Why did ‘Cars’ move?

2015-05-29 07:59
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GALLERY: Going nuts for the classics

Thousands of car fans visited the 40th Cars in the Park at Ashburton Training Centre.

CLAIMING they knew nothing about the change in the Cars in the Park venue, city officials yesterday said they will be investigating the reasons behind the event’s move out of Alexandra Park.

The Witness ran an article on January 7 this year in which municipal spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha commented on the fact that Cars in the Park said they would be moving to Ashburton.

Msunduzi Municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi and Mayor Chris Ndlela raised the matter during yesterday’s executive council meeting at city hall.

Nkosi alleged junior municipal workers in contact with the organisers of the event may have given the impression that the city “will not be supporting the event”.

“If a junior official denied their [the organisers’] request to support Cars in the Park, then this needs to be investigated. The decision should have come directly from the municipal manager only,” said Ndlela.

However, Cars in the Park organiser Carl Habermann said the municipality was informed “a long time ago” of the change in venue.

“We decided to change the venue due to various reasons. We have had no problem at the new venue besides some traffic congestion that came later on in the day,” said Habermann.

He said they were informed by the municipality of an upgrade taking place at Alexandra Park.

“This was a major concern because we did not want to plan the event only to arrive and see the place all dug up. Another reason for the move was the fact that the event has grown substantially and we cannot accommodate all exhibitors in the park. Parking and congestion in and out of the park was also a major issue and some exhibitors wouldn’t arrive on time for the event.”

Habermann said that after considering all the factors, they advised the municipality and Pietermaritzburg Tourism, and advertised the change of venue in The Witness.

“It was never a case of someone advising us the city won’t be supporting our event, but rather it was many factors that contributed to the decision,” he added.

Chairing yesterday’s Exco, the mayor said events such as Cars in the Park “need to be kept close to the municipality”.

Although the event will continue to be held within the Msunduzi Municipality, Habermann said they will not be returning to Alexandra Park.

“Looking at how successful this year’s event was in Ashburton, the event will be held here for the next long years. This year at the new venue worked like an absolute dream and we have received a lot of positive feedback,” he said

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