Ex­pect the­se SA beau­ties at mo­tor s­how

Knysna-Plett Herald - - News | Nuus -

A stand-out fe­a­tu­re of the 2018 Knys­na Mo­tor S­how on 29 A­pril will be the his­to­ri­cal dis­play of pro­ducti­on se­dans and sports cars on­ly a­vai­la­ble in South A­fri­ca.

The­se cars da­te back from pre­sent day to the 1950s and chart the a­ma­zing en­gi­neer­ing and de­sign in­gen­ui­ty that ex­ist in our coun­try.

O­ver the next few weeks, run­ning up to the e­vent, the Knys­na-P­lett He­rald will bring you so­me of the cars that will be on dis­play in a spe­ci­al secti­on de­di­ca­ted to the­se South A­fri­can-on­ly cars, which to­day en­joy hu­ge in­ter­na­ti­o­nal in­te­rest, and va­lue, be­cau­se of their ra­ri­ty.

The Pro­tea (1956-1958)

This hum­ble sports car was de­sig­ned and built in Jo­han­nes­burg by a te­am led by sports car ent­hu­si­ast John My­ers. A pro­toty­pe ver­si­on was com­ple­ted in 1956 and pro­ducti­on ver­si­ons first ap­pea­red in mid-1957. It fe­a­tu­red a strong s­qua­re tu­bu­lar chas­sis, and run­ning ge­ar cul­led from the si­de-val­ve four-cy­lin­der Ford/Ang­lia 100E se­ries of cars. This me­ant that, per­for­man­ce-wi­se, it wa­sn’t ul­tra-quick, alt­hough an o­ver­he­ad val­ve con­ver­si­on a­vai­la­ble from the UK im­pro­ved t­hings dra­ma­ti­cal­ly.

It was the first fi­breglass-bo­died car to be built in South A­fri­ca and a to­tal of 15 Pro­te­as are kno­wn to ha­ve been built. A num­ber of ex­am­ples ex­ist to­day, in­clu­ding a Pro­tea T­ri­umph, which fe­a­tu­res a com­ple­te­ly dif­fe­rent bo­dy, clad in a­lu­mi­ni­um.

The GSM Dart (1958-1965)

Just a few mont­hs af­ter the Pro­tea was laun­ched, the GSM Dart bro­ke co­ver e­ar­ly in 1958, al­so fe­a­tu­ring a glass-fi­b­re bo­dy and Ford 100E me­cha­ni­cals.

This car was the pro­duct of col­la­bo­ra­ti­on be­t­ween a Ca­pe-ba­sed trio: Wil­lie Meis­s­ner, Bob van Nie­kerk and sty­list Ver­ster de Wit.

The shape of the Dart was ac­tu­al­ly de­ca­des a­he­ad of its ti­me, and in the e­ar­ly 1990s, ex­perts re­mar­ked how si­mi­lar the 1958 Dart look­ed to the BMW Z1 sports car.

The­se cars we­re built in Ca­pe To­wn, as well as in the UK, un­der the na­me “GSM Del­ta”. Until pro­ducti­on ce­a­sed in the mid-1960s, a to­tal of 116 GSM Darts we­re built in South A­fri­ca, and t­hey we­re ex­tre­me­ly success­ful in mo­tor­sport, la­ter being fit­ted with a Cor­ti­na GT 1500cc en­gi­ne, as well as “hot” ra­cing en­gi­nes, in­clu­ding C­li­max and Al­fa Ro­meo u­nits.

E­vent in­fo

The Knys­na Mo­tor S­how is a one-day on­ly e­vent, held at the Knys­na High S­chool sports grounds, with food and drink stalls pro­vi­ding re­freshments in keeping with the gla­mour of this top-qua­li­ty clas­sic car e­vent. Ne­vert­he­less, the s­how is fa­mi­ly o­rien­ta­ted, with a re­laxed at­mos­p­he­re a key­no­te. The­re will be a beer garden and food court to ca­ter to all cu­li­na­ry tas­tes. The s­how al­so falls on the ca­len­dar just one week be­fo­re the Ja­guar Si­mo­la Hill C­limb 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. Tic­ket: a­dults R50, child­ren 12 to 18 R10, and child­ren un­der 12 f­ree.

Mo­re in­fo: Pe­ter P­re­to­ri­us 082 321 4724 / pe­terp@a­fri­host.co.za / Garden Route Mo­tor Club web­si­te www.gr­mc.co.za –

A GSM Dart be­lon­ging to Pe­a­nuts Fou­che.

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