Whales and Wheels Classic Car 2012 show – Hermanus
Spring has arrived in Cape Town and, with it, the annual migration of the Southern Right whales from the Antarctic to the warmer shores of South Africa, affording both visitors and residents alike the opportunity for great whale watching in Cape Town. The seaside village of Hermanus claims to be the best land-based whale watching destination in the world and has celebrated this annually for 21 years with the Whale Festival. A festive long weekend attracted 137,000 visitors in 2011 and the numbers are expected to grow this year as a result of an extensive programme of events, activities, theatre, music and a large range of food and craft stalls; not to mention refreshments such as a beer garden. The old harbour surrounds afford plenty of strategic spots on the rocks from where you can watch the star performers of the festival, the Whales; basking, cavorting and perhaps sounding as if they know that the festival is centred around them. The Endangered Species Marquee at the festival is claimed to be the best ever this year. The people of greater Cape Town look forward to celebrating spring at this annual event which continues to grow to such an extent that the annual Whales and Wheels classic and vintage car show is now being held on a separate weekend.
The annual “Whales and Wheels” Classic and Vintage car Show will be held this year on Saturday 6th of October 2012 in the grounds of the Hermanus primary school. The organisers have scheduled this popular event for a week after the main festival in order to help ease the traffic flows into the village, where traffic was backed up for hours last year. An entrance fee of R20 for adults and R10 for children is collected at the entrance to the show and the proceeds put to good use for improvements and facilities for the school. On exhibition will be hundreds of classic and vintage cars, all of which are maintained by their proud owners in better than showroom condition. One may expect to admire desirable British sports cars from the 50’s and 60’s, including makes such as Triumph, Austin Healey, Jaguar and MG; awesome finned American classics; bespoke classic saloon cars, and even vintage tractors and agricultural machinery.
In addition to the car show there will be an exhibition of scale model cars that will enthrall both young and old, and there will be plenty of opportunity to buy one of those special diecast models to add to your own car collection. In addition to those on sale at the exhibition throughout the day, there will be an auction of scale model cars at the show grounds during the morning. The classic cars on exhibition will parade through the town, giving everybody an opportunity to see them in action close-up. In addition, a special car parade will take place at midday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the production of those popular classic British sports cars the Triumph Spitfire and the TR4. During the Whales and Wheels classic car show there will be a number of sporting activities as well as the annual Harbour swim, while attractions from the main Festival weekend including the Two Oceans Marquee as well as the Endangered Species Marquee, with its focus not only whales, but on the Marine Big 5 and the current plight of the Rhino will be left up.
If you are interested in classic cars and want an enjoyable day out with the family, don’t miss this annual event in its new format.
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