Knysna show aims for 400 classic vehicles
Held in prime holiday season in the heart of the Garden Route, the 2018 Knysna Motor Show will be hosted for the seventh successive year on 29 April. With sponsorship by Sanlam Private Wealth, the event is once again set to surpass all records. The target for this year is 400 classic cars and motorcycles of all categories.
Last year the show drew close to the magical 400 mark of very exclusive machines and over 6 000 visitors to the splendid venue at the Knysna High School sports grounds. The machines entered all fall under the “classic” heading and there are a number of subcategories.
These include sports classics, modern classics, veteran and vintage machines built up to 1945, and collectible road and racing motorcycles in both on and off-road guise.
Organised by the Garden Route Motor Club, this is an invitation-only event, which makes the growth in the motor show all the more remarkable. It ensures that the standard is extremely high. Part of its success is due to the fact that some of the country’s finest classic, vintage and veteran machines reside in lock-ups and barns along the Garden Route.
Last year the event attracted diverse top-quality machines, ranging from veteran models such as a unique Hispano Suiza from 1926 to a totally restored Porsche 911 race car as competed in by Gary Dunkerley in the classic Wesbank Modified series in the early 1990s. Later model classics included Ferraris and Lamborghinis, as well as some delectable Ducatis. “The aim this year is to attract 400 cars, but still keep the event manageable, especially in terms of quality,” says Peter Pretorius, chairman of the Garden Route Motor Club.
“Last year, shortly after our wonderful show, fires devastated the Garden Route, affecting areas from Knysna, Sedgefield, and surrounding areas, even as far as Plettenberg Bay," says Pretorius. “Some 8 000 people were left homeless, leaving families from formal and informal suburbs seeking urgent relief, supplies and support. With the huge success of the Knysna Motor Show last year and with the support of our sponsor, Sanlam Private Wealth, we were able to donate an amount of R150 000 to charities, as well as to car and motorcycle enthusiasts who had lost everything in the fire. This year we aim to raise more than that amount, to donate to charities servicing those still suffering as Knysna gets rebuilt. To achieve that, we need the support of participants to enter cars and motorcycles in even greater numbers and for the public to visit what we believe is one of the best car shows in the country.”
Though the Knysna Motor Show is an invitation-only event, the Garden Route Motor Club encourages enthusiasts to contact the club with a view of entering.
The Knysna Motor Show is a one-day only event, held at the Knysna High School sports grounds, with elegant food and drink stalls providing refreshments. The show is family orientated, with a relaxed atmosphere a key note.
The show also falls just one week before the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb in Knysna, making it ideal to combine these two top quality events into an unbelievable “petrolhead family” getaway.
The show runs from 09:00 to 16:00 on Sunday 29 April. Admission prices are very family orientated - adults: R50, children from 12 to 18: R10 and children under 12 enter free.
For more information, contact Peter Pretorius on 082 321 4724 / peterp@afrihost. co.za. Alternatively, visit the Garden Route Motor Club’s website, www.grmc.co.za
A unique 1926 Hispano Suiza A Lamborghini 570
Aerial view of a previous sho
A Ducati 750 TT racer