Book­ings open for Ama­tola Car Run

Pub­lic in­vited to be part of fun at event

The Rep - - ROUND & ABOUT - DON BRYCE

Book­ings have opened for the an­nual Ama­tola Clas­sic Car Run, which draws mo­torists and ve­hi­cle en­thu­si­asts from Ko­mani to East Lon­don an­nu­ally.

This year, the event will take place on Sun­day Novem­ber 18.

The run has been sched­uled for a week ear­lier than usual, due to other mo­tor­ing events hap­pen­ing on the last Sun­day.

The pop­u­lar so­cial event was founded in 1991 by three mo­tor­ing en­thu­si­asts, Frikkie Viljoen, John Small and Clive Mor­ris, to com­mem­o­rate the gru­elling Ama­tola ral­lies of the 1950s.

The mod­ern day Ama­tola has be­come the largest event on the clas­sic mo­tor­ing cal­en­dar, grow­ing year by year and in­clud­ing en­tries from as far afield as Ko­mani, Makhanda and King William’s Town.

A large con­tin­gent of Ko­mani par­tic­i­pants is ex­pected this year. Any­one with an old, clas­sic or ex­otic ve­hi­cle is wel­come to at­tend, and the gen­eral pub­lic is in­vited to view the cars and see them off at 10am on the day.

Lunch is in Kei Road, hosted by the farm­ing com­mu­nity, and will con­sist of steak and veg­eta­bles, dessert and cof­fee.

Book­ing for the lunch is es­sen­tial, and this can be done at Tiger Wheel and Tyre, Dev­ereux Av­enue.

As in the past, the run will start at the Hub in Bea­con Bay.

There will be the tra­di­tional cof­fee and dough­nuts for par­tic­i­pants at the start.

Reg­is­tra­tion opens at 8am on the day. Clubs in­ter­ested in group book­ings are wel­come to con­tact or­gan­iser Joyce Hat­tingh on 084-798-6248 or on 043-741-2577.

Tiger Wheel and Tyre and Plas­tic Arts and Signs are the main spon­sors of the event.

Ad­di­tional at­trac­tions are a flea mar­ket, a touch farm and stalls sell­ing fresh farm pro­duce. The pub will be open to cater for the thirsty.

There will be a lucky draw for par­tic­i­pants.

Meal tick­ets are on sale at Tiger Wheel and Tyre, at a cost of R80 a per­son. Reg­is­tra­tion costs R30 a car, which in­cludes in­dem­nity and a num­bered com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque.

These plaques have be­come col­lec­tors’ items with reg­u­lars.

Any­one want­ing to se­cure a par­tic­u­lar num­ber may con­tact Hat­tingh.

Pic­ture: DON BRYCE

LO­CAL ALL THE WAY: Sharon Ham­mond of Ko­mani in their Austin Healey at a pre­vi­ous Ama­tola Run

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