The 25th George Old Car Show will take place in February 2022. 

The safety and health of our members and the public is paramount, and we believe that postponing the event is the responsible action to take.


Department of Health COVID-19 updates available at www.sacoronavirus.co.za


Die 25ste George Oumotorskou sal gehou word in Februarie 2022.

Die veiligheid van ons lede en die publiek is van uiterste belang en daarom glo ons dat die uitstel van die skou die regte en verantwoordelike besluit is.

2019 George Old Car Show - Driven by Oakhurst Insurance

George – The 23rd George Old Car Show, proudly supported by Oakhurst Insurance Company, took place at PW Botha College in York Street on Saturday and Sunday 9 and 10 February.

Charlotte Clarke executive deputy mayor of George, officially opened the show. “This is truly an amazing event with many very unique and rare vehicles,” she eloquently captured the main theme of the show. She was accompanied by clr Lisa Stroebel, junior municipal manager Ehsanul-Lee Booyens and junior speaker Justin Yawe.

Japie Beyers, chairperson of the Southern Cape Old Car Club committee, welcomed exhibitors and visitors from all corners of the country for their presence and for sharing their stories. More than 11000 visitors attended the show to enjoy an exhibition of 900 cars, tractors, motorcycles and stationary engines. He also thanked main sponsors Oakhurst Insurance Company and George Municipality, as well as other sponsors, such as Midas George and media sponsor Group Editors, for their continuous support. “The George Old Car Show will not be possible without our loyal sponsors,” he said.

Gerhard Sonnekus of Oakhurst in turn thanked exhibitors for the passion with which they restore old cars for everybody to enjoy. “The owners of these vehicles don’t regard a pile of spare parts as junk, but instead visualize the fully restored vehicle!”

Besides 600 job opportunities, Oakhurst is also involved in restoring historical buildings in the city, as well as providing support to the community following disasters, such as the recent fires. “We regard ourselves as part of the community and we would like to continue our involvement with events such as the George Old Car Show.

As usual, the drive-past by vehicles belonging to particular eras was much enjoyed by the crowd. A 1901 Benz Ideal belonging to the Crankhandle Club in Cape Town, a 1912 EMF and a 1928 Austin – the precursor of the Austin Mini, were among the unique and rare vehicles on display this year.

The Veteran Tour which forms part of the show took place on Friday 8 February from Klaarstroom to the venue. “It was extremely hot with temperatures soaring above 40 degrees in the Klein Karoo, but all went well,” said Philip Kuschke, who organized the tour. “Three veteran motorcycles took part for the first time. We appreciate it that all the old vehicles that were so lovingly restored, are still on the road and not on display somewhere in a museum.”

Foxy Lady, a bright green VW Beetle, also caused a stir. Unlike the other meticulously restored Beetles at AutoPavilion’s exhibition, this beauty was enhanced to contain a music centre complete with microphones to facilitate the public’s participation in karaoke.

The classrooms housing literally thousands of model cars on display and for sale also buzzed with enthusiasm from young and old. If you can’t (yet) own the real thing, the next best thing is a miniature to lovingly admire. Bruce Sapsford was awarded first prize for his display of hand-made model cars.

Stalls selling food and drinks and a large range of goods did brisk business, while the SAB Beer tent was packed with thirsty visitors seeking shelter against the February sun.

 

2018 George Old Car Show - Driven by Oakhurst Insurance

The 2018 George Old Car Show was once again a huge success with an increased number of more than 13000 people attending. Approximately 900 old cars were on display which included a special exhibition of 35 British manufactured cars and more than 50 veteran and vintage cars. In addition there was a large selection of tractors and stationary engines.

AutoPavilion (part of VW South Africa) brought a special “Meet the Beetles” exhibition to the show which included the oldest Beetle and last Beetle. Part of their exhibition also included a VW Hybrid. The car auction was well supported even though most of the cars did not reach their reserve prices.

Renault celebrated their 50th anniversary with a large exhibition of a variety of Renaults. The Mercedes Benz Club once again represented the largest number of cars on display together with many other clubs from all over the country.

Many new cars were also on display from various dealers next to a display of Peter Lindenberg’s Ford bakkies and a Mustang fitted with super-charged engines costing more than R1,3 mil each. This was supplemented with the very interesting motor related and the arts and craft stalls together with the much needed food stalls.

Tickets were sold on-line for the first time this year and we trust that this will be the way to purchase tickets in the future. The show was marketed with an exhibition of two vintage cars in the Garden Route Mall two weeks before the show followed by the regular “Drive Through” through Pacaltsdorp and Thembalethu a week before the show.

The show generated sufficient funds once again for the Southern Cape Old Car Club to make generous donations to several needy charities in and around George.

 

2017 George Old Car Show - Driven by Oakhurst Insurance

The 21st annual George Old Car Show which was held over the weekend of 11 and 12 February 2017 was once again a huge success. The show was very positively experienced by all attending, making it the biggest and best show to date with more than 12800 people attending over the weekend. This year a total of 1070 cars, tractors, motorcycles and stationary engines were on display.

The special exhibition at the show focussed on cars of German origin and there was a special exhibition in the arena showcasing these cars. The highlight of this exhibition and, in fact of the whole show was the three extremely rare and old Benz cars on display. The oldest was the 1886 Benz Patent Motor-Wagen, which is one of 10 replica’s world-wide belonging to the Mercedes Benz museum. The second oldest Benz was the 1901 Benz Ideal from the Crank Handle Club. The third Benz was the 1913 Benz 8/20PS which belongs to Dr. Waldo Scribante from George. These three cars drew an enormous amount of attention and had a constant stream of visitors trying to get a closer look.

The German theme was also further highlighted with a special display of model cars of German origin among the thousands of other model cars on display.

The large variety of craft stalls as well as motor related stalls also drew large crowds as did the ever popular beer tent and food stalls.

The success of the George Old Car Show is totally dependent on the support of exhibitors that bring their cars from all over the country as well as the support of our sponsors. This year, in addition to several small sponsors, we had Oakhurst Insurance, SAB, Protea Hotel King George and Click on It, as our main sponsors. We wish to thank them all for helping us to host one of the most successful shows to date. As a result the Southern Cape Old Car Club was able to make donations totalling R95 000-00 to deserving local charities.