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Nas­rec hosts Clas­sic Car Show and Food Fest on Sun­day

The Star Early Edition - - MOTORING - MO­TOR­ING STAFF

JOBURG’S Nas­rec Expo Cen­tre is gear­ing up for an­other flood of his­toric cars, when the first of two Clas­sic Car Shows planned for 2017 de­scends on the show­grounds this Sun­day. And, for this edi­tion, or­gan­is­ers have added a bonus for food lovers with a si­mul­ta­ne­ous Prawn and Food Fes­ti­val on the day.

The show, which has hap­pened twice a year for the past six years, will again see a mas­sive col­lec­tion of clas­sic au­to­mo­bilia pour through its gates from 7am, and for this in­stal­ment a large group of vin­tage VW Kom­bis and Ford Mus­tangs is ex­pected.

Kom­bis, or Mi­crobuses if you pre­fer the Amer­i­can term, are amongst the most sought-af­ter clas­sic ve­hi­cles on the planet right now. The most col­lectible are the 21 and 23-win­dow Mi­crobuses, the ones with win­dows cut into the roof. A lit­tle-known rea­son for those win­dows in the roof, built that way by the fac­tory from the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, is that they were a response to Euro­pean tourists who needed to gaze up­wards in moun­tain­ous ar­eas, such as the Alps.

These first-gen­er­a­tion Kom­bis are known amongst afi­ciona­dos as Split­ties, be­cause the front win­dow or wind­screen is di­vided (split) into two sec­tions. The much-more so­phis­ti­cated sec­ond-gen Kom­bis, which in­ci­den­tally ride and per­form much bet­ter than the Split­ties, are known as the Bay Win­dow gen­er­a­tion, or Bays for short. This refers to the curved wind­screen up front, some­what re­sem­bling a bay-win­dow in an old-style farm­house.

Tra­di­tion­ally the Clas­sic Car show has also drawn a mas­sive mus­cle­car en­try, and this Sun­day an es­pe­cially strong con­tin­gent of Mus­tangs is planned. Ex­pect a wide va­ri­ety of Stangs to show up, with ex­am­ples from all six gen­er­a­tions of the iconic pony car. Of course a hand­ful of Gone in 60 Sec­onds Eleanor repli­cas will be on dis­play - we mean the sil­ver GT500 model driven by ac­tor Ni­co­las Cage, not the “real” 1973 Mach 1 in mus­tard yel­low from the orig­i­nal, 1974 film.

Apart from dozens of Kom­bis and Mus­tangs, The Clas­sic Car Show will be jam-packed with VW Bee­tles, hot rods, cus­tom mus­cle cars, fins-and-flash 1950s Amer­i­can cruis­ers and a good sprin­kling of Mi­nis, Jaguars and other Bri­tish mar­ques.

Clas­sic car own­ers can en­ter through Nas­rec’s Gate Two from 7am, while spec­ta­tors can en­ter through Gate 5 from 9am. The Prawn and Food Fes­ti­val will of­fer prawns pre­pared by the fa­mous Cal­isto restau­rant group which has fran­chises all over Gauteng, as well as at Sun City.

En­trance to the show is R80 per adult and R20 for chil­dren un­der 11. There will be a host of fam­ily-type en­ter­tain­ment on hand as well, in­clud­ing live mu­sic and he­li­copter rides at R150 for a short flip. There will also be a beer gar­den and Halaal food will be on sale.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.clas­s­ic­ or call Paul Cal­isto on 082- 497-7218.

A large group of vin­tage VW Kom­bis will be part of the show along with Mus­tangs, Mi­nis and many other mar­ques.

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