Get revved for the fair

Bobby Cheetham

IT’S only just over two weeks to go for the biggest and best motoring event ever to be staged in the city. The Herald World of Wheels Nelson Mandela Bay Motor Fair, hosted by the Eastern Province Veteran Car Club, will be held on Saturday December 7.

The venue will again be the Newton Technical High School playing fields between Westview Drive and Mowbray Street, Westview, Port Elizabeth.

To show support for a sister car club, a number of nearby clubs are pulling out all the stops to attend the event.

One such club, from Knysna, is rallying its members to gather at 4.30am, drive some 350km to the show, enjoy the day and then return home the same evening.

There is, of course, the option of staying over as well. That’s called “team-work” and shows that the old car movement is alive and well and that good co-operation exists between the clubs!

One of the events which is attracting nationwide interest is the auction of classic, vintage and veteran cars, hosted by the Knysna-based House of Classic & Sports Cars.

Approximately 20 cars are put on auction and the bidding becomes lively as car enthusiasts from all walks of life vie with one another to secure the car of their dreams or the car of their youth!

Traditionally, auctions have been seen as events where people offload their unwanted belongings and where goods can be purchased cheaply.

Due to the increasing value and rarity of vintage, classic and sports cars, however, this does not necessarily apply.

While bargains can still be found, the reality is that these auctions create a unique opportunity for enthusiasts and collectors to gather in one place to view, assess and choose at their leisure from a number of vehicles on offer. The next step is for interested parties to register to bid.

A number of vehicles have already been submitted for auction, but there are still spots available.

This is an ideal opportunity for anyone wishing to sell their vehicle, which must be in running condition and in possession of registration papers.

Viewing and registration to bid at the auction starts with the opening of the show at 9am and continues until 1pm, by which time bidders must have registered so as to comply with the “no bidder’s card, no bidding” policy.

Upon registration, a R3000 refundable deposit is payable by credit card, where the card is swiped and the counterfoil retained until after the auction. Should no purchase be made, the counterfoil is handed back to the bidder. No cash deposits will be accepted. ID and proof of residential address is required to comply with FICA regulations.

As auction hosts, the House of Classic & Sports Cars is proud to assist charitable organisations, with the entire bidder’s premium (auctioneer’s commission) being given to the Eastern Province Veteran Car Club which, in turn, donates the majority portion to a charity of its choice.

Gates open at 9am.

For more information or to enter your car on the auction, e-mail or contact House of Classic & Sports Cars on (044)382-1000/ 082-566-7897/082-921-4156.

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