The Knysna Motor Show is back!

Knysna Motor Show

The much-loved Knysna Motor Show, a regular on the South African automotive events calendar until 2020, when Covid arrived and changed the world, is being revived!

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Shelby Daytona image courtesy Peet Mocke (CAR Magazine)

Almost everything about Knysna, often referred to as the Jewel of the Garden Route, is defined by its relationship with the Estuary. Away from the Estuary, on a local sports field and linked by a week to Simola Hillclimb, Knysna Motor Show has developed over the past decade into a premium automotive event with a national following. 

This annual spectacle has steadily attracted more of the most exciting classic and collectible cars and motorcycles in South Africa, to find a place in the display arena. That is until 2020 and Covid-19, when public gatherings and events became casualties of unpredictable lockdown restrictions – and with the experience at the Knysna Motor Show being very much a personal and tactile one, the show could not go on.

Classic vehicles are primarily about emotion and visitors seek an experience of the senses – see, touch, hear, smell and sometimes, taste! For the elders it's often about nostalgia, but for the youngsters it will be excitement and passion – the exhilaration of 'live and real'...

Ford Galaxie

With live-streaming of such an intimate event not an option, the time has come for the Knysna Motor Show to resume its place on the podium. The event is planned for Sunday 1 May 2022 at Thesen Harbour Town. A fitting location in the middle of the estuary, with the landmark 'Heads' to the South and forested Tsitsikama Mountains to the North.

The venue has the infrastructure and public facilities in place and the location itself is inspiring. However, planning the event at such short notice has brought some challenges which are being methodically mitigated to ensure that the show meets the requisite requirements. 

The exhibition will be limited to 150 high quality vehicles and, to satisfy Covid regulations, the event will be limited to a maximum of 2000 people at any given time. For affordability and accessibility, a nominal entrance fee (R30 for adults and accompanying kids under 12 enter for free) will be charged. 

Jaguar D-Type

Thesen Harbour Town offers many options for food and beverages, and the Knysna Experience facilities are within the exhibition grounds for easy access. Cars and coffee always make for an enjoyable, energising experience and will be available throughout the day.

Special features of the show include a display of Austin Healey models that will be participating in the 2022 Austin Healey Club of Southern Africa National Tour in the Southern Cape, whilst the Simola Hillclimb display will feature cars competing in Classic Car Friday.


South African production, special and replica builds will form an important display at the Show. These include an Opel Kadett Superboss by SentiMETAL; a pair of modern Shelby Mustangs from Shelby SA, supported by classic versions of the marque and the 1967 Shelby GT500 from Hi-Tech Automotive. Hi-Tech will also showcase the AC Zagato and Rossion Q1 supercars plus the Daytona Coupe. Cobra replicas from around the country and a classic GSM Dart will add to the awe-inspiring line-up.

In addition to the British, German and Italian marques on display, a group of American Muscle Cars will find themselves alongside a display of local Knysna Low Rider Custom Cars. 

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