23 Jul Cars in the Park – Old Motor Club
South Africa’s biggest classic car show, the Pretoria Old Motor Club’s annual Cars in the Park, is being held at the Zwartkops Raceway in Gauteng on 6 August, and the organisers are expecting in excess of 2 500 cars and a crowd of over 12 000 people. “The interest has never been higher,” says POMC’s chief show organiser Frik Kraamwinkel. “We have 107 clubs that are officially entered, and of course every year more and more classic cars that we didn’t know about come out of the woodwork. This is a chance to see the phenomenal variety of classic and special-interest cars that we have in the Gauteng area, all in one place on one day!”
This year will be the 38th annual running of the event that began in the early 1980s with about a dozen classic, vintage and veteran cars at the POMC’s premises adjacent to the Pioneer Museum in Silverton. The show’s success forced the club to find bigger premises and over a decade ago Cars in the Park moved to the Zwartkops Raceway, on the R55 west of Pretoria.
“Apart from all the cars, we will have 120 stall holders selling all types of items,” says Kraamwinkel. “And there will be plenty of dedicated entertainment for children, as well as adults. On the go kart track in the morning we will be offering laps in karts for both adults and children. SABAT is sponsoring a special Wheelchair Race held in association with the QuadPara Association of South Africa, and we are delighted we can host them at Cars in the Park 2017.”
One of the big attractions of Cars in the Park for classic car owners is that if you arrive at the circuit between 06h00 and 08h00 in your classic, entrance to the event is free for the driver and for one adult passenger. Any additional adult passengers will have to pay the full admission price, which is R100 per adult, while children under 12 are admitted free of charge.