Gauteng’s biggest classic car show will be taking place this Sunday 4 December from 8am to 5pm at the Nasrec Expo Centre, South-West of Johannesburg.
“The Classic Car Show, in association with Rolling Thunder, has grown from a few hundred cars to become a massive event, and this year I am predicting over 1 200 cars and bikes for the event,” said organiser Paulo Calisto.
“One of the huge attractions this year is that we are hosting the Portuguese Prawn and Food Festival in conjunction with the show, and we have also invited all the Harley Owners Groups in Gauteng to participate. But always, the classics will be central to the event.
The Nasrec venue will open its gates to classic car owners at 7am on Sunday, 4 December, with the drivers of classic cars admitted free of charge, with one passenger also gaining free entrance. Any additional passengers will have to pay full entrance fees, which this year is, R80 for adults and R20 for children under 12. Save R20 by booking on-line through Ticketpro, where adult tickets are sold for R60.
The classics scheduled to turn up at Nasrec will range from hot rods to muscle cars, with many classic European cars also making an appearance. Fans of VW Kombis will get the chance to see a range of these highly collectible vehicles, ranging from super custom-built examples worth many hundreds of thousands of rands to ratty un-restored examples.
This same rule of thumb also applies to the dozens of VW Beetles expected.
Another highly collectible classic right now is the first-generation Ford Escort, and expect to see a huge turn-out of these cars. Prized examples of the Ford Escort include the 1600 Sport and RS2000 models, identified by their unique striping and (in the case of the RS) the special nose treatments.
Ford Cortina will also be out in full force, while Volvos are likely to be well represented in the form of the beetle-backed 544 models and the 122S examples.
The organisers are expecting a massive turn-out of Chevy pick-ups, as well as a huge rolling cavalcade from The Thunder Tour V8 enthusiasts from Pretoria.
“We have built this event into being the biggest classic car show in the Gauteng area,” says Paolo Calisto. “And this one in the summer of 2016 is going to be the best ever.”
Nasrec is located just off the N1 highway South West of Johannesburg, and is simple to access via the Rand Show Road off-ramp.
Owners of classic cars will be admitted free at the gate, with no charge to the driver and one passenger. Extra passengers will be charged as per normal entry fees.
Ticket prices are R60 for adults through Ticketpro, or R80 at the gate. Tickets for Children under 12 are R20, and secure parking costs R20.
The gates open to the public at 8am. The show runs until 5 pm. Exhibitors will be admitted from 7am on Sunday 4 December .
Added highlights: car auction, flea market, beer garden, live entertainment, kids, entertainment, helicopter rides.