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Knysna’s Burgeoning Classic Car Culture

Friday, 26 February 2016 03:43 Written by  Lisa Leslie
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After more than 20 years immersed in this particular niche of the car market, well-known car aficionado Norman Frost of Frost Brothers Classic and Vintage Cars, has been instrumental when it comes to putting Knysna on the map. Our town is now a definitive classic car hub, boasting one of the largest collections in South Africa.

Norman relocated from his original premises on the Main Rd more than 10 years ago when he bought a building in Knysna’s Industria area. Back in those days, there wasn’t much action in the vintage car market in this part of the world, and he had to actively create awareness of the classic car market across multiple marketing platforms. It wasn’t long before Norman had become the go-to man for collectors, both locally and abroad, looking to buy a classic.

Whether you have a penchant for Jaguars, Triumphs, MG’s, Austin Healeys or any of the other legendary cars of yesteryear, you can most likely find one at, or source one through, Frost Brothers. Norman prides himself in selling cars that are in exceptional condition. “First impression is key”, he told me, “so I spend a lot of time and an effort in restoring many of these cars to their former glory”. This need for full classic car restoration has led to the organic growth of Knysna’s classic car culture, and an ever increasing network of associated businesses.

Across the road from the Frost Brother’s showroom is Bodge Engineering, which specialises in the reconditioning of these timeless classics. Adjacent to this business is the mind blowing Parnell Bruce private car museum. Owner Brian Bruce takes classic car collecting to an entirely new level and has about 50 immaculately reconditioned classic and vintage cars displayed at his facility. In addition to this he has a model car collection that would make any little boy’s heart skip a proverbial beat – about 6000 in total. It is open to members of the public by appointment only.

Around the corner is Classic Car Storage on Vigilance Drive. In these premises is a busy upholstery operation manned by several hearing-impaired individuals. All these businesses are key components of Knysna’s classic car industry.

Knysna will soon have the opportunity to once again showcase its burgeoning classic car culture during the upcoming Jaguar Simola Hillclimb 2016 in May, an event which has become hugely popular. During the Classic Car Friday event, there will be numerous of these timeless beauties cruising the Simola Hill, which always attracts hundreds of spectators.

For more information, visit www.frostbrothers.co.za or visit the Frost Brothers premises on 5 Uil Street Industria

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