration of the cars, at controlled speeds, to allow the public to get up close to these magnificent cars.

A limited number of tickets to the Drivers Club VIP Hospitality facility are available for public or corporate sale. This five-star facility allows prestigious access to the event, with fine food on offer throughout the day and the opportunity to rub shoulders with the GP car owners, as well as other like-minded individuals.

The nine-day event will be topped off with a private gala dinner for the car owners and participants to crown off a never-to-be-forgotten celebration of these iconic cars.

Attendees are encouraged to relive the era by wearing 1930s/’40s period-correct clothing. For more information, visit www.sahistoricgp.com.

To date the likes of the Talbot 105 that entered the 1934, ’37 and ’38 SA Grands Prix, the famous ERA R3A from the 1939 event and the winning supercharged Maserati 8CM from 1934 have entered. It is going to be an insane stroll back in time and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see such machinery.

THE OLDEST BEETLE IN SA AT SUN CITY

The oldest Volkswagen Beetle in South Africa has been entered for Concours South Africa 2017, which takes place at Sun City on 4-6 August.  The little fawn-coloured Peoples Car is a 1949 model sedan, built in Germany, and imported to South Africa by a private owner a good two years before the very first Beetle was produced here.

What makes this Beetle entry even more interesting is the fact that it is owned by AutoPavilion, the official Volkswagen Museum in South Africa, located  at the factory in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape..

“We have been very excited about Concours South Africa, and we will evaluate this year’s event to see if it makes sense to bring a bigger selection of vehicles from Uitenhage in 2018 and use this opportunity to profile our AutoPavilion ,” said Matt Gennrich, General Manager Communications  for Volkswagen South Africa. “An event like this plays an amazing role in increasing awareness of our rich motoring heritage in South Africa.

“This is our first big show outside of the Eastern Cape and we decided to go ahead and enter one of our best restoration in Concours, which happens to be the oldest known surviving Beetle in the country. And make no mistake, we aren’t entering Concours 2017 with the idea of simply showing the car. We want to win it!”

The car in question has had an interesting history, as befits a 68-year-old car. It was built just three years after the Volkswagenwerk in Wolfsburg, Germany was rescued from ruin after sustaining severe Allied bombing between 1939 and 1945 in World War Two.

Ironically, it was an English army group, tasked with overseeing the Wolfsburg area immediately after World War Two, that realised the best way to clothe and feed the starving population in the area was to make the Volkswagen factory, used for military vehicle production during the war, a going concern as soon as possible. The Volkswagen sedans that then began trickling off the ‘production line’ – still suffering the aftermath of the chaotic years just past – were sold to the Allied occupying forces in Germany for use as transport.

So successful was this team, led by a certain Major Ivan Hirst, in setting up production and sales pipelines, that by 1948 the factory was then handed back to German management, falling under the leadership of former Opel production expert, Heinz Nordhoff.

Thus the 1949 Volkswagen export model that arrived here was a product that, just, three years prior, would have been deemed to have been an impossibility by many!

Volkswagen production in South Africa commenced in late August, 1951, at a new plant in Uitenhage established by what was then known as SAMAD, (South African Motor Assemblies and Distributors), which also built Studebakers and British Austins. The VW-South African tie-up was brokered by the famous Baron Klaus von Oertzen, a man who was instrumental in the inception of the famous 320km/h Auto Union racers in pre-war Germany, designed by Ferdinand Porsche.

Von Oertzen managed to get approval for the Volkswagen assembly contract from the South African government by brokering a deal that involved the export of copious quantities of South African wine to Germany!

This 1949 Volkswagen sedan – the term “Beetle” was not used by the factory – surfaced in South Africa in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, in 1971, after a national competition run jointly by the magazine Wheels and Volkswagen South Africa to find the country’s oldest Beetle. The car was at this time owned by a Mr David Rubin, who was then given a brand new 1300 Beetle in exchange for the classic.

Christened as simply ‘Jan’, the 1949 bug went on display around South Africa before coming home to rest at Uitenhage, where it went into storage and eventually fell into a state of minor disrepair.

Just over a year ago, ‘Jan’ was rescued by a man of the same name, a certain Jan Schiedeck-Jacht, who also happens to be Head of Product Engineering at VWSA in Uitenhage.Mr Schiedeck-Jacht organised a team of enthusiasts from Product Engineering at Uitenhage to embark on a restoration project.

In an amazingly short time of just seventh months, the fully-restored 1949 Volkswagen sedan was back in showroom condition. With a power capability from its 1100cc air-cooled boxer four-cylinder engine registering all of 18kW, just as it had in 1949, where the stated top speed was a shade over 100km/h.

Paying tribute to the efforts of his Product Engineering team, VWSA managing Director Thomas Schaefer said he was “humbled by the dedication, passion and love of our automotive heritage that this team has shown during the restoration.”

Now, at Concours South Africa, the team’s work will come under the stern scrutiny of a top international panel of judges, led by Wayne Harley, Curator of the Franschhoek Motor Museum. And the humble little 1949 Beetle will be up against some of the finest veteran, vintage and classic cars in South Africa.

Concours South Africa 2017 at Sun City runs from Friday 4 August to Sunday 6 August, 2017. The event  opens with  the HAGI Conference on Value in the Classic Car Market www.vccm.co.za on Friday morning. There is still time to enter your pristine classic for Concours South Africa 2017, held on 4-6 August at Sun City.  Visit the website www.concourssa.co.za on how to enter.

FINS & FIFTIES FLASH ON SHOW

Classic Chevys, Fords, Pontiacs, Dodges, Oldsmobiles Buicks! Whatever car you fancy from the glorious chrome-bedecked, outrageously-finned Fifties, you’ll have your pick at Nasrec Expo Centre, South West of Johannesburg this Sunday, July 9, with the next instalment of The Classic Car Show.

“The cars from the 1950s simply mean Rock n Roll to us petrol-heads,” says organiser Paulo Calisto. “And the great thing about our show is that each year we draw classic, unrestored original examples, super-trick customs and even restoration projects in half-finished form. The guys that build these cars put a lot of love, sweat and gears into finding them in the first place, let alone the real work that follows, once a restoration project begins. I love the muscle car era too, and we’ll have hundreds of these on show. But the cars from the ‘50s, it’s like they were the ones that started this whole movement for many of us. These are the roots car!”

The 1950s can actually be termed a preview of the whole muscle car era that followed. Because it was in this decade, that the American manufacturers became embroiled in the great horsepower race. Engine outputs rose in that one decade, from about 100 horsepower (75 kW) to over 300 horsepower.

The horsepower race was partly driven by the American manufacturers who were involved in NASCAR racing at that time. Hudsons were the first “factory kings” of the sport in the early 1950s, followed by Chrysler with the glorious 300 series cars. After that it was pretty much a straight fight between Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge, and all these factories churned out super-high-horsepower optional examples for sale to the public, that could then be legitimately raced on the oval tracks as “stock cars.”

But it was in the styling departments too that things went a little crazy. After the drab, economy-conscious years that followed World War Two in the late 1940s, the 1950s gave rise, in America especially, to a huge wave of optimism. And the cars reflected it, with ornate chrome grilles, bumpers, tail fins, and elaborate side-flashes.

Of course, there will be hundreds of other classics at Nasrec, ranging from custom vans and pick-ups to hot rods to muscle cars, of which Mustangs and Camaros and Dodges will be well in evidence. And let’s not forget the fabulous Cobra recreations that we have running all over Jo’burg.

Classic car owners can enter through Nasrec’s Gate Two from 7 am, while spectators can enter through Gate 5 from 9 am. The Prawn and Food Festival will offer prawns prepared by the famous Calisto restaurant group which has franchises all over Gauteng.

Entrance fee to the show is R80 per adult and R20 for children under 11-years-old. There will be a host of family-type entertainment on hand as well, including live music and helicopter rides at R150 for a short flip. There will be a beer garden and a mini-prawn festival at the show, and Halaal food will also be on sale.

For more information, visit www.classiccarshow.co.za. Or call Paul Calisto on 082 497 7218.

REVIVING THE FREEDOM OF THE CITI

Volkswagen is paying homage to its legendary Citi Golf model with the introduction of the limited edition Citi Vivo Polo. Citi Vivo is bringing back the ubiquitous three colours of Red, Yellow and Blue, which were used to launch the original Citi Golf in 1984.

The production of the iconic Citi Golf at the Volkswagen manufacturing factory in Uitenhage ended in 2009 after 25 years. Over that time, the plant produced over 377 000 units, many of which are still used on our roads today. Of course the Citi Golf gained some of its popularity from the quirky and humorous television and print adverts that told a South African story and we hope to see VW employing a similar campaign with its new model, along with the same engineering ingenuity that gave Citi Golf its cult status and longevity in the local market.

In 2010, Volkswagen launched Polo Vivo to replace Citi Golf as the market leader in the compact passenger car segment. In the past six years, Polo Vivo has been the best-selling passenger model in South Africa and has to date sold 229 300 units. There is no better way to celebrate the success of the Polo Vivo than to pay homage to its iconic predecessor. As the three colours of Red, Yellow and Blue are synonymous with the classic Citi Golf, it was fitting to use them as the only colours for Citi Vivo. And no, you still can’t get it in green!

Citi Vivo comes from the 1.4i Conceptline Polo derivative, which has a power output of 55kW. In addition to the standard features of Conceptline, the new Citi gets 15-inch alloy wheels, side mirrors, door and tailgate handles and CITI decals all in white. As a special edition only 2 000 units are planned and it retails for R177 300.

MEANDER THE MALUTI

The South African Regularity Rally Association (SARRA) hosts the popular MacGregor Maluti Meander at the end of April 2017. The event runs over three days and will see the Mont Aux Sources Hotel in the Drakensberg as its home base.

While it is open to cars and motorcycles of all ages, participants are encouraged to enter in classic vehicles, which for purposes of this event refers to vehicles which are 25 years and older. There will be two categories (open and sealed odometer) and cars and motorcycles will run in different classes, as will modern and classic vehicles.

Start time is 12h00 on Thursday 27 April in Harrismith, from where the route will head to Mont Aux Sources. Day two involves a competitive scenic route through the mountains to lunch in Nottingham Road, before rallying back to the hotel. The third day is a rest day to allow some relaxation, sightseeing and participation in the many activities on offer at the hotel and surrounds. The fourth and final day sees some more competition driving before rounding off with the Sunday evening prize giving. Check out is on Monday morning (a public holiday).

While there is an obvious competitive element to the event, it is designed to allow sufficient time to socialise and soak up this beautiful part of the country in your classic car. All roads used are tarred and every effort has been made to use the best condition surface available for the 600km route. Set speeds are all well within applicable speed limits, and it is an MSA-sanctioned event.

For more information contact Larina MacGregor on 084 949 0937 or on larina.macgregor@gmail.com. Alternatively, enter by using the entry form on the SARRA website (www.sarra.co.za).