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1886 Benz on show

10 January 2017

The 21st George Old Car Show, driven by Oakhurst Insurance Company Ltd, will be held on 11 and 12 February 2017.

More than 1 000 vehicles will be on show this year with a special emphasis on German vehicles this year. This exhibition will include 35 unique and rare vehicles.

The most prized item in this special exhibition is an 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen. “This was the first vehicle manufactured with an internal combustion engine,” said Kobus Harris, president of the South Cape Old Car Club, who has been collecting vehicles of German manufacture since 1983. “This is one of only ten replicas in the world and belongs to the Mercedes-Benz SA factory in East London.”

Two of Harris’ own collection of will also form part of the special exhibition, namely his prized red 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL convertible and his maroon 1959 Mercedes-Benz 220 S Sedan.

Other special Benz models on exhibition include a 1901 Benz “Ideal”, which will be brought from Cape Town. Dr. Waldo Scribante, president of Mercedes-Benz Club SA, and ardent collector from George, will display three of his vehicles, namely a 1913 Benz, a 1935 Mercedes-Benz 130 H, and a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 320.

Volkswagen, another German vehicle manufacturer, will also display vehicles at the show. “We approached Auto Pavilion Volkswagen Museum in Uitenhage to exhibit Volkswagen vehicles, and they are bringing two Volkswagen Beetles dating from 1949 and 1979, the latter being the last vehicle manufactured in Uitenhage,” said Harris.

BMW will be represented by two models dating from 1936 and 1938; there will also be a 1938 DKW and a 1935 Opel Cabriolet.

Another highlight of the George Old Car Show driven by Oakhurst Insurance Company Ltd is an exhibition of more than 5 000 model cars. Besides precious private collections, retailers will also offer miniatures for sale. As part of the theme of the special exhibition, miniatures of vehicles of German manufacture will take pride of place.

Entrance fees:
Saturday: Adults R50, Pensioners R40, Children R20
Sunday: Adults R20, Pensioners R15, Children R10
Special weekend package deal: Adults R60, Pensioners R45, Children R25

Gates are open on Saturday 07:00 to 18:00 and Sunday 08:00 to 13:00
The George Old Car Show, driven by Oakhurst Insurance, will take place at PW Botha College in York Street, George. Parking is available.

The 2017 Veteran Tour, which takes place on Friday 10 February, will start in Uniondale and arrive at PW Botha College during the late afternoon. Owners of vehicles which were manufactured without front brakes will travel from all around the country to take part in the tour of some 180 km.

Another highlight of the 2017 George Old Car Show is a Drive-Thru through Thembalethu and Pacaltsdorp on Saturday 5 February. A group of old cars, accompanied by the Southern Cape Old Car Club’s fire truck, will take part in this special event during which Herman Ungerer, the club’s announcer, will promote the show in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa.
For more information contact Phillip Rosser on 082 410 5490 or Chris van Staden on 082 491 5254, or visit the Southern Cape Old Car Club website at