Thursday, 17 September 2015

Killarney international raceway Heritage Day event

Classic and Vintage Car show:

Thursday, September 24 - 2015 is a  public holiday

A major, Vintage, Veteran and Classic car and motorcycle show that suitably commemorates our national Heritage Day, is going to be staged at Killarney on the Thursday, September 24 public holiday. Open to any two or four wheel entry built before 1985 and backdated as far as when Germany’s Karl Benz launched his first Benz Patent Motor Car in 1886, it promises to be the biggest promotion of its kind seen in the Cape in recent years.
To facilitate the judging, the show is being divided into three classes that are being determined by the age of the entries. Any unit built before 1940 will be classified a genuine Golden Oldie. The other classes are from 1941 to 1970 and finally 1971 to 1985. In addition, although they will not be classified as part of the show, the latest Jaguars as well as a variety of other new models will be on display outside the Jaguar Owners Club, clubhouse. All the official V,V&C entries are being accommodated nearby, on the infield area behind the Western Province Motor Club’s clubhouse.

Incidentally, this positioning has a historic significance of its own. The access road around the clubhouse and across the infield display area -- that incidentally is large enough to house hundreds of cars and bikes -- was part of the very first Killarney race track that saw action during the 1950’s.

The Jaguars on show, will include examples of the magnificent pre--WW2 classic SS100 sports car, as well as early post war Jaguar XK120’s. Of course urban legend has it that the first XK 120 left hooker that arrived in Cape Town was reputed to have previously belonged to Hollywood film star Clark Gable. A genuine petrolhead, Gable had taken delivery of the first XK roadster to come off the Jaguar production line. The problem was there were eventually several so-called “ex--Clark Gable Jags” on the roads in South Africa. 

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