Con­cours SA at Sun City this week­end

The Star Early Edition - - NOTICEBOARD - MO­TOR­ING STAFF

SUN CITY will host the sec­ond an­nual Con­cours South Africa this week­end, where some of the con­ti­nent’s finest clas­sic cars will be on dis­play.

Since the ad­vent of the au­to­mo­bile, Con­cours d’Elegance events have been com­pe­ti­tions where car­mak­ers, coach­builders and wealthy own­ers as­sem­bled at fancy venues and vied for best in show hon­ours with their metic­u­lous me­chan­i­cal wares. Mod­ern Con­cours shows are sim­i­larly com­pet­i­tive, but judg­ing is based on his­tor­i­cally ac­cu­rate restora­tions, or how well a vin­tage car has been kept over the years.

This week­end’s event has at­tracted around 80 of the best clas­sic ma­chines from south­ern Africa, which will park on Sun City’s sprawl­ing lawns out­side the main ho­tel for assess­ment from a strin­gent panel of judges. No­table en­tries in­clude a 1913 Buick, a 1949 Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle called Jan (the old­est in SA), a late 1980s Fer­rari F40, a 1970 Lam­borgh­ini Miura, and many other ex­tremely rare clas­sics of all ages and gen­res.

Last year’s win­ner, a mid-1980s De To­maso Pan­tera GT5 from Botswana, will be back for scru­tiny along­side a Fer­rari Dino, a 1959 pink Cadil­lac, a pre-war era SS 100 from 1939 and a host of clas­sic Porsches.

En­try to the Con­cours is free for spec­ta­tors but Sun City’s gate fees still ap­ply. The event will run from Friday to Sun­day, with fi­nal judg­ing set for noon on Sun­day. For more in­for­ma­tion, or to book the deluxe hos­pi­tal­ity pack­ages on offer, visit the www.con­ web­site.

Some of the most de­sir­able clas­sics in Africa will be on show.

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