HOGS, PRAWNS AND MUSCLE
The Classic Car Show on December 4, 2016 at Nasrec promises a feast for the eyes, the ears and, yes, the palate!
A Car Show with a difference! That’s the deal at The Classic Car Show at Nasrec, south of Jo’burg, on December 4, and this time around the organisers are combining an array of American muscle cars, European classics, street rods and custom trucks with a huge Hog-presence in the form of Harley Davidsons – fondly referred to as “hogs” in popular culture.
And just to spice things up a bit more – in more ways than one – organiser Paulo Calisto is laying on a prawn festival to tantalise the palates of car-guys, bikers, kiddies and their ladies!
“A lot of our female visitors love cars and bikes as much as the guys, but we felt the need to give the ladies, especially, something to tantalise their taste buds after they’ve oohed and aahed at all the metallic attractions,“ explained Calisto.
“So On Sunday December 4, Nasrec is going to have the delicious aroma of sizzling prawns grilled in all manner of spices, to mingle in with the traditional smells of high octane fuel and hot engine oil.”
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The Harley Davidson presence on December 4 is expected to be huge, as the word has gone out amongst all the Harley Owners Group chapters in Gauteng to make The Classic Car Show an integral stop-over on their traditional Sunday Run. A special deal has been arranged regarding admission to usher the giant groups of “hogs” expected into Nasrec with a minimum of delay.
As for the core of the event, The Classic Car Show is expecting a huge turnout of American Muscle Cars in particular to rumble into Nasrec, the giant exhibition centre located just off the N1, south-west of Johannesburg.
The American muscle car movement has been fueled in recent years by the proliferation of television shows on American car culture and each car show that is held in the Gauteng area of late sees new and exciting cars making their debut on the show circuit.
Muscle cars are defined mainly by their huge American V8 engines and their large bodywork created in Detroit between the mid-1960s and the early 1980s. However, the definition of American muscle is vague enough to include late 1950s fine-and-flash American cars too, as well as the classic ponycars such as the Ford Mustang from 1965, the Chevrolet Camaro from 1967, the Pontiac Firebird from a similar period, and the Chrysler-built Dodge Charger, Plymouth Barracuda, Dodge Challenger and a host of other marques and models.
One of the biggest movements as an add-on to the Muscle scene is the proliferation of super-customised and hot-rodded pick-up trucks in South Africa. This trend sees Chevy pick-ups from the late 1940s through to the mid-1980s receiving the custom treatment, and this rule of thumb also applies to the Ford F150 and Dodge D-Series pick-ups from this era. An attraction of a hot pick-up project is that the bodies are comparatively simple to restore and refurbish, as these “trucks” had little in the way of interior trim when they were built, so there is much less to refurbish.
Classic VW Beetles, Kombis and Karmann Ghias will again be a huge trend at The Classic Car Show, and once again these vehicles have become extremely sought-after, thanks to their exposure on TV in South Africa and elsewhere. A prize split-window Kombi from the late 1950s to the mid-1970s is worth a small fortune today, both in South Africa and overseas.
And there will be the usual high-octane mix of British sports cars and sedans and European cars ranging from the earliest days of motoring to the early 1980s.
There will be a full range of the usual stores and stalls at The Classic Car Show 2016 at Nasrec on December 4, selling all manner of goodies for cars and for petrolheads. There will also be live rock music, plenty to eat and drink (don’t forget those prawns!) and prices as usual will be extremely reasonable.
Owners of classic cars will be admitted free at the gate, with no charge to the driver and one passenger. Extra passengers will be charged as per normal entry fees.
Ticket prices are R60 for adults through Ticketpro, or R80 at the gate. Tickets for Children under 12 are R20, and secure parking costs R20.
The gates open to the public at 8 am. The show runs until 5 pm. Exhibitors will be admitted from 7 am on Sunday December 4.
- Car Auction
- Flea Market
- Beer Garden
- Live Entertainment
- Kids Entertainment
- Helicopter Ride
The Classic Car Show organisers would like to draw attention to the following Prohibited Items:
- NO Drugs
- NO Weapons
- NO Own Alcohol
- NO Own Beverages
- NO Own Food
- NO Picnic Baskets
- NO Braai’s
- Classic Chevy pick-up truck from the late 1950s.
- British classic like this Mk II Jaguar will also be out in full force, come December 4 at Nasrec.
- Calling all hog-riders. Nasrec is the place to be on December 4, 2016.
- Classic Muscle. A 1965 Mustang, known also as a ponycar.
- Mean Cadillac low-rider.
- Notch and squareback VWs from the 1960s are expected at Nasrec on December 4, 2016.
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History on wheels: Jozi Classics show date set
- Spend a sunshine Sunday at Nasrec
- Annual Classic Car show set for Dec 4
- Muscle-cars, hogs, hot dogs and prawns
The Classic Car Show scheduled for December 4 2016 at Nasrec in south-western Johannesburg promises, according to its organisers “a feast for the eyes, the ears and, yes, the palate!”
An array of American muscle cars, European classics, street rods, custom trucks and a huge Hog-presence – no, we mean Harley-Davidsons! – fondly referred to as “hogs” in popular culture.
Organiser Paulo Calisto is laying on a simutaneous prawn festival to tantalise the taste-buds of car-people and their partners, bikers and children.
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DRIZZLED, GRIDDLED AND SIZZLED
Calisto explained: “A lot of our female visitors love cars and bikes as much as the guys but we felt the need to give the ladies, especially, something to taste-tantalise after they’ve oohed! and aahed! at all the metallic attractions.
“So, Nasrec on December 4 will have wafting over it the delicious aroma of sizzling prawns grilled in all manner of spices to mingle in with the traditional smells of high-octane fuel and hot engine oil.”
The Harley-Davidson presence is expected to be huge: word has gone out to all Harley Owners’ Group chapters in Gauteng to make The Classic Car Show a stopover on their traditional run that Sunday.
A special deal has been arranged to facilitate hog convoys’ admission.
The core Classic Car Show is expecting a thunder-storm of American muscle cars at the showground just off the N1, south-west of Johannesburg.
The American muscle-car movement has been fuelled in recent years through the proliferation of TV shows involving American car culture. Every car show in Gauteng of late has seen the debut of new and exciting cars.
Muscle-cars are defined mainly by their huge American V8 engines and sheer size, cars created in Detroit between the mid-1960’s and the early 1980’s before that city collapsed into financial chaos as automakers moved to Mexico, China and India.
That definition, however, is sufficiently vague to include cars from late-1950’s fine-and-flash to Ford Mustangs from 1965, Chevrolet Camaros and Pontiac Firebirds from 1967 and the Chrysler-built Dodge Charger, Plymouth Barracuda and Dodge Challenger.
A fast-growing South African movement is the proliferation of super-customised and rodded pick-ups: Chevys from the late 1940’s to mid-1980’s, for instance, after custom treatments, and Ford F150 and Dodge D-Series from the same era.
CLASSICS FROM EUROPE
Their bodywork is comparatively simple to restore; cabins had little in the way of interior trim so are easy to refurbish.
Classic VW Beetles, Kombis and Karmann Ghias will again be a huge trend at the show, much sought-after, thanks to their exposure on TV. A split-windscreen Kombi from the late 1950’s to mid-1970’s is worth a small fortune not only in South Africa but also overseas.
There will be the usual high-octane mix of British sports cars and sedans and European cars ranging from the earliest days of motoring to the early 1980’s.
There will be a full range of the usual stores and stalls selling all manner of car goodies for cars, live rock music and plenty to eat and drink (don’t forget those prawns!) at very reasonable prices.
Each classic car, its driver and a passenger will be admitted free; other passengers at normal entry cost, which is R60 per adult through Ticketpro, R80 at the gate. Children younger than 12 R20, secure parking R20.
Gates open 8am, exhibitors from 7am on Sunday December 4.
For more information visit the Classic Cars website, email events@ or call 082 497-7218 or 082 497-7218.
- Be aware that visitors will not be allowed in with drugs, weapons, alcohol drinks and/or beverages, food, picnic baskets or braais.
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PONY CAR WARS AT NASREC – 3 JULY 2016
The Classic Car Show, in association with Rolling Thunder, resumes the battle of the mid-size V8 icons on the first weekend of July in Gauteng.
Blame it all on Gone in 60 Seconds. That was the Nicholas Cage movie from the year 2000 that changed the way the world at large thought and felt about Pony Cars.
While the female interest in the film was provided by the rather eccentric, off-beat Angelina Jolie, there was nothing ambiguous about Eleanor, the car that stole the show. “Eleanor” was what Cage drove, and it was based on a 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback. Dressed up to resemble a Shelby GT500, it was, crucially, a Shelby with a difference.
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Eleanor was painted in lustrous gun-metal silver. Instead of classic period alloys, it had modern, large-diameter renditions of the famous Halibrand rims as used by Carrol Shelby’s other famous creation, the AC Cobra. The classic bumpers gave way to a deep-valance front end with an air-dam, and beneath the gaping, black-painted radiator opening perched two spot lamps in a deep recess.
The flanks of the car were underpinned by classic black GT500 stripes, and the whole car was lowered, ran fat, low-profile rubber, four-pot calliper brakes, and rock-hard suspension. What’s more, beneath the hood was a seriously grumpy Ford Motorsport “crate” motor, developing some 400 horsepower. It is said that Chip Foose, Master Hot-Rodder, was a huge influence on the look and style of Eleanor.
Aah, here was a classic that was over three decades old that the youngsters could finally relate to. Guys and girls whom, in a South African context would lust after Golf GTis, suddenly looked at classic Mustangs with a whole new respect. And Eleanor re-creations soon sprouted up in all parts of the globe, not least in South Africa, where it is estimated there are well over a dozen Eleanor look-alikes.
Expect to see more than one Eleanor clone at Nasrec on July 3, with the hosting of The Classic Car Show 2016. And lest you think Mustangs in various guises will have it all their own way, look out for countless similar pony-cars (Mustang-sized muscle-cars, to those who prefer the “Muscle” moniker)
The spin-off from Gone in 60 Seconds and the later The Fast and the Furious was that all of a sudden American classics from the 1960s and ‘70s were “cool”. Prices of the so-called pony-cars; mid-sized AMERICAN MUSCLE that were styled to compete with the hyper-successful Mustang of 1964-65 – rocketed. Doubled, trebled, and then doubled again!
The Mustang was launched in early April 1964 as a 1965 model, and seemed to catch all its rivals napping. Indeed, it took General Motors over two years to introduce the similarly-configured pony-car, the Camaro. But lest you think Mustangs rule, Camaro devotees are perhaps even more loyal than the more common Mustang freaks. And iconic models here include the Camaro RS from the late ‘60s as well as the early Z28, which had a special race-prepped 302 cube V8! Later Z28 renditions were not as wildly tuned, but are still highly sought-after!
While GM dithered in coming up with a Mustang challenger, the Chrysler Corporation hit straight back in 1965 with the beautifully-styled Plymouth Barracuda, a car with a massively curved rear windscreen. Interestingly South Africa’s Chrysler distributors arranged to have the car assembled here as the Valiant Barracuda, and there are traditionally one or two Valiant Barracudas that show at The Classic Car Show at Nasrec. Later renditions of the Barracuda, which were all imported here, are highly collectible today.
Chrysler also hit back with the beautiful Dodge Challenger, a pony-car that has near perfect proportions, and there are numerous examples expected at Nasrec. And of course, the bigger-sized muscle-car, the Dodge Charger, has its own fanatical adherents, thanks to its role in the classic 1968 Steve McQueen movie Bullitt, which features one of the best car chase scenes ever in a movie. A Mustang being chased (and chasing) a Dodge Charger!
Look out for all these Pony-Cars, and impress your friends when they call them “muscle-cars”. Tell them the difference! And enjoy the dozens of show-level Corvettes, full-sized muscle cars, street rods, fins-and-flash land-yachts from the 1950s such as Buicks and Cadillacs, and all the tricked out Chevy and Ford pick-ups.
In short, Nasrec will be a Veritable V8 Feast, come July 3, 2016. The Show runs from 8 am to 5 pm at Nasrec, located south of Johannesburg, just off the N1.
The Classic Car Show represents huge value for money. The gates open at 8 am and close at 5 pm, and prices are very reasonable. They are R80 per person for adults, and children aged 11-and-under, are R20 at the gate, and R60 per person, and children at R20 each, through TicketPro.
Spectators should enter Nasrec through Gate 5, while owners of Classic Cars must enter through Gate 2. The driver of each special-interest car will be admitted free of charge, but all passengers must pay full ticket prices.
See you there. It’s the Great Mid-Winter Warm-Up for 2016!
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AAH! HOT RODS AT THE CLASSIC CAR SHOW, NASREC, DECEMBER 7 2014
Amongst the many hundreds of wild and wonderful classics, muscle-cars, customised pick-ups and modified street-racing machines at The Classic Car Show on December 7 at Nasrec will be a category of cars called, simply, “Hot Rods”. Not co-incidentally, Gauteng’s biggest classic car show is again being run in association with Rolling Thunder, the premier hot-rod and muscle car restoration outfit in the Gauteng area, located just down the road from Nasrec, in Robertsham.
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These Hot Rods stand out because they are created from older cars, generally of American origin, although not always, and almost certainly run a big-bore American V8. A definition of a classic hot-rod is probably that it is created out of a car that you wouldn’t at first assume it to be an ideal bare canvass for a potent, fast-and-furious, mobile art-form.
At the birth of the movement, your classic hot-rod was in fact based on the earliest mass-produced car of all time, the Ford Model T, and the trend came about purely because youngsters buying their first car in the late 1920s and early 1930s couldn’t afford anything fancier than and old T-bucket. And once they’d acquired it, of course they wanted it to go faster.
There were thus many hot rods running around the US before World War Two and generally these cars are known as hi-boys by rodding insiders. But post-war the trend caught on in wild-fire fashion, spawning a whole sub-culture of American youth that incorporated drag racing, a massive go-faster engine-tuning industry, and accessories to make your old clunker at least cooler than the other young guy next door who was also strapped for the necessary cash to buy a new Ford, Chevy or Chrysler.
There is a whole sub-category of hot-rods today, called T-Buckets, and these almost always employ a fibre-glass replica of the basic Model T passenger cell, with a massive, complete up-right windscreen.
The T-bucket look is completed by a big, chrome-laden V8 up-ahead, mag wheels, and a wild paint-job of some sort that usually incorporates metal-flake paint, or flames, or both.
A later category of classic hot rods is based on the American cars of the 1930s. These are usually the Ford Model A or the later V8-engined Fords from the mid1930s. Other Hot Rods you will see at the show from this era are spilling over into the early 1940-s and the late 1940s (WW II pretty much prevented new designs being issued by the manufacturers between around 1941 and 1946).
Other strong brands in this category include Chevrolet, Willys, and to some degree Plymouth.
The cars of the 1950s can be categorised as hot rods, but they are more commonly referred to as Custom Cruisers or Street Machines, these days. The most popular of this category are the classic Tri-Chevys, so-named because they span the years 1955 to 1957, in many rodders’ eyes the most beautiful Chevys ever created.
But remember, there are no real hard-and-fast rules here, as to what defines a classic hot rod. The lowered cruisers of the 1960s can also be termed hot rods, as can the pick-ups from the late -1940s through to the 1960s.
In the end, whether it’s a British classic such as an Austin-Healey or Jaguar, a European sports car such as a Porsche, a hot rod or street machine, or a wild motorcycle that you lust after, get yourself to Nasrec on December 7, and get there early. Gates open at 8 am, there will be food and drink a-plenty on sale, stands selling all manner of petrol-head related stuff, and the fun will last all Sunday, with plenty to do for the kids as well, including helicopter rides at R150 a pop.
For more information visit www.classiccars.co.za, or call organiser Paul Calisto on 082 4977218.
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GOLF DAY AT THE CLASSIC CAR SHOW, NASREC, DECEMBER 7 2014
A gaggle of Golfs will descend on The Classic Car Show, held in association with Rolling Thunder at the Johannesburg Exhibition Centre, Nasrec, on December 7.
The Volkswagen Golf is the most modified and tuned car on South African roads at present, and Golfs of all generations will feature hugely in the special Street Machine section of The Classic Car Show.
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There is a particular style amongst Golf MkI and CitiGolf owners here. The car should be lowered considerably, bigger diameter alloys should be fitted, and the grille should be painted black. The emphasis is on a clean, mean look, with countless variations on this basic theme.
The Mk II Golf was bigger and had more rounded edges, and here the most collectible is the GTi. Golf fanatics prize the Mk Ii GTi as probably the most complete GTi ever built, as it had better handling than the Mk I, and in 1986 a rorty 16-Valve version was also introduced which remains one of the Holy Grails of Golf collectability today.
The Mk III was heavier and slower and generally not prized at all, except for one huge exception. To satisfy critics of the now slower GTi, Volkswagen introduced its VR6 version, a car that can still be heard roaring around the suburbs late on a Saturday or Sunday night, with a special air-filter cone giving full voice to that wonderful, hard-sucking induction system.
The Golf iV finally headed the GTi legend back on track with 1,8-litre Turbo versions being the cream of this generation, especially the special 132 kW version which came late in the model’s life-span.
And then came the Golf V, which once again hit as hard as the original GTi of 1982, in captivating the imaginations of a whole new generation of petrol-heads.
The Golf V GTi came with a 147 kW turbo engine and a chassis that was at once comfortable and provided great road holding and this theme has been continued and improved upon in the sixth and seventh generations of Golf. There are also the special R versions with all-wheel-drive which have their own particular fan base.
With the advent of the turbocharged Golf GTi the tuners went to town, and at Nasrec on December 7 you’ll see and hear Golfs with power outputs well in excess of the 250 kW mark! Along with the cult-fanaticism of these cars has come a whole host of visual tuner aids, wings, spoilers, bonnets, interior gauge kits and the like, not to mention a vast array of huge-diameter alloy wheels adding eye candy to what was and remains an already attractive package.
The Golf gaggles will be sharing space with some hot Hondas, Toyotas, BMWs and Opels at Nasrec, cars that have also captivated the Fast and Furious brigade who are obsessed with making their street machines go faster and look cooler.
And, of course, there will be over 1 000 classic cars and motorcycles turning up for what is the biggest classic car event in Gauteng.
As in previous shows, The Classic Car Show offers a great fun filled family event with delicious Food (Halaal food available), Beer Garden, Flea Market, Kids Entertainment, Live Entertainment and Helicopter rides @ R150.00pp. Hot Rods, Muscle Cars, Vintage Cars, Super Cars, Bikes, Harley’s, Turbo Cars and Pimped out VW Cars as well as Show & Shine Competition, Sound Competition, Dyno Run, Spinning and Drifting.
Entry fee is free for one driver and one passenger in a classic car or street machine or on a motorcycle, while spectators will pay a modest entry price.
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