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History on wheels: Jozi Classics show date set

  • Spend a sunshine Sunday at Nasrec
  • Annual Classic Car show set for Dec 4
  • Muscle-cars, hogs, hot dogs and prawns
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CLASSIC BRITISH: American muscle is find but for real classics look to cars such as those from Jaguar. Image: Supplied

The Classic Car Show scheduled for December 4 2016 at Nasrec in south-western Johannesburg promises, according to its organisers “a feast for the eyes, the ears and, yes, the palate!”

An array of American muscle cars, European classics, street rods, custom trucks and a huge Hog-presence – no, we mean Harley-Davidsons! – fondly referred to as “hogs” in popular culture.

Organiser Paulo Calisto is laying on a simutaneous prawn festival to tantalise the taste-buds of car-people and their partners, bikers and children.


Calisto explained: “A lot of our female visitors love cars and bikes as much as the guys but we felt the need to give the ladies, especially, something to taste-tantalise after they’ve oohed! and aahed! at all the metallic attractions.

“So, Nasrec on December 4 will have wafting over it the delicious aroma of sizzling prawns grilled in all manner of spices to mingle in with the traditional smells of high-octane fuel and hot engine oil.”

The Harley-Davidson presence is expected to be huge: word has gone out to all Harley Owners’ Group chapters in Gauteng to make The Classic Car Show a stopover on their traditional run that Sunday.

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IS THERE ANYTHING MORE CLASSIC? A large Harley-Davidson contingnet is expected at the 2016 Classic Car Show. Image: Supplied

A special deal has been arranged to facilitate hog convoys’ admission.

The core Classic Car Show is expecting a thunder-storm of American muscle cars at the showground just off the N1, south-west of Johannesburg.

The American muscle-car movement has been fuelled in recent years through the proliferation of TV shows involving American car culture. Every car show in Gauteng of late has seen the debut of new and exciting cars.

Muscle-cars are defined mainly by their huge American V8 engines and sheer size, cars created in Detroit between the mid-1960’s and the early 1980’s before that city collapsed into financial chaos as automakers moved to Mexico, China and India.

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NO MISTAKING AN AMERICAN MUSCLE CAR:  They’re another integral part of the Classic Car Show. Image: Supplied

That definition, however, is sufficiently vague to include cars from late-1950’s fine-and-flash to Ford Mustangs from 1965, Chevrolet Camaros and Pontiac Firebirds from 1967 and the Chrysler-built Dodge Charger, Plymouth Barracuda and Dodge Challenger.

A fast-growing South African movement is the proliferation of super-customised and rodded pick-ups: Chevys from the late 1940’s to mid-1980’s, for instance, after custom treatments, and Ford F150 and Dodge D-Series from the same era.


Their bodywork is comparatively simple to restore; cabins had little in the way of interior trim so are easy to refurbish.

Classic VW Beetles, Kombis and Karmann Ghias will again be a huge trend at the show, much sought-after, thanks to their exposure on TV. A split-windscreen Kombi from the late 1950’s to mid-1970’s is worth a small fortune not only in South Africa but also overseas.

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MAYBE NOT SO GLAMOROUS? But VW Beetles and Karmann Ghias will be all over at the Johannesburg Classic Car Show. Image: Supplied

There will be the usual high-octane mix of British sports cars and sedans and European cars ranging from the earliest days of motoring to the early 1980’s.

There will be a full range of the usual stores and stalls selling all manner of car goodies for cars, live rock music and plenty to eat and drink (don’t forget those prawns!) at very reasonable prices.

Each classic car, its driver and a passenger will be admitted free; other passengers at normal entry cost, which is R60 per adult through Ticketpro, R80 at the gate. Children younger than 12 R20, secure parking R20.

Gates open 8am, exhibitors from 7am on Sunday December 4.

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LITTLE BEATS A MUSTANG:  The ‘pony car’ will be a popular example of American muscle-cars at the 2016 Jozi Classic Car Show on December 4. Image: Supplied

Other highlights:
Car auction
Flea market
Beer garden
Live entertainment
Kids’ entertainment
Helicopter rides

For more information visit the Classic Cars website, email or call 082 497-7218 or 082 497-7218.

  • Be aware that visitors will not be allowed in with drugs, weapons, alcohol drinks and/or beverages, food, picnic baskets or braais.

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