Saturday, 30 September, 2023


Classic cars shine at Bateleur

The Bateleur Estate outside Nelspruit hosted a Vintage and New Car Show on Saturday and Lowvelders could feast their eyes on some classic steel.

The car featured in our main photo is the Triumph Spitfire of Ken Grossmith, a familiar face in classic car circles.

Ford was pretty well represented at the show.

Montagu Schoeman’s 1926 Ford Model T.
Going for a drive around Bateleur Estate in Montagu Schoeman’s 1926 Ford Model T.
This beautiful 1929 Ford Model A is part of Herman Nel’s collection.
Gideon Brooks showed off his 1969 Ford Fairlane 500.
Paul Mouton’s 1919 Essex Tourer.
Harvie van Heerden’s beatiful 1931 Chevrolet Independence.

Fred Viljoen, the curator of the Casterbridge Motorcycle Museum, brought some two-wheeled classics to the show:

Richard Salt’s Norton Commando 750 and Deon Struckmeyer’s 1982 Laverda 1000.
Deon Struckmeyer also owns this 1980 Moto Guzzi Le Mans II.
Adra Cilliers trotted out his Beautiful 1966 Pontiac Beaumont Custom for the show.
Adra Cilliers also brought this 12-cylinder silver cat, the 1983 Daimler Double Six.
This beautiful 1971 Volkswagen Transporter Single Cab belongs to Gerhard de Bruin.
Neels Nortjé’s 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE (W108).

Boschkom Landgoed showed off three beautiful cars from its collection:

The 1982 Ford Cortina XR6 Interceptor with three downdraught Weber carburettors, a performance camshaft and free-flow exhaust system, was the fastest Cortina ever. André Stander, the well-known bank robber from the 1980s, used one as a getaway vehicle.
Boschkom’s 1975 Chevrolet Can-Am was a giant killer in its time, and was known as the “Little Chev”. Developed in South Africa, and only produced here, it was a homologation-special Chevrolet Firenza fitted with the 302-cubic inch (5-litre) V8 engine from the Camaro Z28. Only 100 models were produced, the minimum production run to allow it into local racing.
Boschkom’s 1972 Valiant Regal, a very popular family and tow car in its time.
This 1973 Austin Mini Mk3 in the classic British Racing Green and riding on the upmarket Minilite wheels, belongs to Tewie Gillomee.
Chris Bam’s 1976 Jurgens Autovilla attracted a lot of attention. This “ride-in caravan” was developed and produced in South Africa by Jurgens, builders of caravans. It is based on a Volkswagen (Transporter) De Luxe with a 2-litre engine.

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