Westrand Car Show - 1937 Horch 853 Voll and Ruhrbeck Sport Cabriolet

Horch

YOU COULD SAY THE GRANDFATHER OF AUDI

August Horch was a production Manager for Karl Benz but in 1899 he established a business with a business partner Salli Herz. They relocated the company in 1902 and in 1904 it was registered as Horch & Cie Motorwagenwerke AG in Zwickau, Saxony.

Horch had a fallout with his partners in 1909 and he left Horch & Cie and established – The August Horch Automobilwerke GmbH, also in Zwickau. The former company objected to this new name , claiming that the Horch Brand belonged to them and that Horch had no legal claim to the name.

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Legend has it that the son of one of Horch’s new partners suggested the name Audi, which in Latin means “hear”. Horchen in German also means “hear”. So in April 1910 Horch Registered the Audi Automobilwerken. From 1910 Audi and Horch went their separate ways, making their own cars. Until 1932.

In 1932 the financial woes of Europe forced many companies to merge or be taken over, in an effort to survive. So it was that The original Horch Company, The Audi Company, Wanderer and DKW were amalgamated into one company – Called Auto Union. The Wanderer/Horch/DKW names continued sometimes in their original form and sometimes with the Auto Union label attached. The Audi name was for the time being dropped.

Horch continued producing cars up until 1956 when it’s last model launched as the Horch P240 was rebranded Sachsenring P240. The Horch Factory fell within the east German area hence the name change.

The Wanderer name faded as a result of WWII, Horch was now a defunct name and Auto Union was never much of a stand alone brand – apart from their racing car division. The DKW brand came and went inside of 50 years All the while the Audi brand was unused from 1932.

I doubt there is a Horch or Wanderer in South Africa but there are definitely older Audi’s, DKW’s and Auto Unions. If you own a classic vintage or veteran car why not enter for the Westrand Car Show on 31 August 2019?

The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.

Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.

The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School. 

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Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG TOT ‘N KOMPETERENDE KLAS, MOET VOERTUIE VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 1999 OF VROEËR GEBOU OF GEREGISTREER WORD. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hieronder en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.

Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.

Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind is dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.

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IMAGE ATTRIBUTION: MOST OF THESE IMAGES COME FROM WIKIMEDIA WIKI COMMONS AND WIKIPEDIA. Clicking on the links below will in most cases give you a full screen image
1908 Horch – Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-T1129-501 / [CC-BY-SA 3.0]
1931 Horch 430 – Rainerhaufe [CC BY-SA 4.0]
1932 Horch 670 – Norbert Schnitzler [CC BY-SA 3.0]
1939 Horch 930 V Phaeton – Ramgeis [CC BY-SA 3.0]
1956 Horch P240 Cabriolet – Which became the Sachsenring P240 – Softeis [CC BY-SA 3.0]
FEATURED CAR – 1937 Horch 853 Voll & Ruhrbeck Phaeton – Steve Ginn from Western Washington, United States [CCO] Public Domain