Historic Wheels And Modern Marvels Collide At Nasrecs Classic Car Show

Historic Wheels and Modern Marvels Collide at Nasrec’s Classic Car Show

Prepare for two days of petrolhead heaven at The Classic Car Show, featuring the thrilling German vs Jap event, taking place at the Nasrec Expo Centre on July 6 and 7, 2024. This year, the event expands to two full days, promising an even more exhilarating experience for car enthusiasts. Last year’s record-breaking attendance at…

Historic Wheels And Modern Marvels Collide At Nasrecs Classic Car Show

Prepare for two days of petrolhead heaven at The Classic Car Show, featuring the thrilling German vs Jap event, taking place at the Nasrec Expo Centre on July 6 and 7, 2024. This year, the event expands to two full days, promising an even more exhilarating experience for car enthusiasts. Last year’s record-breaking attendance at the one-day show at Nasrec is set to be surpassed with thousands of classic and modified modern cars on display.

“We are once again showcasing our special classic exhibits in Hall 5 at Nasrec. With the event now spanning two days, owners of the top-tier exhibiting cars can leave their vehicles in complete safety at Nasrec,” said organiser Paulo Calisto, who initiated the first Classic Car Show south of Johannesburg in 2012.

Special classic car owners are invited to deliver their prized vehicles to Nasrec on either Thursday, July 4, or Friday, July 5. These vehicles will be exhibited under cover with full security, ensuring the safety of these valuable classics. Owners wishing to display their classics (40 years and older) for a single day in the outdoor area can arrive on either Saturday or Sunday, continuing the tradition of past one-day shows at Nasrec.

However, for the German vs Jap display, participating cars must be delivered to Nasrec Expo Centre on Thursday, July 4, or Friday, July 5. A special media day will be held, allowing media members to photograph a stunning array of modified cars without the bustling crowds expected on the weekend.

The Classic Car Show’s unique format brings together traditional classics and the German vs Jap event, featuring modified versions of popular models like Volkswagen Golfs, Polos, and Jettas, BMWs, Toyota Corollas and Conquests, Honda Civics, and Subarus. This combination caters to two rapidly growing segments of car culture in the Johannesburg area.

In recent years, interest in classic cars from the 1950s to the late 1970s has surged, while the German vs Jap event has tapped into a youth-driven trend of modern car modifications, with enthusiasts investing substantial amounts to distinguish their vehicles from standard models.

A hallmark of the German vs Jap style is dramatically lowered suspension, often achieved with fully-adjustable air springs replacing traditional coil springs. These air-suspension systems allow cars to sit almost on the tarmac when stationary, creating an ultra-aggressive display look. At the push of a button, these systems can elevate the car to a conventional ride height, providing a comfortable journey to the next destination.

Beyond low suspension and custom wheels, many modified cars boast extensive enhancements, including bespoke paint jobs, graphics, aero kits, racing-spec interiors, roll cages, and highly tuned engines capable of producing double or triple the power of standard models.

Dedication to Classic Car Restoration
The same dedication applies to the classic car owners displaying their meticulously restored vehicles at Nasrec. Restoring a classic car that is forty, fifty, or even sixty years old demands immense commitment. Enthusiasts often spend considerable time sourcing authentic trim and mechanical parts and undertaking full body restorations.

Classic car restoration enthusiasts fall into two camps: those who prioritize originality and those who embrace modern upgrades like advanced brakes, suspension, and even engine and transmission components. The latter group seeks the aesthetic and nostalgic appeal of a classic car without sacrificing modern driving comfort and safety.

American classics often feature modern V8 engines with fuel injection and electronic management systems, along with disc brakes, to enhance performance and safety. This blend of originality and practicality makes classic car restoration a captivating and diverse hobby.

The Classic Car Show traditionally attracts a steady stream of American classics from the chrome-laden 1950s to the muscle car era of the mid-1960s to mid-1970s. This year, visitors can expect a notable presence of Ford Mustangs, celebrating their 60th anniversary. Mustangs, along with Chevrolet Camaros, Dodge Chargers, and Pontiac Firebirds, remain iconic symbols of American automotive heritage.

British and Italian cars will also be well-represented, with a variety of Minis, MGs, Jaguars, Triumphs, Alfa Romeos, and Fiats on display. Fiat, celebrating its 125th anniversary, and Alfa Romeo, known for its rich motorsport heritage in South Africa, will showcase their timeless charm and performance.

German vs Jap Highlights
On the second day of the German vs Jap event, a dynamic dyno competition will take place on Sunday, July 7. The rolling road dynamometer will test the power of modified cars, with expectations of impressive outputs between 500 to 600 kW from some turbocharged Toyota Supras.

Saturday, July 6, will feature the popular Limbo event, where cars compete for the lowest ride height. Categories for both air-suspension and traditional steel-spring suspension cars will be included, with substantial prizes for the winners.

As always, The Classic Car Show and the German vs Jap event will offer a variety of food, beverages, and entertainment options, including music, helicopter rides, and children’s play areas, ensuring a fun-filled family outing.

Tickets are available through Computicket at R100 for adults and R30 for children under 12. The Nasrec Expo Centre is conveniently located southwest of Johannesburg’s CBD, near Soccer City.

For more information, visit www.theclassiccarshow.co.za or Southside Crew’s website, organizers of the German vs Jap segment of the show.


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