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2017 SHOW AND SHINE

GRANDWEST CASINO 26 MARCH 2017

 

The annual Show and Shine event of the Porsche Club Cape was held in a hall at the Grand West Casino, Goodwood on Sunday 26 March 2017. It is one of the premier events of the club calendar, and much anticipated by members who put in extreme efforts in the preparation and presentation of the vehicles, many whom start months in advance of the event.

 

Wheels are taken off, brakes stripped, engines meticulously checked for the slightest liquid leaks, pipes and cables replaced and tightened. Upholstery and dashboards inspected, repaired and treated, and obviously, the chrome, black trim and paintwork as the grand finale in putting the best foot forward for the prying eyes of the judges – not to mention the jokes around free drinks for the judges for being a little sympathetic when it comes to the scoring sheet!

 

The hall was transformed into a Porsche style museum standard by a team under the leadership of Ken Wentzel and Hennie Botha, all thanks to Glen Esterhuizen and the Sun Vacation Club who was the main contact and sponsor on the day. Other showers included Motul, X-Pel and Velotex, with Johnny Koen acting as Master of Ceremony in his normal nimble fashion, microphone in hand! Porsche Centre Cape Town was presented by Wendy Darby and her team, who presented us with the latest, beautifully redesigned Porsche Panamera – even John Corfe and David Heathcock could not resist popping in later in the day!

 

A big thank you to all, as well as to Enver, Lynda, Zelda, Eve and Birgit who handled the registration of vehicles. Last but most important: the judges who in teams of two members spent hours inspecting the vehicles often debating at length about the relative rankings, in eleven classes and in the four categories of Exterior, Interior, Boot, Bumpers and Wheels, and Engine to produce an overall raw score.

 

It should be stressed that the Final Results after adjustment for bonus points will only be revealed at the Annual Awards Dinner to be held on 17 June 2017. On the day only four winners were announced in the general classification of Air-cooled, Water cooled, Closed engine and Car of the Show.

 

The weather turned out to be fantastic, with the venue ideally situated geographically and easy to manoeuvre the cars into, straight from the parking area into the hall. The activity started early for the organisers, but participants started arriving at 08h30 for judging to proceed from 10h00 until 13h00. Cars were to be left until 14h00, with the public free to roam and appreciate the loving efforts that went into preparing each of the steads!

 

It was a hugely successful and socially interactive event with all the activities of the Casino at hand. Games, movies, restaurants, restrooms and gambling all within five minutes of the exhibition ensured that no-one was in need of anything!

 

The hall was filled with 67 beautifully prepared Porsches, of which 52 owners officially registered and entered the competition. It included three race cars from Piet Matthee, Lourens Bester and Peter van der Spuy, displayed with the oldest entry, a 1963 Porsche 356 of Graham Lowden.

 

Johnny Koen announced the winners as follows:

Air Cooled Cars

Wayne Waldeck’s magnificently restored 1969 Viper Green 911S

Water Cooled Cars

Ross Sorvaag’s beautifully presented 2012 Silver 911 Carrera 4 GTS

Closed Engine Cars

Peter Blows’ good as new and highly specified 2016 Guards Red 911 Series 991

Car of the Show

The most special car was judged to be Nick Rust’s exquisite 1995 Silver 911 993RS

 

Fantastic prizes were won, with Sun Vacation Club offering trips to Sun City, and sunglasses as additional prizes.

 

A great day was had by all, now attend the Annual Dinner on 17 June to find out the rest

 

FRANCOIS STEENKAMP

 

 


26/03/2017