The Southern Cape Old Car Club is proud to announce that Oakhurst Insurance Company Limited has come on board as the main sponsor for the 20th George Old Car Show to be held 13 and 14 February 2016.
“We are absolutely delighted at partnering with the Southern Cape Old Car Club and very proud to be the main sponsor of the George Old Car Show 2016,” said Peter Grindlay, managing director of Oakhurst Insurance.“Coming on board for the 20th anniversary of this phenomenal event is a real privilege.
“Given the nature of our business, our interest in motor vehicles, and, as the only insurance company with its head office in George, it was a natural progression to become involved in this particular highlight of the George calendar. We look forward to a great turnout and a really outstanding event.”
According to Mike Alexander, SCOCC coordinator of the event, the biggest on the George annual calendar, is on schedule. “Everything is on course and the 20th show promises to be even bigger and better thanks to our new sponsor.”
More than 90 stall owners have already registered to take part at the 20th show. “We already have 25 food stalls, 35 flea market stalls and 30 car-related stalls,” said Krige Bolton, coordinator. “They are mostly the same stall holders as last year, when they were more than satisfied with the record number of visitors which exceeded 10 000.”
More that 200 vehicles have already registered for display during this year’s show. Philip Rosser, who is in charge of registration, urged chairpersons of clubs countrywide to make haste and register. More than 500 entries are expected.
So far the owners of 23 veteran vehicles, all manufactured without front wheel brakes, have registered to take part in the Veteran Tour which will this year travel from Albertinia to George on 12 February.
According to Philip Kuschke, Vettour coordinator, participants in this ever popular scenic drive will come from as far and wide as Harrismith, Pongola and Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. “Cars of particular interest include a 1913 Benz, 1911 EMF and 1916 Maxwell,” said Kuschke.
At least 4500 to 5000 miniature models will be on display. “Between 25 and 30 collectors will display their private collections,” said Ignatius Anker, who coordinates this large exhibit. Miniatures will also be on sale.
The show annually draws hundreds of exhibitors showing off their veteran and classic cars (manufactured prior to 1975), as well as veteran farming equipment and static engines. Also on show will be hot rods and new vehicles and a wide variety of classic and new motorcycles.
“As part of the 20th anniversary of the show we are planning to include highlights from the past two decades,” said Alexander.
This year classic vehicles manufactured in the USA will enjoy pride of place in the Ring of Fame on the main arena. “In future different cars manufactured in the countries will be displayed here,” he said.
According to Alexander special care is being taken to offer a coordinated drive-by in the arena. “It will be presented in such a way that visitors will be able to admire the vehicles from where they are seated.”
Another highlight will be the auction of veteran and classic cars by House of Classic and Sports Cars, Knysna.
Visitors will be able to take part in various fun competitions organised by the main sponsor. A music festival by local artists will be presented during Sunday lunch hour.
The Rotary SAB beer garden, which was greatly expanded last year, will once again provide shaded seating for at least 400 people, said the Rotary’s Di Kershaw.
As usual, the George Old Motor Show will take place on the school grounds of PW Botha College in York Street, George. (The Gremlin)
Chris van Staden – 082 491 5254