The SA Marque Club Association (SAMCA) has laid on a dazzling array of some of the finest classic cars in the world, let alone South Africa, for the Bosal Concours d’Elegance, Concours d’Etat and Tops Only Competition, which forms part of the Cars in Action Festival of Motoring at AA Kyalami on July 17 and 18.
Collectively the three categories feature 70 entrants covering 21 marque’s with the Bosal Concours d’Etat and Bosal Tops Only entries housed in the Paddock Club above the pit complex and the Bosal Concours d’Elegance entries on display behind the pit complex.
The Bosal Concours d’Etat will feature a priceless collection of ten vehicles entered by ten SAMCA Clubs with specialists judging every aspect of the vehicles to ensure that they are in the same, if not better state, than when they were first built. So intense is the judging that judges wear white cotton gloves to inspect the bodywork, interior, engine and so on and the slightest speck of dust results in points being deducted.
The Alfa Romeo Club of SA has entered a 1960 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce Sprint, which took Peter and Dawn Manelis two years to restore and has subsequently won many awards while Peter Ling’s 1959 Volvo 544 Sport took 11-years to restore and is a strong contender for this year’s title.
Gero Eckermann’s 1972 Jaguar E-Type is one of the finest examples of the marque, which took over a year to restore and won the “Best Car on Show” at the General Smuts Foundation Century Show in 2002.
Other fine examples that have been restored to perfection include a 1964 Morris Cooper S owned by Dr. Ryno Venter, a 1961 Morris Minor Pick-up and a 1965 MGB Roadster, which Glenn Wort used as a daily runabout for many years.
Judging in the Bosal Tops Only Competition is as strict as it is in the Bosal Concours d’Etat except that vehicles, which are invariably in daily use, are only judged on external appearance. Car buffs will no doubt be left drooling over some of the prized vehicles on display.
The Micro Club has an exciting display of vehicles including a 1958 Auto Bianchina Convertible, a 1956 BMW Isetta, a 1957 Goggomobile and a 1957 Messerschmidt “Bubble Top” while the Porsches, Triumphs and some very rare Rovers on display will add spice to the competition. The Cobra Club has entered two cars, which are replicated better than the original Cobra.
The Bosal Concours d’Elegance, which is a fun event where magnificently restored vehicles are paraded along with their owners, who dress in period costumes to match their vehicles takes place on pit lane from 11h45 to 13h00 on Sunday, July 18.
The entry includes a very rare 1938 MG VA Tickford, two racing AC Cobras, a 1966 Auto Bianchina, some stunning Porsches and many more
The Cars in Action Festival of Motoring is a weekend for the whole family with numerous other attractions including the Historic Racing Car Register races for Historic Single Seaters, Volkspares Fine Cars, Lotus Challenge, DK Porsche Challenge, Volkspares HRCR Touring Cars and the Historic Motorcycle Group Demonstration on Saturday, the Rotax RM1 Race of Champions and GP Junior Challenge at the Kyalami Kart Circuit on Saturday and Sunday, the CRRASA Classic Regularity Rally, the SAHRA Special Stage Rally and Vodacom 200 sports car race on Sunday, ride ‘n drive opportunities on the BMW skidpan and 4x4 course, a Playstation arcade, product displays and a kiddies play area.
A one-day admission ticket costs R40,00 per person and a two-day admission ticket costs R70,00 per person.