When Gas Magazine approached me to cover the Stanger Child Welfare Winter Fair, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. As I’ve never attended any Car shows in Stanger and haven’t encountered much publicity on social media about it, I was quite keen to experience what the show had to offer and this also gave me the opportunity to gauge what the Car Scenes were like in Stanger.
I arrived, astounded at how large the event was. There were many marques, stalls, fun fair rides and large crowds of people. At first, I was taken aback with the turnout at the Car Show, one could actually count the cars that entered but after speaking to host Yashin Bodasing from Car Care Centre I was assured that we would expect a great turnout. Not letting that change my game plan, I pulled out my DSLR and began to snap away.
The sun was quite harsh at midday, not the best weather for a shoot, so I decided to take a walk to the FUN FAIR grounds right next door. I must have been walking around for about 30 minutes or so and when I got back I was surprised to see that the crowd had grown progressively. There were queues of cars lined up waiting to enter the show. This was rather pleasing for myself and I’m sure for the Hosts as well, after all it was a major fund raising event for the KwaDukuza Child Welfare Society.
With the fair right next door it attracted a throng of public spectators. It was easy to distinguish the married guys who left their wives to do the “India” shopping while they got a chance to sneak in and have a look at the cars on show and snap a pic or two. There was a lovely vibe to the show from people screaming on the fun fair rides to the deep sounds of bass coming from the Sound Off competition. A group of bikers decided to make an entry to the show with their super bikes. They kept the crowds quite entertained with their revving and limiting.
The cars were quite varied, a few that got my attention was an Old School Ford Gt completely restored. You could see the time and effort spent on the detailing. A Honda Ballade with Lambo style doors made its appearance- definitely something you don’t see too often. A Ford Bantam from Car Care Centre had an awesome sound set up and paint work. These were just a few to highlight on.
Sound and Engine set ups were definitely a huge deal at the event. Wire tucking, chrome detailing and turbo set ups were quite popular amongst these cars. The sound off was extremely successful with just over 80 entrants. The Show and Shine had about 110 entrants with 13 categories hailing from as far as PMB, Richards bay, Tongaat and Durban.
Just a little history behind Car Care Centre: It started off as a sound fitment shop growing quickly to a full mechanical and performance shop and now doing all types of vehicle customization. To name a few of the guys involved are Yashin Bodasing (Owner), Previn Kista (Sound technician), Shyne Moodley (Performance and management technician) and Mota (Customising technician).
From a show that started off so quiet and very quickly making a 360 turn it was definitely an awesome event.
The car scene is definitely growing in Stanger and I hope to attend more of these shows in the future.
Coverage for Gas Magazine by Stream Line