His­tory as Con­cours SA 2018 at­tracts first in­ter­na­tional bid

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With cars rang­ing from a 1902 curved dash Oldsmo­bile, through hum­ble Volk­swa­gen Bee­tles and Ford Es­corts, to the lat­est Fer­rari su­per­cars, or­gan­is­ers of Con­cours SA say that the event held re­cently was an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence at Steyn City.

“A fea­ture of this year’s event was the grat­i­fy­ing di­ver­sity of en­tries which em­braced Con­cours SA 2018,” says or­gan­iser and co-founder Paul Ken­nard.

“What made this event so spe­cial was also the in­ti­macy pro­vided by the unique Steyn City venue, which en­abled vis­i­tors and exhibitors alike to min­gle among the cars on the banks of the Steyn City Creek. Sim­ply drink­ing in th­ese mon­u­ments to mo­tor­ing excellence through the past cen­tury was an ex­pe­ri­ence to savour.

“And adding the fi­nal touch to an un­sur­passed mo­tor­ing ex­pe­ri­ence was the stan­dard of en­tries, which has risen ex­po­nen­tially since we launched Con­cours SA, a new con­cept in the classic car arena in this coun­try, a mere two years ago.”

The judges had an ex­act­ing job in pick­ing a winner in 2018, and in the fi­nal anal­y­sis a few hun­dredths of per­cent­age points sep­a­rated the top three cars. In the end, the win­ning car was a hugely pop­u­lar choice, and so was its owner.

Charm­ing Fer­rari en­thu­si­ast Zia Wort saw her pris­tine, lowmileage rosso corsa 1989 Fer­rari 328 GTS an­nounced as the over­all winner. The diminu­tive Fer­rari has only 13,000km on the clock and it was pre­sented in ab­so­lutely fac­tory-fresh form at the event to wide­spread ap­plause from the gath­er­ing of dis­cern­ing classic en­thu­si­asts.

Sec­ond over­all was an­other Fer­rari, an ex­tremely au­then­ti­clook­ing 1969 light metal­lic blue Day­tona 365 GTB/4, owned by Cape Town en­thu­si­ast Stu­art Mackay-David­son. In third, an equally lauded choice, was an Ir­ish Green Porsche 911S, a 1970 model, jointly owned by Tim Ab­bot and Michelle Ham­bly.

A pop­u­lar cat­e­gory winner among the pub­lic was a 1934 Rolls-Royce Phan­tom II, owned by Jo­han­nes­burg neu­ro­sur­geon Dr Frank Sny­ck­ers. It is a huge aris­to­cratic ma­chine that trav­elled all around the world be­fore taking up per­ma­nent res­i­dence in SA some years ago.

Other pop­u­lar cat­e­gory win­ners were Chad Wentzel’s 1958 Chevro­let Corvette “hy­brid” with mod­ern Corvette me­chan­i­cals and a pris­tine 1959 Corvette pre­sented in orig­i­nal trim spec­i­fi­ca­tion and re­stored by Wy­nand Stry­dom for an anony­mous owner.

Fer­raris and Porsches were well rep­re­sented, re­flect­ing the en­thu­si­asm th­ese thor­ough­breds en­gen­der at the top end of the South African classic car fra­ter­nity. A no­table early Porsche winner was a blue 356A, owned by Kirsten Ven­ter, who drove her car for the first time en route to the lawns at the venue.

The event was no­table for an assem­bly of six Fer­rari Day­tonas, or­gan­ised by arch Fer­rari spe­cial­ists Pablo Clark.

The range of cars en­tered for this year’s event ex­tended to many ex­am­ples from the 1960s and 1970s, but also ran through to the 1980s and 1990s. A no­table cat­e­gory winner was Marek Le­towt with his 1991 Glacier Blue BMW M5. Le­towt also en­tered an­other M5 and there were two strik­ing E36 BMW M3s en­tered, parked along­side each other.

In­ter­est­ing cat­e­gory win­ners in­cluded an au­then­tic 1963 Chevro­let Im­pala con­vert­ible in pale metal­lic green and an­other metal­lic green car, a 1960 Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle — with 1958 de­tail­ing that was a cross­over pro­duc­tion fea­ture of this par­tic­u­lar Uiten­hage-built VW.

Ex­tremely easy on the eye was a pair of per­fectly ren­dered Alfa Romeo clas­sics from the golden age of per­for­mance cars in SA: a 1965 Gi­u­lia Sprint GT 1600 and a 1975 Ber­lina. For en­thu­si­asts of Group N rac­ing in the 1990s, it would have been grat­i­fy­ing to see an im­mac­u­late road-go­ing Opel Kadett GSi 16V S (Su­per­boss) take sec­ond place in its pe­riod cat­e­gory.

Coys of Kens­ing­ton, the UKbased auc­tion house that con­ducted the in­ter­na­tional Con­cours SA auc­tion at the event, chose a quirky Wil­liam Towne­spenned 1984 As­ton Martin Lagonda as its spe­cial choice, a car owned by event sup­porter Roger Martin.

It was the first time that in­ter­na­tional bid­ding was re­ceived for a South African classic car auc­tion. The top bid for a 1992 Porsche 964 N/GT fac­tory-built racer for the road was R3.9m, while a bid of R2.5m was re­ceived for a 1968 Shelby Mus­tang GT500 in ab­so­lutely orig­i­nal con­di­tion.

The week­end kicked off with an­other auc­tion, this one for char­ity in aid of the Quad Para As­so­ci­a­tion of SA (QASA). At the same func­tion leg­endary For­mula One de­signer Rory Byrne was in­ducted into the South African Hall of Fame.

“Con­cours SA is about pas­sion, about dis­creet glam­our in the finest sense, and about hav­ing a good time, above all,” said MC and Con­cours SA part­ner Greg Maruc­chi.

IN THE FI­NAL ANAL­Y­SIS A FEW HUN­DREDTHS OF PER­CENT­AGE POINTS SEP­A­RATED THE TOP THREE CARS

This 1989 Fer­rari 328 GTS, left, took the over­all win at the Con­cours SA event. Be­low left: This 1934 Rolls-Royce Phan­tom II was a pop­u­lar cat­e­gory winner. Be­low: This rare Porsche 964 N/GT fac­tory-built racer sold at the Coys of Kens­ing­ton auc­tion for R3.9m.

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