Classic cars, bikes dazzle Cape
CLASSIC VEHICLE ENTHUSIASTS DREAM COME TRUE: Capetonian petrol heads had a dozens of vehicles to ogle at the 2013 Classic Car and Bike show .
Author: DAVE FALL
CAPE TOWN - Cape Town car and bike enthusiasts were once again entertained in grand style at Timour Hall Villa in January 2013, for the 13th classic car and bike show held under the auspices of the International Police Association.
Established primarily as a fund-raiser*, this annual event gets better every year with something for everyone – the whole family included!
DAY 1 - MODERN CLASSICS
Day 1 on January 19, as in the past, was designated a "modern classic" day that included street rods, race cars and bikes, custom vehicles and even an autojumble corner for your delectation – a great idea for sourcing those hard to find spares while talking to like-minded enthusiasts.
Day 1 - Image gallery
If model cars "float your boat" then you were in good company. The shelves were packed to overflowing with dinky cars from yesteryear, while offering a brief respite from the extremely warm summer we are experiencing right now.
Marque clubs were much in attendance from Toyota to VW Golf through to AC Cobras of every description, at least one of which boasted a 5.7 Chevrolet Corvette motor for added power, much to the chagrin of other AC owners who prefer to keep their V8 mechanicals Ford style!
From an Austin A40 pickup to a colourful Nissan Skyline GTR to a real desert vehicle on the Heritage stand – vehicles of every description continued to enthrall the large crowds that turned up over the weekend.
DAY 2 - VINTAGE AND CLASSIC RIDES
Day 2, January 20 2013, was arguably even more diverse with the addition of vintage and veteran vehicles dating as far back as the 1890s, an era that invokes elegance and a time when craftsmen were an important element of vehicle design and manufacture.
The Citroën Club proved one of the bigger attractions with a diverse range of post-vintage thoroughbreds such as Traction Avant Light 15’s, 2CV’s and DS sedans – and even a very rare station wagon on show.
Day 2 - Image gallery
Triumphs, Jaguars, Sunbeams, Morris Minors and Morgans took their rightful place at the show – the latest Moggie three-wheeler garnering much attention with its Harley-Davidson vee-twin motor poking out of the front of the car.
Stars of the show for me would have been the very rare Jaguar SS100 – in white livery, of course; a diminutive Auto Union with its three-cylinder, two-stroke motor along with one of the classic ’67 Ford Mustangs – any of the above could happily live on my driveway, methinks!
As we all know Rolls-Royce cars are huge but there was something even bigger (certainly longer, anyway), the Rothay Rover Special, complete with a Rolls-Royce V12 motor bolted in up front. Owner Rusty Crowhurst told me this was the 27-litre version as fitted to Spitfires and Hurricanes, and was good for 2000Nm – twice as much horsepower as a Bugatti Veyron.
Crowhurst said: “With the gearing I’ve got in mind it should wheelspin all the way to 240 km/h in a vehicle that will weigh close to 2000 kg by the time we’re finished. Though fuel consumption will be in the order of only five to 10 miles per gallon!’’
*In 2012 a dream to bring hope, as well as equip and empower, a group of people in less fortunate circumstances took root. A "needs analysis" showed that the Church in Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay, had many members desperate for assistance to equip them to earn a living. Sixty-four indicated fields in which they were most interested and/or gifted.
Should you need further information or be willing to offer assistance, please contact Deacon Merryl Preston or call 082 770 6561.