Cars in the Park to stay parked at Alex, says Msunduzi

2010-10-27 00:00

VINTAGE car lovers can breathe a sigh of relief now that rumours that the much-loved Cars in the Park event may see a change in venue have been allayed.

Hilton circles have been abuzz over the past few weeks with claims that the city’s premier motor show will no longer be held at Alexandra Park from next year onwards due to an alleged souring of relations between the Msunduzi Municipality and the organisers.

This comes after the organisers expressed their unhappiness over the municipality’s failure to prepare the park before this year’s event.

Brian Zuma, Msunduzi’s acting manager for marketing and public relations, said the municipality has not been notified of any intention to hold the event outside of Alexandra Park.

“... Cars in the Park is one of the unique prestigious events hosted in the city annually and people come from far and wide to take part,” he said.

Zuma said the event has been taking place without the municipality’s direct involvement for many years and the organisers “have done an excellent job of it. By continuing to host the event, they will be doing a lot of justice to the market,” he added.

Grenville Manton, chairperson of the Vintage Sports Car Club, which organises Cars in the Park, said the event has been held at Alexandra Park for the past 35 years and rumours that it will be moved are false.

“We’re busy getting it sorted out...[and] it is sensationalist to suggest that there has been a souring of relations,” he said.

Pietermaritzburg Tourism director Melanie Veness said she has liaised with Manton and the event “will definitely be in the park”

However, she added, the issue will be put on a committee agenda next week so that any issues arising can be thrashed out.

In May this year, The Witness quoted former event organiser Ty Terblanche as saying that the city could lose the event because the grass was not cut on time, there was a lack of electricity at various plug points and there was no water at the ablution facilities at the Oval Cricket Stadium.

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