Zwartkops ready for Cars in the Park

The Star Early Edition - - NOTICEBOARD -

THE MOST amaz­ing sights and sounds will be shat­ter­ing the pre-dawn calm at the Zwartkops Race­way on Sun­day.

It will be the 38th run­ning of the Pre­to­ria Old Mo­tor Club’s an­nual Cars in the Park ex­trav­a­ganza, a mo­tor­ing tour-de-force that has seen this event be­come the big­gest car show of any type in Africa. For this year’s event close to 10 000 spec­ta­tors are ex­pected.

The gates open to ad­mit the clas­sics from 6am, and POMC or­gan­iser Frik Kraamwinkel is hop­ing to have most of the 2 500 clas­sics parked around the race track by 8am.

As for what de­fines a “clas­sic” The POMC crew are in­structed to ad­mit any cars older than 1985 mod­els, while special con­ces­sions will be made for newer ex­otics like Fer­raris.

The driver of a clas­sic car will be ad­mit­ted free of charge, along with one pas­sen­ger. Any ad­di­tional adult pas­sen­gers loaded in an old Zephyr or Pon­tiac or what-haveyou, will pay the full ad­mis­sion price of R100, while chil­dren un­der 12 will be ad­mit­ted free of charge.

The cubs dis­play­ing the mem­bers’ cars range from the gen­teel, like the Mercedes-Benz, Lan­cia and Alfa Romeo clubs, to the im­pos­ing, such as the Buick and Cadil­lac club, to the rough and ready, like the stock-car-rac­ing banger dis­play from the nearby Ma­hem race­way. Gar­ishly-painted hot rods min­gle with cars in muted pas­tel colours from the dawn of mo­tor­ing, and it is ex­pected that in the Special In­vites sec­tion in the pits will in­clude some of the ear­li­est Fords seen in South Africa from 1903 on­wards.

There will be well over 100 stalls sell­ing mo­tor-re­lated para­pher­na­lia, food and drinks, and there will be special en­ter­tain­ment for chil­dren as well as adults.

The gates to the pub­lic open at 8am, and the show will run through un­til 4pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit the Pre­to­ria Old Mo­tor Club web­site on www.pom­c­c­

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