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Passion. That will be the over-riding energy in the classic motorcycle section at the 2019 Knysna Motor Show on Sunday, April 28. Over 60 motorcycles ranging from the early 1900s to the classic superbike era of the 1970s and 1980s will be on display, and all of them will be presented with a degree of love and devotion that borders on the obsessive. 

  • Over 60 classic motorcycles and over 300 classic cars will on show at the Knysna High Sports Grounds on Sunday, April 28, from 9 am to 4 pm
  • This is the eighth running of the Knysna Motors Show, organised by the Garden Route Motor Club, and brought to you once again by Sanlam Private Wealth

“I love the boundless passion of the motorcycle builders that display their bikes on our show,” says chief organiser, Peter Pretorius. “There is a common thread amongst all these motorcyclists, and that is their attention to detail on the bikes that they build or restore, and their incredible mechanical knowledge, which they are only too keen to share with all the show-goers.”

The biker’s display this year will once again cover a broad sweep of age periods and genres in the classic motorcycle field, and once again the bikes on the lawns at Knysna will by invitation only, as will the 300-plus vintage and classic cars at the event.

“Every year I am knocked out at the high standards of the machinery that enters for the show,” says Pretorius. “What is wonderful about the motorcycles is that so much of their mechanical detail is readily on display, down to the last nut and bolt.”

Classic Ducatis.

Neville Fisher is a Ducati fanatic that hails from East London, and he will be showing two special examples of the smaller Ducatis that created such a stir in this country in the early 1980s, the Pantah series. The 500 cc and 600 cc Ducati  Pantahs claimed Superbike race track glory here in the 1980s, notably in the hands of the famous Petersen brothers, and today the small V-twin machines are hugely prized collector’s items.

Fisher, who runs a motorcycle specialist customising company in East London called FRP, will be showing a pristine original-specification blue Ducati Pantah 500 SL from 1980 and a modified 1979 Ducati 500/600 FRP TT Special in silver, with a red frame. Neville has modified the frame to later TT2 geometry, which includes reducing the steering head angle from 30 to 24 degrees, giving it a much sharper appearance and handling. It now runs 17-inch wheels instead of the original 18-inch wheels, and a mono seat.

Neville will also be entering his track racer-cum- café racer 1969 Triumph Bonneville T120. Bonnevilles are very dear to Neville’s heart as he made his race track debut on a Bonneville at the old Roy Hesketh circuit in Pietermaritzburg in 1981, and stunned the locals with a performance that saw him competitive on the old 1969 machine alongside all manner of much more modern Japanese superbikes!

Triumph specials

Gavin Venter is a Knysna-based motorcycle specialist builder who has a national reputation for the amazing machines he creates. This year his display will include six motorcycles, and heading up the list is a bike known as War Bird!

“This is the first so-called “art-bike” that I have built, as it was especially commissioned by a lady customer who wanted to display it in her living room as an art object,” says Gavin. “It is based on a 1957 Triumph Thunderbird 650 cc machine and includes all sorts of interesting items such as early-period girder front forks. The War Bird name is a play on the Thunderbird name.

“Another really interesting and whacky motorcycle will be another customer commission, built for an antiques dealer. It has a military theme, based on a small 300 cc Sherco trials bike, and features an artillery gun shell for the exhaust, while the headlamp is a converted World War Two gas mask!”

Venter’s business, known as Phoenix Customs, will also display his own long time favourite, a 1971 Triumph Tiger 650 done in the classic Bobber style with massive front wheel and no mudguards, while his wife Alta’s considerably modified Yamaha XT500 will also be attracting lots of attention. Two more Triumphs will include a 1964 model-year 650 and a customised rare 350 Twin, in café racer style. Brian Davidson’s original-spec 1968 Triumph Tiger 650, re-built by Phoenix, will provide a valuable reference point to the custom-bike fantasies indulged in by Venter and his crew.

The oldest bikes

The honour of displaying the oldest motorcycle this year goes to Brian Wallace, with his 1911 singe-cylinder FN. This motorcycle was built by the same Belgian company that produced the famous FN rifle, used here by our military. FN (standing for Fabrique Nationale) was famous for developing the use of shaft drive for motorcycles from 1903, and the Wallace machine has a shaft drive, as well as pedal operation to get the motorcycle mobile before starting the engine. This machine has a two-speed gearbox and a clutch. FN actually built motorcycles right up until 1967.

The second-oldest motorcycle on display was also restored by Brian Wallace, but is now owned by Adrian Denness. This is a 1912 Bat. It was named after the founder of the British company, Samuel Robert Batson. Extremely rare, this single-cylinder machine uses a belt drive with a gigantic rear pulley, and is a single-speed machine. Being a 500 cc model, it has tremendous low-speed torque.

The third machine in the Wallace line-up is a 1914 Douglas, a two-speed model but with no clutch. This is a horizontally-opposed twin-cylinder machine, and Douglas was the first to produce this configuration of engine, long before BMW started with “boxer” twins in the 1920s. Starting and pulling away is a complicated affair as there is no clutch, and the technique is to pull in a cylinder decompressor, paddle the bike forward in first gear using your legs, and then releasing the decompressor, which starts the engine, and away you go!

All these very old bikes feature “total loss” lubrication systems, which means that there is a separate oil tank, but no sump, and the oil that is fed to the engine either burns away or drops earthwards, once it has done its lube job. So if there are oil droplets beneath them, rest assured that that is the way they are supposed to be!

British Thumper

A motorcycle familiar to many who did their military training here in the 1950s and 1960s is the AJS 500 single-cylinder model. This AJ, as it was commonly known, was built up from spare parts by Lofty Pretorius. The parts were obtained from the famous Rubes Motorcycles shop in Main Street, Johannesburg, which specialised in all manner of British bikes, long after the so-called Japanese invasion of the 1960s and 1970s.

Lofty has ridden the AJS for over 40 years, and he has competed on trials with the bike as well as in countless bike rallies. He has also raced it in classic bike events at Kyalami and Zwartkops.

“The fun and memories that this classic motorcycle represents over the 40 odd years brings a smile on my face every time I ride the machine. It has proven to be one of the most reliable classic bikes that I have owned, despite all the abuse handed out to it over all these years,” says Lofty.

And a Moto Guzzi Le Mans

Lofty has also entered a Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans Mk II from the early 1980s, which he rebuilt from a box of bits as a café racer. Being a Ducati lover, he fashioned the fairing after the famous “Duke 900 SS” of that period, and the bike also features special exhausts, made just a stone’s throw away from the sports fields that today host the Knysna Show! The exhausts, manufactured in the 1980s, were called Rex pipes, after George Rex Drive in Knysna.

And much, much more

Apart from the 70-plus classic motorcycles on display, there will be over 300 invitation-only classic and vintage cars including over 20 Bentleys from the early 1920s onwards, 11 Mercedes 190SL and 300 SL models from the late 1950s, supercars from the likes of Porsche, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Ferrari and Pagani, a special electric vehicle display featuring the latest BMW electric cars and tributes to many classics.

Of these tributes, Morgan sports cars will celebrate its 110th birthday at the show, Mini celebrates its 60th birthday this year, and Bentley, with a huge display of massive old sports machines, will be commemorating 100 years of top-flight British motoring history in 2019. To celebrate this, Bentley will also show modern Bentleys at the Knysna Motor Show, such as the Continental GT and the Bentayga SUV.

Special Hotel Deals for Motor Show Weekend

In co-operation with the Knysna Motor Show, special accommodation deals are in place for visitors to the show. The Pezula Hotel is one of these, and you can contact them by clicking on the following link: https://pezulahotel.com/specials/knysna-motor-show/ .

The Protea Knysna Quays Hotel is also offering special motor show deals. Call reservations on 044 382 5005 and mention “Knysna Motor Show Special.”

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. Admission prices are R50 for adults, children 12-18 will be charged R10, and children under-12 get free admission.

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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There are many motoring enthusiasts who are convinced that the Knysna Motor Show can now claim to be the premier car show in South Africa. A perfect setting within a stone’s throw of the Knysna lagoon, brilliant organisation by the Garden Route Motor Club, and a turn-out of the country’s premier classic machinery have contributed to this widely-held view.

And this year’s show on Sunday April 28, 2019, promises to be the best yet in the event’s eight-year history.

A look down the list of entries for this year’s show is mouth-watering for anyone who has even a passing interest in motoring. All the great names will be present on the lawns of the Knysna High School Sports Grounds. And what’s more, there will be cars and motorcycles of every era and genre that will appeal to a wide range of tastes. This year’s Knysna Motor Show is history in the making!

Supercars

The 2019 line-up of modern supercars reads like a who’s who in the world of exotic machinery. Show stoppers will be the rarely seen Pagani Zonda, Lamborghini Aventador and Lexus LFA. The list is endless with Ferraris, a McLaren MP4-12C, Aston Martins, a Maserati A6GCS replica, a Zagato AC 378 GT, a pair of Mercedes-AMG SLS and a number of special Porsche 911 models. And there will be a stunning line-up of six Mercedes-Benz 300 SLs from the 1950s, the car that many experts believe gave birth to the modern idea of a supercar! These Teutonic masterpieces will be backed up by no less than 10 of the exceedingly elegant 190 SLs from the same era.

A centenary of Bentleys

The Bentley Driver’s Club will be celebrating the marque’s centenary with a display of over 20 massive vintage and classic Bentleys. The earliest models will be the three-litre examples from 1922, while there will be a massive 4½ Litre on display, as well as numerous models from the 1930s, the 1950s and even the 1990s. In addition Bentley South Africa will be displaying some brand new models as well, including the stunning Bentayga SUV and Continental GT.

60 years of Mini

The Mini will celebrate its 60th birthday this year, and there will be a display of over 20 beautifully-turned out classic Minis. Notable amongst these will be an early Morris Mini-Minor 850 from 1961, a jeep-like Mini Moke, a racing Mini Marcos, and a number of the wonderfully evocative Cooper S models from the 1960s which won glory on the race tracks and in the Monte Carlo Rally between 1964 and 1967.

Morgan turns 110

This year, Britain’s oldest car maker, Morgan, turns 110 years old! That is a remarkable achievement for a company that still hand-builds its classic-looking sports cars. At Knysna on April 28 there will be a turn-out of some 18 of these true-blue sports machines, ranging from a 1918 model to a 2017 model.

Over 60 classic and vintage motorcycles on display

The motorcycle display is always of huge interest at the Knysna show and this year will be no different. Machinery ranging from a 1911 FN to a 1000 cc Honda Repsol MotoGP replica, classic teddy-boy era Triumph Bonnevilles, Harley Davidsons, and Italian Ducatis and Maserati motorcycles will set the two-wheeler pulses racing, And even the odd Vespa scooter will be perched alongside these magnificent machines, all resplendent  on their centre-stands, and waiting for the admiration that is their due.

American fins and flash

Huge American cars from the 1940s and 1950s are always a drawcard. The sheer excess of automotive design in the post-war era leaves one gasping today, marvelling at the spirit of innocence and optimism that spawned these wonderful, chrome-laden machines. Cars on display in this sector will include an achingly beautiful 1958 Pontiac Bonneville, a 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville, and movie star classics such as the late 1960s Plymouth Road Runner (Beep, Beep) and a Hudson Hornet from the 1950s.

Electric Cars – forward to the future!

For the first time at the Knysna Motor Show (but assuredly not the last!) there will be an educational display of electric vehicles. “The glimpse into our motoring future is being organised in association with the National Electric Mobility Programme, with an eye to enable, facilitate and mobilise the new era of electric cars”, says programme director Hiten Parmar. BMW will be showing two of its electrified vehicles at the show, and there will also be special charging units on display. All to educate the public!

Hillclimb racers

Also on display on April 28 will be a number of classic racing machines taking part in the Simola Hillclimb which takes place on the weekend after the Knysna Motor Show. These will include a 1928 supercharged Austin Seven special, a Fiat 131 Racing and a Fiat Abarth 1000 TCR and many more.

And what about the pre-1945 cars and the magnificent display of the Parnell Bruce collection? More great names include Lotus, Alfa Romeo, Avis, Jaguar Triump and MG, and they will all be there!

The above-mentioned are just a few of the 400 cars and motorcycles that will be on display, all turned out in their finest fettle. Last year the show drew some 8 000 spectators and the Garden Route Motor Club, in association with Sanlam Private Wealth, is expecting an even bigger attendance this year.

The Knysna Motor Show caters for everyone

“The wonderful thing about this show is that, as far as possible, it caters for everyone’s motorised tastes. The cars range from the mega-expensive to affordable, as do the motorcycles. From the dawn of the motorised age 100 years ago and more, to the techno marvels of more recent times. But they have all been chosen because there is something about them that gives them a unique place in motoring history,” says chief organiser Peter Pretorius,

“If it’s speed and glamour you are after, or an oddball motoring obscurity, the 2019 Knysna Motor Show is just the place for you. We will have close to 400 machines on display, and we guarantee that you will have your work cut-out to work your way through them all. And of course, if you need a break, we will have a range of wonderful food and drink stations on hand to cater to your every whim.”

And this is not all! ITOO Classics Car Insurance has sponsored a pulse-raising prize for two Knysna Motor Show visitors. It will include hot laps for two in a Pablo Clark racing Ferrari at the Festival of Motoring at Kyalami in August, VIP treatment, and return air tickets from any airport in South Africa. To qualify you have to visit the Knysna Motor Show on Sunday, August 28, 2019, to complete your entry to the lucky draw.

Special Hotel Deals for Motor Show Weekend

In co-operation with the Knysna Motor Show, special accommodation deals are in place for visitors to the show. The Pezula Hotel is one of these, and you can contact them by clicking on the following link: https://pezulahotel.com/specials/knysna-motor-show/ .

The Protea Knysna Quays Hotel is also offering special motor show deals. Call reservations on 044 382 5005 and mention “Knysna Motor Show Special.”

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. Admission prices are R50 for adults, children 12-18 will be charged R10, and children under-12 get free admission.

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

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Choosing a headline act at this year’s Knynsa Motor Show on April 28 is going to be all but impossible with so many examples of motoring’s great marques set to grace the lawns of the Knysna High School Sports fields.

• Ferrari, Bentley, McLaren, Lamborghini, Pagani, Maserati, Jaguar Porsche, Aston Martin and more! All the classic marques will be represented as well as some exotic cars rarely seen in South Africa.
• A mouth-watering display of supercars will share the Knysna High School sports field on Waterfront Drive with timeless vintage and veteran classics.
• Special celebrations this year include 100 years of Bentley, 110 years of Morgan, and 60 years of Mini.
• Once again the event is brought to you by The Garden Route Motor Club and Sanlam Private Wealth

The organisers, the Garden Route Motor Club, are expecting close to 400 cars and classic motorcycles this year, and because this show is by invitation only, each and every one of them will be special. A feature of this year’s show is that there will be a large contingent of supercars sharing turf with classic sports cars, vintage cars that are up to 100 years old and motorcycles.

So, no matter what your age or motoring tastes, there will be something extra special for everyone.

A snifter of what’s in store in Knysna on Sunday, April 28
Pagani Zonda 7.0 S: Yes, the only Pagani Zonda 7.0 S in South Africa, which should not be surprising, as only seven of them were built for global release. This example was built in 2002 and uses an AMG-massaged Mercedes-Benz V12 engine to deliver 405 kW, a top speed of 335 km/h, and a 0-100 km/h time in 3,7 seconds. It accelerates to 160 km/h from standstill in 7,5 seconds, these being otherworldly performance figures for the year 2002!
The Pagani Zonda the brainchild of Italian Horacio Zonda, debuted in 1999, and in an 18-year production run, just 140 Zondas of all configurations were built, making them one of the rarest of supercars.

Maserati A6GCS53 Berlinetta re-enactment: Just four Maserati A6GCS Berlinettas were built, the coupe versions of the A6GCCS roadsters that were well-known in competition in the early 1950s. The closed Berlinettas were built on request by a Maserati dealer in Rome, who had the bodies crafted by famous styling house Pininfarina.
The car on show is a re-enactment, using tubular steel chassis and a 4,2-litre six-cylinder engine, along with a four-speed gearbox. It was built in the Cape Province, after the owner managed to acquire the original 3D plans for the car. He convinced a Cape-based window specialist to make the wooden buck, and a local coachbuilder to form the body in aluminium over the wooden buck, in the time-honoured manner of those days.

The build took just two years, a remarkably short time, with the owner working in extremely cramped, single-car garage circumstances, often toiling by torchlight at night. The result is a re-enactment of one of the world’s rarest and most desirable classic Italian sports cars.

Lexus LFA: There are just three Lexus LFA’s residing in South Africa. This is a dramatic supercar embodying all that is best about Japanese engineering precision with a dramatic styling flair not always associated with the Lexus brand. The engine is very special too, a 4,8-litre V10, built by Yamaha, which traditionally carries out much of the specialised high-performance engineering for parent company Toyota. The car first debuted in 2010 and only 500 were built, making the LFA an instant classic. A power output of 412 kW endows the LFA with a top speed in the region of 325 km/h.

Rossion Q1: This is one of the rarer examples of supercardom in South Africa. The Rossion is an evolution of the better-known NobleM400 sports car, conceived by Englishman Lee Noble and built in Port Elizabeth by Hi-Tech Automotive in some numbers a decade ago. Lightweight construction and a twin-turbo V6 Ford Duratec V6 engine enable cutting edge supercar performance, with a stunning 2,8-second 0-100 km/h time and a top speed of 314 km/h.

Lamborghini Aventador Roadster and Huracan: These are the two iconic supercars from Lamborghini currently in production. The Aventador is the big daddy, more powerful version with 515 kW from its V12 engine, and an engine note to curl your toes. The Huracan is the baby brother, equally stunning in looks, with a V10 engine.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL: It could be argued that this was the first volume-produced supercar. Together with its Gullwing coupe sibling, the 300 SL, produced between 1954 and 1963, totalled a production figure of some 3 400 cars, way more than anything achieved by the likes of Ferrari, Maserati, or Aston Martin at that time. Today it has been known for restorers to spend well over R10-million in getting these cars into concours condition. The 300 SL will be joined by a range of other iconic SL models on the field in Knysna.

Aston Martin 1934, Mk 2: This is a very early Aston, although the marque has been in existence for over a century. It is owned by Garden Route enthusiast Lew Baker, a former sports car racer and avid classic car collector. This car runs a 1500 cc overhead cam four-cylinder motor in Ulster specification that sees it cruise easily at 120 km/h and top out at around 160 km/h. Exceedingly rapid for a car that is 75 years old!

378GT Zagato: This car is another creation of the extraordinary Hi-Tech Automotive, the Port Elizabeth firm that builds Ford GT40, Cobra and Corvette Grand Sport re-creations for the US market. It has a classic front-engined configuration with retro-modern styling configured by famous Italian styling house Zagato. It runs a 6,2-ltre Corvette V8 engine.

McLaren: McLaren is a famous name in Formula One and equally famous for its modern range of supercars. The man who kick-started McLaren’s leap into supercar production was South African-born Gordon Murray. Expect to see at least one of the latest examples of the McLaren nameplate in Knysna.

Other famous marques
There will be a special Bentley Centenary celebration at Knysna, with some 20 Bentleys ranging from the early 1920s until the 1950s, forming a hugely impressive display. There will also be a modern presence from Bentley in South Africa, with cars like the current Bentayga SUV and striking Continental with W12 power likely to stop visitors in their tracks.

Morgan will be celebrating 110 years of this famous British company at Knysna, and expect to see renditions of the very early three-wheeler, as well as the Plus 4, Plus 8 and eye-boggling Aero models.

60 Years of Mini
Everyone loves a Mini, and the Knysna Motor Show will be celebrating the car that changed the world in 1959 when it ushered in the modern concept of a box-shaped car with a transversely-mounted engine up front, and front wheel drive. The likes of the Cooper 997 and 998 cc models will on display, as well as the immortal 1275 Cooper S. That 1959 launch date makes the Mini nameplate 60 years old in 2019!

There will be a host of pre-1945 cars including Ford Model T’s and Model As, Chevrolet Phaetons and Rolls-Royces. And there will be a (literally) huge display of American classics from the 1950s, “largely” courtesy of Kobus Mostert, who is obsessed with these evocative V8s from the days of Rock n Roll.

What else?
Have we left anything out? Better add classic names like Sunbeam, Porsche, Austin Healey, Triumph, Lotus, Mustang and Jaguar to your list. And Peter Lindenberg will once again display a wide collection of classic racing cars and Mustang go-faster bits.

The Parnell Bruce Collection, based in Knysna, will this year concentrate on Vintage cars dating from 1910 to 1936 while there will be a large contingent of classic motorcycles once again, dating back to the 1920 and running through to the classic superbike era of the 1970s and ‘80s.

Special Hotel Deals for Motor Show Weekend
In co-operation with the Knysna Motor Show, special accommodation deals are in place for visitors to the show. The Pezula Hotel is one of these, and you can contact them by clicking on the following link: https://pezulahotel.com/specials/knysna-motor-show/ .

The Protea Knysna Quays Hotel is also offering special motor show deals. Call reservations on 044 382 5005 and mention “Knysna Motor Show Special.”

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. Admission prices are R50 for adults, children 12-18 will be charged R10, and children under-12 get free admission.

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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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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