Great array of old and new at car show

2010-05-17 00:00

THE sounds of exhausts and polished cars of all colours and shapes attracted an enormous crowd to Alexandra Park yesterday.

The annual Cars in the Park event saw people of all ages poring over classic and supped-up cars and motorcycles alike.

“It seems the crowd is a bit smaller than last year, but a lot more manageable,” said marshall Peter Kelsall from the Vintage Car Club.

Cars were arranged around the park and in the Oval according to their make, although some cars stood away from their groupings.

Some exhibitors left their cars, exteriors glinting in the sun, while others stuck around and discussed their handiwork on the vehicles with onlookers.

Many car owners also used the event as a way to advertise cars they were selling. A great idea, as the entire mood of Cars in the Park makes one wish to own a car that is out of the ordinary.

Members of the public all had their favourites; whether old or new, fast or fossilising.

“I find the V8s the most interesting, I love the sound and power,” said Callie Walker from Newcastle.

A young car enthusiast, Nasir Kader, was ogling the orange Lamborghini Countach on display.

“This car is so nice, it’s thrilling. I would love to own a car like this, I can’t even explain to you in words,” he said.

And while the newer, flashy and faster cars caused many oohs and ahs, the older classics also got the people going.

“We are loving it, it is so entertaining. There is lots to see from the past which rejuvenates memories,” said Lynne Szlovak from Durban. Her friend, Julie Jewitt, added: “We like the Morgans best”.

This event is an especially exciting day for car owners. Suveer Asaram from Pietermaritzburg had his 1972 Datsun SSS 1800 Coupe on display. “This car is something the people should see; it is a one of a kind because it has modifications and is in mint condition.

“It has a BMW sunroof, electric windows and side draughts,” he added.

He said his car is also unique as its paint job was customised just for him, combining seven different colours.

“Everywhere I go people want to buy it from me, but no money could ever buy this car,” Asaram said.

Fun was the aim of the day, and even the people who wouldn’t consider themselves “petrol-heads” were catered for, learning a bit about the motor industry along the way.

The Pietermaritzburg Caledonian Society pipers gave a performance in full dress, and the beer tent buzzed with enthusiasts discussing their favourite vehicles.

The warm weather ensured the ice-cream stands did well, and the model car stands provided awe-struck spectators with smaller versions of their favourite vehicles.

Not till next year will car enthusiasts be treated to such a large display of fascinating and unique vehicles. Until then, they will have to get their thrills from spotting interesting models on the road.

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