27th and 28th of July 2019
Durban Country Club
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The Concours d’ Elegance returns to Durban for its second year and this year promises to be a fantastic coming together great classics and vintage vehicles at the very successful 2018 event.
The 2019 Concours d’ Elegance Durban introduces a brand-new aspect in Durban in the form of an Auction as well as a category for Classic and Vintage motorbikes. The historic Durban Country Club will host this fine assembly of fine vintages and classics vehicles and bikes from 1900 to 1990 amid great music, fashion and champagne on the finely manicured grounds. Equally spectators and competitors are encouraged to dress up in their finest vintage wear with this years theme being ‘White and Blue’.
See you on the 28 th of July 2019.
Adults – R150
Children – R75
Seniors – R90
What does the ticket include:
Your ticket includes entry to the main paddock area and a viewing of the most desirable Vintage and Classic vehicles and highly preserved original motorbikes
What is Available:
- VIP Hospitality Packages lets you enjoy the Concours day while you dine and wine near the event
- Bubbly tent
- Food section with a variety of food items on offer
- Kiddies section that lets the little ones have a party of their own and enjoy the outdoors
- Live music performances throughout the day
- Fashion show by a renowned fashion designer
Tsogo Sun offers preferential accommodation rates when attending the Concours d’ Elegance Vintage cars extravaganza – Durban’s most prestigious motoring event. Rates available 25 – 29 July 2019.
What is Available:
from R1290 per room per night including breakfast
Exhibitors Rate: R995 B&B at
Garden Court Marine Parade only
Supplementary regulations available for all competitors.
A SHORT REVIEW OF HIS PASSION FOR THE MOTOR CAR.
Chris has been a fanatical old car enthusiast all his life. He grew up in East Africa where the motor car played an important role in life. Watching racing at a local track outside Nairobi from the age of five, for an early start, and thinking that he was helping his dad build an Austin seven racer before he could handle a spanner.
For almost everyone living in East Africa during the halcyon years of the 50’s and 60’s, the East African Safari was almost an institution about which Chris became passionate. Today he has created a small museum dedicated to the Safari. Chris has nearly finished the building of a Mercedes 220SEb which competed in three Safaris. At University in the UK during the 1960’s he enjoyed the golden age of the cars which were to become today’s classics. Club racing and rallying with these cars was the order of the day. He got hooked on restoring old cars and amongst a number of others that he played around with, he finally built a concours quality Mercedes 190SL which he brought with him when he returned from university to South Africa in 1972.
A lifetime of building and repairing old cars as well as creating concours winners out of old wrecks became a way of life for Chris. He has owned classics of all descriptions from entry level cars to highly desirable collector vehicles. Top of the list was a 1965 230SL which he restored and owned for 33 years.
In the 1990’s he owned a panel beating and spray painting business which specialized in the repair of Classic Cars.
Today, Chris is rebuilding a 1963 W111 220SEb sedan, a 1958 220S and a 1959 Ponton bakkie. Chris has become so involved in the history and specifications of these rare bakkies that he believes that he is a world expert on this unusual vehicle!
In 1979 he joined in with three other young enthusiasts who organized a Mercedes Club in KZN. Not really knowing what they were doing their valiant efforts were soon on the rocks!
As well as now Vice President of the Mercedes-Benz Club, he was Chairman of the KZN Region for seven years, a member of the Club’s Executive Committee and serves as one of the Club’s official valuators. He also serves as a Concours d’Elegance judge. Chris has been a member of the Vintage Sports Car Club in KZN since 1976. He is also a member of the Sports Car Club of South Africa and Historic Racing South Africa where he is a passionate participant on the South African Historic Racing Circuit. He campaigned two different Mercedes race cars and now competes with a purpose built 1962 Ford Corsair and a 1962 Ford Anglia. For the 2018 season he was placed 2nd in the championship for the Little Giants class of the Legends of the 9 Hour.
In August of 2017 together with his brother he added another adventure to his bucket list by driving a fifty five year old Ford Consul Classic 315 to Tanzania and back. As well as driving over 10,000kms they climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro for the second time. Their first climb was in 1962 as young men just out of school!
The Ford Consul Classic has been shipped to his brother in the UK where it will continue undertaking interesting safaris. In its place is a 1967 short nose Mercedes Fintail for which an another extended, unsupported African Safari is in the planning stages.
So what is next for Chris?
He is keen to get younger people involved in the old car scene within the Mercedes Club and on the race track. This is obviously a tall order as the younger generation has very different ideas about what cars are for!
However he says most people love an old car show particularly when it is combined with a Concours d’elegance event, and judging by the popularity of last year’s Durban Concours he predicts a great future for this exciting show.
It is extremely important to The Concours d’Elegance Durban to support members of the public that need a helping hand and the decision to donate a part of our proceeds to TAFTA was unanimous.
TAFTA is a registered non-profit organization (NPO 002093) dedicated to serving the needs of Durban’s elderly residents.
Providing suitable accommodation, including frail care, is the greatest challenge.
TAFTA owns 14 buildings for this purpose, and provides support services, such as Meals on Wheels and Home Based Care, to enable older persons to continue living in their own homes.
In 2018, Concours d’Elegance supported TATFA and issued a cash cheque to this very noble work that is done to take care of our classic and vintage members of the society.