The 2011 George Old Motor show was an even greater success than any previous- some said “choking in its success” because the organizers seemed unable to get things together smoothly. Nevertheless it was great day and saw some 540 classics and vintage cars and machinery on display. The Triumph Sports car club was well represented with 25 Triumphs, ranging from Spitfire, TR 2 to TR8 and even a 2.5 PI Chicane! The Cape Town centre travelled in convoy, picking up Nick Joubert, Danie Barkhuizen and Hannes Terblanche from Saldanha Bay in his TR 4 along the Garden route. I had not seen Hannes since the (in)famous driving test at Golden Gate in 1988 when he drove up the embankment in his TR5 scattering spectators, but was pleased to see that he remains loyal to the marque and is looking well. Hannes has extened an invitation to the Club to visit the West Coast soon. The PE centre, as usual, did the club proud with a good turnout, although it was noticeable that their ladies are showing signs of TR fatigue and stayed home. PE Chairman Deon de Kock has to be congratulated for his stamina in making the long trip in his Spittie.
The Saturday event was held in a sweltering windless day, and thirst had constantly to be replenished while admiring the magnificent collection of cars, many of them almost priceless. Sunday’s event was less well attended, but the crowds must have been grateful for the partly overcast weather.
The theme for the event was “fins and fashions” with prizes to be won by those dressing for the event in the fashions popular at the time of their cars. There were some beautifully turned out ladies giving the men something equally as pleasant for the eye than the myriad classic cars.
An enjoyable communal braai was held on the Saturday night at the George College for the exhibitors with good old “krummel pap” , sous and sweet mielies to accompany the braai packs. Whilst we passed on the “lang arm “ dancing it was a great opportunity to catch up on old times and old friends from the PE centre and local George guru Heinz. From the fireside chat it is apparent that the 2012 Nationals are going to be a remarkable event and we wish Deon and his guys much success.
Cape Town centre members have no excuse for not attending this National event as it is almost in our back door and we need to show the boere from the North that we are to be reckoned with as we have some great cars amongst our members. You should start budgeting each month from now to make the cost affordable and make your centre proud.