The 21st annual Whales and Wheels classic car show was hosted on Saturday 21 September at Hermanus Primary School. Cars mostly dating from the 1920s to the 1980s were on display in neat rows, and grouped according to their make. The show normally coincides with the Whale Festival, but this year took place a week earlier.

Organiser of the Whales and Wheels for the past 10 years, Piet Haumman, with one of the cars that has been on show annually for the past 21 years – a restored 1931 Ford Model A Roadster that once belonged to ‘Oom Danie’ and his son, Ian, who fully restored it.

This year was also very special as it marked the last show for organiser, Piet Haumman, who is retiring. He has been involved with Whales and Wheels for 20 years and was the organiser for 10 of those years, with the assistance of Percy Leech. “I am very thankful for Percy’s help and I owe him a lot,” says Piet.

At around 10:30, people started to head to town for the much-awaited car parade past the Old Harbour at 11:00. All of the cars took part even though it had started to rain – including those with open roofs. Some of the drivers accepted that they were going to get a little wet, while others made a plan to keep dry, such as placing a large umbrella over the top of the car.

Ann and Ron Woodford from Somerset West have been entering their car into Whales and Wheels since the show’s inception 21 years ago. The car is a 1935 Austin Tourer which they have had for 25 years.

Despite the traffic department’s efforts to close the roads off like they do each year, the parade was interrupted by traffic. Unfortunately, because of this a few of the cars got separated from the group and took the wrong route back to the primary school.

Even though the weather did not play along on Saturday, both spectators and car owners enjoyed themselves at the show. The organisers were helped greatly by Hermanus Primary and all of the proceeds will be going towards the school. We look forward to another one next year and wish Piet well on his next adventure!

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