CAPE TOWN – Car and bike enthusiasts were once again entertained in superb style at Timour Hall Villa in Plumstead this past weekend for the 14th Crankhandle Club Classic Car and Bike Show.
TRIUMPH ROADSTER: High, wide and handsome. Quality all the way was a hallmark of this British car manufacturer in the immediate post-Second World War years. Image: Dave Fall
This annual two-day event, established primarily as a fund-raiser, seems to attract more quality exhibits each year with something for everyone to savour and enjoy.
Sunday was arguably a more diverse day with the addition of vintage and veteran vehicles invoking utmost elegance and a time when craftsmen were an important element of vehicle design and manufacture.
DON'T FORGET AUTOJUMBLE
Early Fords, Packards, Studebakers, Rolls-Royces, MG’s, Rileys, Morgans, Austins, Morris Minors in 50 shades of grey, Citroëns, Peugeots and Renaults of every description, along with Big Healeys – to name just a few – nestled under the shade of the beautiful grounds of the Cape Town Police Club.
GALLERY: Classics under the Timour trees
A strong component of a show such as this is the diverse range of autojumble stalls that ran alongside the main event. On offer were mountains of car magazines, instruction manuals and those hard-to-find spare parts – and there’s always somebody who knows someone who might just have the very part you need to complete a tricky restoration.
Two-wheeler enthusiasts were not disappointed with the chance to see, up-close, a Manx Norton, 1960's-style BSA’s and Triumphs, among many others, alongside customised "one-off’ café racers.
If stationary engines are your ‘thing’, they were in abundance, clattering away, some of which would make perfectly good generator sets for when the lights go out!
LAST OF THE DICKEY SEATS
For me it’s always easy to deduce a favourite – if only for a day – and this year I would have reserved a space on my driveway for the beautiful ±1949 Triumph Roadster (pictured) that was on show in the single-marque arena.
It may not have been immaculate (indeed, the patina of the coachwork suggested the owner used the car regularly) but this model will always be remembered as the last British car to be equipped with a dickey seat and a rather unusual one at that – because the front section of the two-piece boot-lid also incorporated a windscreen for the occupants.
Now that’s vintage motoring at its finest!