Cars In The Park 2015
Cars In The Park is an event that has been around for much longer than I’ve even been alive, with 2015 being the 40 year milestone. There are usually somewhere over 1,000 cars and bikes on display, with ample other activities and refreshments on offer. Couple that with the rather low entrance fee of only R40, you’ve got a good sounding event on offer. Which is why I found myself surprised at the fact that I’ve never actually attended. I’ve also always wanted to go, but every year there has been a new excuse that has prevented me from attending. This year, it was time to make the short drive up and see what Cars In The Park was about.
2015 saw the event move to a new location, due to a few different reasons that I’m not too aware of. Traditionally held in Alexandra Park (hence the “park” part of the name), it was now situated at the Ashburton Training Centre. While it made the commute from Durban about 10 minutes shorter, the road going in and out became a complete bumper to bumper traffic jam, which was most probably not planned for. Having never visited the old location, I can’t say if the traffic situation has just become worse, or actually improved. However, I had arrived much earlier in the morning, and only had to deal with the traffic misery when leaving in the afternoon.
Upon arrival, it was clear to see that this event was going to be quite a special one. The centre road running through the field stretched on for what seemed like miles, and there were already plenty of people milling around under the early morning overcast skies. Luckily, the clouds cleared later on in the afternoon, which cancelled the threat of a downpour.
Now, moving on to the main subject of the entire event: the cars. I can honestly say that haven’t been to a show that’s featured such a wide selection of vehicles. There were a few clubs in attendance, including MG Owners, Mercedes Benz owners, Jaguar owners, Porsche owners… the list goes on. And in addition to the clubs, there were plenty of people who were displaying their vehicles in a private capacity.
In total, I spent probably close to 5 hours walking up and down the road, trying to take in as much as possible. Cars were also parked in the fields way further back from the road, so it was an almost continual zig zag to work your way around. And more often than not, some of the good stuff was hidden a bit further off the beaten track. I mean, a Bedford Ambulance with a V8 engine swap? That’s amazing. A Subaru Outback that’s been converted into a pickup truck? Equally amazing.
Unfortunately, with an event of this magnitude, there’s not much more I can say without becoming boring. From here on, just this time, I’ll let the photos do the talking. After all, a photo is worth a thousand words right?