Pietermaritzburg Cars In The Park 2014

Every Autumn, in Pietermaritzburg the capital city of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, the local vintage car club hosts Cars in the Park, the city’s largest motoring event. It’s all good fun, especially if you know anything about cars. There’s actually a good representation of cars from most eras. And for most tastes… But overall I was impressed with this year’s turnout.

Car shows are not the ideal place for photographing cars, as the sun beats down and makes the lighting difficult. And it’s almost impossible to get a quick snap of a car without a fat child in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shirt in the way. But I persevered.

I attended in my brother’s Lancia Fulvia, to the amazement of the very small Lancia Club.

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The event sprawls over Alexandra Park, and the Victorian Cricket Oval.

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The Oval is one of two international cricket grounds in the world with a tree within its boundary rope. The other being St Lawrence Ground in England.

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Joel’s Lancia, along side a twin 1969 1.3 Rally S

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Another Sprint GT! this one has 14″ alloy wheels and a Veloce front grill. But it’s still the genuine article. This car belongs to Kevin Jarvis of the Alfa Romeo Club of Natal.

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Sprint GT interior, properly restored.

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Three bar Veloce front end.

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Tipo 10504, RHD Sprint GT.

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Sprint GT. Says so right here.

I didn’t just go to see the Alfa Romeos, and not only the Italian cars either.

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4.2 Jaguar E-Type Coupe.

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Jaguar XJ6 and Daimler.

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Photobombing child in green is not impressed with this glorious XK120.

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Jaguar Mk2

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I’ve always been a fan of a good old Landy.

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This SWB is a daily driver, and the owner’s only car. it’s 1959 Series 2.

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Very “functional” in here.

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Lovely old gauges, still working just fine.

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Extra seats in the back simply fold away when not in use.

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Details that you just don’t get on the modern Landy.

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I don’t think SatNav was an option on this one.

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Very, very cool (and loud) Bristol Mercury Radial engine out of an airplane. Such a treat to hear it running.

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A Ferrari 365 2+2 in a rare moment of solitude.

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Wonderful 190 SL

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Perfect chrome work. The result of lots of love. And money.

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I could get used to sitting in there.

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A less nice Mercedes.

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A stunning Austin Healey.

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A flawless interior.

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And spotless engine bay. This might be a “trailer queen” but I was too afraid to ask…

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Many, many club and rally badges to show.

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This is a very cute Series 1 Austin Mini. I often see this car in Hilton, so as clean as it is, it’s still in regular use.

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Very neat little A Series engine.

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Just one dial. What more do you really need?

It’s not just old cars, or even just cars.

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Brand new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.

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Ferrari 458 Italia.

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Ferrari 360. Still sounds great.

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New cafe racer like Harley Davidson.

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Much cooler than most Harleys.

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A slightly older Harley Davidson.

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Italian beauty, Moto Guzzi.

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Good thing I can read, or I might have missed this one.

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A Pair of very scary Lambos. A Diablo and its predecessor, the Countach.

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Love it or hate it. The Lamborghini Countach.

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The Spirit of Excess.

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Best of Show? It’s got my vote.

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Heading home after a good day out.

 

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