Gauteng’s classic car show has something for everyone – from petrol heads to families

Organiser of Gauteng’s biggest classic car show, Paulo Calisto, is expecting the biggest turn-out yet at the huge Nasrec Expo Centre, South-West of Johannesburg, on Sunday December 4.

001-off-my-wheelsBrian Joss – “The Classic Car Show, in association with Rolling Thunder, has grown from a few hundred cars to become a massive event, and this year I am predicting over 1 200 cars and bikes for the event,” said Calisto.

“One of the huge attractions this year is the Portuguese Prawn and Food Festival and we have also invited all the Harley owners groups in Gauteng to participate. But the classics will be central to the event.

Early ‘50s Ford van, in ultra-cool unrestored form. Picture: Motorpress
Early ‘50s Ford van, in ultra-cool unrestored form. Picture: Motorpress

“A lot of custom builders use our show to launch their latest builds to the public, and I am always amazed at the number of cars never seen before that turn up at the Classic Car Show.”

The Nasrec venue will open its gates to classic car owners at 7am on Sunday December 4, with the drivers of classic cars admitted free of charge, with one passenger also gaining free entry. Any additional passengers will have to pay full entry fees, which this year is, R80 for adults and R20 for children under 12. By booking on-line through Ticketpro, tickets for adults are R60.

Apart from the classic cars family entertainment includes helicopter rides, rock music and food.

The classics scheduled to turn up at Nasrec will range from hot rods to muscle cars, with many classic European cars also making an appearance. Fans of VW Kombis will get the chance to see a range of these highly collectable vehicles, ranging from super custom-built examples worth many hundreds of thousands of rands to ratty un-restored examples.

Another highly collectable classic right now is the first-generation Ford Escort, and expect to see a huge turn-out of these cars. Prized examples of the Ford Escort include the 1600 Sport and RS2000 models, identified by their unique striping and (in the case of the RS) the special nose treatments.

Ford Cortina will also be out in full force, while Volvos are likely to be well represented in the form of the beetle-backed 544 models and the 122S examples.

The organisers are expecting a massive turn-out of Chevy pick-ups, as well as a huge rolling cavalcade from The Thunder Tour V8 enthusiasts from Pretoria.

The gates open at 8 am  until 5 pm. Exhibitors will be admitted from 7am.

Visit www.classiccars.coza or contact The Classic Car Show at: classiccar@motorshow.co.za or telephone 082 497 7218 or 082 497 7218 for information.

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