Keeping some degree of exclusivity is the official word from the organisers of the 2015 Knysna Motor Show. That makes a lot of sense, as anyone with a rusty old car could easily attempt to show at the event, which has [in a very short space of time], become a premier motor show in South Africa’s events calendar. The Show, which will be held on the 9th of May and hosted by the Garden Route Motor Club is sure to attract an even bigger crowd than last year’s, and of course, the most exclusive classic, exotic, performance cars and motorbikes.
What to Expect
Expectations for this year’s show are pretty high, with cars from an old James Bondish era like the Aston Martin DB3, and the famed French car, Citroen DS among many others, expected to adorn the lawns of the Motor Club. Showcasing at the Show is open (by application) to any owner of classic cars, performance cars, speciality vehicles and bikes, however, it should be noted that the Show puts emphasis on quality rather than quantity. As such, it won’t be surprising to see some of the motor vehicles at the famed Franschhoek Motor Museum making a show at the event. The FMM is a partner of the Garden Route Motor Club.
What’s great about a classic car show is the plethora of body types you get to see on the grounds, each telling a story of its own. This is in stark contrast to the motor vehicles built in the 21st century, most of which have the same shapes. When last did you see a car with bat wings and a fin tail? The story that the vehicles tell is from a bygone age, where car makers worried less about millions of volumes sold. These eras and the stories that they tell can only be experienced at the upcoming show. This year, www.usedcarsforsale.co.za hopes to be there again.
Classic Car Auction
Apart from admiring the automobiles on show, there’s usually a silent auction of some of the cars at the Show. This is possibly the best place to buy the car your favourite childhood TV hero or leading man/woman used to drive. Last year’s auction of 25 cars featured a 1926 Ford Model T Touring, a 1928 Ford Model A Phaeton, 1930 Chevy Landau, and a 1950 MG TD, just to name a few.
Some of the funds raised during the show are donated to charity, so not only will your contribution grow the popularity of the Motor Show, it also helps those who are less fortunate.
Knysna In General
Knysna itself is a beautiful town, and vies with Plettenberg Bay as South Africa’s most popular holiday destinations. The Motor Show comes at the perfect time – the last days of Autumn – before a cosy Winter creeps in. However, there’s still ample to do, like attending the Knysna Oyster Festival in July, or you could wait out the cold and vacation during the Summer. In any case, the Garden Route Motor Club’s vision is to make the Motor Show a week long event like the Oyster Fest mentioned above. With this, and the right partnerships, it’s very possible. Ultimately, the goal is to get recognition among the world’s finest classic car motor shows, and make this event attractive not only to South Africans, but to an international audience as well.
The McLarens, Ferraris, Rovers and others of the world are welcome to showcase at the Knysna Motor Show, you can visit their website here: http://grmc.co.za/.