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The George Old car Show celebrates 21 years!

Jan 9, 2017
The George Old car Show celebrates 21 years!

The George Old Car Show, driven by Oakhurst Insurance Company Ltd, is celebrating its 21 year of existence on 11 and 12 February 2017.

“This annual event of the Southern Cape Old Car Club (SCOCC), will celebrate the show’s 21 years of existence with an exhibition exceeding the more than 1 000 vehicles,” said Phillip Rosser, chair of the committee organising the 2017 Show. It is expected that the 2016 record number of 12 000 visitors will be exceeded this year.

Visitors from all over South Africa, who attend one of the biggest car shows of this kind in the country, will not be disappointed by the rare vehicles on exhibition.

In 2017 the focus will be on vehicles manufactured in Germany and this special exhibition will consist of 35 unique and rare vehicles.

The most prized item in this special exhibition is an 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen. “This was the first vehicle manufactured with an internal combustion engine,” said Kobus Harris, president of the South Cape Old Car Club, who has been collecting vehicles of German manufacture since 1983. “This is one of only ten replicas in the world and belongs to the Mercedes-Benz SA factory in East London.”

Mercedes-Benz SA has been manufacturing vehicles in South Africa since 1955. The W212, 190 Sedan, which was completed on 31 January 1958, was the first vehicle to  be manufactured here. “Benz, who was on the forefront of manufacturing, soon developed more models and other manufacturers followed their lead,” said Harris, who visited the factory in Germany. At present only the Mercedes-Benz C Class is manufactured here.

Two of Harris’ own collection of will also form part of the special exhibition, namely his prized red 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL convertible and his maroon 1959 Mercedes-Benz 220 S Sedan.

Other special Benz models on exhibition include a 1901 Benz “Ideal”, which will be brought from Cape Town. Dr. Waldo Scribante, president of Mercedes-Benz Club SA, and ardent collector from George, will display three of his vehicles, namely a 1913 Benz, a 1935 Mercedes-Benz 130 H, and a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 320.

Volkswagen, another German vehicle manufacturer, will also display vehicles at the show. “We approached Auto Pavilion Volkswagen Museum in Uitenhage to exhibit Volkswagen vehicles, and they are bringing two Volkswagen Beetles dating from 1949 and 1979, the latter being the last vehicle manufactured in Uitenhage,” said Harris.

BMW will be represented by two models dating from 1936 and 1938; there will also be a 1938 DKW and a 1935 Opel Cabriolet.

Oakhurst Insurance Company Ltd is on board for the second consecutive year. “The George Old Car Show  driven by Oakhurst Insurance Company Ltd is one of the greatest annual events in the whole of the Western Cape, and given our love of all things ‘family orientated’ and very specifically ‘car related’, we are absolutely thrilled to be part of it once again,” said Peter Grindlay, managing director of the company. Oakhurst will launch its new Classic Car Insurance during the 2017 show.

George executive mayor Melvin Naik at the launch of the 2017 George Old Car Show driven by Oakhurst Insurance Company Ltd confirmed the George Municipality’s continued support of the show. “We would like to foster the relationship with the George Old Car Show and see what other incentives can flow from this relationship.”

Another highlight of the George Old Car Show driven by Oakhurst Insurance Company Ltd is an exhibition of more than 5 000 model cars. Besides precious private collections, retailers will also offer miniatures for sale. As part of the theme of the special exhibition, miniatures of vehicles of German manufacture will take pride of place.

The 2017 Veteran Tour, which takes place on Friday 10 February, will start in Uniondale and arrive at PW Botha College during the late afternoon. Owners of vehicles which were manufactured without front brakes will travel from all around the country to take part in the tour of some 180 km.

Another highlight of the 2017 George Old Car Show driven by Oakhurst Insurance Company Ltd is a Drive-Thru through Thembalethu and Pacaltsdorp on Saturday 5 February. A group of old cars, accompanied by the Southern Cape Old Car Club’s fire truck, will take part in this special event during which Herman Ungerer, the club’s announcer, will promote the show in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa. 

The SAB Beer Tent, managed by George Rotary, will provide cold drinks in a shaded area, while a number of stalls will sell food, soft drinks and a selection of merchandise. Young children will be kept busy in a safe area at a minimal fee.

The George Old Car Show, driven by Oakhurst Insurance, will take place at PW Botha College in York Street, George. Parking is available.

Entrance fees:

Saturday: Adults R50, Pensioners R40, Children R20

Sunday: Adults R20, Pensioners R15, Children R10

Special weekend package deal: Adults R60, Pensioners R45, Children R25

Gates are open on Saturday 07:00 to 18:00 and Sunday 08:00 to 13:00

The official opening by George Excective Mayor Melvin Naik will take place at 10:00 on Saturday.

For more information contact Phillip Rosser on 082 410 5490 or Chris van Staden on  082 491 5254, or visit the Southern Cape Old Car Club website at www.scocc.co.za

Caption:This 1886 Benz forms part of a special exhibition focusing on German manufactured vehicles that will be seen at the 2017 George Old Car Show, driven by Oakhurst Insurance Company. Photo: Phillip Rosser