27. DATE SET FOR CONCOURS SOUTH AFRICA 2019 AT STEYN CITY

It’s all systems go for Concours South Africa 2019! This following the hugely successful third multi-marque concours d’elegance for vintage, veteran and classic cars held at Steyn City a month ago. The organisers are delighted to announce that the 2019 Concours will again be held at Steyn City, with a weekend date set for 30 August to September 1, 2019. And once again, the festival will include a Concours South Africa classic car auction, following on the success of this year’s landmark auction at the same venue. “In just three years, Concours South Africa has established itself as the premier concours event for classic car cars in our country,” says organiser Paul Kennard. “Both the first and second editions at Sun City and the third iteration held this year at Steyn City, have seen the standard of presented cars being raised exponentially. And the word is out that Concours South Africa is the “must-do” event for the serious classic car collector country-wide.” Underscoring just how high the standard has been set, are the remarkably-narrow winning margins of the top three cars at this year’s Concours. Scored out of a maximum of 207 points, the top two cars were separated by just 0,275 points, a margin of not much more than one-thousandth of a per cent in the final tally! And the third-placed 1970 Porsche 911 S was just mere fractions behind. With the hosting of the first Concours South Africa Auction at Steyn City on the Saturday evening of this year’s event, Concours South Africa garnered attention from collectors in the UK, Europe, Australia and the USA, and many big names in the classic car world have expressed interest in attending the 2019 event. Concours South Africa Auction organiser Greg Marucchi says that this year’s auction will be limited to 30 carefully-curated cars, with the auction commencing earlier in the day than it did at the 2018 event. “At our initial auction we had a great number of cars offered by one owner. For 2019 we will be inviting cars from a broader spread of owners and we would like to ensure that reserve prices are reasonable within a South African context,” says Marucchi. Another improvement will be an earlier starting time for the auction. “We don’t want to shift the focus away from the core of our event, which is the showcasing of pristine cars for Concours South Africa. but we are convinced that we can do justice to both events which are a major boon for the African classic car community. “The initial auction, held at The Shed in Steyn City, was a great success. We achieved some very high sale prices including figures well over the R1-million mark for the 1930’s Singer Le Mans racer and the iconic 1970’s Renault Alpine A110. “For 2019 we are delighted to confirm that the Concours South Africa event has moved to the official beginning of spring, on the last weekend of August, culminating in Best in Show being awarded on Spring Day, Sunday 1 September. For sure Concours 2019 will be the best yet!” Concours South Afrcia organiser and co-founder Paul Kennard says that perhaps the most exciting piece of news regarding the event is that there are negotiations afoot to secure a long-term contract with Steyn City for this premier event. “The luxury lifestyle presented by the Steyn City parkland estate and the calibre of classic car aficionados we draw to Concours South Africa are a natural fit. It won’t be long before we will be hosting this African event at a level that will stand proud alongside the likes of Villa d’Este on Lake Como and Pebble Beach in Calfornia, the global concours d’elegance benchmarks.” Inaugurated in 2016, Concours South Africa was the brainchild of two supercar aficionados, Ross Crichton and Paul Kennard. Both had extensive experience in organising events, as well as being highly connected in collector car circles in South Africa. Ross has been instrumental in organising the annual Cannonball Run for supercars in aid of charity for many years, while Paul has had decades of experience in the music concert business, as well as serving on the South African Ferrari owners’ club committee for over a decade. The event now known as Concours South Africa remains the only multi-marque, nationally-attended concours d’elegance event for classic cars in this country. Numbers have been pegged at around 80 entries to make the event manageable, and entrants are required to enter their cars well before time to ensure that they are of a sufficiently high standard, as far as originality and presentation is concerned. The standard of judging is world class, with the panel comprising eight experts from across the classic car field, and headed up by Wayne Harley, curator of the world-famous Franschhoek Motor Museum. Categories for entries range from the Vintage and Veteran classes catering for cars made as early as 1900, ranging up to the so-called young-timer classics of the 1990’s. There is even a category for modified classics, known as the Resto-Mod class, where cars such as 1959 Corvettes and 1968 Mustangs are given a new lease of life with 21st century performance upgrades. A less stringent judging process is applied to cars entered in the Show and Shine category, where entrants are not required to have their cars’ engine compartments open for inspection. “It’s a formula that has been tremendously popular,” says Kennard. We have had good sponsorship from the start from organisations like Nedbank Private Wealth, and an excellent buy-in to our quality hospitality offerings. “The Steyn City venue proved a success in that it offered Johannesburg collectors, in particular, a quality venue that was much closer to home. Steyn City gave us their river-side meander setting, known as The Creek, and it served to make 2018 a very integrated and sociable affair, allowing visitors to mingle more intimately with the spectacular entries even when they were undergoing the judging process. “For the 2019 Concours South Africa we have been offered a new, even more impressive venue within the expansive Steyn City landscape, so watch this space for more details on next year’s showcase. We are working hard to ensure that this event grows to achieve a truly international status.”