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The Classic Car Show will host over 1 500 classic cars and motorcycles at the Expo Centre, Nasrec, Johannesburg on Sunday, March 3.
“We’ve already had 1 500 people submit their registration forms for our show, making it one of the biggest single-day car events in Africa,” says organiser Paulo Calisto.
The first show, held last year in October, drew over 22 000 spectators. Calisto is confident that figure will be exceeded this year.
Rolling Thunder will display of over 90 cars, including a Pontiac GTO which is featured in this month’s Carmagazine. Meanwhile, Daytona Sandton will be bringing two Lamborghinis, some Aston Martins and a McLaren with them. Several Ferraris and Porsches will further add to the modern eye candy at the event.
“The show is very family orientated – this year we will have various forms of entertainment all day,” says Calisto. These include:
- Helicopter rides, which will enable people to have flips taking in the area and getting great aerial views of the show. Prices for this will be R150 per person, per flip;
- A mechanical bull;
- A mini theme park, using many of the rides traditionally used at Nasrec shows;
- Rock band Ballyhoo;
- Elvis impersonator Charl van Tonder and his backing band, all of them with big Elvis-style sideburns;
- Morgan Beat Box, who entertained the crowds last year with his unique vocal range and;
- Gift boxes presented to car owners with cars exhibiting the most passion for “petrolheadonism.”
“Various car clubs are supporting us too – one of our headline displays will be from the Jaguar Club, whose British line-up of classics will provide an interesting contrast to all the glamour of the muscle-cars and chromed ‘50s classics,” said Calisto.
An interesting club that is attending will be the Soweto-based Corolla Club, catering to Toyota Corolla’s built before 1980. The Mini Club will attend en-masse, as will the ever-enthusiastic Volvo Club, which has a wonderful history of support for such events.
At the first Classic Car Show, some 300 motorcycles were in attendance, and on Sunday March 3 more are expected, as many riders have indicated they will make the show a priority stop after the Impala Rally, which is being held on the same weekend.
Admission will be at Gate two only, and drivers of classic cars and one passenger will be admitted free, although additional passengers will have to pay. All classic cars are welcome regardless of whether they belong to a club or not.
The Classic Car Show will open its doors at the Nasrec Expo Centre, south west of Johannesburg, at 08:00 am to petrolheads on Sunday March 3, 2013. Exhibitors who want to bring their special show cars the night before will be catered for with special parking and security.
Admission is R60 for adults, while children under 12 have free entry. Anyone driving a classic car will also be admitted free as well as one adult passenger, but additional adult passengers will have to pay the full admission fee.
The Nasrec Expo Centre is located to the east of the N1 Highway, close to Soccer City, on Rand Show Road, Nasrec.
More information can be found at www.classiccars.co.za