- The seventh Knysna Motor Show , sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth, will host some of the most collectable cars on the African Continent on Sunday, April 29, 2018, when it is held once again at the Knysna High School Sports Grounds, located on Waterfront Drive, Knysna.
- For more information on the Knysna Motor Show, regards venue, admission prices etc, see details at the end of this media release.
The Corvette’s finest hour
Back in 1963, Ford Motor Company was enjoying unprecedented success in motor racing, in Europe and in America, thanks to the indecent speed of the Shelby AC Cobra sports car, which ran a small-block Ford V8 in what was essentially a re-engineered 1950s AC Bristol body and chassis.
But at the end of that year, Carroll Shelby’s party was spoiled by the emergence of the most famous Chevrolet Corvette racer of all time. At the annual Nassau Speed week in the Bahamas, which was meant to be a Cobra-fest, a certain Zora Arkus-Duntov arrived with five examples of a car known as the Corvette Grand Sport.
Developed in secret by Duntov at General Motors, which had a corporate ban on racing at the time, the Corvette Grand Sports whipped the Cobras into submission at Nassau, being 10 seconds a lap quicker than the Shelby snakes! GM management got to hear about this and came down heavily on Duntov and his team in the GM development department, and the five Grand Sports were sold off to privateer racers. And that was pretty much the end of the Grand Sport’s fairy-tale track record.
Hi-Tech’s Corvette Grand Sport
But in South Africa, Hi-Tech Automotive, which builds Cobra continuation and Daytona Coupe continuation cars for the American market, has scored a global coup by being awarded the rights to build continuation series Corvette Grand Sport cars, and selling them in the US under its Superformance banner. The cars are built in Port Elizabeth, “just up the road from Knysna”!
It took Hi-Tech’s CEO Jimmy Price eight years to get approval to build the Grand Sport continuation cars, and to have them wear a genuine Corvette badge! One of the 30 or so Grand Sports built to date (all of them destined for the left-hand-drive American market), will be at the 2018 Knysna Motor Show on April 29.
Alongside the Corvette Grand Sport on the Knysna High School sports field will be, fittingly, a Hi-Tech-built special Dan Gurney tribute version of the Shelby AC Cobra, in the colours run by the All- American motorsports hero, who passed away in 2017. And Hi-Tech will also be show-casing its brand-new mid-engined sports car destined for the European market, the AC Zenos E10,a car similar in spirit to the ultimate track-day car, Lotus Elise.
The Parnell Bruce Collection
The Parnell Bruce Collection at Knysna Motor Show 2018 will showcase some of the most famous British racers of all time. The line-up will include a 1953 Jaguar C-Type tribute car, the machine that began Jaguar’s extraordinary run of success at the Le Mans 24 Hour in the 1950s. Also on display will be two Ford GT40 tribute cars (the Ford GT40 was designed in England in 1963, using the Eric Broadley Lola GT as its inspiration), a 1954 Jaguar D-Type replica, a 1954 Jaguar XK 120, a 1953 Austin Healey 100 M and a 1970 Lotus Europa S2. An interesting car will be a 1957 Austin A40 Special, as raced in Cape Town by Roddy Turner Senior in the late 1950s.
40 Years of Peter Lindenberg in Motor Sport
Peter Lindenberg, multiple South African powerboat champion and veteran circuit racer, will celebrate 40 years in motorsport at the Knysna Motor Show. Lindenberg, now based in the Malmesbury area, has raced everything from Group N sedans to Wesbank V8 racers to oval circuit V8s in a long career. More recently he has been a major player in the burgeoning Historic Racing Car scene in South Africa, backed up by his daughter Paige, who races a thundering 1968 Ford Fairlane.
On April 29, Lindenberg Racing will showcase Paige’s 1968 Fairlane, a 1965 Ford Mustang GT350, and one of Peter’s famous 1972 Ford Capri Perana race cars. Under the Shelby SA banner, the team will also be showing the latest 50th Anniversary Shelby Mustang Super Snake, a car marketed here by Lindenberg.
A Road to Race , exciting Savage Ford Ranger pick-up , will also be on display and will be raced by Peter Lindenberg at the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb a week later .
Sixties Track legends
In many people’s eyes the 1960s represents the Golden Era of Motorsport in this country, when saloon car racing became even more popular than Formula One in this country. The classic confrontations between iconic heroes such as Bobby Olthoff, Koos Swanepoel, Peter Gough, Basil van Rooyen, George Armstrong and Scamp Porter will be celebrated by a stand entitled “Sixties Track Legends.”
This display will include the cars that brought the crowds to their feet at Kyalami, Killarney, Roy Hesketh and East London, such as the Lotus Cortina, Renault Gordini, Mini Cooper, Alfa Romeo GTV and the Alfa Romeo Giulietta T1. Another car that fits this era, but has another claim to fame, is a 1963 Hillman Imp, which was recently driven from Johannesburg to London over some of the roughest roads in the world, by its intrepid owner-builder, Terence Tracy.
Admirers of British sports cars will not be denied at the Knysna Motor Show, as some of the best collections of these cars in South Africa reside in the Garden Route area. A special Jaguar Jamboree is being held at the show, with cars ranging from the 1930s masterpiece, the SS100 (this was before the Jaguar name was even coined) through the graceful 1950s era represented by the Jaguar XK150, to the car that was tagged “sex on wheels” – the immortal Jaguar E Type. More modern examples of Jaguars will also be on display.
As usual, there will be plenty of Austin Healey’s, MGs and Triumphs peppering the lawns in Knysna, as well as an impressive selection of classic, early era Porsches dating from the 356 versions from the 1950s through to the modern era of 911s.
And an interesting Anglo-German car will be the 1938 Frazer Nash BMW 328, a German-designed and built racer from the pre-war era, marketed by Frazer Nash in England. The immaculate BMW has been owned by Western Cape car enthusiast Robert Middelmann for a number of decades and has just undergone a mechanical restoration.
Another intriguing Great Briton is the 1953 Bentley Type R, which recently competed in the 9 500 km Inca Rally in South America, owned by enthusiast Richard Everingham.
Organiser’s comment on the 2018 Knysna Motor Show
“I have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and commitment shown by enthusiasts far and wide for the 2018 Knysna Motor Show,” commented Peter Pretorius, on behalf of the organising club, the Garden Route Motor Club.
“We are blessed with some very special collectable cars from all the classic and vintage eras in this country, and some 400 cars and motorcycles will be making the trip to the Knysna High School sports fields for our 2018 event. And we will show modern supercars and an extensive classic motorcycle display too.
“In conjunction with our main sponsor, Sanlam Private Wealth, I want to thank everyone to date, who will make this a day to remember on April 29 in Knysna.”
2018 KNYSNA MOTOR SHOW, SPONSORED BY SANLAM PRIVATE WEALTH , INFORMATION
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 key note. There is a beer garden and a food court to cater to all culinary tastes.
The show also falls 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 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday, April 29, 2018. Admission prices are very family orientated: Adults R50, Children 12-18 R10, and children under 12 free!
Contact details are: Peter Pretorius, email on firstname.lastname@example.org, or by cell phone on 082 321 4724. For more information, go to the Garden Route Motor Club’s website on www.grmc.co.za