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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

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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.

Interested car owners should submit their details, as well as photographs of their machines to Peter Pretorius by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.

Contact details are: 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

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 12:34

Motor Show raises R116,000 for charity

The Knysna Motor Show held on 29 April this year was a phenomenal success. Not only was a high standard of awesome cars and motorcycles on display, with impeccable organisation, but a record crowd of more than 8 000 people attended. We are delighted to advise that after accounting for the motor show expenses we were able to donate R116 000 to charity. 

The charities that benefited from this generous donation are Knysna Sedgefield Hospice, Knysna Animal Welfare Society, e'Pap feeding scheme for underprivileged children, Families SA, Epilepsy SA-Knysna, Badisa child protection organisation, Change for Change (looking after a group of destitute families) and the Sea Cadets. 

This donation has come at a time when all these charities are under tremendous funding pressures to meet the ever-growing need for their services. Over the past eight years the Knysna Motor Show has donated more than R500 000 to these charities.

This donation, from the proceeds of the Knysna Motor Show, has only been made possible through the support of our sponsors, all the participants who displayed their cars and motorcycles, the motor trade, the public who came from across South Africa, and the dedication of members from the Garden Route Motor Club. We salute all of them with a big thanks.

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Thursday, 26 April 2018 13:22

Premier Classic Car Event on 29 April

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!

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The seventh Knysna Motor Show , sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth, will host some of the most collectable cars on the African Continent on Sunday, April 29, 2018, when it is held once again at the Knysna High School Sports Grounds, located on Waterfront Drive, Knysna.

Cars ranging from a 1908 Ford Model S to modern supercars from the Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini stables will grace this invitation-only event. American 1950s fins ‘n’ flash land yachts, adorable micro cars and classic motorcycles will vie for attention, amongst a massive collection of classic racing cars and huge motorised chariots from the vintage and veteran era.

For more information on the Knysna Motor Show, regards venue, admission prices etc, see details at the end of this media release

Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Cadillac, Cord…

Perfectly preserved veterans from the 1920s and 1930s will include the likes of a 1936 Cord Westchester 810 (the so-called coffin-nosed Cord), a 1928 Bentley 3-litre, a selection of Model T Fords, a 1923 Rolls-Royce 20 HP Doctor’s Coupe, and, from an even earlier era, a 1913 Cadillac Phaeton, to stand alongside the Ford Model S, which is 110 years old this year.

Two fantastic open-topped cars from this pre-war era will include a 1919 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Tourer and a 1932 Alvis Steed Tourer. And exciting news is that a 1938 BMW 328 sports car, famous for being one of the best sports-racers in Europe built just before WW II, has had a mechanical restoration completed in time for the car to make this year’s Knysna Motor Show.

A special Morgan Celebration

There will also be special anniversary celebrations of famous marques. Chief amongst these will be the Morgan sports car company, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary of its most successful car, the V8-engined Morgan Plus 8. To highlight Morgan’s long heritage, there will also be a Morgan Three Wheeler on display that is 100 years old. As modern-day relics of classic British craftsmanship, Morgans are famous for still being hand-built sports cars in this modern era of recyclable machinery, and the waiting list for Morgan cars still runs to some years, as it has done for decades!

Rotary Revolution!

From the other side of the globe, a special tribute will be paid to the Japanese Mazda Rotary engine, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Co-ordinated by arch Mazda rotary enthusiast from Cape Town, Peanuts Fouche, this display will include a super-rare and exotically beautiful Mazda Cosmo rotary-engined sports car, the only one in Africa. Other rare models include an unrestored R100 Coupe, a car that in race-prepped form gave South African World F1 Champion Jody Scheckter his first taste of international competition in 1970. The range will also include the famous RX7 and RX8 models.

The Kobus Mostert Collection

The Kobus Mostert collection of ultra-rare American classics from the 1950s through to the 1980s will give Knysna Motor Show visitors a taste of the many special variants of American cars that were built in the classic post-war era of opulence, starting in the days when Rock n Roll was king.

Kobus is a long-time collector of very limited edition Americana, and he is organising a display of some 18 cars. These will include a beautiful and very rare 1957 Continental Mk III Coupe, a 1958 Pontiac Bonneville, a 1958 Imperial Crown Southampton Coupe, a 1958 Oldsmobile 98 Coupe ( the only one in Africa), a 1957 Buick Century Coupe and a 1963 Oldsmobile Super 88 Holiday Coupe with a rare Sky Rocket high-compression engine. An iconic eye catcher will be an immaculately –restored 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Coupe, owned by Butch May, which will be included in this collection for display on April 29.

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 Petrolhead 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!

Contact details are: 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

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Held in prime holiday season in the heart of the glorious Garden Route, the 2018 Knysna Motor Show will be hosted for the seventh successive year on April 29, 2018. With sponsorship once again from Sanlam Private Wealth, the event is set to surpass all records once again and the target for this year is 400 classic cars and motorcycles of all categories.

Last year the show drew close to the magical 400 mark of very exclusive machines and over 6 000 visitors to the splendid venue at the Knysna High School Sports Grounds. The machinery entered all comes under the “classic” heading, and there are a number of sub categories.

These include sports classics, modern classics, veteran and vintage machines built up to 1945, and collectible road and racing motorcycles in both on and off-road guise.

Organised by the Garden Route Motor Club, this is an invitation-only event, which makes the growth in the motor show all the more remarkable. It ensures that the standard is extremely high, and part of its success is due to the fact that some of the country’s finest classic and vintage and veteran machines now reside in lock-ups and barns located along the famed Garden Route.

Last year the event attracted a diverse of top-quality machines, ranging from Veteran models such as a unique Hispano Suiza from 1926 to a totally-restored Porsche 911 race car as campaigned by Gary Dunkerley in the classic Wesbank Modified series in the early 1990s. Later model classics included Ferraris and Lamborghinis, as well as some delectable Ducati two-wheeled machinery.

“While the aim this year is to attract 400 cars this year, but keeping the event manageable, especially in terms of quality, we have a bigger aim this year,” says Peter Pretorius, Chairman of the Garden Route Motor Club (visit the club’s site at www.grmc.co.za)

“Last year, shortly after our wonderful show, fires devastated the Garden Route, affecting areas from Knysna, Sedgefield, and surrounding areas even as far as Plettenberg Bay.

Some 8 000 people were left homeless, leaving families from formal and informal suburbs seeking urgent relief, supplies and support.
“With the huge success of the Knysna Motor Show last year, and with the support of our sponsor Sanlam Private Wealth, we were able to donate an amount of R150 000 to charities, as well as to car and motorcycle enthusiasts who lost everything in the fire.

“This year we aim to raise more than that amount, to donate to needy charities still suffering, as Knysna gets rebuilt. To achieve that, we need the support of participants to enter cars and motorcycles in even greater numbers and for the public to visit what we believe is one of the best car shows in the country.”

While the Knysna Motor Show is an invitation-only event, the Garden Route Motor Club is encourage enthusiasts to contact the club with a view of entering the event.
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 Petrolhead 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!
Contact details are: 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

 

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Were you one of the almost 6 000 people who visited the Knysna Motor Show this weekend?

If not, you missed out on one of the most exciting events on the Knysna calendar for the year, with spectacular modern supercars on show, and classics restored in such a way it looks like new – not to mention the vintage and custom motorcycles on display.

'Testament to SA workmanship'
One exhibit that stood out was the 1951 Bentley Mk VI “Speed Six Special” of Martin Hess. Hess is originally from Germany but has lived in Cape Town for a number of years.

This vehicle started its life out in Bletchley in the UK in 1953. According to Hess, it changed hands a few times over the years until it was left to a South African woman living in Umdloti, KZN South Africa in 1969.

Long after that, said Hess, it was stripped down completely, rebuilt and reupholstered in the early 2000s by a man in Durban, after which it made its way to Cape Town in 2010 to be fully restored.

“I eventually acquired the vehicle in 2014. I had it converted into a Speed Six Special with a 4.9 litre F-head straight six engine by Charles Goodman Auto Restorers in Johannesburg. It was a three-year project, and the vehicle is a testament to what can be done in South Africa,” he said.

Built during WWI
For those who love vintage motorcycles, you definitely missed out on a treasure. The 1914 Clyno owned by Steven Helm was a sight to be seen, and also won the award for the Best Motorcycle.

This motorcycle was originally built at the start of the First World War and still runs today.

Helm said he drove his Clyno from Johannesburg to Durban and all the way to the Knysna Motor Show, a distance totalling 2 000km one way. He started his journey on Wednesday, April 26.

“We only finished building on the Clyno two weeks ago, and what a journey it was to get it to where it is, all thanks to Piet Maas – without him there would have been no motorcycle to ride here,” said Helm.

He said he found the Clyno without wheels and a whole bunch of missing parts in Rosettenville, Johannesburg.

“The owner at that time wanted to trade my Indian motorcycle for it and I really wanted the Clyno. With the help of some friends who had a few bits and pieces here and there we were able to get most of bike built. Then we completed the sidecar and the stainless steel exhaust,” said Helm.

“When you ride it you think to yourself that this bike shouldn’t work, but it does and that’s so cool,” Helm added.

'Undressed' Eco-Car
In the April 27 edition of the Knysna-Plett Herald (KPH), readers could only see a photo of this futuristic vehicle designed and built by students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, fully covered and in action.

The ultra-light, carbon-composite car powered by a fuel-injected 125cc 4-stroke engine was however “undressed” for the show, which gave visitors a close-up look at the inner workings of the vehicle.

The team of students responsible for its design and build were kept busy all day long with questions from curious car lovers. The most frequently asked was, “What are you going to do with the car now?”

Team member Martin Badenhorst said the plan is to keep developing and improving the vehicle. “At the moment that is all we are doing. We want to reduce the weight and increase the fuel efficiency more. The results will then be used and applied in different areas of study or production,” he added.

A family of racers
With a collection of four highly powered vehicles at the Knysna Motor Show, and a total of six that are set to take part in the Simola Hillclimb from May 4 to 7, the members of Lindenberg Racing had quite a popular stand during the show.

Peter Lindenberg, SA racing car hero, told the KPH that his team will be entering four classic and two modern vehicles for the Hillclimb. He will be one of the drivers for the team, as well as his daughter Paige.

“Hopefully we will pick up a top place in one or two of the events. The cars we are competing against are mostly circuit racing cars, so it will be difficult. But we do it for the fun of racing; we are either passionately stupid or stupidly passionate,” he laughed.

The classic cars being entered by the Lindenberg’s team comprise a 1972 Capri Perana, a ’65 Shelby GT 350, a ’68 Fairlane 500 and a ’65 Shelby Daytona Coupé. They will also be entering a 5-litre V8 supercharged 2016 Shelby Super Snake and a Ford Ranger bakkie with the same type of engine – a first for the Simola Hillclimb.

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“Probably the finest gathering of historic, modern, and futuristic vehicles ever seen on the African continent.”

That’s the verdict on the displays registered for this year’s Knysna Motor Show sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth, which takes place on 30 April.
“The line-up is incredible, with everything from very rare veteran and vintage cars and bikes to a selection of supercars that’ll be competing in the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb - and to a car that can drive 6,363 km on a single, 50 litre tank of fuel,” said Peter Pretorius, the chairperson of the Garden Route Motor Club and the organiser of the show.

He named a 1926 Hispano-Suiza – the only one of its kind in the world – a 1937 Bentley Drop-head Coupé, a 1929 Packard Super Sport, a 1929 Bentley, a 1927 Bugatti, a 1916 Maxwell Tourer, and a selection of 1915 Model Ts as being among the rarest on the list of more than 400 vehicles (“including fifty awesome motorcycles”) that’ll be on show.

“We’re also very honoured that we’ll be hosting a number of GSM Darts and Lotus 7s (both of which are celebrating their 60th birthdays this year), as well as vehicles from local private museums like the Motorcycle Room - which will be exhibiting for the first time this year - and the Brian Parnell Bruce Collection,” said Mr. Pretorius.

TONY FERGUSON COOPER 500
“Every vehicle on show this year has a story to tell - and none more so than the 1954 Tony Ferguson Cooper 500 Mk9 now owned by Dickon Dagitt.
“Tony Fergusson was known as a thorough gentleman, and also as a top-class driver (the British press called him the ‘Ace from Africa’) who gave so much back to motorsport - including running a school for aspirant race drivers, and being one of the people behind the establishment of the Kyalami Race Track.
“The Cooper 500 was one of the cheap, post-war, alloy-bodied Formula-3 race cars that were fitted with motorcycle engines.
“Dickon’s example was originally built for a Norton Manx engine, but now sports a Triumph Tiger 100 engine. And interestingly it has no diff - which means a solid back axle - and its front and rear brakes work independently,” said Mr. Pretorius. (See http://bit.ly/TonyFergusson)

60 YEARS OF GSM DARTS AND THE LOTUS 7
Two marques celebrating their 60th anniversaries this year will be represented at the Knysna Motor Show: the GSM Dart and the Lotus Seven.
“The GSM Dart was a truly South African sports car that was pioneered, developed, and manufactured by local engineers Bob van Niekerk, Willie Meissner, and Verster de Wit, who produced 116 of them between 1957 and 1965.
“The Darts were very successful in local motor sport, and some examples still turn out regularly for historic motor racing events,” said Mr. Pretorius.
“The Series 1 Lotus Seven was also first produced in 1957.
“Designed by Lotus’ founder Colin Chapman, it reflected his philosophy of performance through light weight and simplicity, and much of its success came from the design of its tubular steel space-frame chassis and its stressed aluminium body panels.
“Although it’s a road-legal car, it’s always been a highly successful clubman racer.
“Most of the Lotus Sevens that we’ll be seeing on the Show were manufactured by Birkin Cars in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal,” said Mr. Pretorius.

NMMU ECO-CAR
“For anyone who’s interested in seeing into the future through the eyes of the young people who’re shaping it, one of the most exciting displays at this year’s show will certainly be the NMMU Eco-Car.
“Designed and built by students of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, it’s an ultra-light, fuel efficient, carbon-composite vehicle powered by a 125 cc, fuel-injected, 4-stroke engine that boasts a measured fuel efficiency of 127,86 km/l of ordinary unleaded petrol – which would make it capable of travelling 6,393 km on standard 50 litre tank (or about the distance from Johannesburg to Cairo),” said Mr. Pretorius.
“It won the prototype gasoline category in the 2016 Shell Eco Marathon: South Africa (the local version of an established worldwide event with annual competitions in the Americas, Asia, and Europe),” said project manager Clive Hands of the Renewable Energy Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at NMMU.
“This qualifies it as the most fuel efficient internal combustion-engined vehicle on the African continent.
“The current team is now on a light-weighting programme and a fuel efficiency programme in preparation for this year’s Marathon, when they hope to extend this distance even further,” he said.

FUN DAY OUT
“The Knysna Motor Show has become known as a fun day out for every member of the family - both for the quality of the displays, and for its unique country-style atmosphere with an excellent food court, a beer tent, and undercover seating,” said Mr. Pretorius. “And this year, we’ll have Algoa FM broadcasting live from the showground - which will add to the festivities.”
The Knysna Motor Show sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth takes place on Sunday, 30 April, 2017 on the Knysna High School Fields (Waterfont Drive). Gates open from 09:30 to 16:00; tickets cost R40.00 for adults, and R10.00 for children 12 to 18 years of age (children under 12 accompanied by an adult enter free of charge). Dedicated parking will be provided for motorcycles, and for the disabled.
Proceeds from the show will benefit Hospice Knysna, FAMSA, E-pap, and Knysna Animal Welfare.

More information
Contact: Peter Pretorius - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – 082 321 4724
Garden Route Motor Club: http://www.grmc.co.za/
Sanlam Private Wealth: https://sanlamprivatewealth.sanlam.com/Pages/default.aspx

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The exhibitors' list for the Knysna Motor Show sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth is filling up - and the organisers say that this year's event will attract some of the rarest and most exciting cars and motorcycles in the country.

The Show will take place on Sunday, 30 April.
"The Knysna Motor Show is a family affair in a country atmosphere that's become known as one of the top gatherings of its kind in South Africa - and its reputation comes from the fact that we're very selective about the vehicles we choose for exhibition," said Peter Pretorius, the Show's organiser and the chairman of the Garden Route Motor Club.

$100,000 HONDA
"One of the most astonishing bikes on display will be a Honda Rune - of which only a handful were imported to South Africa," said Mr Pretorius.
"This 6-cylinder, 1800cc machine is more than 2.4 meters long, and was produced during 2004 mainly for the American market. Each one is said to have cost Honda $100,000 to build - although the selling price was just $27,000."
Many of the bikes on show have been rebuilt. Neville Fisher from East London, for example, will show three immaculately prepared, historic racing motorcycles: a 1983 Ducati TT1 750, a 1998 Ducati 748 SPS, and a 1969 Triumph Bonneville .
"We'll also have a 1974 Ducati 750 SS that was rebuilt by Lofty Pretorius as an exact replica of the legendary American race bike that became known as Old Blue," said Mr. Pretorius.
"Old Blue was a highly-modified machine that won the 1977 Daytona Superbike race and finished second in that year’s American Superbike championship. It is acknowledged as having helped to establish Ducati motorcycles in the American market."

1928 CHATER LEA
"Perhaps the most unusual display at the show will be Steven Helm's 1928 Chater Lea - a very scarce face-cam racer, and quite possibly the only one of its kind still running anywhere in the world," said Mr. Pretorius.
"We believe due to the evidence of use (or abuse) that this motor was used in the original DJ Race - the Classic Motorcycle Rally between Durban and Johannesburg, in which a face-cam placed second."

MOTORCYCLE ROOM
This will be the first year that Knysna's private motorbike museum - The Motorcycle Room - will take part in the Knysna Motor Show. with some of the rarest items from its collection of over 80 machines on display.
These will include a 1984 Yamaha RZ500 - of which less than 500 are thought still to exist (they were manufactured in limited quantities and were inspired by the motorcycle on which Kenny Roberts won the '83 World Champs) - as well as a KTM RC8 (the Austrian manufacturer’s first ever superbike. The unit that will be displayed - a 2015 RC8 R model - was the last RC8 sold in SA, and possibly the world, following KTM’s decision to discontinue the production of superbikes for road use).
The Motorcycle Room will also show two exceptional custom motorcycles - both hand-built in Knysna: the Silver Bullet (a salt-flats-style racer that started life as a Yamaha IT490 off-roader), and the Copper Bike café racer (which was originally a Suzuki GN250 commuter bike).

TICKETS
Mr. Pretorius said that the Knysna Motor Show attracted over 5,000 people in 2016, and that the organisers are hoping for an even larger crowd this year.
"With a great food court, a beer tent, and undercover seating, the show precinct is always a comfortable, festive place to be - and since proceeds from the event will go to our favourite charities (Hospice, Knysna Animal Welfare, E-pap, and FAMSA), it's very definitely a show with heart, too."
The Knysna Motor Show sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth will take place on Sunday, 30 April, 2017 on the Knysna High School sport fields on Waterfont Drive. Gates will be open from 09:30 to 16:00, with ticket prices ranging from R40.00 for adults, to R10.00 for children 12 to 18 years of age (no charge for children under 12 - but they must be accompanied by an adult).

More information Contact:

Peter Pretorius - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – 082 321 4724
Garden Route Motor Club: www.grmc.co.za
The Motorcycle Room: www.themotorcycleroom.co.za
Sanlam Private Wealth: https://sanlamprivatewealth.sanlam.com/Pages/default.aspx
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Although the organisers are expecting a turnout of more than 500 exceptional vehicles, the Knysna Motor Show sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth promises three very special appearances this year.

“While we welcome everyone to come along to see and enjoy the vintage and veteran cars and motorcycles, and the super cars, classic sports cars, and new-era electric vehicles on show, we're very selective about the exhibits we allow - which appear by invitation only. This keeps the show fresh and interesting every year,” said the chairperson of the Garden Route Motor Club, Peter Pretorius.

“As one of South Africa's most prestigious motor shows, the Knysna Motor Show naturally attracts the attention of the owners of the most prestigious and unsusual vehicles on the road, and we're proud to announce that this year's event will feature one of the most desireable cars of all – a Bentley MK V1 Special – as well as displays by the MMM MG Club of South Africa, and the Micro Car Club of South Africa.”

MMM MG GATHERING
Mr. Pretorius said that the bi-annual gathering of South Africa's MMM MG Club will take place in the Garden Route this year, and that the club has entered 17 cars for the show.

According to MMM MG Club chairperson, Rodney Green, “MMM stands for Midget, Magna, and Magnette - which were some of the names given to the bewildering array of performance model MGs in the 1930s, when the marque dominated the 750 and 1100 cc classes on the international racing circuit.”
He said that the club's display at the Motor Show will include an early M-type, as well as various 4- and 6-cylinder models - some of which are supercharged.

“Of special interest will be a supercharged C-type Monthlery Midget with a 4 cylinder, 746 cc power unit; and a 1935, 6 cylinder, 1271cc MG ND.”

MICRO CAR CLUB
“We're pretty sure that the Micro Car Club's display of Goggo Mobiles will be a real hit at this year's Motor Show,” said Mr Pretorius.
According to Micro Car Club chairperson, Lothar Frohlich, the club register is open to cars of 700 cc or less that were built any time until 1967.
Like the MMM MG Club, the Micro Car Club will hold its gathering in the Garden Route this year, and will exhibit a number of vehicles at the Motor Show.
“Although they're remembered in history as curiosities, the Micro Car was a first step towards owning a full-size car for many people in the 1950s and 60s,” said Mr. Frohlich. “As with all classic cars, it's often difficult to obtain spare parts - but gatherings like these allow Micro Car enthusiasts to network with each other to keep these unique vehicles alive.”

BENTLEY
Bentley MK V1 Special that'll appear at this year's show started out as a 'project' 1951 Bentley MKV1 Sedan – but when a previous owner abandoned the project, it was obtained by a Cape Town collector who commissioned Charles Goodman Restorers in Johannesburg to complete the build.

“It took two and a half years to complete this magnificent vehicle with its 4.9 litre Bentley straight-six, F-type, fuel injected engine, and its wood frame and metal skin.

“It really is something worth marvelling over,” said Mr. Pretorius.

GOOD CAUSE
“Last year's show attracted over 5,000 people – and we're confident that the number will grow again this year, as it has every year.
“The event is known for its country atmosphere, excellent food stalls, and festive beer garden – so there's always something for old and young to enjoy. But it's also an event with a heart, and proceeds will benefit Hospice, Knysna Animal Welfare, E-pap and FAMSA, said Mr. Pretorius.

The Knysna Motor Show sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth will take place on the Knysna High School sports fields (on Waterfront Drive) from 09:30 to 16:00 on Sunday, 30 April, 2017. Tickets at the gate.

More information
Contact: Peter Pretorius - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – 082 321 4724
Garden Route Motor Club: http://www.grmc.co.za/
Sanlam Private Wealth: https://sanlamprivatewealth.sanlam.com/Pages/default.aspx

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Media release for the Sanlam Private Wealth Knysna Motor Show by
Martin Hatchuel of www.thistourismweek.co.za
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
084 951 0574

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