Saturday 29 September will see the annual Wizards on Wheels show (WOW) taking place at Port Rex Technical High School.
The event was founded in 2005 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 car clubs, motoring enthusiasts and new-car dealers could get together and show off their vehicles.
The event is gaining popularity around the region, with exhibitors from Port Elizabeth, Queenstown and other centres attending. Organiser Heather Bridger says, “The 2017 WOW was the most successful one to date. It has also become an important feature on the school’s calendar of events. If the show continues to grow in the future, we will consider moving it to the lower sports fields, which offer more space”.
Compared with other car shows around the country, WOW is pretty much up there with the best of them. Bridger says that a lot of preparation and organisation goes into putting it together.
“The whole family is catered for, 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”.
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. Even if it is a work in progress, and can be brought to the show, it is 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.
Organiser Barry Gradwell says “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 enthusiasts 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. Anyone interested in having a car or motorcycle-related stall on the day can contact Heather Bridger on 076 144 8376 or 043 736 2698 to book a spot. Contact person for food stalls and craft stalls is Alwyn Schoeman on 083 461 3138.
Those interested in displaying vehicles can contact Vaughn Smith on 082 345 8086 or Leslie Thomas on 083 412 8138 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or Barry Gradwell on 083 518 9600.
As usual, new-vehicle dealers are more than welcome to display. Vehicle exhibitors will have free entry for driver and one passenger. Cost for spectators is R30 for adults and R10.00 for scholars.
Gates will be open from 7am for exhibitors, who must be parked and set up by no later than 9am. Gates open to spectators at 10am.