Neil McCartney
Chief Photographer and Multimedia Journalist
2 minute read
31 Jul 2022
7:19 pm

Video and pictures: Cars in the Park car show at Zwartkops raceway.

Neil McCartney

The Pretoria Old Motor Club's Cars in the Park has every type of car you can imagine - from Minis and Unimogs to muscle cars to Hot Rods.

Cars in the Park held at Zwartkops raceway in Pretoria, 31 July 2022. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen

Hosted by the Pretoria Old Motor Club (POMC), a group of classic automobile enthusiasts the show is currently the biggest event of its nature drawing thousands of car enthusiasts to Zwartkops. With a market to feed the masses and provide some speciality car items, the crowds are kept busy all day.

In addition, the usual entry and exit points on the R55 which runs from Kyalami to Laudium, a new entrance with a parking area were created next to the R55 south of the main Zwartkops entrance. The Cars in the Park 2022 will see the 41st running of the event which was started by the Pretoria Old Motor Club in the early 1980s, and held initially at the old Pioneer Museum in Silverton, east of Pretoria. Since those early times, where the event was strictly a classic car show, the event has evolved to the point where it attracts some 3 000 special-interest motor cars and motorcycles, over 100 car clubs, associated motoring and apparel store holders and over 12 000 spectators.

And with a soundtrack of revving engines, people with all types of tastes mingle to talk about their pride and joy at Cars in the Park. “Creating the new access road involved negotiations with a landowner neighbouring the Zwartkops Raceway, and now that we have been given the go-ahead, we can expect traffic flow to improve by a significant margin “ , said show organiser, Frik Kraamwinkel. 

The show has every type of car you can imagine, from Minis and Unimogs to muscle cars and Hot Rods.

Cars in the Park showcases many pristine classics are on display, even featuring some from the early 1900s, including a section with only early examples of the motor car.

The modern racers also get a shout-out with a few Supercars thrown into the mix.

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