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Cars in the Park back at Zwartkops

06.07.2016

Africa’s biggest car show. Hosted, as always, by the Pretoria Old Motor Club, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Over 2 000 classic, veteran, vintage and souped up hot-rods, muscle cars and motorcycles are expected for the 37th Cars in the Park, which is once again hosted by the Pretoria Old Motor Club at Zwartkops Raceway on July 31, 2016.

The 2016 show also coincides with the 50th anniversary of the organising club,the Pretoria Old Motor Club, which will be hosting a special club display in the Zwartkops pit area to commemorate its first half-century. Its members will be displaying the best vehicles in their collections to mark this occasion and also be on hand to discuss any manner of car related topics with the public.

Each year the club also hosts its Special Vehicles display featuring the best cars from all around the country. This year the theme is Pick Up Trucksfrom the early 1900s to the late 1960s. Pick-up trucks have become extremely sought after of late, by collectors in the fields of veteran, post-war classic and modified street machines. So Look out for this display, which is expected to be held down in the old Bridgestone pit area towards Turn One on the Zwartkops track.

In addition, over 100 car clubs have this year booked space on the areas surrounding the track itself. Expect to see the likes of Buicks, Cadillacs, Alfa Romeos, MGs, Triumphs, Lotuses, Volkswagens, Datsuns, Mazdas, Cortinas, Mucscle cars and Jeeps rubbing door handles with one another.

Incidentally, Jeep is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, so expect to see a special display from the Jeep club. The Unimog club is another off-road-orientated club that always enjoys an amazing presence at Cars in the Park, by dint of the sheer size of these amazing off-roaders, which captured the imagination of many who came to grips with them in the South African Defence Force a few decades ago.

Each year enthusiasts turn up earlier and earlier for this amazing show. Some time ago the POMC decided that it would admit not only vintage, veteran and classic cars, but all manner of special-interest cars to Cars in the Park. In other words, cars owned and cared for by true petrol-heads.

Thus you may see passing through the gates from around 6.30 am Chevrolet Corvettes, DKWs, Rolls-Royces, Bentleys, Jaguar XKs, VW Kombis, Ford Capris Chevrolet Can Ams, Lotus 7s, Cobras, Opels, Vauxhalls, Rileys, Mercedes-Benzes,  Porsche 356s and 911s, Cadillac Eldorados, Oldsmobiles….the list goes on and on.

In addition to the cars, there will be hundreds of stalls selling motoring paraphernalia, car-related clothing, food, drink, and plenty of live entertainment for the whole family.

For more information, contact the POMC’s chief show organiser Frik Kraamwinkel on 082 4442954, or e-mail him on frikkr@gmail.com

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06.07.2016
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