The Classic Car Show 2017 expected to be the biggest yet

The Classic Car Show (Summer Edition) is set to rock at the Nasrec Expo Centre, south west of Jo’burg, once again, and expectations are that it is going to be the biggest event yet, on December 3 “The classic car scene never ceases to amaze me,” says organiser Paulo Calisto.

Brian Joss – “Every Classic Car Show we hold, the turn-out simply increases, and at each and every show there are dozens, if not hundreds of classic cars that I have never seen before.”

One thing is for sure, collectable muscle cars will once again be huge in this hotbed of rumbling, snorting, fin-and-flash V8s. It is expected that classic ’55 and ’56 Chevys will make a huge showing this summer at Nasrec, and judging from the last show in mid-winter, the standard of these classic Chevys just gets higher with each event.

Classic muscle – a mid-1960s Pontiac GTO flanked bymid-60s Mustangs

The trend with the ’56 Chevys is towards resto-mod, which means that the bodywork is basically classic, with chrome work at a premium level, while colour schemes follow the classic look, only brighter!

Of course, under the hoods you can expect classic small block Chevys ranging in size from 283 cubic inches to close to 500 cubes, which in litre sizing means from 4.6-litres to over 8-litres! Think serious power and, err, even more serious fuel consumption!

“I love the look of those Chevys, with their dropped suspension and wider wheels, but still being true to the classic restored philosophy,” says Calisto. ” It’s a trend that we hope to see more of at the Classic Car Show.”

Rivalling these early muscle cars for attention will be a host of Oldsmobiles, Pontiacs, Dodges, Plymouths and Fords, and in this regard, most people identify strongly with Ford’s Mustang as the archetypal muscle-car.

Since the launch of new Mustangs in this country nearly two years ago, classic Mustangs from the 1965 to the 1973 era are more sought-after than ever.

Of course, trying to sell the idea of a Mustang to hardened Chevy or Chrysler-product fan is like blowing your nose with a red handkerchief at a bullfight – dangerous! Be on the lookout for plenty of Plymouth Barracudas, Chevrolet Camaros and some rare Oldsmobile 442s gracing the bleached concrete at Nasrec.

Like Mustang fever, the craving for cool Kombis just seems to get stronger with each passing month, to the point where genuine split window and bay window VW buses are fetching silly money on the collectable classic market.

Once again there are many schools of restoration operating under the VW bus banner, so look for mint original restorations as well as old-school customs with dropped suspensions and Porsche-replica rims. Some of these buses also have some serious water-cooled machinery nestling beneath that flip-up engine lid at the rear!

Original Minis will be huge as usual, with a big contingent expected from the Vereeniging area, and keep an eye out for rarities like Ford’s “German Cortina”, the Taunus, from the late 1960s, as well as Chrysler Valiants, which are fast making a comeback on the classic trail. And, as usual, there will be plenty of Fast Fords, of the Cortina and Escort variety.

“The entertainment we lay on for a day can’t be beaten in terms of pricing,”

says Calisto. “Tickets are R60 for adults and children under 12 for R20, through Computicket. At the gate, tickets costs R80 for adults and R20 for children under 12.

“For that you get the best classic car show in Gauteng, as well as live entertainment, and a host of specialist stalls selling motor-related goods.

This year we will also be hosting a special Jaguar-Land Rover display, and with new products like the Discovery, the Range Rover Velar and the new two-litre Jaguar F-Type sports car, this will be a huge attraction for all visitors.”

*As usual, owners of classic and special interest cars will be admitted free of charge, with the addition of one passenger. Extra passengers will be required to pay the usual entry prices. Visitors will enter through Gate 5 at Nasrec, while classic car owners will be admitted through Gate 2.

The show will run from 8 am to 4 pm on Sunday. Visitors will not be allowed to bring in their own food, drinks , or alcoholic beverages into the grounds. And this means a strictly no-braais policy will be enforced. No weapons or drugs of any description will be allowed into the grounds.

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