Bel­les of the Mo­tor S­how ball

Knysna-Plett Herald - - News | Nuus - Staff re­por­ter

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 in keeping with the gla­mour of t­his top-qua­li­ty clas­sic car e­vent.

Ne­vert­he­less, the s­how is ex­tre­me­ly fa­mi­ly o­rien­ta­ted, with a re­laxed at­mos­p­he­re a key­no­te. The­re is a beer gar­den and a food court to ca­ter for all cu­li­na­ry tas­tes.

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.

In a pre­vi­ous e­di­ti­on of the Knys­na-P­lett He­rald, re­a­ders could see so­me of the South A­fri­can-built clas­si­cs that will be on s­how du­ring the e­vent. T­his week we bring you two mo­re. The GSM Fla­min­go, 1962-1965

SA le­gend Bob van Niekerk re­a­li­sed that ma­ny South A­fri­cans would want a mo­re so­phi­sti­ca­ted sports car and thus the GSM Fla­min­go was born, in 1962, i­ni­ti­al­ly fe­a­tu­ring a 1.7-lit­re Ford Tau­nus en­gi­ne.

La­ter, ra­cier Ford Cor­ti­na GT 1500cc u­nits we­re fit­ted, and a one-off V8 mo­del was al­so built and ra­ced success­ful­ly by Van Niekerk. The Fla­min­go fe­a­tu­red a dis­tincti­ve split-win­dow re­ar win­dow de­sign, ac­tu­al­ly pre­da­ting the fa­mous 1963 C­hev­ro­let Cor­vet­te S­ting­ray split-win­dow mo­del.

A to­tal of 128 Fla­min­gos we­re built at GSM’s fac­to­ry in Paar­den Ei­land, Ca­pe To­wn. Pro­ducti­on ce­a­sed in 1965. Re­nault Al­co­ni 1964-1967

In the mid-1960s, two Jo­han­nes­burg ra­ce dri­vers and en­gi­ne tu­ners John Con­chie and E­ric “Pudd­les” Ad­ler a­chie­ved so­mething re­al­ly u­ni­que. Re­nault A­fri­ca ho­mo­lo­ga­ted and lis­ted Re­nault Al­co­nis as pro­ducti­on cars, for sa­le as new mo­dels through Re­nault de­a­lers­hips in South A­fri­ca, with full fac­to­ry war­ran­ty.

Al­co­ni De­ve­lop­ments was, in es­sen­ce, a per­for­man­ce or speed shop, ba­sed in Jo­han­nes­burg, and spe­ci­a­li­sing in con­ver­si­ons for ma­ny lig­ht cars, but, sig­ni­fi­cant­ly Re­nault R8s (and la­ter the lon­ger-no­sed R10s). The a­chie­vement in ha­ving an Al­co­ni kit ra­ti­fied by a ma­jor ma­nu­fac­tu­rer was hu­ge and tes­ti­mo­ny to the tho­roughness and re­li­a­bi­li­ty of Al­co­ni con­ver­si­ons.

The R8 and 10 Al­co­nis we­re ba­sed on the 1100cc Re­nault mo­tor and fe­a­tu­red mo­di­fied cy­lin­der he­ads, cams­hafts, a We­ber DCD twin-cho­ke do­wn-draug­ht car­bu­ret­tor on an Al­co­ni ma­ni­fold and an Al­co­ni exhaust sy­stem.

The re­sults we­re a­ma­zing, and in 1967 a Car Ma­ga­zi­ne ro­ad test sho­wed the ho­me­gro­wn R10 Al­co­ni to sig­ni­fi­cant­ly out­per­form lar­ger en­gi­ned per­for­man­ce ri­vals, such as the Mi­ni Cooper S 1 275, and the 1500 cc Cor­ti­na GT.

See mo­re SA clas­si­cs in the next e­di­ti­on of the KPH. –

P­ho­tos: Sup­p­lied

The GSM Fla­min­go. A Re­nault R10 Al­co­ni.

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