Right next to the European and American classics, on parade at the Killarney Motor Show powered by Kfm 94.5, at the Killarney International Raceway on Sunday, 4 November you’ll find an even more unique display.
It consists of 18 examples representing 15 models that were only ever available in South Africa, from the ultra-rare Protea – the very first South African production car – to the iconic Ford Capri Perana V8 and the ridiculously quick three-litre Alfa GTV V6. You can see both a racing GTV and one of the handful of road-going examples produced to homologate them for Group One racing.
Also on parade will be one example each of the GSM Dart and Flamingo, designed by Capetonians Willie Meissner, Bob van Niekerk and Verster de Wit and built in nearby Paarden Eiland, from 1958 to 1965, – a design so far ahead of its time that, 60 years later, it still doesn’t look dated.
Proudly South African muscle-cars include the Chevy Can-Am, created in 1972 to beat the rival Capri Perana on the racetrack. It had the 228kW five-litre V8 from the 1969 Camaro Z28 shoehorned into the coupé version of the third-generation Vauxhall Viva, which was sold in South Africa as the Chevrolet Firenza.
A decade later, Ford South Africa did exactly the same when they dropped a five-litre Mustang V8 engine into a German-made body and gave South African performance junkies the Sierra XR8.
The Ranger, represented here by an unusual station wagon variant, was mix-and-matched by General Motors in Port Elizabeth, from 1968 to 1973, using an Opel Rekord body, a Vauxhall Viva grille and a range of Chevrolet engines.
It achieved the remarkable distinction of being put into production in Belgium and Switzerland, becoming one of only two South African nameplates to achieve international status – the other being the the GSM Dart, which was produced in Britain as the GSM Delta.
The Cape’s biggest and most hands-on motor show offers test drives in new cars, rides on new dual-purpose motorcycles at the Adventure City off-road area (or get down and dirty on your own bike) and rides in new Isuzu vehicles on the Reeds 4×4 Track.
There will be breath-taking motorcycle stunts and Freestyle Motocross, a drifting display by SA champion Jason Webb, model aircraft displays live bands and stalls selling automotive memorabilia, car bling, accessories and scale models, live bands, snake shows, a fun fair and no fewer than five food courts offering a huge variety of food and liquid refreshment.
The Killarney Motor Show powered by Kfm 94.5 will open from 10am to 5pm on Sunday 4 November. Book at Computicket or pay at the gate; entry is R100 for adults, R50 for Scholars under 16 and free for children under 12.