|The buzz around Ford ‘s Mustang is huge right now, with the 2016 model due for launch a week before The2015 Classic Car Show, show, making it the first Mustang in 50 years to be sold from Ford dealers with right-hand-drive, here in South Africa.
But although the Mustang has never been freely available in South Africa except as a special import, thousands have made their way here since late 1965, and indeed some 80 examples of the original model were made available through Ford dealerships in that year.
The ’65 ‘Stang is the iconic all-time great amongst the Mustang pantheon, but in South Africa there are fanatics who worship models from each ensuing generation. Notable amongst these are the ’67 GT model which has spawned hundreds of Eleanor “clones” world-wide, styled after the famous movie car that Nicholas Cage drove in the movie, Gone in 60 Seconds. That original movie car sold for a million dollars at auction in the US earlier this year
Even later models have been given the Eleanor Look, with silver paint jobs, side scoops and classic, large-diameter alloy wheels. But other “must-haves” amongst Mustang freaks include the famous Shelby models built from 1965 to 1969, the Mach 1, and a host of other specials such as the Boss 429 model.
Vying for Nasrec show-goers attentions will be a host of rival muscle-cars, such as Dodge Chargers (think Dukes of Hazard), Chevrolet Camaros, and Pontiac Firebirds. And, currently, even more fashionable than these muscle-cars may well be the host of early Chevy and Ford pick-up trucks that are proving to be 2015’s hot restoration item.
Equally in favour right now are Cadillacs from the 1959 to 1975 era, Chevrolets from the famous 1955-1957 years, and mid-1960s Ford Fairlanes and Galaxies. Expect tasty examples of these to make the run to Nasrec on December 6.
The Euro-classic restoration movement is as strong as ever, and Minis have made a huge comeback on the classic car scene. These little British front-wheel-drive cars, which set the pattern for the modern city car back in 1959, are popping up at shows more and more regularly. The same goes for the Ford Escort, possibly the most collectible British classic in South Africa right now, supported by an extremely strong Ford Escort Club which always has a presence at The Classic Car Show.
The Ford Cortina Fun Club is set to turn out with over two dozen cars, these ranging from the iconic early 1960s MkI to a couple of genuine XR6 and Interceptor models.
The hard-core street rod movement will also be well represented, and many street rod builders use The Classic Car Show as a venue to launch their new creations. And, of course, early VW Beetles and Kombis will be out in force.
In addition to the classics and street rods, The VW Cars Show is being organised to once again coincide with the show for earlier cars. These will feature all manner of modified Golfs and Jettas from the front-wheel-drive era. Expect lots of turbo-popping sounds to issue from the VW area at the show, and feast upon all the tasty trends that the Golf and Jetta boys and girls are styling with their steeds. Big wheels, as they say, keep on turning.
In addition, show organiser Paulo Calisto is also organising a Bikers Charity Run which is expected to draw 500 bikes to the event.