The most glamorous period in motoring history will be given pride of place at this year’s Knysna Motor Show, which will be held for the eighth successive year in the heart of some of best driving roads in South Africa.
This year a number of marques are being honoured by special celebrations of their centenaries, and cars from this period on display will include the halcyon era between 1925 and 1940.
Think The Great Gatsby, Clark Gable, Marlene Dietrich and the unspeakably elegant cars that they drove, and you will be on the right track!
However, other important eras and genres in the classic car field will be equally prevalent. The 2018 Knysna Motor Show drew a record number of over 400 vintage and veteran machines, classic cars and motorcycles and modern supercars, and once again the organisers are aiming for a turn-out of this magnitude.
Last year’s event drew a record number of over 8 000 spectators and this year the organisers, the Garden Route Motor Club, are on track to surpass that figure.
“It’s never been just about the numbers,” says Peter Pretorius, Chairman of the Garden Route Motor Club and principal organiser of The Knysna Motor Show.
“Primarily the focus is to put on the best classic show possible. And judging by reports from the past two years at least, I think we are working in the right direction.”
Indeed, there are many enthusiasts who believe that already the Knysna Motor Show surpasses anything else on offer in South Africa. There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly the cars on show are present by invitation only, which means the quality of exhibited cars is very high. Secondly, by making the show an invitation-only event for owners to display their cars, the organisers can establish a fine mix of exhibits from the various genres of classic, vintage and veteran machinery resident in South Africa.
Another reason that the Knysna Motor Show is so eagerly anticipated is that various new themes within the show are introduced at each succeeding event, ensuring that it is fresh, even for people who have attended many of the preceding seven shows.
This year, for instance, will see the anniversary celebrations of a number of great marques. It is known that there will be an extremely impressive display of Bentleys celebrating the great British marques centenary this year. Another British make that will be similarly honoured is Morgan, which celebrates 110 years of being one world’s most exclusive sports car manufacturers.
The Knysna Motor Show is held in traditional holiday season in the Garden Route, and is also attractive to out of town visitors as it is held the weekend before the Knysna Hill Climb, so many enthusiasts take in the show before staying on for a holiday to enjoy the hill climb the following weekend.
This also applies to owners of vintage machinery from destinations far away from Knysna, and last year the show drew a number of exhibitors from as far afield as Johannesburg, Cape Town, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.
A unique part of the show’s huge appeal to enthusiasts and public alike is that it is held in very beautiful surrounds bordering on the Knysna Waterfront, on the sports fields of the Knysna High School. The area is easily able to accommodate around 400 cars and motorcycles, as well as extensive hospitality and food and beverage areas, and also includes specialised displays for companies associated with the classic car fraternity.
For the third year in a row the show will have Sanlam Private Wealth as a headline sponsor.
“The show is organised primarily for the pure and simple pleasure of seeing these wonderful cars and motorcycles on display in such congenial surroundings,” said Peter Pretorius.
“However, our secondary objective has always been to raise money for local charities. We are very proud to announce that over the past years we have raised a total of well over half a million rand for local charities with the Knysna Motor Show, and we aim to add to that figure substantially with proceeds from the 2019 event at the end of April.”
The Garden Route Motor Club has already been organising this year’s show for many months. However, the organisers are pleased to announce that owners of exceptional vintage, veteran and classic cars, as well as classic motorcycles and rare modern supercars, are still able to apply for entry in this year’s show.
However, as far as spectators to the show are concerned, there is no hint of exclusivity! It is a motor show fair for the whole family. The 2019 Knysna Motor Show is a one day event that runs from 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at the Knysna High School Sports Grounds.