IT'S getting to that time of the year when the biggest motoring event in the Bay takes place. The Herald World of Wheels Nelson Mandela Bay Motor Fair, hosted by the Eastern Province Veteran Car Club, will be held on December 7.
This will be the third year the event will be held, following on from the very successful 2012 show.
The venue will again be the Newton Technical High School playing fields between Westview Drive and Mowbray Street in Westview.
Last year – despite bad weather conditions – saw more than 500 cars and bikes on display, in excess of 50 stalls, and in excess of 2000 visitors came through the gates.
This year the organisers are aiming to attract 600 cars and bikes, and in excess of 4000 spectators.
They plan to make this year's event even more successful, with more vehicles on display as well as more stalls.
This year, there will once again be an auction, with contributions going to a local charity.
The aim is to provide the exhibitor with an event in which he or she can promote his or her products and services, whether they are home industries, or commercial businesses.
For clubs, it is a means of showcasing their vehicles to the public in order to create interest, as well as to raise funds.
The public have the unique opportunity of being exposed to a wide range of interests, both motor and non-motor related.
The fair has a variety of stalls and activities offering an enjoyable day for the whole family.
This year, an auction of classic, vintage and sports cars will take place, further enhancing the event. The proceeds will go to a local charity.
For further information regarding the auction, contact Bert Scheepers on 082-566-7897 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com
Roger McCleery, the motor sport commentator and journalist, will be the commentator for the fair.
A show and shine, as well as a sound competition will take place towards the end of the day. This proved to be a very popular attraction last year.
And one of the cars on display will be a gracious old lady from the past.
Hein van Zyl will proudly display his Bentley Park Ward Drophead Coupe 1952.
Van Zyl provided World of Wheels with a brief history of the vehicle.
"My car was registered for the first time on January 28 1952, to Ernest Greverus Kleinwort. He lived in East Sussex in England and was a banker.
"The Bentley changed hands six times in the UK.
"The sixth owner, Stanley Charles Seigal, brought the car out to South Africa in January of 1967.
"He emigrated and settled on a farm outside Grahamstown. John Willets bought the Bentley out of Mr Seigal's estate in the 90s.
"Mr Willets passed away on April 7 2010 and bequeathed the car to me. The car was not driven for many years and kept in storage," Van Zyl said.
"The Bentley has a 4566cc straight six engine with two SU carburetors. This was the first production saloon car that could reach a top speed of over 100 miles (161km) per hour.
"The chassis is steel and the body wood and aluminium. It is completely hand- built by Park Ward.
"Park Ward was in the later '50s incorporated by Rolls Royce and was considered as one of the top couch builders in the UK.
"The soft top is hydraulic operated by a button on the dashboard.
"I still have all the original tools and handbooks of the car.
"I have the original registration papers and some invoices when the car was serviced in the '50s," Van Zyl said.
This is just one of the fantastic cars that will be on display.
Make a date in your diary, The Herald World of Wheels Nelson Mandela Bay Motor Fair is an event not to be missed.
For further information, contact Llewellyn Faifer on 082-555-4981.
Or, you can e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org