Vintage beauties draw 12?000 visitors to Cars in the Park

2011-05-16 00:00

“WOW Dad, look at this one!”

Possibly every little boy’s dream day — looking at hundred of cars on display — took place in Pietermaritzburg yesterday. The sun baked down on the gleaming bonnets of more than 650 vintage cars at this year’s Weekend Witness Cars in the Park.

BMWs, Land Rovers, Minis, motorcycles and vintage tractors all roared to life as car enthusiasts from around the country met to show off their engines and paint jobs, and hundreds of little boys dragged their dads around pointing out their favourite cars.

For those children who didn’t, there were the Pietermaritzburg fire department’s two new fire tenders with ladders for children to clamber up.

There were also various stalls, some with merchandise for the grownups and many others with model cars and steam engines for young and old alike.

Almost 12 000 people came to see the results of the time and effort that had gone into restoring the many beautiful and rare cars on display.

Tony Bruton, organiser of the event, said, “We’ve got the perfect day [for cars in the park], and we’ve had a lot of enthusiasm.

“It seems to have been a successful day.”

With the theme “Restoration — Work in Progress”, a tent was dedicated to cars in various stages of restoration, and the Mercedes Benz Club had a display of rusted and dented cars next to their fully done up counterparts.

The annual event — now in its 35th year — saw several anniversaries celebrated.

Among them were the Jaguar E-Type, which turned 50 this year, and the 125th year of Mercedes Benz motoring.


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