THE second Herald World of Wheels Nelson Mandela Bay Motor Fair at the weekend was a resounding success with a record number of entrants and spectators.
The Motor Fair, hosted by the Eastern Province Veteran Car Club, saw nearly 500 cars, bakkies, bikes, exotic cars, campers and motorhomes lined up the spectacular event.
More than 3 000 people attended the event which also saw the holding of the metro’s first classic and sport cars auction.
The auction held by the Knysna based House of Classic and Sports Cars was the highlight of the day and nine cars out of 24 that were up for sale were eagerly snapped up by buyers, some who had travelled especially from Johannesburg.
One of the Johannesburg bidders was Sampie Hamman who said he was very impressed at the cars’ selection and quality.
“I will definitely be back next year as there were some real bargains to be held.
“For instance the 1938 Chevrolet Master Delux fetched only R30 000 and was worth a lot more than that,’’ Hamman said.
House of Classic and Sports Cars spokesman Bert Scheepers said he was satisfied with the inaugural auction.
“The highest price paid for a car was R145 000 for a 1958 MGA 1600. The next best price paid was R105 000 for a Triumph TRA3.
“It was a new experience for many and we expect next year’s auction to attract more bidders and vehicles now that they can see that there are some very good cars to be had at such an event,’’ Scheepers said.
Close to R500 000 was realised at the auction of which about R3 000 will be given to the Eastern Province Veteran Car Club to distribute to local charities.
One of those to benefit was the St Francis Hospice.
Hospice’s Melanie Manson spoke of the valuable contribution the association was playing in the lives of many of the patients and was surprised when one of the exhibitors came up to her and gave her a large donation out of the blue.
“That’s absolutely fantastic and was totally unexpected,” Manson said.
The motor fair attracted a strong contingent of motoring enthusiasts from Knysna who displayed their vehicles.
Eastern Province Veteran Car Club spokesman Hannes Geyer thanked the motor fair’s spectators and entrants for their support. The metro’s charities and deserving causes would benefit from the funds raised.
Popular radio and TV commentator Roger McCleery said he was very impressed with the motor fair and it was a great boost for the city.
“Port Elizabeth deserves a professionally run motor show like this. The organisers and The Herald’s World of Wheels are to be congratulated on holding an event of such a high calibre,” he said.
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