There is no doubt that the year’s premier classic, vintage, veteran and collectable motorcycle event will be the 2018 Knysna Motor Show, taking place on April 29 at the Knysna High School Sports Grounds, between 9 am and 4pm in one of the most idyllic locations on the Garden Route.
• The show runs from 9 am to 4 pm at the Knysna High School Sports Ground, with tickets priced at R50 for adults, children aged 12-18 at R10, and children under-12 free.
• Sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth, the Knysna Motor Show will host 400 cars and motorcycles. Plenty of food and drink will be on sale at reasonable prices suited to family budgets.
• With the show just over a week away, excitement is at fever pitch.
Organised by the Garden Route Motor Club for the seventh year, this is an invitation-only event that in 2018 will draw close to 400 cars and motorcycles of absolute top-drawer quality. And every single genre of classics held dear to the hearts of car and motorcycle enthusiasts will be represented in a feast of colour, glamour and splendour that will cater to not only petrol-heads, but to families wishing to spend an unforgettable day in this holiday paradise.
Ultra-collectable cars and motorcycle from all over the country on show
“We have been working flat out to assemble the finest classic cars and motorcycles in the country,” say Knysna Motor Show organiser Peter Pretorius. “We have cars and motorcycles coming from all parts of South Africa – Guateng, Limpopo KwaZuluNatal, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, you name it! And of course, we are blessed in the Garden Route to have some of the finest classic and vintage car and motorcycle collections in the country, which are housed in our region.
“The ‘buy-in’ from collectors has been fantastic. And of course we have had amazing support from our community, as well as our generous sponsors, Sanlam Private Wealth. Without them, an event of this magnitude would not be possible.
“Last year The Knysna Motor Show hosted over 6 000 visitors, which is incredible for a one-day event. And we raised over R150 000 for charity. Both of these are figures that we are hoping to surpass this year.”
Amongst the exciting attractions at the Knysna Motor Show this year will be:
• A 1908 Ford Model S, the oldest car on the show
• A 1912 Bat Motorcycle, built in England
• A 1928 Bentley 3-litre
• A 1923 Rolls-Royce Doctor’s Coupe
• A 1938 BMW 328
• A 1990 Lamborghini Countach
• A 1963 Corvette Grand Sport continuation car
• A unique Mazda Cosmo rotary-engined sports car from the 1960s
• The Kobus Mostert Collection of ultra-rare American coupes from the 1950s
• A tribute to South African special cars, built only in this country.
• A special display of modern supercars, such as Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches
• A 50th birthday celebration of the Morgan Plus 8 and a 100 year old Morgan Three Wheeler
• The Parnell Bruce racing car Collection
The South African special display will feature a massive line-up of cars unique to South Africa, starting with the 1950s Protea sports car and the GSM Dart and Flamingo models of the 1950s and 1960s, through more modern homologation special cars like the Capri Perana V8, the Chevy Can Am and the Renault Alconi. A Sierra XR8 race car in 1985 Presto Parcels livery, built by motorsport historian Nick Sheward, will be trailered down from Johannesburg, especially for the event.
Golden Age of Motorsport
There will also be a tribute to the Golden Age of Motorsport, which include special displays of cars from Port Elizabeth-based Hi-Tech Automotive, which will be showing its Corvette Grand Sport continuation racer-for-the-road machine for the first time in South Africa. At present the Corvette Grand Sport is only being built for the US market, at a cost in excess of R2-million for each bespoke car. Hi-Tech will also show a Dan Gurney Cobra tribute car, as well as more modern sports cars built for world markets.
Lindenberg Racing will show modern Shelby Mustangs as well as classic Ford-engined racers, celebrating Peter Lindenberg’s 40 years in motorsport. And there will be special examples of the immortal Mini Cooper S, Ford Escorts and Renault Gordini racers from the 1960s.
Large Motorcycle Display
An impressive motorcycle display this year will showcase a number of motorcycle collections. Eye-catchers will include the oldest motorcycle on show, the 1912 Bat, and an impressive two-stroke collection ranging from a 1929 Scott Flying Squirrel, through two early BSA Bantam machines to more modern classics, such as the Yamaha RD350 and a Suzuki GT750 triple-cylinder machine from the 1970s, known as “the kettle” because it was water-cooled.
The Motorcycle Room in Knysna will be putting on a special BMW high performance display, from its collection of over 115 motorcycles housed at the Knysna Waterfront. These will include a 2009 BMW HP2 Sport “boxer”, and a 2012 BMW HP4 Race machine. And a unique 50 cc Maserati motorcycle from the late 1950s, recently restored, will also be arriving from Port Elizabeth for the event.
Fans of custom motorcycles will not be disappointed either, with a stunning Harley Davidson café racer on show, known as “Shelby 22”, built by Knysna ‘s custom king Gavin Venter.
2018 KNYSNA MOTOR SHOW, SPONSORED BY SANLAM PRIVATE WEALTH , INFORMATION
The Knysna Motor Show is a one-day only event, held at the Knysna High School sports grounds, with elegant food and drink stalls providing refreshments in keeping with the glamour of this top-quality classic car event. Nevertheless, the show is extremely family orientated, with a relaxed atmosphere a key note. There is a beer garden and a food court to cater to all culinary tastes.
The show also falls just one week before the Jaguar Simola Hill Climb in Knysna, making it ideal to combine these two top quality events into an unbelievable Petrol-head Family Getaway!
The show runs from 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday, April 29, 2018. Admission prices are very family orientated: Adults R50, Children 12-18 R10, and children under 12 free!