Wednesday, 20 October, 2021

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Classic-car Sunday in the Lowveld

A group of car fanatics displayed their special cars in Nelspruit and White River on Sunday.

The gathering of car lovers showed an interesting array of motoring history on the lawn at Crossing Centre in Nelspruit from 9:30. From there they drove to White River Crossing.

The day was not an event by a specific club, but just “an informal gathering”.

“We are a group of like-minded car nuts and we feel we have to share some motoring history with other petrol heads,” says Hennie de Lange, who arranged the gathering.

“It makes no sense for me to own such a car and keep it under a sheet in your garage. It must be shared with other car lovers. We are fortunate enough to have these cars in our care. We do not own these pieces of history; we are just the custodians. We are keeping a piece of our history alive so that our children – and their children – can share in our motoring history.”

He says the group hopes to do this regularly and that more car owners will join them.

“This is not a car-club event; this is a car-lovers’ gathering. Your car does not have to be in some classic-car registry for you to join us. If you own a piece of motoring history, join us.”

The eye candy on display included a Land Rover Series I; a 1959 Cadillac Coupe De Ville with aftermarket air-ride suspension; and a Pontiac Beaumont.

From the 70s there were two Ford F100 bakkies (one with a V8 conversion); a rare Jaguar XJ-6 with manual gearbox and overdrive; an MGB GT and a rare MGB GT V8; and a Chevrolet El Camino bakkie.

The 80s were represented by a Ford Granada, Ford Escort XR-3 and a Porsche 928S.

Jaguar, the iconic English brand, was represented by a 1996 XJ Sport and a 2006 XK 8 coupé. Rounding off the group of 16 cars were a BMW Z4 and a Fiat 500 Sport.

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