Despatch Club shows rare Ford Corsair
(George, Jan 2018) - The 22nd George Old Car Show, driven by Oakhurst Insurance Company, which takes place on 10 – 11 February 2018.
Concept Crew Car Club, based in Despatch, will be exhibiting 15 cars, the most unique being Piere Muller’s 1967, V4 Ford Corsair 2 litre.
“We believe that the club has the only original running V4 Ford Corsair GT, 2l, in the country, which makes this car very special,” says Pierre Janse van Rensburg, chairperson of the club.
The car previously belonged to Jurie Prinsloo, a collector from Steytlerville and came to be in Pierre Muller’s possession through a swop deal.
“Pierre has had many opportunities with many decent offers to sell the car over the years, but his love for the car prevailed and it fortunately remains one of our club’s special cars.
“Pierre and his wife, Erina, really enjoy the car and have attended most of the local car shows, as well as the very special Knysna Show, which can only be attended on invitation. During September 2017, the car completed a 1 200 km road trip to Gariep and back to the Eastern Cape without any mechanical problems.”
Details of this car are as follows:
Original 1967 Ford Corsair GT
Engine capacity: 2litre
Type of engine: V4, similar to the well-known Ford V6
Interior: Original black interior
Additional: The car has been personalised with period correct chrome mag
Other cars to be exhibited include five Anglias. “Taking into consideration that the theme is British-manufactured cars, we will be displaying five Anglias. Two of them are still being finished, but we hope all of them, ranging from 1949 to 1968, will be ready for exhibition.”
The club also plans to exhibit a 1950 Fait Topolino, which was exhibited at the Knysna Show the last two years, as well as a 1962 Opel Rekord in mint condition. Later models include a 1982 Rover V8, 1985 Toyota Celica, with aLexus V8 Conversion, 1997 Mazda MX 6and a 2003 BMW Z4 Roadster.
According to Pierre, the club was established in 2011 to accommodate all types of cars of all eras, to honour their motto Past to Present or, in Afrikaans, Toeka tot Nou.
“We want to promote safety with the younger generation and to give them the opportunity to operate within a club context, thereby generating a love for the cars and the preservation thereof.”
Some of the cars that are currently registered with the club include a 1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1, also exhibited at the Knysna show in 2016 and 2017; a 1960 Renault Dauphine; two Triumph Spitfires; a 1968 Ford Cortina; a 1985 Triumph TR7; two Nissan 350Zs; two Mazda MX 6s; a Ford Zephyr and Ford 20M; a Ford Escort 1600 Sport; a 1948 Excelsior motorcycle (registered for the show), and a 1948 James Motorcycle (also registered for the show) as well as a BSAmotorcycle with a sidecar.
Cars that are still being rebuilt, include, among others, a 1941 Chev Coupé, a 1937 Chev 4-door Deluxe, a 1936 Chev Dicky-seat; a 1942 Ford bakkie, aCobra with Chev 350 motor, and a “Peace Light” Ford Cortina.
The 2018 George Old Car Show takes place at PW Botha College. Specialweekend and day entrance tickets can be bought online at a link on the website www.scocc.co.za
Only vehicles manufactured prior to 1975 and which have been registered in advance, will be exhibited at the show. Contact Klaus Oellrich at 076 764 0897 for more information, or registered on the website at www.scocc.co.za