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.

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.