Car show getting Knysna revved up

MAGICAL MOTOR CAR: This MG TC is among the large contingent of automobiles that will be showcased in the MG Indaba at the Knysna Car Show this Sunday
MAGICAL MOTOR CAR: This MG TC is among the large contingent of automobiles that will be showcased in the MG Indaba at the Knysna Car Show this Sunday

SOME 320 MG enthusiasts from around South Africa are expected to attend the Knysna Car Show on Sunday.

The avid supporters will take part in the biennial MG (Morris Garage) International Indaba at the show.

Organiser and chairman of the Garden Route Motor Club, Peter Pretorius, said more than 160 MGs, covering various model ranges, will be displayed at the Knysna High School sport fields on Waterfront Drive 9.30am to 4pm on Sunday.

“This will include three late-1940s TC-based racing cars, and a race-prepared MGA that will also enter the Jaguar Simola Hill Climb the following week,” Pretorius said.

“We are very excited to see the 1950 MG Special Spider, built by Les Miller. This car has many wins under its belt, including five national wins for Miller and the Fairfield 100 in 1958, the 1974 Historic Racing Car Register championship and three Historic Single Seater Association National Series championships for various other owners,” he said.

“A familiar sight in Knysna is the 1959 MG Special Hedgehog, which has not only taken part in the Simola Hill Climb in previous years, but won an award in the 2011 event. The engine was fully stripped and rebuilt after this run and Team Hedgehog maintain this engine, allowing it to compete in many national events – and completing every race,” Pretorius said.

“The third racing special on show will be the MG Special Fatman.

“But you’ll have to visit the show to find out more about this fascinating car,” he said.

Entry to the show, a charity event, is R30 per adult, while children enter for free. Last year’s car show raised R41000 and distributed this amongst Hospice, Animal Welfare, E-Pap and Famsa.

“The Knysna Car Show is a fun day for the whole family – not just petrolheads. The beer tent will be pouring Knysna’s own Mitchell’s Brewery brews and a variety of food stalls will cater for everyone’s tastes. And, as it is Mother’s Day, we’ll give away a number of spot prizes to lucky mothers – such as a weekend away and spa treatment with lunch.”

Visitors will also see the Porsche 911S that completed the London to Sydney Rally in 2004 and the Brian Bruce car collection featuring the Jaguar C-Type, D-Type and XK 140, Cobra Daytona, GT 40, Austin Healy, Rolls-Royce and more.

A host of Minis, including a Mini Cooper S similar to the car that won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, and a variety of veteran, vintage and classic road and racing motorcycles will be on view.

In addition visitors will see Ferraris, Aston Martins, Jaguars, Porsches, Austin Healeys, Mercedes and other rare and collector cars.

 

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