The Pretoria Old Motor Club celebrates the 40th Cars in the Park exhibition at Zwartkops Raceway
The annual Cars in the Park motor show is back at Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria after a three-year break.
The organiser, the Pretoria Old Motor Club, was set to celebrate Cars in the Park’s 40th anniversary in 2020, but the Covid-19 lockdown put an end to the events. So now, in 2022, Cars in the Park is celebrating the 40th edition of Africa’s biggest motor show.
“There has been huge interest in the event, which takes place on July 31,” said chief organizer Frik Kraamwinkel.
“We are expecting no less than 150 clubs, who will line their places around the race track, and the interest from merchants has been immense.”
This year, the event will take place on the last Sunday of July, instead of its traditional date of the first Sunday of August. The reason for this is that the first Sunday in August falls on a long weekend, which would severely affect attendance as many people would head to distant destinations.
Recent Cars in the Park events have attracted over 2,500 classic and special cars, and up to 12,000 spectators. With pent-up demand for motor shows after two and a half years of lockdown, organizers are expecting one of the biggest crowds ever.
This year, Lazarus Motor Company celebrates its 65th anniversary at Cars in the Park and will host a huge display, consisting mostly of classic Fords and a few special Jaguars.
“We plan to bring at least 20 classic cars to the event, and if we can get an early production example in time, we also plan to show the all-new Ford Ranger pickup there,” Colin said. Lazarus.
Among the special Ford Lazaruses on display are a 1957 Thames Trader transporter that has been converted into a race car transporter, a 1957 Ford Thunderbird and three spectacular Ford GTs. Lazarus has the only 2020 latest generation Ford GT in the country and this car will be flanked by a 1966 Mk 1 Ford GT continuation series and a 2005 Ford GT.
The latest version of the Ford GT has a rated top speed of 350 km/h!
Other notable cars on display at Lazarus will be a recently restored 1960 Jaguar XK150S, some early Land Rover Defenders and an all-original 1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1 with less than 40,000 km on the odometer.
The Austin 7 Car Club will celebrate the centenary of this remarkable little English car at Zwartkops on July 31.
The Austin 7 was announced in July 1922, and this tiny 750cc four-cylinder car transformed the British motor industry in its 13 years of production.
Some 290,000 copies were produced and many ended up in South Africa.
Interestingly, when the famous Mini designed by Issigonis was first announced in 1959, the Austin version was first known as the Austin Seven.
The almost identical Morris version was known as the Morris Mini Minor, and in 1961 the Austin and Morris versions were then known as Minis, as they were known to the general public!
In the special vehicles section of Cars in the Park, located in the Zwartkops track pits, a very special and rare 1922 Ford Model T pickup truck will be on display. This vehicle is 100 years old and genuine Model T pickups are extremely rare.
This one belongs to Andre Wessels of Wellington in Cape Town, who will transport the car to Pretoria to be part of Ford’s big presence at Cars in the Park this year. Wessels will also present a 1914 Ford Model T Speedster, a racy version of the Model T.
At the start of production, Model Ts were imported into this country. However, Ford Model Ts were the first cars to be assembled in South Africa in large numbers, with local production beginning in February 1924 in a converted wool shed in Port Elizabeth. American production of the Ford Model T ran from 1908 to 1927, during which time 15 million cars were built. The Model T was truly the car that “put the world on wheels”.
A much lesser-known Ford will be featured in the Special Vehicles section, and like so many cars at Cars in the Park, it has an intriguing history, just like its owner.
Bobby Scott was the South African Formula 2 hot-rod champion in 1972, and in 1975 he won the South African Formula Ford championship and spent the following year racing single-seaters in Europe. He also finished second to Ian Scheckter in the Formula Atlantic Championship in South Africa in the late 1970s.
42 years ago, Scott bought a 1959 Thames 10/12 van from his friend Jannie Stander. Bobby had worked for Jannie at his motorcycle shop, Racing Motors, in the 1960s and had always coveted the van, which was Ford’s British answer to the VW Kombi. Bobby used the van for trips to Kruger Park, before parking it, where it lasted for over 20 years.
Recently, he restored it to its absolute original condition. It still runs with the original 1.7 liter Ford Consul engine, but with a Weber carburettor and branch exhaust. The restoration will be completed just in time for July 31 and the big day at Zwartkops.
With 120 auto clubs exhibiting, you can be sure to see your favorite classic car on display at Cars in the Park.
Fans of Volkswagen Beetles and Kombis, Ford Cortinas and Escorts, rumbling V8-powered Mustangs, Camaros and Chargers, and all sorts of other weird and wonderful machines will be on display.
No cars will be allowed on the track during normal show hours, for safety reasons.
The large number of classic vehicles and other specialist vehicles at Cars in the Park means it’s essential to get to Zwartkops for the 08:00 opening time if you want to see the whole show.
Spectator entry fee is R120 per person (R100 if booked via iTicket). Children under 12 are admitted free.
Drivers of vintage cars built before 1985 are admitted free and are encouraged to arrive early, with exhibitor doors opening at 06:00. The show lasts until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday
For more information, see the Pretoria Old Motor Club website at http://www.pomccitp.co.za or visit the club’s Cars in the Park page on Facebook.
Source: Motor Press