22 May Judgement day in Knysna…
FMM curator Wayne Harley and the museum’s media consultant Mike Monk were the invited judges at this year’s Knysna Motor Show held on Sunday 29 April. Organised by the Garden Route Motor Club and sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth, the event has become one of the country’s top shows and caters for all car and motorcycle enthusiasts and families. All vehicles on display are personally selected and FMM lent its support to the displays by exhibiting its Protea, Alfa Romeo GTV6 3,0 and Mazda Cosmo Sport.
Such was the quality of the entries that in the limited time available, the pair was hard-pressed to choose winners for the trophies allocated to the three car categories. But after independently making decisions then comparing notes, their short-lists were closely matched so choosing worthy winners was relatively straightforward. The Meilleur Vieu Voiture (‘Best Old Car’) trophy sponsored by Classic Car Africa magazine went to Kobus Mostert’s 1937 Packard 1501 Coupé. Runners-up were Rudi Greyvensteyn’s 1932 Alvis Speed 20 Tourer and Peter Posniak’s 1923 Rolls-Royce 20hp Doctor’s Coupé. The Concours d’Elegance Trophy for the best classic car, also sponsored by CCA, was awarded to Djurk Venter’s 1955 Porsche 356A. Runners-up in this category were Amo van der Westhuizen’s 1964 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk.1 and Ron Hollis’ 1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk.3. Kobus and Djurk both won a two-night stay in any Protea Hotel.
The Style et Lux trophy, sponsored by Auto Glym, for the best one-make car club stand was presented for the second year in succession to the Mazda Rotary Club, who were celebrating 50 years of the Mazda rotary. On behalf of the club, chairman Peanuts Fouche received a hamper of Auto Glym car care products. Also in contention was the Morgan stand, which was celebrating 50 years of the Plus 8 model and 100 years of the three-wheeler.
Trophies of for the most appealing motorcycle on display were also awarded, and the public’s vote went to Mervyn Woods’ 1957 Maserati 50/T2/S. Mervyn won a compact tool set donated by the Motorcycle Room. The second trophy, donated by Steven Helm and voted for by the motorcycle entrants, also went to Mervyn’s 50 cm3 machine.
With a record attendance of over 8 000 people, 2018 proved to be another superb year for this charity fund-raising show’s increasing popularity.