Clas­sic wheels rock at shows

CLAS­SIC NEWS/ Nas­rec Expo Cen­tre and Beth­le­hem events took nos­tal­gic looks at blasts from the past, writes Stu­art John­ston

Business Day - Motor News - - PRE-OWNED NEWS -

Two no­table clas­sic car events were held within strik­ing dis­tance of Joburg’s CBD at the week­end. The first one that Mo­tor News’s scribe at­tended was in the friendly Free State, where the Ma­luti Mo­tor Show cel­e­brated its 10-year an­niver­sary in Beth­le­hem.

The great thing about this show for Gaut­eng en­thu­si­asts is the dif­fer­ent ap­proach to petrol he­donism, with drive-bys around the show­grounds in­clud­ing ve­hi­cles such as Vaal Japie trac­tors from the late 1940s and huge US cars that have been gather­ing dust in barns for decades.

The Ma­luti Mo­tor Show was held on Satur­day, Novem­ber 10, pro­vid­ing more than enough time for an early-morn­ing blast back to the Nas­rec Expo Cen­tre south­west of Jo­han­nes­burg for the sum­mer ren­di­tion of the twice-yearly Clas­sic Car Show start­ing at 8am on Sun­day.

Here the ac­cent was gen­er­ally on the spec­tac­u­lar, rather than the rus­tic, and there were some strange sights and sounds. We par­tic­u­larly en­joyed two ren­di­tions of the cur­rent pick-up craze parked side-by­side, both based on 1940s Chevys. The one was a gi­ant Big Foot–type thingie, with a ride height about as high as the roof line of the slammed-to-thep­ave­ment low-rid­ing Chevy parked along­side.

Young Time clas­sics are a new trend com­ing into their own, and these in­clude cars from the mid-1970s, the 1980s, the 1990s and even the early

Left: The min­i­mal­ist ap­proach to Bee­tle restora­tion, at the Clas­sic Car Show at Nas­rec. Top: Nope, it's not a Land Rover. This De­fender-looka­like is a rare 1958 Austin Gipsy, vir­tu­ally un­heard of in SA. Above: A rare BMW Alpina B5, based on a 1985 BMW 535i, was seen at last Satur­day's Ma­luti Mo­tor Show in Beth­le­hem. Be­low left: The highs and lows of 1940s Chevy pick-ups, on show at Nas­rec.

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