Classic cars on exhibit

2017-07-19 06:03
Seggie Pillay and Sanskaar Bhanprakash with their 1958 Ford Anglia.Photo: tania sandberg

Seggie Pillay and Sanskaar Bhanprakash with their 1958 Ford Anglia.Photo: tania sandberg

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ARBOUR Crossing Shopping Centre hosted the Motor and Sound Off Show on Sunday, July 9.
Exhibitors from all over the province showcased custom-made cars representing different makes and models. The show had it all from individual to family to team-built cars.

Seggie Pillay is the owner of a 1958 Ford Anglia. “My grandson saw the car in a Harry Potter movie and wanted it, so we sought until we found this one,” Pillay stated.

Neilesh Issirinarain and his wife, Rheena and son, Sameer showcased their “family project”, a 2008 VW Polo bought new and home customised.

“I would say 90% of the modifications have been built in our garage. I did not have the know-how, but we decided to do this as a family project to bond. I told my son, it is better to appreciate something you made yourself,” Issirinarain said.

He said they spent over R150 000 on customising the car.

“I go online and follow all the overseas forums. Features include a custom-made leather interior, a customised roof, a built-in Xbox 360 game station­ and four television sets, basically every possible thing you can think of,” he explained.

The bumper has been replaced with a personalised Golf 5 bumper, the engine has custom-made airbrushing.

“We started the process when my son was four, he is now 13. Everything has been bought from VW agents, we did not want to do anything cheap.”

Add to that the Ferrari wheels and you have yourself a winning car. This VW has won 90 trophies from car shows all over the country. It was chosen as one of the best 200 cars in KwaZulu-Natal by Top Gear, competing against more than 1 000 contestants and has been featured in Sport & Sound magazine.

Shay Pillay exhibited a 1981 VW Golf MK2 GTI. “I decided to keep it simple, we built it up from scratch and covered from A to Z,” he said.

Team EMS from Chatsworth exhibited a 1990 Isuzu KB 280 bakkie. “This one was built purely for sound. Currently it produces 151 decibels. We started modifications in 2015 and finished it early this year. We travel all over the country as a team,” Roshan Ramphal said.


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