This amazing show held at NASREC in Johannesburg turned the aftermarket products arena into an incredible display of what’s new on offer for a new generation of petrolheads who in many cases are far removed from the current traditional trade activities. With a record crowd of more than 50 000 custom car enthusiasts who attended the sell-out affair, the custom car show had them packed into the massive displays on hand all day long. Paulo Calisto, the organiser generated support from a number of high-profile headline sponsors to make the show fly with Cartrack, Calisto’s, The Citizen Ticket Pro and Supa Drift among others, all fully behind the events promotion for its annual displays. .
It was a full mix for the family with plenty of entertainment on offer as not only a vast army of prize-winning motoring custom cars plied their stuff to the hungry crowds of visitors. With a regular gymkhana and speed drifting displays on offer, it was a case of being spoilt for choice for many.
Hall 5 showed the cream of the crop of award-winning custom cars along with Global Autocoatings and Nancefield Auto Paint’s impressive displays where any car builder could purchase anything from a new motor, gearbox, a remade front or rear spoiler on offer as the side-stall holders introduced a myriad of custom-made products right from polishes to paint and hard parts were there to be seen.
But what sets this huge expo apart from other motoring offerings held recently was not only the giant array of American muscle cars and a bevy of European classics, the Harley-Davidson bikers also delivered a huge presence. The queues for the prawn festival laid on by Paulo Calisto were also busy all day as this show had seen all the main arterial roads like Rand Show Road packed with traffic jams all day long. The ladies were also spoilt for choice as they gazed at their favourite cars along with rows of speciality items for sale on the outside stalls to tantalise their senses and set against an array of available food to complete the festivities. It was a festival with the cars thrown in for most visitors.
The kiddies were also well entertained and a new era of enthusiasts all around. Not only was it the vast display of excellent cars from Fords’ Classic Racing LeMan’s F40 but remarkably the show held literally hundreds and hundreds of VW Golfs, BMW 3 Series and oh so much more. There were multi-million Mercedes-Benz’s, Jaguars, Bugatti’s, Shelby GT500’s and Mustangs as every attendee enjoyed the annual custom car show which this year was held in Gauteng’s ambient sun. The rolling thunder mixed together all too well with an enthusiastic crowd in an absolute blow out to show, a bit like Sema, which is held in Las Vegas each year, it turned out to be quite amazing for all concerned.
Story and pics by Ian Groat