The 2017 Sanlam Private Wealth Knysna Motor Show will take place on Sunday, April 30.
Organised by the Garden Route Motor Club, the show has grown out of a rather informal gathering in 2003, when the club first got together to exhibit its members’ vehicles to the public, to what it is today.
“We are extremely proud that Sanlam Private Wealth has chosen to endorse the Knysna Motor Show,” said club chairperson Peter Pretorius.
“It is a perfect partnership given that Sanlam Private Wealth won the award for the country’s top wealth management company for the third year running in the 2016 Intellidex-Moneyweb Top Private Banks & Wealth Managers survey.”
Pretorius said the show’s vision has always been to display the most interesting and highest-quality vehicles. “It’s not about the volume of cars and motorcycles – and this keeps it interesting and fresh every year.”
While most of the exhibits have traditionally included vintage and veteran cars and motorcycles, supercars and classic sports cars, the show now also hosts new-era products and platforms such as the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s E-mobility Innovation Programme, which brought a carbon fibre prototype eco-car and other electric and electronic forms of transport to last year’s event.
“We’re expecting around 400 collectible cars and motorcycles this year, as well as a great range of displays of new cars and motor-related trade stands.”
A number of competition prizes will be awarded, too, with competitors vying for floating trophies and prizes for the best classic or vintage car and best classic or vintage motorcycle; the most beautifully turned-out car (Concours d’Elegance); and the best display of vehicles and memorabilia associated with a single marque.
The Garden Route has become a motoring mecca in recent years, Pretorius said, and it is now home to some of the country’s finest private collections of vehicles.
“This has helped us attract the kind of quality that makes the Garden Route Motor Show unique. But the vehicles on display won’t only be from Knysna and our neighbouring towns. Since the show is now a national event, it also attracts displays from around the country.”
He said, too, that the show attracted more than 5 000 people last year, and that the organisers expect that the gate will be even bigger this year.
“This will be wonderful for the show itself – but it’ll also be great for our designated charities (Hospice, Knysna Animal Welfare, E-pap and Famsa).
“We therefore encourage car lovers to attend, and while you’re there, to open your wallets for these good causes,” he said.