Old, and new, cars find their place in the sun
CAR enthusiasts were spoiled for choice yesterday, with more than 2 500 new models and classics on view at the annual Cars in the Park event at Zwartkops Race Track near Pretoria.
Among the popular vehicles were the Porsche 911, Volkswagen Beetle 1973, a 1991 Mini Cooper and a Valiant from Chrysler.
Frik Kraamwinkel, from the Pretoria Old Motor Club, said the turnout of vintage vehicles was more than they had hoped for.
Kraamwinkel said they were excited to see classic cars – such as the first car built by Henry Ford in 1896 represented by the first replica model built in South Africa in 1974.
He said: “We have 100 years of Ford cars, covering a whole century. A lot of people managed to come through, including mayor Solly Msimanga.
“Those who did not come here need to know they missed out seeing how the best of the best came about. Everything is here, from the 1905 Buick to one of the latest cars heading to the Dakar rally,” Kraamwinkel said.
Victor Henning, owner of a Morris Oxford 1928 bakkie, said he loved to collect and rebuild old cars as they were “proper machines” be fore technology came in.
“It’s difficult to choose a few cars but more than anything, my ‘must list’ definitely includes the Corvette, Mustang and the AC Cobra,” Henning said.
Among the many vintage cars at Zwartkops yesterday were these interesting three-wheelers from the 1950s.