Canal Walk Motor Show

Date: 
Friday, April 26, 2013 - Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Location: 
Century City, Canal Walk Shopping Centre

A legends of South African Motorsport center court display will form the nucleus of the 2013 Canal Walk Motor Show with cars associated with the real charachters of Western Cape / South African motorsport disciplines honored for their contribution as those individuals who truly made a difference!

There will be no ranking of individuals - simply a celebration of characters such as Sarel van der Merwe, Serge Damseaux, Peter Gough, Koos Swanepoel, Martin Paetzold to name just a few.

Thanks to the dedication of Classic Car Racing enthusiasts such as Ferdi van Niekerk (Ford Galaxie V8, Alfa GTA, Ford Mustang V8) the names of Basil van Rooyen, Peter Gough, Koos Swanepoel and Sarel van der Merwe can never be forgotten. Nicci Hanekom relives the era of Koos Swanepoel Snr and Garth La Reservee  with his pristine Springbok Series Toyota Celica whilst Dave Köpke allows us the privilege to remember the era of Jody Scheckter and Peter Gough and the Mazda R100 Rotary. Martin Paetzold a five times South African motorcycling champion in Winston colours will be represented by a period motorcycle. Thanks to Lourens van Rensburg there will even be a Ford Escort BDA.

Jody "Sideways" Scheckter (and you thought drifting was a new craze!) would become the only South African F1 World Champion driving for Ferrari in 1979 whilst Peter Gough returned from horrible injuries sustained at Bulawayo to become the Sir Stirling Moss of South African motorsport - an example to most!

It is hoped that an announcement will follow soon on the presence of one of the most iconic racers in South African motorsport history. A specified date and time will be allocated where all these legends will congregate at Canal Walk for the rare group photograph opportunity! Keep watching the local media for more details! Though limited space will not allow cars from all eras it is anticipated that many more personalities will be present for the group photograph.

Living in an era where road safety in general have become a critical subject the progress made in general safety will be ably displayed through the presence of a slightly damaged BMW 325i rally car. The Teletubbies, alias Thorsten "Pau" Pey and Mark "Dipsey" Palmer made this car legendary when they won the Junior Western Province Rally Championship, the Senior Western Province Rally Championship and the S4 class Championship. For five consecutive years they claimed the Chris Truter Floating Trophy as the best rear wheel driven team in the Western Cape. Without a doubt the most successful privateer team in recent memory - if not ever!

Driving on sub standard rear shockabsorbers a 200km/h multiple roll during the Caledon Grand Prix reduced this car to scrap - but thanks to meticulous preparation on a very limited budget the crew walked away from what was a truly spectacular incident without as much as a scratch. Prepare well and you will reach your destination safely - the brief but critical message they want to pass on to every road user and especially the youngsters wanting to prove a point on our roads.

How many individuals passing by the impressive display of race – rally – exotic cars and motorcycles truly had any understanding of what they were glancing at in their rush towards their next point of call. Though there were many beautiful cars on display most could potentially be found outside on our roads – the one just flashier than the next – but still only a means...

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