Classic car market conference to be held in Knysna

Brian Joss – The third annual HAGI VCCM Conference South Africa takes place between the Knysna Motor Show held on April 28, and the Jaguar Simola Knysna Hillclimb, which starts on May 2 and runs through to May 5.

The VCCM Conference is being held on April 30 and May 1, at Villa Castollini in Knysna has been hailed as a masterstroke by the organisers of the Knysna Motor Show and the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb.

These two “must-see” motoring events take place one week apart, and the conference for collectors of classic cars and collectable assets gives an added reason for classic and performance car enthusiasts from all over South Africa to create an action-filled “speed week” in the otherwise sleepy town of Knysna, during this fine-weather period.

‘We are grateful to both the Knysna Motor Show and the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb for their support in hosting VCCM, ,” said Tommy Roes, conference organizer.

“Our line-up of presentations is far and away the most exciting we have had to date.”

Thhe  VCCM conference will focus on the ownership aspects of rare and collectable motorcars, while still recognising their status as appreciating assets of passion.

Topics will include the current market situation, restorations, valuations, insurance, trust and estate planning for collectables and local success stories, amongst others.

 “In 2018, we introduced discussions around collectable assets of passion in general,” says Roes. These included presentations from ITOO Classics, specialist insurers of art and collectables, fine art auctioneers Strauss & Co as well as a presentation from whisky experts Whisky Brother as whisky establishes itself more and more as a formidable collectable asset.

“A presentation from Knight Frank summarised the market for collectable assets by sharing the latest results of their Luxury Investment Index, the KFLII which compares the performance of 10 collectable asset categories including classic cars, wine, art, watches, coins, stamps and the like.

“These conversations were well received,” concluded Roes, “and we plan to expand on these subjects in more detail while featuring vintage motorcycles, wine, watches, coin and stamps more prominently into the line-up.”

The 2019 VCCM Line-Up includes  Marque presentations which will centre on the rewards and challenges of owning specific classic makes. This year the focus will be on BMW, Harley-Davidson and Mini, which incidentally celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

Businessman  Jimmy Price of Hi-Tech Automotive and classic enthusiast from Port Elizabeth has built sports cars such as the Noble, Cobra, Corvette Grand Sport, Daytona Coupe and Ford GT40 to standard-bearer levels on a global level! Jimmy will share his inspirational story, overcoming adversity and finding international success from a South African base, and will hopefully share developments and progress on the latest GT40 continuation program.

World War II Spitfire restoration:  there will be a special presentation from Ian Grace, project director for the SAAF Museum Spitfire Restoration Project. Ian will shine a light on a monumental project to restore one of only four Supermarine Spitfire’s on the African continent (one of two in South Africa) back to flying condition after it was wrecked in a non-fatal crash in 2000.

This project, which is sorely in need of funding, relies mostly on fundraising efforts from volunteers and donations from the private sector.

An exceptional effort will be required to restore, protect and preserve this critical part of our aviation heritage and the VCCM aims to help raise awareness for the project.

The history of the DJ motorcycle run. A time-line on this remarkable annual event commemorating the annual Durban to Jo’burg race for motorcycles built prior to 1936. Riding an 80 or 90-year-old motorcycle with no suspension and little in the way of brakes for two days is no joke.

Ex-motoring scribe and racer Ian Shrosbree organiser of the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb,  otherwise known as the Knysna Hillclimb, will talk about this event, now celebrating its 10th anniversary. Many consider this to be the premier motorsport event on the annual calendar.

The Sabrina Love Foundation is the nominated charity of VCCM. It supports early childhood development in underprivileged communities on the Garden Route.

Knysna a natural fit for VCCM

After the first two VCCM Conferences were held in Gauteng area, Tommy Roes, the managing director of TCF South Africa, an international classic vehicle sourcing company, says that the VCCM Conference has “found its natural home.”

For registrations, visit or contact Tommy Roes on 082 929 227 for more information. Price for the two-day conference is R2300 incl. VAT

* Information supplied by Stuart Johnston Communications.

CAPTION: Graceful: Hi-Tech’s Mk II Cobra 289 tribute. Picture: Stuart Johnston Communications/ Motorpress

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