Westrand Car Show - Bell Aurens Longnose Land Rover

Bell Aurens Longnose Land Rover

Yesterday (15 Aug 2019) I re-posted a post about a really funny looking Land Rover. I asked the question “Is it real or is it Photo-shopped?” Joe Loedolff from Elgin in the Western Cape gave me the name – as above. Turns out it’s quite real. There is also a little urban legend in the story (I think).

Food and Drink

Apparently two Germans, Thomas Bell and Holger Kalvelage designed and rebuilt a 1967 Land Rover with the intention of dropping in a 27 litre V12 Rolls-Royce Merlin engine – similar to the engines used in British Spitfire and US Mustang fighter planes. But, so the story goes, the German Authorities would have nothing to do with that scheme.

Westrand Car Show - Bell Aurens Longnose Land Rover
Bell Aurens Longnose Land Rover

Bell and Kalvelage changed plans and installed a 4.8 litre V8 Range Rover Engine which is pretty potent anyway. This story has been doing the rounds for 10 to 12 years according to people in the know.

It is kind of ugly/good looking. Wouldn’t mind driving around in it. Scare the life out of Toyota Hi-Aces and similar!

According to a German website – Superclassics – one of these vehicles was auctioned off some years ago with an opening bid of €160000 (about R2,700,000).

Support Our Sponsors

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.

Competition Classes

Enter Your Vehicle

Establishing who has the rights to the images is virtually impossible. No one claims copyright but every second motoring interest blog/website has these images. We would gladly recognize the copyright holder/or remove images at the request of the copyright holder