- Concours South Africa hosted its first pop-up event in Johannesburg this month.
- 57 vehicles were displayed for attendees to soak up and vote on for "best in show"
- Numerous sought after vehicles were in attendance, including SA-only specials.
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Since the lockdown started more than 600 days ago, South African motoring enthusiasts have had little opportunity to get together for events and activities. Sure, racing has been taking place in some form or the other in various parts of the country, but the wells have run dry when it comes to motoring shows.
Fortunately for Johannesburg classic car enthusiasts, Concours South Africa recently hosted an intimate gathering of cars and collectors at a pop-up event at The Neighbourhood Square in Linksfield. Concours SA welcomed 57 vehicles for attendees to soak up and engage on.
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Greater than expected interest in the event
According to the organisers, its very first pop-up event was a success. Greg Marucchi of Concours South Africa said: "People exceeded our expectations. Ultimately, we planned to preview the "Concours d’élégance" culture in quality company, and The Neighbourhood Square was the ideal venue. My colleagues and I were blown away by the enthusiastic response. There were 57 collector cars in total, and we were delighted to sense the enthusiasm of attendees who excitedly viewed and voted for the delectable cars on display."
Concours SA prefers classic vehicles with heritage
Open to any automobiles launched before 2002, Concours South Africa at The Neighbourhood Square attracted a vast selection of models ranging from a Suzuki SJ410 utility vehicle and Rolls Royce and Bentley saloons right through to a selection of potent V12 Ferraris and Lamborghinis.
Marucchi said that some of the crowd favourites at the event included an orange Mini Moke, a sleek Jaguar XK 150 roadster, two "Made in SA" 90s sports icons; the Opel Kadett "Superboss" and the BMW 325iS "Gusheshe", as well as the original James Bond-style Lotus Esprit from 1977. Best of Show went to a 1969 Dino Ferrari 246 GT, which has recently been the subject of an extensive eight-year nut and bolt restoration. Unlike the full-blown Concours South Africa competition, cars here were judged simply on their kerb appeal. "No Concours judging took place," said Marucchi, "The attendees voted, and the sexiest car won."
Marucchi said that Concours South Africa plans to host a proper Concours event in 2022. He also noted that The Neighbourhood Square is interested in hosting another pop-up style event early in the New Year.
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