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24 January 2017

Thousands of miniatures celebrate German Inheritance

George – The George Old Car Show, driven by Oakhurst Insurance Company Limited, is celebrating the 21st year of existence on 11 and 12 February 2017.

More than 15 000 miniature cars will be exhibited in four classrooms at the George Old Car show, once again hosted on the grounds of the PW Botha College in York Street.

This most popular event on the George annual calender, which was visited by a record number of 12 000 visiters last year, will celebrate its 21st anniversary with a special exhibition of vehicles manufactured in Germany. This year an exhibition of miniature model cars with a German heritage, will echo the main exhibition.

“Thirteen collectors, mostly from George, will exhibit about 2500 of their most prized models,” said Ignatius Anker, member of the George Model Car Club, who coordinates the exhibition of miniatures.

One of the four classrooms will be dedicated to collections belonging to among others, Anker, Pierre Conradie and Ria Meyer, who continued collecting miniatures after her husband Jurie died. “Today Ria, her daughter and son are all collectors in their own right.”

Bruce Sapsford of Bloemfontein will also exhibit his rare handmade models with a scale of 1:24. “Bruce has been building models for ages and likes to show visitors to the George Old Car Show what a man can do with your own two hands.”

Three of the classrooms wil be dedicated to seventeen retailers who will bring between 10 000 and 15 000 miniatures to the show. These retailers from all over the country offers young (and older) enthusiasts the opportunity to start their own collections.

“This exhibition of model cars at the George Old Car show actually brings the models to the people. Even if you don’t buy one, the miniatures bring back sweet memories of a favourite toy from your childhood.”

Anker started collecting miniatures in Port Elizabeth in the late nineties. “Then one could still buy a fairly good 1:43 scale model for about R100 to R150, for which you will have to pay between R500 and R800 today.”

His collection fits in beautifully with the major focus on German models, because his greatest love lies with the manufacturer Audi, which include models of Audi, DKW, Auto Union, Horch, Wanderer and NSU. His collection also includes models of Volkswagen, Porche and even a Bugatti or two.

He has the following tips: “Buy the rarest model you can afford, but even a model that costs R30 which is kept intact in its wrapping will be scarce and increase in value over twenty years.”

The cheapest models are second-hand, well-played cars that are a bit tarnished by hours of play and may be missing a wheel or two. And of course, a plastic toy for a child will cost as little as R10.

Models with good collector’s value cost about R150 for a tiny 1:87 scale model, and between R500 and R800 for a 1:43 scale model. A 1:18 scale model will cost about R4000.

CMS and Exoto are two manufacturers that provide good, rare and expensive models. “One year’s CMS models, which already cost between R4 000 and R6 000,  may not be available the next year. Who knows what they will cost when they come onto the market again!”

According to Anker it is a good excuse to buy an expensive toy on the precept that it is an investment. “You become so attached to you miniature that you cannot part with it.” His own collection are neatly stored in their original wrappings until he puts up shelves in his braai room...

Model cars have a rich history. The first miniatures, which were manufactured from lead and bronze during the twenties, did not represent specific models. During the forties miniatures were manufactured from pressed tin with painted windows, which could be wound up to run around on their own. During the fifties models with a metal frame and plastic windows were very popular. Today every model is an exact replica of the lifesize model, and even if you cannot afford the real macoy, the miniatures are almost as good.

Contact Ignatius Anker for more information at 082 442 9875 or makrowire@mweb.co.za

General information about the George Old Car Show

The George Old Car Show, driven by Oakhurst Insurance Company Limited, takes place at the PW Botha College in York Street, George. Besides the SAB Beer Tent, managed by George Rotary, a number of stalls will offer food, soft drinks, and a variety of merchandise for sale. At a minimal fee young children may be left to play under supervision in a safe area. Parking is available on the school premises.

Entrance fees:

Saturday: Adults R50, Pensioners R40, Children R20

Sunday: Adults R20, Pensioners R15, Children R10

Special weekend package deal: Adults R60, Pensioners R45, Children R25

Gates will be open on Saturday 07:00 to 18:00 and Sunday 08:00 to 13:00.

The official opening by George executive mayor Melvin Naik will take place at 10:00 on Saturday.

For more information contact Phillip Rosser on 082 410 5490 or Chris van Staden on 082 491 5254, or visit the Southern Cape Old Car Club website at www.scocc.co.za

Duisende modelle vier ook Duitse motor-erfenis

George – Die George Oumotorskou, gedrewe deur Oakhurst  Versekeringsmaatskappy Beperk, se 21ste bestaansjaar word op 11 en 12 Februarie 2017 gevier.

Meer as 15 000 modelmotortjies sal tydens die 2017 George Oumotorskou, in vier klaskamers by PW Botha Kollege in Yorkstraat te sien wees.

Die gewilde skou wat verlede jaar ‘n rekordgetal van meer as 12 000 besoekers vanoor die hele land gelok het, vier sy 21ste herdenking met ‘n spesiale uitstalling van voertuie wat in Duitsland vervaardig is. ‘n Uitstalling van modelmotortjies met ‘n Duitse handelsmerk word hierdie jaar ook as deel van die spesiale viering aangebied.

“Altesaam dertien versamelaars, hoofsaaklik van George en omgewing, stal vanjaar sowat 2500 van hul modelle uit,” sê Ignatius Anker, lid van die George Modelmotorklub, wat die uitstalling koördineer.

Een van vier klaskamers word gevul met versamelaars soos Anker, Pierre Conradie en Ria Meyer, albei ook van George se kosbare miniatuurmotortjies. “Ria se man Jurie het voor sy dood begin om miniatuurmodelle te versamel en vandag is Ria, haarseun en skoondogter elkeen ‘n versamelaar in eie reg,” sê Anker.

Bruce Sapsford van Bloemfontein bring ook sy handgeboude modelle met ‘n 1:24-skaal. “Bruce bou al dekades lank modelle en kom wys graag vir skougangers wat ‘n mens met jou hande kan doen.”

In die ander drie klaskamers gaan altesaam sewentien handelaars tussen 10 000 en 15 000 modelmotortjies uitstal en te koop aanbied. Die handelaars kom van oral in die land en bied die ideale geleentheid vir jong (en ouer) entoesiaste om hul eie versamelings te begin.

“Die uitstalling by die George Oumotorskou bring ast’ware die modelle na die mense toe, en al koop jy nie een nie, bring dit vir baie mense nostalgiese herinneringe terug van ‘n speelding wat hy as kind gehad het.”

Anker het sy eie versameling in die laat negentigerjare begin toe hy sy eerste model in Port Elizabeth aangeskaf het. “Toe kon jy ‘n redelike goeie 1:43-skaal modelletjie vir tussen R100 en R150 kry. Nou sal dieselfde model jou tussen R500 en R800 kos.”

Sy versameling fokus hoofsaaklik op motors uit die Audi-stal, wat  Audi, DKW, Auto Union, Horch, Wanderer en NSU insluit, maar hy het ook ‘n groot versameling Volkswagens, Porsche-modelle en ‘n Bugatti of twee, wat mooi aanpas by vanjaar se spesiale uitstalling van voertuie van Duitse oorsprong.

Vir versamelaars het hy die volgende raad: “Koop die skaarste model wat jy kan bekostig, maar selfs ‘n modelletjie van R30 wat in sy verpakking gehou word gaan oor 20 jaar skaars wees en in waarde toeneem.”

Die goedkoopste modelle is tweedehandse motortjies waarop baie speel ‘n merk gelaat het sodat dit ‘n bietjie nerf-af is en dalk ‘n wieletjie kort. Plastiekmotortjies vir ‘n kind kos so min as R10.

Pryse vir modelle met goeie versamelwaarde wissel tussen sowat R150 vir ‘n 1:87 skaal, wat baie baie klein is, terwyl ‘n redelike versamelaarsitem op ‘n 1:43 skaal tussen R500 en R800 kos en jy tot R4 000 vir ‘n 1:18 skaal kan betaal.

CMS en Exoto is twee vervaardigers van goeie, duur en skaars modelmotortjies wat hoog aangeskryf word. “Omdat CMC se modelreekse van jaar tot jaar verander, is die modelle wat vanjaar te koop aangebied word, nie noodwendig volgende jaar beskikbaar nie,” sê Anker. “Die modelle kos reeds tussen R4 000 en R6 000, en wie weet wat dit gaan kos wanneer hulle weer op die mark kom.”

Volgens Anker sê party versamelaars hulle koop die modelmotortjies as ‘n belegging, maar hy het sy bedenkinge. “Mens raak geheg aan die modelletjies en die kans dat jy dit eendag gaan verkoop is maar skraal,” sê hy en lag. Sy eie modelle word in hul oorspronklike verpakking gebêre totdat hulle op spesiale rakke wat hy in die braaikamer gaan installeer uitgestal word...

Die modelmotortjies het ‘n ryke geskiedenis, sê Anker. Die eerste modelmotortjies is in die twintigerjare van lood en brons gemaak en het nie ‘n spesifieke voertuig verteenwoordig nie. In die veertigerjare is karretjies van geperste blik gemaak waarop venstertjies geverf is en wat ‘n mens kon opwen. In die vyftigerjare is motortjies met ‘n metaaldop met plastiekversters gemaak. Vandag is elke modelmotortjie ‘n presiese weergawe van die ware jakob, maar as jy nou nie die lewensgrootte model kan bekostig nie, is ‘n modelmotortjie van jou keuse ‘n goeie tweede beste.

Algemene Inligting oor die George Oumotorskou

Die George Oumotorskou gedrewe deur Oakhurst Versekering vind plaas by die PW Botha Kollege in Yorkstraat, George. Parkering op skoolterrein is beskikbaar.

Toegang

Saterdag: Volwassenes R50, Pensionarisse R40, Kinders R20

Sondag: Volwassenes R20, Pensionarisse R15, Kinders R10

Naweekpakket vir Saterdag en Sondag: Volwassenes R60, Pensionarissse R45, Kinders R25

Hektye is Saterdag 07:00 tot 18:00 en Sondag 08:00 tot 13:00

Melvin Naik, George se uitvoerende burgemeester, neem die amptelike opening Saterdag om 10:00 waar.

Kontak Phillip Rosser by 082 410 5490 of Chris van Staden by 082 491 5254 vir meer inligting, of besoek die Suid-Kaap Oumotorklub se webblad by www.scocc.co.za

Last published 24 January 2017