The other day I went through to one of my favourite places, Zwartkops Raceway, to attend the annual Cars in The Park event. In fact, it was the 36th instalment of the event and billed as one of the biggest to date. This it was, but then again I've been going to these events for many years now and I'm yet to see one end up smaller than the previous year's event. They just keep getting bigger and better.
There were plenty cars I hadn't seen before which is always good for shows like this, but at the same time there were loads of cars I expected to see there that I didn't. Still, nothing was really missed, for every car I wanted to see but didn't pitch, there were two that replaced it. I arrived at 11:00 which is a good time to go, trust me on this. I've had many years of arriving too early and sitting in an hour's worth of traffic to get in to Zwartkops. I've also learned not to arrive too late as many of these classic cars are owned by octogenarians (or people heading there fast) and need to get back home by at least 14:00 for an arvie nap.
Zwartkops is a decently sized venue and it was packed, there were cars everywhere, inside and outside. The new field made available for parking was also full. In fact, I've never seen so many cars and people at a racetrack besides the SA GP in 1992. While this is great for the track, the various car clubs and enthusiasts, for photographers it's a sign that you're going to get more than a little slightly annoyed by people blocking your shots or walking into composed shots. Luckily I'm used to this now and can snap what I need pretty quickly. Of course I would love to have the venue filled with all the best cars on display all to myself for a few hours, the shots I would get would be worthy of showing off.
My only gripe with the event is that I'd like to see more order employed when parking the cars on display. I dunno how though, parking in categories by manufacturer, by decade or maybe by type? Some sort of uniformity that would make my OCD settle down a bit. I can understand why it's not done like this though, it would be a mission of note to sort out. Let me put it this way - I'd like to see it done, but I'd hate to be the guy making it happen. I still got some cool shots and they're probably not a great reflection of all the cars on display as I only shot the stuff that I'm partial to. In fact, I probably only shot the stuff that I was partial to on that specific day. On another day I would have probably taken pics of completely different cars. I swayed more to classic American stuff and then cars owned by people I know, which is where the modern car pics come in but I guess it's just really a mix of randomness. There's a few pics below for your viewing pleasure, the rest will end up in an album on my Facebook page.
My favourite car of the event was that purple-ish slab of awesomeness that this post started off with. I have no idea who owns the car or who built it, but they need to do more like it...
Author: Chris Wall
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