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The 22nd George Old Car Show, proudly driven by Oakhurst Insurance Company, takes place on 10 – 11 February 2018.  It is one of the most popular events on the Garden Route calendar and a MUST SEE for all petrol heads and history lovers.

Who invented the automobile?  It’s a matter of opinion.  The history of the automobile is very rich and dates back to the 15th century when Leonardo da Vinci was creating designs and models for transport vehicles.  In January 1886, Karl Benz designed and patented the Benz Patent Motorwagen (BPM), the first vehicle with a petrol-driven, internal combustion engine.  A replica, one of only 10 worldwide, which belongs to the Mercedes Benz factory in East London, will again be on display at the 2018 George Old Car Show.

George Bernard Shaw said, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything”.   More than 12 000 people flock to the George Old Car Show annually to admire these golden oldies, a clear indication that society appreciates the beauty of these pristine automobiles.  We are undoubtedly becoming more conscious about our environment and the plea of communities, albeit sometimes not local.  This year visitors are requested to bring 5 litre containers of bottled water to the show for distribution in the drought-stricken Cape Town area.

With technology/ information overload and social media the order of the day the world is a ‘smaller’ place, we are much more aware and water-conscious.  South-Africa is a water-scarce country and organisers of events have a completely different approach to the logistics of world class events presented in drought-stricken areas.   The Cape Town Cycle Tour, the world’s biggest timed race, is taking unprecedented steps by committing to take some of the money that would have gone to charitable distribution to purchase 2-million litres of spring water sourced from only licenced and fully tested suppliers, and from an area not experiencing drought. This water will be put back into the local water grid.

All over the globe more astounding ideas are implemented to save and recycle water with one of the best examples recently during the Volvo Ocean Race’s Cape Town stopover.  Around half a million single-use plastic bottles were avoided during the Volvo Ocean Race’s Cape Town stopover thanks to an innovative new water purification solution which turns polluted and waste water into clean drinking water.  Government and the tourism industry are sensitising local and international tourists to save water ‘like a local’ while enjoying our country.  Probably the best example of our water-consciousness is the fact that the Garden Route Dam is 92.16% full (on 2018/02/01), and the City of George still has water restrictions.

We can only save water if there is water…

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