Huge Value for Money at The Classic Car Show, Nasrec, This Sunday on July 1


The Classic Car Show, this Sunday on July 1 at the Nasrec Expo Centre, south-west of Johannesburg, offers huge value for money at prices designed to make it a fun day for the whole family.

Superb example of a Tri-Chevy classic. This one's a 1956 example, suitably customised
Image Supplied by The Classic Car Show

Entrance prices are R80 for adults and R20 for children under-12, and if you book through Computicket the adult entry price drops to an amazing R60.

“We have kept our prices low to build on the huge reputation we have earned over the past half-dozen years as not only the biggest classic car show in the Gauteng region, but the most affordable,”

says organiser Paulo Calisto.

“We are expecting over 1 000 cars ranging from pure-bred European classics to hot rods, muscle cars, and a special section for modified and customised Golfs and Toyotas, which is known as our Germany versus Japan show-within-a-show.

“What’s more we will have dozens of stalls for motoring memorabilia, automotive services and clothing, and delicious food, highlighted by our prawn festival, which has now become a mouth-watering tradition at The Classic Car Show.

“There will also be live rock music, helicopter rides at a very affordable price, drifting, you name it”

Of course the core of The Classic Car Show has always been the classics themselves that are expected to turn up in droves once again from 8 am at Nasrec this Suday (July 1, 2018)

What makes this show unique is that it attracts a hard-core of American car enthusiasts who see the show as a launching pad for their latest custom creation, and in the special section inside Hall 5 and alongside the hall, numerous car-artists will be launching the latest versions of their customised classics that have never been publicly shown.

These range from muscle car variations like Dodge Chargers, Plymouths, Cougars, Camaros and Mustangs to the latest variations on the wildy popular Pick-Up Truck theme.

A group of collectors that seems to grow with each and every rendition of The Classic Car Show is the Tri-Chevy group. The Tri-Chevy adherents collect Chevrolets from what most hot-rodders see as the ultimate peak period of production in Chevrolet’s 100-plus year history.

The Tri-Chevy period runs from 1955 to 1957, the height of the tailfin era in American car production. The ’55 Chevy had fairly modest tailfins, which grew somewhat in 1956, and in 1957 the Chevy sprouted very respectably-sized fins.

The cool thing about these three models is that they are all instantly identifiable, as Chevrolet restyled the front and rear of the car substantially each year in this period. And yet, the basic structure and the roof shape is identical. The ’55 Chevy was famous, of course, for launching the fabulous small-block V8 engine, which went on to be produced in numbers exceeding the 100-million mark over a period of over half a century.

Each Tri-Chevy model is, of course laden with chrome, but some rodders remove the chrome to give it the cool, clean body-colour look. Others re-chrome all the trim to a gleam never dreamed of by Chevrolet in the mid-1950s, and add large custom wheels and fat tyres. And, in rare cases, some owners leave their Tri-Chevy examples absolutely stock.

This varying approach to car restoration and customising is what gives The Classic Car Show its unique feel. The same can be said of those rodders restoring and customising Pick-Up Trucks, and, of course Volkswagen Kombis and Beetles too.

The original Mini contingent will be out in force, and many owners of these classics from the 1960s and 1970s favour a mild modified look, restricted to wheels and paintjobs, while others go the classic stock route. Some Mini owners also fit modern engines with huge turbochargers, and these you will probably notice as they will be bound to have their bonnets open to show off their wild dosages of horsepower!

Over at the Japan vs Germany camp, the accent will be on both customsing and engine modification, so expect to see many renditions of Golfs and Toyota Corollas and Conquests with huge turbochargers in the engine bays. It goes without saying that just about every one of these Golfs will sport lowered suspension and trick aftermarket wheels. And there will be plenty of quality sound from their mega woofers located in the boot!

On the classic-original-spec front, expect to see fine examples of Ford Cortinas and Escorts, DKWs, and even the odd Jaguar and Morris Minor and Opel.

An unpredictable car entry at The Classic Car Show

“What I love about my shows is that I can never predict what will turn up, as entry is free for anyone driving a classic car, because these guys make the show,”

says Calisto 

“So it all depends on who has got their cars ready for the event. And every year I see a whole bunch of cars that I never even knew existed. I’m sure most of my show-goers feel the same way.”

Plenty of Entertainment  for the whole family

Quite apart from the plethora of V8s, hot roads, custom cars, pick-ups and 100 per cent original classics, there will be plenty of entertainment on offer besides the classic cars.

This will include:

  • A special Japanese vs German modern classic display
  • Special prawns on sale to eat, as well as other tasty cuisine and a beer garden
  • Live music
  • Helicopter rides
  • Drifting at the Nasrec skid pad
  • Stalls selling motor-related paraphernalia and clothing
  • And much, much more.

The Classic Car Show is held at the Nasrec Expo Centre, just off the N1 highway, south-east of Johannesburg, on July 1, 2018. The gates open at 8 am and the show runs until 4 pm. And the ticket prices are amazing value, a fraction of other car shows held in the Gauteng area.

Drivers of Classic Cars which are at least 30 years old will be admitted free of charge, along with one passenger. Additional passengers in classic cars will have to pay full admission price.

*Tickets are available now from Computicket at R60 for adults and R20 for children under 12, and at R80 for adults and R20 for under-12s at the gate on July 1.

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