Saturday 30 September will see the 13th annual Wizards on Wheels show taking place at Port Rex School. The event was founded in 2004 by previous Border Street Rod Classic and V8 Club chairman Johan Hattingh and his wife Joyce, who saw the need for an event in East London where all the car clubs and petrol heads could get together and show off their vehicles.
Organiser Leslie Thomas says that compared with other car shows he has attended around the country, WOW is pretty much up there with the best of them. “A lot of preparation and organisation goes into putting it together, and we try and cater for the whole family, with the inclusion of food stalls, entertainment for the children and the mini flea market. The revamped fathers’ and old boys’ club, now renamed ‘The Tool Shed’, will be open for the thirsty and those wanting to follow sport on the big screen. There will also be the usual after show braai. Braai packs will be on sale and it’s open to anyone who would like to join us”.
Exhibitors don’t need to belong to motoring clubs, the show is open to any interesting vehicle whether it be a car or a bike or anything that is considered special and worthy of being shown off: Thomas quotes the show’s slogan: “ ‘We want your car and anything extraordinary on wheels’. Even if it is a work in progress, and you are able to get it to the show, you are more than welcome.
“A lot of interest has already been shown by the various motorsport clubs, with a number of karts, racing cars, bikes, stock cars, drift cars and 4x4's to be displayed this year.
“The public can expect a top class show of vehicles ranging from Vintage to Modern, from Classic to Exotic and everything in between. Exhibitors have the opportunity of displaying their vehicles to the public and meeting and chatting with fellow exhibitors about their pride and joy. WOW is all about showing off your vehicle and attracting the attention that it deserves. We all know the amount of work that goes into keeping our vehicles in pristine condition”.
There is still space for food stalls, craft stalls, flea market stalls and commercial stalls, so whether it be Dinky toys, clothing, car parts, sweets and treats or whatever else you would like to sell, bring it along. Cost per stand is only R100, and anyone interested in having a stall on the day can contact Heather Bridger on 076 144 8376 or 043 736 2698 to book a spot.
The event is gaining popularity around the region, with exhibitors from out of town eager to attend. Expected are a large number of vehicles from Port Elizabeth, with the East Cape Street Rod Club giving their full support, and also vehicles from Queenstown, Bloemfontein and other centres.
Anyone interested in displaying vehicles can contact Vaughn Smith on 082 345 8086 or Leslie Thomas on 083 412 8138 or e-mail email@example.com
As usual, new-car dealers are more than welcome. Contact person for the new-car stands is Barry Gradwell on 083 518 9600. Vehicle exhibitors have free entry for driver and one passenger. Cost for spectators is R30 for adults and R10.00 for scholars. For a nominal fee of R5.00 there will be safe and secure onsite public parking.
Gates will be open from 07:00 for exhibitors, who must be parked and set up by no later than 09:00. Gates open to spectators at 10:00