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2012-10-17 10:55

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The Johannesburg Classic Car Show is expected to draw more than 1000 “works of automotive art” to the Nasrec Expo Centre on October 28, 2012.
 
'Cars and Rock 'n Roll will' be a major theme of the show which, it;s hoped, will attract the very best muscle cars, hot rods, customs, classics, vintage and veteran  and “pure restorations” to the event where rock bands will form a musical backdrop to the one-day event.

FOUR-WHEELED FUN


Veteran motoring journalist Stuart Johnson will be the master of ceremonies for the day.
 
Organiser Paulo Calisto said: “This will be our third show and we’ll be going large. Out target is more than 1000 cars to create a real festival of the classic car lifestyle.
 
Fellow organiser Mark Groenewald added: “Why a classic car show? If you look at fashion and music videos, there’s always a classic car in the background. Classic cars are rock and roll!”
 
The Classic Car Show will open at 8am through to 8pm and all cars will be displayed in the paved parking areas at Nasrec, as well as in Hall 10. There will also be a special display area hosting a Rolling Thunder Extraveganza in the main arena.
 
Cailisto said: “I ran my first show in March 2012 where I was expecting 80 cars and 300 showed up. Then my second show in July 2012 was expected to draw 300 cars and 600 showed up. So, with this one, we reckon our estimate of 1000 cars is probably conservative.”
 
Muscle cars from many different genres will be a dominant theme of the show, with V8 classics likely to draw huge attention. Cars such as the classic Corvettes, Cobras Mustangs, Camaros, Firebirds, Chargers and Challengers from the ‘60s and ‘70s will rub wheel arches with the strong custom American pick-up movement that is gathering steam.

FUN FOR THE MOTORING FAMILY
 
There will also be a host of American street rods, as well as traditional classics from Britain and Europe, such as Mk I Cortinas, Capris,  Mini Coopers, and early Volkswagens and Kombis.

For the biking brigade, a special Harley-Davidson display is sure to appeal and breakfast runners will be making the show a stop-off point which could last all day.
 
Children will also be catered for at the show with jumping castles and jungle gyms, as well as a special kart race where the dads provide the “horsepower”. There will be a range of food stalls and a beer garden to whet gastronomic appetites. A beauty pageant will also be hosted on the day.

“Our firm will be displaying over 100 classics of our own at the show,” said Groenewald, "but more importantly, we want to share our passion with everyone out there who owns a classic car - be it a tiny micro car with two cylinders or V8 pavement shaker. It’s a bond that we all share, whatever the classic car discipline you follow. So we invite everyone to come along and celebrate with us.”
 
The show will open at 8am on Sunday, October 28, 2012, Exhibitors are welcome to deliver their special showcars the night before. Special parking and security will be provided.
 
Admission will be R50, under-12's free. Anyone arriving in a classic car will enter free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or through Computicket.

For more information, visit The Classic Car Show website.

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