Concours Express: What is the best classic car?
South Africa is a nation that is fueled by family, friends, and gatherings. Whether you’re the braai master at Saturday's rugby event or, enjoy passionately supporting your local soccer team, South Africans find their passion amongst each other.
Fortunately, the motoring community in Mzansi is flourishing in this environment. Whether you love your JDM rockets, your loud M140i’s or maybe you enjoy tearing through the bush in your off-roading monsters, there is no shortage of petrol heads here. This passion for motoring, though, stems from the classics that many overlook. However, Greg Marucchi and his associates have created the true celebration of motoring at its root here in South Africa.
Only the best classics
Concours South Africa hosts the country's largest and most exclusive classic car shows. Hosting Icons from around the globe and locally in the public spotlight, allowing these cars the recognition which they still deserve. From classic Fiat 500s to Ferrari F40s, Concours ensures that no car gets left out with judges ensuring that authenticity and the original quality is awarded.
Major events are judged by motoring enthusiasts who are leaders in their own fields of expertise. Vehicles are judged throughout the week on originality, level of preservation and quality of restoration, according to the USA Pebble Beach Concours guidelines. Alongside the celebration of great vehicles, Concours South Africa also takes pride in celebrating the Great South Africans in motoring, hosting local legends like Rory Byrne and Ian Scheckter.
A different take
Recently, Concours South Africa hosted a smaller, yet highly impressive competition, which they name ‘the Express event’. The event hosted an array of incredibly stunning vehicles like the Mercedes Benz 1956 190 SL and the Great Unimog 406. Two very different vehicles yet special in their own right. Being a small event, the outcome was set to a voting poll, where it was up to the spectators to observe the spectacular selection of vehicles and decide who would take home the Concours award. No surprise, the winner's trophy was awarded to a perfect flame-spitting 1991 Ferrari F40 import from Germany that was showcased.
Despite being an exclusive and high-end classic car celebration, Concours South Africa creates a family-friendly experience at all of their events, proving a great day out for anybody with even the slightest interest and appreciation for motoring masterpieces. It is truly a great celebration of South African motoring at its finest with a great community to boot.
Images: Levi Saville