document : Over 1 000 Cars Expected at The Classic Car Show on October 28

Over 1 000 Cars Expected at The Classic Car Show on October 28
information supplied by: The Classic Car Show 19 October 2012

One of the biggest turn-outs of classic cars in the Gauteng area is expected at the Nasrec Expo Centre, south of Jo’burg, on Sunday, October 28, when The Classic Car Show will be held..
The all-day show, which runs from 8 am to 8 pm is expected to draw upwards of 1 000 classic cars of all eras, countries of origin and styles. It is being organised by, in association with Rolling Thunder, and a crowd of over 10 000 people is expected to attend.
Muscle cars, those American monsters built between the early 1960s and the late 1970s, will be a huge attraction, and crowds can expect to hear the sound of open-piped V8 engines rending the air on numerous occasions throughout the day.
“But we are expecting classics from the Italian, British, French and German manufacturers too, says Mark Groenewald of Rolling Thunder, the Robertsham-based restoration company that has put its full weight behind the show.
“It is always an interesting debate, the question of what defines a classic. We will generally apply the rule that anything built before the early 1980s fits the bill, because that means these cars will be over 30 years old,” says Groenewald.
 Owners of classics that fit this definition will be allowed free admission into the Nasrec Grounds, to enable them to display their cars in the designated areas, while paying spectators will be charged R50 for adults, with children under 12 admitted free of charge.
In addition to acres of gleaming motorised metal, there will be a strong rock and roll music context to the show, and the famous rock group Ballyhoo will be playing throughout the day. There will also be an Elvis Impersonator, a Miss Classic Car Show competition, and beer tents and food stalls to create a unique festival atmosphere.
Visitors can expect to see classic Cadillacs from the 1940s and 1950s rubbing door handles with Mustangs, Camaros, Dodge Chargers and other period muscle cars, while there will be a strong sprinkling of MGs, Alfa Romeos, and the many incarnations of everybody’s favourite classic, the Volkswagen Beetle.
An interesting sub-category of street-rodding that will be well-represented at the show is the classic American pick-up truck category. Chevy pick-ups from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s will be there in abundance, and while some owners choose to leave them in “as found” condition, others restore them to original specification, while still others see them as an ideal canvas on which to  render their street-rodding art.
 This latter category sees Chevy, Ford and International pick-ups being lowered, painted in exotic colours and sporting huge V8 engines, the rigs riding on fat rubber and large diameter modern alloy rims.
Show organiser Paulo Calisto will be displaying three of his own classic Chevy pick-ups in this category, while Rolling Thunder will be show-casing many types of classic, mainly of American origin, from its vast stock of classic Americana, streets rods, and muscle cars.
“You can also expect to see many of South Africa’s favourite home-grown muscle cars at the show, says Groenewald. “Here I’m talking about cars like the original Mk II Cortina Perana, the Capri Perana V8, the Chev Can Am, and the Holden Monaro, Chev SS and the Fairmont GT.
“A lot of these cars, which were icons here in South Africa in the ‘60s and ‘70s are now extremely sought-after overseas. We also had classic sports cars like the Dart, and even the VW-based Puma.”
A club that will enjoy a special celebration at the show is the Ford Cortina Club of South Africa, which will be celebrating 50 years of the Ford Cortina at the show. These cars were huge sellers in South Africa in the 1960s, ‘70s and 1980s, before being replaced by the Ford Sierra.
The Classic Car Show is expected to set a benchmark for future classic car shows in the Jo’burg area, and the plan is to host it as an annual event. The gates will open to the viewing public at 8 am, whilst owners of classic cars who wish to deliver their cars on the Saturday will also be accommodated, with full overnight security and special parking for their machines.
Admission for The Classic Car Show at Nasrec on October 28 will be R50 for adults, while children under 12 will have free entry. Anyone arriving in a classic car will also be admitted free.
Tickets can be bought at the gate or on Computicket.

The Nasrec Expo Centre is located to the east of the N1 Highway, close to Soccer City,  on  Rand Show Road, Nasrec. (GPS – S26° 14.810’ E27° 58.695’) Entrance for the show is at Gates 3 and 4.
For more information, contact The Classic Car Show organiser Paulo Calisto on  082 786 3266, on e-mail at, or visit The Classic Car Show website on
Caption. A Cadillac from the 1940s, a Lotus Cortina from the '60s, a Lanica from the '70s.
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