Gath­er­ing of cars set to rev col­lec­tors’ mo­tors

EVENT NEWS/ Af­ter the in­au­gu­ral event in 2016, the Con­cours SA is set to re­turn with another dis­play of some of the most iconic au­to­mo­biles, writes Mark Smyth

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The motor­ing me­dia and car en­thu­si­asts get ex­cited when a ma­jor con­cours event takes place. Think about Peb­ble Beach, Villa d’Este or Good­wood — beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tions where some of the world’s most de­sir­able cars emerge from the garages of col­lec­tors, al­low­ing the pub­lic to gaze at them in awe.

These events are true motor­ing heaven, packed with motor­ing icon af­ter motor­ing icon.

The in­au­gu­ral Con­cours SA took place at Sun City in 2016. Some of the best lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional ve­hi­cles were pre­sented on the lawns to be scru­ti­nised by judges in white coats to find the best in class in a range of cat­e­gories.

EXOTICS

There was ev­ery­thing from beau­ti­ful Minis and US mus­cle cars to ex­otic Euro­peans and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. Over­all hon­ours at the Septem­ber event went to a true 1980s icon, a De To­maso Pan­tera GT5, which was brought in from Botswana.

In 2017, the event has moved to Au­gust 4-6, which is not ideal be­cause it clashes with what is prob­a­bly the big­gest clas­sic car event on the cal­en­dar, Cars in the Park at Zwartkops Race­way, but the or­gan­is­ers do not seem too con­cerned.

Con­cours SA is be­ing billed as some­thing dif­fer­ent — a chance for the well-heeled to gather to­gether, sip bub­bly and dis­cuss their pas­sion for some of the best his­toric au­to­mo­biles in the world.

“For 2017, we have re­fo­cused the event to cater for high net­worth in­di­vid­u­als, col­lec­tors and in­vestors,” say the or­gan­is­ers.

The pub­lic will be welcome, of course, to wan­der the lawns be­hind the white picket fences and dream that one day they might be able to own one of these his­toric dream ma­chines.

The event will take place on the lawns of the Gary Player Coun­try Club at the Soho Sun Ho­tel at Sun City, a beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion be­fit­ting the pres­ti­gious and ele­gant ve­hi­cles ex­pected to be on dis­play.

While many of the ve­hi­cles will un­doubt­edly come from South African col­lec­tors, the or­gan­is­ers are again hop­ing that the event will at­tract in­ter­na­tional col­lec­tors in the same way as some of the big in­ter­na­tional con­cours events do.

MUST-AT­TEND EVENT

“Our ul­ti­mate aim is to at­tract in­ter­na­tional par­tic­i­pants and to have the event recog­nised as one of the must-at­tend events on the South African and in­ter­na­tional cal­en­dars.”

How­ever, it will not just be about dis­play­ing his­toric au­to­mo­biles. In the 2017 edi­tion, there will also be an auc­tion of ve­hi­cles and au­to­mo­bila.

Or­gan­is­ers say they will also be al­low­ing dis­plays of high-end jew­ellery and fash­ion, all of which will fit with their aim of at­tract­ing high net-worth in­di­vid­u­als to the lawns.

It might not have the al­lure of Peb­ble Beach or Lake Como, but re­gard­less of how the event will be billed, it looks set to al­low an op­por­tu­nity to see some of the most iconic ve­hi­cles ever made in one place.

Some of the most iconic au­to­mo­biles were pre­sented on the lawns at Sun City in 2016. The men in white coats, be­low, scru­ti­nise a con­cours en­trant.

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