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
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.
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.
“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.