There’s a unique allure about car shows that attracts hoards of petrolheads from all over and feast their eyes on some of the rarest and pristine four-wheeled examples in one place.
The Classis Car Show returned this year after an enforced hiatus due to the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic that brought the country (and any sort of physical events) to a standstill a couple of years ago. With all level restrictions now a remnant of the past, the Nasrec Expo was packed to the brim, indicating that things are officially back to normal – much to the delight of motoring enthusiasts everywhere.
Enthusiasts from different generations could enjoy iconic pieces of metal like the Toyota Supra, Ford Mustang, and a host of unique custom-builds that featured radical paint jobs, booming sound systems, insanely lowered suspensions, and engines with vacuum-like turbochargers. Whether young or old, there was something for everyone.
Gumtree’s Head of Autos, Nunben Dixon, who also happens to be an ardent petrolhead, had his mint E30 BMW 3 Series on show. Other than the cars, for when the stomach growled, or the throat got a bit dry, there were also numerous food and drink stands present, a flea market, live music entertainment, and drifting at the Nasrec skidpan.
A treat for enthusiasts
Many attendees noted the wide variety of models on display which was a true delight, and you could basically have a show within a show just based on that. The number of people in attendance was also an incredible sight to see because they keep coming in throughout the day – whether it was families to biker clubs. In addition to biltong and rugby, South Africans also love their vehicles, and these types of events show that there is a very active car culture present in Mzanzi.
Paulo Calisto, the organizer of the Classic Car Show event, said: “The show became so popular in the past that we were blocking off huge sections of Rand Show Road from 6.30 am! This time, my marshals will direct the two groups of cars to their appropriate entrances.”
As one would expect of the vehicles on show, each car was well taken care of by its respective owners. It also gave prospective petrolheads the motivation they needed to showcase their vehicles at the upcoming shows. Attendees also loved the fact that they could interact with the stands that were present, and it brought across a ‘humanised’ aspect to everything. Even though Gumtree is an online classifieds platform, many people were chuffed to get to know the people behind the brand, and who better than the autos team to represent.
Even during the event, attendees were already looking forward to the next installment because of its significant footprint on the public and bringing Gumtree users out from their electronic devices to the public in real life. This sets a blueprint for the brand on a more personal level.
Take a look at some of the many classic and modern vehicles on show:
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