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A massive contingent of vintage and classic Bentleys will arrive en masse at the Knysna Motor Show on April 28, 2019.

The occasion will be the Bentley Centenary, and to celebrate this huge milestone, The Bentley Drivers Club of South Africa has scheduled the Knysna Motor Show as the first stop of its special commemorative 2019 rally.

At present, some 20 Bentleys are confirmed for the Knysna Motor Show, which will once again be held at the Knysna High School Sports Grounds on Waterfront Drive.

“The Cape branch of the club is scheduled to gather at Arniston, from there we drive to Knysna, where we will take part in the wonderful Knysna Motor Show,” confirmed Bentley Drivers Club of the Western Cape Chairman, John White.

Mr White and his wife Frederike will be arriving in his magnificent Bentley 4½-litre, perhaps the most famous Bentley model of all in its 100-year history. However, The Bentley Drivers Club will be show-casing a whole range of iconic Bentleys, ranging from at least five 3-litre models built between 1922 to 1928, through to much more modern classics, such as the 1998 Bentley Continental T owned by Robert and Maryke Middelmann, and Shaun Rai’s 1998 Bentley Azure convertible.

The Drivers Club’s mustering for Knysna, and their post-motor show foray into the mountain passes in and around Oudtshoorn, will include cars from the most important periods of the 100-year Bentley history. These will include the so-called “Silent Cars” built between 1932 and 1939, and the beautiful post-World War Two models which number some of the most elegant motor cars ever made.

The South African Barnato-Bentley Connection

It is probably true to say that were it not for the discovery of gold and diamonds in South Africa in the late 19th century, the very name of Bentley in respect of awe-inspiring motorcars wouldn’t exist today.

Barney Barnato was one of the English Randlords who made a fortune in South Africa, but who died in mysterious circumstances while travelling by ship from South Africa to England in 1897. His son Woolf Barnato inherited a huge amount of money while still a young boy. Woolf became enamoured with Bentley sports cars soon after they went into production in 1919, and went on to acquire a 3-litre model in 1925 and race Bentleys at Brooklands race track in England and at Le Mans, as one of the famous Bentley Boys.

When W.O Bentley, the founder of Bentley, suffered financial setbacks in 1925, Woolf Barnato bailed the company out and became Chairman of Bentley.

This period was to be seen as the Golden Period, as Bentleys won four consecutive Le Mans 24-Hour races between 1927 and 1930. But after the stock market crash in1929, Bentley Cars was then taken over by its fierce competitor, Rolls-Royce in 1931. Thus began the era of 3 12 Litre cars, advertised by Rolls-Royce as “the silent sports car”. Post war the Mk VI Bentleys were produced at Crewe, England, and later came the famous R-Type and S-Series of the 1950s. Rolls-Royce ownership continued until 1970, when it was bought out by the Vickers Group. And from 1998, the Bentley nameplate has been under ownership of the Volkswagen Group.

Apart from the vintage and classic-era Bentleys on display, it is expected that there will be a significant presence of the latest Bentley models, including the new Bentayga SUV.

Bentley Drivers Cub Rallies in South Africa.

Bentley Drivers Club local Chairman John White’s motoring life has encompassed Bentleys since 1959, when he bought his first, a 3-litre model, for the princely sum of 225 pounds (the equivalent of about R3 800 at current exchange rates).

“I have only owned Vintage Bentleys, the cars produced in the W.O. Bentley era between 1920 and 1931. I currently own a 4½-litre with a Van den Plas body, which will be on display.

“Driving these vintage cars is a whole different experience. If you do 400 km in a 1928 car, in the heat or the rain, stopping to fix things, it’s an adventure!”

John White has helped organise many Vintage Bentley rallies in South Africa, starting in 1983, and many of them have been international events with owners shipping their cars out from around the world.

The cars that will be on this rally belong to Bentley owners who have known each other for decades, and these include club treasurer Stuart Maxwell, who will be driving one of the oldest cars on the event, a 1922 model 3-litre, with his wife Cindie.

Other 3-litre models will be driven by Richard and Phillippa Middelmann, Rudy Greyvensteyn, Pieter and Phea Fonternal, and Karl and Tilly Reitz. Karl Reitz has been around vintage Bentleys his entire life, as his late father was an avid Bentley driver.

The rally that takes in the Knsyna Motor Show on April 28 is not run to time schedules, but a social event. The South African “Bentley Boys and Girls” will take in the Robertson Pass and challenging gravel Swartberg Pass and also Meiringspoort, these roads providing some of the most spectacular scenery in South Africa. Scenery set to be made only more spectacular by the huge presence of vintage and classic Bentleys!

About the Knysna Motor Show

This year’s Knysna Motor Show , sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth, is the eighth event , and since 2011 it has achieved the status of being one of the best-organised events on the classic-vintage car show calendar, with the highest quality of entries. Since its inception, the organisers have donated hundreds of thousands of rand to charities in the area, and the event itself has grown to accommodate up to 400 cars and classic motorcycles, that are present on the lawns of the Knysna High School Sports Grounds by invitation only.

Apart from the special Bentley display there will be a plethora of vintage and classic car marques gracing the beautiful setting on Knysna’s Waterfront Drive.

“The invitation-only policy enables us to keep the standard of the event very high, and also to vary the display each year, so even for enthusiasts who have been to all of our previous seven shows, there will be something new,” says Peter Pretorius, Chairman of the Garden Route Motor Club, which organises the event.

The 2019 Knysna Motor Show will once again be held on the Knysna High School Sports Grounds , located on Waterfront Drive . The show runs from 09:30 to 16:00 on Sunday, April 28, 2019

. Admission prices are: Adults R50 , R10 for children 12 to 18 years-old, and children under-12 are admitted free.

Regarding accommodation The Knysna Motor Show has partnered with the following hotels and special deals have been negotiated :

Pezula Hotel  – To book,call Hanlie de Villiers on 044 302 3410 and use promo code KMS/2019 .

Protea Knysna Quays Hotel  - To book call Reservations on 044 382 5005  and use the Knysna motor show as references.

For more information on the Knysna Motor Show, use the following contacts: Peter Pretorius, email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by cell phone on 082 321 4724. For more information, go to the Garden Route Motor Club’s website on www.grmc.co.za

The 2019 Knysna Celtic Festival team announced today that a limited number of tickets for the Ceilidh on Friday 15th February are now available at the Sotheby’s International Realty offices in Knysna and at Bosuns Pub & Restaurant.

This year the Ceilidh has grown to include:-

A foot stomping Celtic pub band, Scotty and the Terriers, who promise an evening of festive mayhem associated with wild rovers, velvet bands, jars of whisky and the like.

Adding to the fun will be the now traditional ‘Battle of the Ceilidh Bands’ of talented musicians playing traditional and modern instruments.

The popularly acclaimed Jenny & The Jameses who will be playing one of their intimately varied sets including material from their most recently released recordings.

A unique ceremony, the ‘Addressing of the Haggis’ by Chick Ramsay – all in a fluent Scottish dialect.  This ceremony originates from the tradition of honouring the birth date of the great poet, Robert Burns, who wrote an ode to be recited before commencing the feast of this romantic delicacy.  The brave who taste a morsel will be pleasantly surprised – the urban legend concerning the biological origin of haggis pales into insignificance to sampling a taster portion!

The Ceilidh will be held at the forested, almost mystic, lagoon side portion of Loerie Park under the cover of two large Bedouin stretch tents (adjacent to the Mitchell’s beer tent) and commences at 7:00 PM.

Our trusty band of food vendors will be in attendance so please arrive early to grab a tasty bite before the festivities begin.  Please note that individual seats are not reserved so the early birds get their seats closer to the stage.

Ticket cost is a mere R125 per person – a small price to pay for such a dazzling array of talent in a close environment.  Out of towners may electronically purchase tickets by mailing their requirements to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In the words of Dave Gilmore, this will be a “Night to Remember”.

We hope you will join us for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 

 

Adam Habib, the most prominent and outspoken academic leader through the recent student protests, takes a characteristically frank view of the past 3 years on South Africa’s campuses. He critically examines the student movement and individual student leaders who emerged under the banners #feesmustfall and #Rhodesmustfall, and debates how to achieve truly progressive social change in South Africa, on and off our campuses.

Visit www.knysnaliteraryfestival.co.za for more information

  • Starting date Sun 10 March 2019
  • Ending date Sun 10 March 2019
  • Entry Fee R
  • Venue Simola Hotels
  • Contact Person Sasha
  • Contact Number 082 450 9301
  • Contact Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The First World Champions explores the origins of the unique rivalry between the All Blacks and the Springboks: 2 countries united in their passion for rugby, but divided by their politics. A forgotten Springbok tour of New Zealand in 1937 provides the platform and characters through which Michael Charton brings this story to life. His message celebrates the value system associated with rugby’s amateur era and it serves as a nostalgic reminder of what is important in life and legacy.

Visit www.knysnaliteraryfestival.co.za for more information

  • Starting date Sun 10 March 2019
  • Ending date Sun 10 March 2019
  • Entry Fee R
  • Venue Simola Hotel
  • Contact Person Sasha
  • Contact Number 082 450 9301
  • Contact Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The extremely popular Delicious Word Journey gives you the opportunity to experience some stylish homes in Simola Golf and Country Estate. Enjoy great food accompanied by Knysna's delicious craft gin, craft beer and fine wines, whilst chatting to well known authors.

Visit www.knysnaliteraryfestival.co.za for more information

  • Starting date Sat 09 March 2019
  • Ending date Sat 09 March 2019
  • Entry Fee R
  • Venue Simola Golf Estate
  • Contact Person Sasha
  • Contact Number 082 450 9301
  • Contact Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Scent of Fear is a gripping action thriller exploring the world of tracker dogs and their handlers in the war against poaching in Africa. Tony Park has written 15 other thrilling novels set in Africa.

Visit www.knysnaliteraryfestival.co.za for more information

  • Starting date Sat 09 March 2019
  • Ending date Sat 09 March 2019
  • Entry Fee R
  • Venue Turbine Hotel
  • Contact Person Sasha
  • Contact Number 082 450 9301
  • Contact Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vanessa Raphaely, former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine chats about her thrilling debut novel, Plus One. It would be a weekend of fun, sunshine, champagne and partying. And it was all of those things. Until it wasn't......

Visit www.knysnaliteraryfestival.co.za for more information

  • Starting date Sat 09 March 2019
  • Ending date Sat 09 March 2019
  • Entry Fee R
  • Venue Turbine Hotel
  • Contact Person Sasha
  • Contact Number 082 450 9301
  • Contact Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How did South Africa land up teetering on the brink of a political and fiscal cliff? JJ Tabane chats with Claire Bisseker, Chris Holdsworth (Investec Investment Strategist) and Bonang Mohale on how South Africa will recover from this crisis.

 

  • Starting date Sat 09 March 2019
  • Ending date Sat 09 March 2019
  • Entry Fee R
  • Venue Turbine Hotel
  • Contact Person Sasha
  • Contact Number 082 450 9301
  • Contact Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Expect understated elegance and indulgent deliciousness created by our playdate, David Higgs and vineyard friends. Enjoy fine bites, delightful sips and stylish ambience together with team île de païn. We playwith friends in the kitchen. You play with friends at the table…

 

  • Starting date Fri 08 March 2019
  • Ending date Fri 08 March 2019
  • Entry Fee R
  • Venue île de pain, Thesen Island
  • Contact Person Sasha
  • Contact Number 082 450 9301
  • Contact Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Selfies, Sexts and Smartphones is the book every teenager (and their parents) should read. It covers all of the major issues teenagers face in the digital age.

Knysna Primary School
14h30 - 15h30
R50 pp (Booking Ref C)
Emma Sadleir

  • Starting date Fri 08 March 2019
  • Ending date Fri 08 March 2019
  • Entry Fee R
  • Venue Knysna Primary School
  • Contact Person Sasha
  • Contact Number 082 450 9301
  • Contact Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.