Westrand Car Show - 1978 Volkswagen Golf LS 1100

1978 Volkswagen Golf Mk1


In celebration of South Africa’s Women’s Day we are pleased to announce our first woman entry of the 2019 WestRand Car Show. Claudia Lanzendorff will be showing her 1978 Volkswagen Golf Mk 1 for only the second time.  Her 41-year-old car is almost perfect and she is busy working on a small dent and a little rust near the rear, to improve its show quality.

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The subject of a replacement vehicle for the iconic Beetle and was an ongoing one from as early as the mid 1950’s. Many prototypes were built and designs considered until Giorgetto Giugiaro’s design was finally approved and the new car went into production in 1974.

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The Volkswagen Golf was a completely new type of car to the air- cooled rear engined rear wheel drive Beetle. The Golf was a front wheel drive car powered by a water-cooled transverse engine. Initially a 1.1 L and a 1.3 L transverse engine was offered but over the next 9 years engine sizes of up to 1.8 L were used in various guises of the Mk1.

6.8 million Golf Mk1 cars were built in Germany, Australia, United States, South Africa, Malaysia, Mexico and Yugoslavia. In Canada and the US Golfs were known as Rabbits and in Mexico as Caribe.

By 1983 the Mk1 had progressed to double headlights, improved trim, bigger engines and the GT version. The white Citi Golf Shuttle above was built in South Africa and exported to new Zealand.

While production of Mk1s ended in 1983 in the rest of the world South Africa launched a facelifted “Citi Golf” which successfully produced and sold for 25 years (1984 to 2009) alongside the Golf Mk2 (1983-1992), Golf Mk3 (1992-2000), Golf Mk 4 (1999-2004) and the Mk5 up until 2009

The success of the Volkswagen Golf Mk1 in South Africa is apparent when you realise that just the Citi Golfs sold in excess of 377,000 units in the 25 years.

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. 


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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Featured Image – Claudia Lanzendorff
1974 Volkswagen Golf Mk1 – Charles01 [CC BY-SA 3.0]
1983 Volkswagen Golf Mk1 – Phil Sangwell from United Kingdom [CC BY 2.0]
1992 Citi Shuttle – Riley from Christchurch, New Zealand [CC BY 2.0]