Old, and new, cars find their place in the sun

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - GOITSEMANG TLHABYE

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.

PIC­TURE: THOBILE MATHONSI

Among the many vin­tage cars at Zwartkops yes­ter­day were these in­ter­est­ing three-wheel­ers from the 1950s.

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