MOTORING NEWS - The Southern Cape Old Car Club organising committee has taken the difficult decision to postpone the 25th anniversary celebrations of the event planned for next month, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
A statement released on Tuesday on behalf of the organisers states that the 25th anniversary will now be celebrated at the 2022 Old Car Show, to be held in its usual time slot in February.
Chairman of the club, Mike Alexander, made the announcement on the club’s Facebook page.
Said Alexander, “If the year 2020 taught us one thing it is that we have to embrace change. There is no doubt that the George Old Car Show is a success story. In fact, we were gearing up to celebrate the show in February. After much deliberation it was decided to postpone these celebrations.”
The decision was not taken lightly, but on its website the club clearly states its position: “The safety and health of our members and the public is paramount, and we believe that postponing the event is the responsible action to take.”
Alexander quoted Sir Richard Branson, “Every success story is a tale of constant adaption, revision and change.”
And this is how it has been for the Southern Cape Old Car Club.
A group of nine old car owners and enthusiasts held an inaugural meeting on 3 June 1988, and the Southern Cape Old Car Club was born. Today it has become one of the most popular old car shows of its kind.
Undeterred by the setback, Alexander went on to say, “We look forward to continuing this epic journey with you in 2022!”
While the show is enjoyed by people from across the world, for Alexander it remains a once-a-year occasion for old car lovers to meet, network and simply enjoy spending time together.
What else would possess a couple from Canada to transport a 109-year-old car to South Africa and then drive it almost 600km along an (albeit) scenic route from Cape Town to George; or a man to painstakingly rebuild an old car from a heap of scrap; or even to collect and maintain tens of vehicles whose contemporaries have long been condemned to the junk yard?
The George Old Car Show has also become the perfect family outing with lots of entertainment for all ages and it will be missed in 2021.
The organising committee looks forward to welcoming showgoers to an even bigger and better George Old Car Show in 2022, and a fitting celebration of 25 years of dedication by the organisers and the pleasure it has given the public.
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