LAP OF NAMIBIA

The 2019 Lap of Namibia organised by Classic Car Events is a go and will take place between Sunday 5 May and Friday 17 May 2019. The trip departs from the Lanseria area of Johannesburg and follows a set route to Upington, with points of interest and accommodation along the way. Entries are limited and filling up fast so the time is now to put your name on the list. Contact Roger Pearce on roger@afriod.co.za for more information and to enter.

HISTORIC RACER TO LE MANS

As part of its 2017 Historic Tour sponsorship package, Motul South Africa offered a pair of VIP Le Mans Classic tickets, flights and accommodation as a lucky draw prize to any competitors using Motul products in their race cars. With all the names put into a hat (or helmet in this case), Mercedes-Benz 190E driver Michiel Oberholzer was the one who got the call to get his passport in order and invite a friend. The two will soon jet off to catch the prestigious event that runs from 6-8 July.

Le Mans Classic began in 2002 and runs every second year in July on the full 13.65km circuit as used for the modern-day 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The event consists of a series of races for cars which have competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (or for similar cars of the same model) and are broken down into six different eras pre-dating 1979. This means Michiel will see events for vehicles raced between 1923-1939, 1949-1956, 1957-1961, 1962-1965, 1966-1971 and 1972-1979. If that’s not enough stimulation there’s also a host of car shows and auctions on the car club displays and on the Bugatti Circuit grounds. Bon voyage!

CONCOURS SA COMES CLOSER

The third annual Concours South Africa, which runs from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 August 2018, will move closer to the hustle and bustle of Fourways, with the announcement of a partnership with Steyn City. The competition brings together the finest classic, luxury and sports cars from pre-war vintage to the modern era for a show-off in the bucolic grounds of Steyn City, which being easily accessible via both Cedar Road and William Nicol Drive just north of Fourways makes it an ideal day out for spectators and classic car runs. Competition entries are limited to 150 vehicles and the event kicks off on Friday with a welcome function and auction by Coys of Kensington. Judging of the cars takes place on the Saturday and Sunday. Concours is not a contest of speed but of elegance, and automobiles are judged on the quality of presentation, historical accuracy, technical merit and style. Entries are now open and can be submitted by visiting www.concourssouthafrica.com.

PORSCHE CLASSIC PRETORIA

With Porsche turning 70 this year, it was only fitting that Porsche Centre Pretoria was awarded Porsche Classic Partner certification in March. This means it is the second such operation in SA (the Cape Town branch being the other) and one of only 63 accredited Porsche Classic Partners worldwide. The outfit offers a wide range of services to owners of classic models from the iconic brand, including access to 52 000 genuine classic Porsche spare parts, repair and restoration services that employ original repair and paint techniques to keep that factory look. Added to this is a classic corner which displays the likes of technical literature, models and accessories.

SHOOT FOR THE MAGNUM RALLY

The annual Magnum Rally, held in the Mpumalanga area, is fast becoming one of the most popular car and bike rallies of the year. Organised by the Pretoria Old Motor Club, you will experience magnificent scenery and enjoy some of the most beautiful mountain passes in the country. Aside from the on-road experience, this three-day spider rally is hosted by fellow motoring enthusiast Willem Fick at his fabulous Hotel Numbi and Garden Suites, where he ensures that we receive the best accommodation, cuisine and service at the most unbelievably good rates. Everyone on the event shares in the atmosphere of a fantastic rally, fun, good food and accommodation. This is an event not to be missed. All vehicles manufactured before 31 December 1997 are eligible and we extend this invitation to you to join. Accommodation is limited, so avoid disappointment and get your entry in as soon as possible. Regulations and details are available at www.pomc.co.za and www.vintageandveteranclub.co.za.

GOING ROUND HARTEES

The Rotary Club of Brits-Hartbeepoort hosts a Classic Meander on Sunday 22 July and welcomes all enthusiasts to take part. The start takes place at French Toast on the R511 at 8h00 and sets off on a 45km route with various stops, challenges and mystery prizes along the way, ending up at Hartbeespoort Holiday Resort on the R513. Here lunch will be on sale from either the various stalls or the onsite restaurant, and cars will be displayed to the public until 13h00. For those wanting to make a weekend of it there are plenty of bungalows, chalets, tented camps and a caravan park. Entries (R200 per vehicle) are limited to 200 vehicles and can be done via www.hbpclassiccar.co.za. All proceeds will be donated to CHOC. For any enquiries contact either Ron at melron@mweb.co.za or Glen on glen@rossint.co.za.

PRINTING PORSCHE PARTS

For classic cars owners and collectors, the lack of availability of spare parts can quickly lead to problems. In the worst case scenario, the car may even be forced out of action. Porsche Classic, the division of Porsche dedicated to classic vehicles, has come up with a solution to this problem, namely producing extremely rare parts that are only needed in small quantities using 3D printers. All parts that are produced using the 3D printing process meet the requirements in terms of absolute fidelity to the original specifications – both from a technical and a visual perspective.

The Porsche Classic range currently includes some 52 000 parts. If a certain spare part is no longer in stock or stock is dwindling, it is reproduced using the original tools. For larger quantities, production may require the use of new tools. However, ensuring the supply of spare parts that are only required in very limited numbers sometimes poses a major challenge, even for the experts. Producing small batches using new tools would be largely inefficient. Before embarking on a project to produce a particular component, Porsche Classic always evaluates various manufacturing processes.

TOP OF THE PILE

Visitors to the 2018 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, which runs from 3 to 6 May, are in for a treat with the most spectacular line-up of cars and drivers yet in this event’s illustrious history. Acknowledged as South Africa’s premier annual motoring and motorsport lifestyle event, the Hillclimb attracted a record number of applications for its ninth edition this year, testifying to its must-attend status amongst many of the top drivers in the country, as well as several international competitors.

The number and quality of applications received this year was truly exceptional and the organising committee had the arduous task of narrowing the 220 entries down to just 64 highly prized slots for Classic Car Friday and 84 for the various categories that make up the King of the Hill challenge, which takes place on the Saturday and Sunday.

Classic Car Friday fans can look forward to 26 marques being represented, covering all eras of motoring and motorsport – from the earliest days of Grand Prix racing in the 1930s to the beautiful sportscars that defined the 1960s, and the V8-powered muscle cars that dominated the 1970s.

The ensemble for King of the Hill, which completes the weekend, is even more spectacular. For the road-based cars, encompassing street-legal and modified racing machines, more than 20 manufacturers will be featured, including big names such as Jaguar, BMW, Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, Lotus, Shelby, Roush – and, of course, the usual armada of mild to outlandishly wild Nissan GT-R entries. The Single Seater and Sports Car category sees 13 purpose-built racing cars vying for glory on the challenging 1.9km Simola Hill course. Will Andre Bezuidenhout’s current record of 37.695 sec in the stunning Dallara F189 Formula One car be beaten?

Full details of ticket prices, hospitality packages and accommodation partners are available and online bookings can be actioned via: www.jaguarsimolahillclimb.com.

SA SPECIALS HEAD FOR KNYSNA

A stand-out feature of the 2018 Knysna Motor Show, sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth on 29 April 2018, will be a historical display of production sedans and sportscars only available in South Africa. These cars date from the 1950s to the present day and chart the amazing engineering and design ingenuity that existed in our country.

The following cars will be on display in a special section dedicated to these South African-only cars, which today enjoy huge international interest (and value!) because of their rarity.

Protea (1956-1958)
This humble sportscar was designed and built in Johannesburg by a team led by sportscar enthusiast John Myers. It was the first fibreglass-bodied car to be built in South Africa.

GSM Dart (1958-1965)
Just a few months after the Protea was launched, the GSM Dart broke cover early and also featured a fibreglass body. These cars were built in Cape Town as well as in the UK, under the name GSM Delta.

GSM Flamingo (1962-1965)
The GSM Flamingo followed the Dart when GSM realised that many South Africans wanted a more sophisticated sportscar. The Flamingo featured a distinctive split-window rear window design, actually pre-dating the famous 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray split-window model.

Renault Alconi (1964-1967)
In the mid-1960s, two Joburg race drivers and engine tuners, John Conchie and Eric ‘Puddles’ Adler, created hotted-up Renault R8 and 10 models that were homologated and listed for sale as official products with full factory warranty.

Marauder Sports (1971-1974)
The Marauder was a steel-chassis, fibreglass-bodied sportscar built in Randburg in the early to mid-1970s by enthusiast Peter Meefan. It was sold as a kit or in built-up form, and was modelled after the Lotus 7.

Ford Capri Perana V8 (1971-1973)
Arguably the most iconic South African-developed performance car is the Ford Capri Perana, devised and built by race-driver and speed shop owner Basil Green of Johannesburg. With a Ford V8 shoehorned in, the Capri offered Ferrari performance for a fraction of the cost.

Chevrolet Firenza Can Am (1972-1973)
They only built 100 of these cars, and they were designed to do just one thing – and that was to vanquish the mighty Capri Peranas. And they did just that, thanks to inspiration of race drivers Basil van Rooyen and Geoff Mortimer, who were closely involved in the development.

Alfa Romeo GTV6 3.0 (1983-1985)
The important bit about this car is the 3.0 designation. Everywhere else in the world, Alfa Romeo GTV6s had 2.5-litre engines. But in South Africa, the likes of race engineer Sampie Bosman and his team sourced Autodelta parts from Italy to enlarge the OHC V6 to three litres, and it became the car to beat in Group One racing.

Ford Sierra XR8 (1984-1985)
Ford couldn’t take the GTV6’s track success lying down, and in mid-1984 introduced the amazing Ford Sierra XR8. This was essentially a Ford Sierra V6, but fitted with a 5-litre V8, special limited-slip diff, 5-spoke alloy wheels and dual-plane rear wing in the boot. Only 250 units were produced.

BMW 333i (1984-1985)
Until 1984, the largest-capacity BMW 3 Series model was fitted with a 2.3-litre straight-6, known as the 323i. But amidst the flurry of homologation specials being turned out by the likes of arch-rivals Alfa and Ford for production racing purposes, BMW in Rosslyn had to get in on the act. Rather outlandishly, the 333i was produced by slotting in a 3.2-litre straight-6 engine from a large BMW 7 Series sedan.

Volkswagen Caracal Prototype (1990)
This car was conceived by Cape Town architect Gerrie Steenkamp, who distinguished himself in the mid-1970s by importing Lotus and Lamborghini CKD kits and assembling them outside Cape Town. In late 1989 Steenkamp employed race rally driver Nic de Waal to design a sportscar and the result was the Golf 2-litre 16V rear-engined Caracal. The car shown at Knysna is believed to be one of three or four prototypes built by Steenkamp’s Inter Motor Makers.

AC Zagato 378 GT (2012)
The AC Zagato 379 GT is an evolution of the Perana Z One, first shown in 2009. It was the result of collaboration between Hi-Tech Automotive of Port Elizabeth and Zagato, the Italian styling house, which provided some design detailing. In 2012 the AC Zagato 378 was launched, and featured a Chevrolet Corvette C6 fuel-injected V8 motor.

The Knysna Motor Show will be held at the Knysna High School sports grounds on Sunday, 29 April from 9am to 4pm. Elegant food and drink stalls will provide refreshments in keeping with the glamour of this top-quality classic car event. Tickets cost R50, kids over 12 pay R10 and kids under 12 get in free. Funds raised go to charity.

For more information, go to the Garden Route Motor Club’s website on www.grmc.co.za.

MUNSTER MOTOR MUSEUM

The South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal is a hotbed for classic cars and the opening of the Munster Motor Museum is sure to take the enthusiasm one step further.

Rod Kinsey who, with Con Engelbrecht and Ken Sink, managed Classic Cars and Motorcycles in Margate for four years, has built a motor museum in a specially constructed barn on his family estate. Known as the Munster Motor Museum, the facility reflects his family’s lifelong passion and contribution to cars and motor racing.

The Kinsey family has over 150 years’ engineering and motoring experience. Rod’s great grandfather William Barnes Kinsey received an acknowledgement from the London Patents Office in February 1867 for ‘improvements in gas engines’ and also took charge as the engineer building the Port Shepstone harbour in 1898. Rod, his father and grandfather all followed suit with backgrounds dominated by engineering and motoring.

The Munster Motor Museum provides displays of restoration projects through to completed cars with a dose of motorcycles, engines and models showing the inner workings of steam, diesel, petrol and electric lumps thrown in for good measure. Oh yes, and there’s a host of model planes, ships and cars mixed in with other interesting motoring, shipping and flying memorabilia.

Dr Rory Byrne, our famous Pretoria-born ace that went on to become chief designer to the likes of Benetton and Ferrari Formula 1 outfits, was on hand as guest speaker at the facility’s opening. The museum is situated at Sithela Country Estate in Munster and entrance will cost between R5 and R20 with special rates for pensioners, scholars, groups and frequent customers.