Cape Town Veteran & Vintage Show

A major, Vintage, Veteran and Classic car and motorcycle show that suitably commemorates our national Heritage Day, is going to be staged at Killarney on the Thursday, September 24 public holiday. Open to any two or four wheel entry built before 1985 and backdated as far as when Germany’s Karl Benz launched his first Benz Patent Motor Car in 1886, it promises to be the biggest promotion of its kind seen in the Cape in recent years.

To facilitate the judging, the show is being divided into three classes that are being determined by the age of the entries. Any unit built before 1940 will be classified a genuine Golden Oldie. The other classes are from 1941 to 1970 and finally 1971 to 1985. In addition, although they will not be classified as part of the show, the latest Jaguars as well as a variety of other new models will be on display outside the Jaguar Owners Club, clubhouse. All the official V,V&C entries are being accommodated nearby, on the infield area behind the Western Province Motor Club’s clubhouse.

Incidentally, this positioning has a historic significance of its own. The access road around the clubhouse and across the infield display area — that incidentally is large enough to house hundreds of cars and bikes — was part of the very first Killarney race track that saw action during the 1950’s.

The Jaguars on show, will include examples of the magnificent pre–WW2 classic SS100 sports car, as well as early post war Jaguar XK120’s. Of course urban legend has it that the first XK 120 left hooker that arrived in Cape Town was reputed to have previously belonged to Hollywood film star Clark Gable. A genuine petrol-head, Gable had taken delivery of the first XK roadster to come off the Jaguar production line. The problem was there were eventually several so-called “ex–Clark Gable Jags” on the roads in South Africa.

At the other end of the scale, Afrikaburns are going to be exhibiting – and parading — a selection of their wacky mutant vehicles.

And of course entrants, as well as visitors, are encouraged to “Dress to Impress,” as is the custom at the famous Goodwood Revival meeting in the UK where the dress code is expected to correspond as much as possible with the era of the vehicles on display. Failing that, eye catching outfits like those that have come to be associated with the J&B Met would probably serve the same purpose.

While all this is happening, the grass verge around the WPMC Clubhouse is going to be more in line with national Braai Day. Here the main event is a traditional Potjiekos competition. However braai packs are also available and the fires will be burning for those who feel less competitive. Music is being provided by three live bands that will take turns to entertain inside the clubhouse.

A surrounding market is promises to offer a wide range of goods. These include auto jumble stalls, a variety of motoring candy, vintage/ classic clothing and bric-a-brac, as well as a choice of homemade foodstuff, Craft beer stands and wine tasting.

Emphasizing the family atmosphere, future generations are going to be entertained in the kiddies play area, where they will also be able to have their faces painted.

The show is going to be officially opened by Dr Ivan Meyer, the Western Cape’s Minister of Finance, with action from 10am to 4pm. A MyCiti bus stop is now conveniently located at the main entrance to the complex for those who prefer not to drive, while adult admission has been pegged at R30.

However the long weekend’s climax (remember Friday is a school holiday), is going to be provided by a unique Power Series meeting on the Saturday, on what is effectively a new circuit at Killarney. Because by switching the direction of travel to anti-clockwise, the organisers have effectively created a genuine test of ability on a track layout that every driver and rider is going to find as unfamiliar as Melbourne’s Albert Park or Spa- Francorchamps in Belgium.