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Classics for Christmas! Nasrec fest for the beautiful cars

  • December date for Gauteng’s biggest classic-car event
  • Live music, helicopter rides, prawn fest too
  • More Kombis than you ever remembered
2017 JOHANNESBURG CLASSIC CARS SHOW: Image: Siupplied
2017 JOHANNESBURG CLASSIC CARS SHOW: Image: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The Classic Car Show (Summer Edition) is once gain set to go at the Nasrec Expo Centre, south-west of Johannesburg, and expectations are that it will be the biggest yet.

The date: block off December 3, 2017.

Organiser Paulo Calisto told Carman’s Corner: “The classic-car scene never ceases to amaze me. The turn-out increases with each show and every time there are dozens, if not hundreds, of classic I have never seen before.”

2017 JOHANNESBURG CLASSIC CARS SHOW: Image: Siupplied
2017 JOHANNESBURG CLASSIC CARS SHOW: Image: Supplied

The organisers added: “”Collectible muscle-cars will again be huge with classic 1955 and ’56 Chevys to have a  huge showing.  Judging from the mid-winter event the standard of these classic Chevys just gets higher with each event.

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

TREND FOR THE FUTURE

The cars will have engines ranging from 4.6 to more than eight litres. Calisto added: “I love the look of those Chevys which, with their dropped suspension and wider wheels, are still true to the classic restored philosophy,.

“It’s a trend of which we hope to see more  at our shows.”

2017 JOHANNESBURG CLASSIC CARS SHOW: Image: Siupplied
2017 JOHANNESBURG CLASSIC CARS SHOW: Image: Supplied

There will also be lots of Oldsmobiles, Pontiacs, Dodges, Plymouths and Fords though most visitors will identify strongly with Ford’s Mustang as the archetypal muscle-car. Since the launch of current Mustangs in South Africa nearly two years ago classic Mustangs from the 1965-73 are said to be more sought-after than ever.

Also look out for plenty of Plymouth Barracudas, Chevrolet Camaros and some rare Oldsmobile 442 units at Nasrec.

MINT ORIGINALS TOO

Like Mustang fever, show organisers say, the craving for cool Kombis seems to get stronger with each show, to a point where genuine split-windscreen and bay window VW buses are fetching silly money on the collectible classic market.

Look for mint original restorations as well as old-school customs with dropped suspensions and Porsche-replica rims. “Some of these buses,” Calisto says, “also have some serious water-cooled machinery nestling beneath that flip-up lid at the rear!”

Original Minis are expeced to be hugely popular for display with a big contingent expected from the Vereeniging area; also expect rarities such as Ford’s German Cortina (the Taunus!) from the late 1960s, as well as Chrysler Valiants (fast making a comeback on the classic trail).

There will also be lots of fast Fords of the Cortina and Escort variety.

2017 JOHANNESBURG CLASSIC CARS SHOW: Image: Siupplied
2017 JOHANNESBURG CLASSIC CARS SHOW: Image: Supplied

Calisto promised: “The entertainment at the show can’t be beaten at the admission prices. Ticket prices, through Computicket, are R60 per adult, R20 per child not yet 12. Tickets at the gate will cost R80 per adult but still R20 for under-12s.

“For that you get the best classic-car show in Gauteng, live entertainment, and specialist stalls selling motor-related goods. This year we will host a special Jaguar Land Rover display with new products such as the Discovery, the Range Rover Velar and the new two-litre Jaguar F-Type sport car.”

FREE ENTRANCE FOR CLASSIC OWNERS

Owners of classic and special interest cars will be admitted free with the driver and one passenger. Other passengers, normal price. Visitors will enter through Nasrec Gate 5, while classic owners at Gate 2.

The show will run from 8am-4 pm. Visitors will not be allowed to bring in their own food, drinks , or alcoholic beverages. A strict “no braais!” policy will be enforced and no weapons or drugs of any description will be allowed into the grounds.

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