George, Garden Route – (November 2019) The 24th George Old Car Show will take place on 8 & 9 February 2020 at P.W. Botha College in George and a Media Launch was held at the Protea Hotel by Marriot King George on Friday morning.
Alewijn Dippenaar welcomed all guests, sponsors, and members of the media before introducing the speakers; Mr. Mike Alexander, Chairperson of the Southern Cape Old Car Club; Mr. Gerrit Pretorius, Speaker of the George Municipality and proud event sponsor, and Ms. Rene Scribante, the premier partner of the 24th Old Car Show.
Special mention was made of Mr. Pierre Marais from PW Botha High College, committee members of both the Southern Cape Old Car Club and the organizing committee of the Old Car Show, as well as Donald Goldfain and Di Kershaw from George Rotary who run the bar.
He also welcomed the sponsors; Marcel Combrink and Elize van der Merwe from Midas George, Wilma Rademan from Click-on-it, Lizel van der Westhuizen from the Protea Hotel by Marriot King George, Rion Olivier form the Garden Route Mall as well as media partner, the George Herald.
Mr. Alexander shared details of the club’s activities leading up to the Old Car Show. The 15th Veteran Tour takes place from the 6th to the 7th of February 2020. Participants from all over South Africa arrive on the 6th, sleepover in Albertinia, and return to George on the 8th. The tour will be joined by the amongst others the Crankhandle Club from Cape Town. Veteran cars are vehicles built prior to 1918.
Mr. Pretorius posed the questions; ‘what makes George and the Old Car Show ‘tick’’ and challenged the organizers to keep the Show relevant, promote the common good, and do this all with passion.
Ms. Scribante shared her love of old cars and expressed her delight that the Scribs Benzeum would be the premier partner of the event.
George Old Car Show Chairperson for 2020, Johan Rademan shared that this year’s event will feature a special exhibition on ‘bakkies’ and a Ferrari Club exhibition including 17 of these supercars.
The Valiant Club will be celebrating 60 years. There will be an exhibition by AutoPavilion and an auction by Trader Auctions. A special exhibition of muscle cars, as well as model cars, stationary engines & tractors, as well as a “swap meet”. This year the committee will make even more parking available to visitors’ courtesy of Carpe Diem School.
Veteran tour coordinator and SAVVA chairperson, Mr. Philip Kuschke, gave more information about the dates and the route for the 2020 Veteran Tour.
The Sales & Marketing executive for the hosts Protea Hotel by Marriot King George, Lizel van der Westhuizen, highlighted that 2020 will be the 10th year that the hotel will be involved with the event.
The hotel fills all 109 rooms during the weekend and adds extra value to the guests during their stay. She also mentioned ‘Me & My Ride Project’, an art project which was started at the Riempies Hotel in Oudtshoorn earlier this year, and is aimed at Grade 6 & 7 learners.
Alewijn Dippenaar once again regaled all, this time with his quirky take on the history of ‘bakkies’; from the first motor-truck built by Daimler in 1896, to the most successful pickup in history (the Ford F100) as well as Tesla’s announcement that their long-awaited electric pickup truck will be introduced to the world on 21 November 2020.
For more information on the Show, please contact Klaus Oellrich @ 076 764 0897, or visit the website www.scocc.co.za