Ashburton Horse Training Centre Clubhouse

Pope Ellis Drive
Ashburton, KwaZulu-Natal
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Cars in the Park 2019

Sun, 26th May '19 | 7:30 am 'til late

The Sunday Tribune Cars in the Park Pietermaritzburg is the highlight event on the Vintage Sports Car Club calendar.

Held annually, during May, this extremely popular event, the largest of its type in KZN, is a draw card for motoring enthusiasts from all over South Africa. The first Cars in the Park was held in February 1976.

The event is a large gathering of enthusiasts from numerous clubs and features a wide variety of makes of motor cars, trucks, tractors and simply fascinating vehicles. There are over a thousand four hundred different exhibits, so there is ample to see and do as you meander around the Ashburton Training Centre an ideal setting for this event. Over 30 Vendors provide food, drinks, coffee, ice cream, etc. and +- 40 flea markets stands provide for interesting shopping arena. A beer garden, live band, and a free children’s playground area certainly makes for an entertaining and fun-filled family day.

A number of interesting vehicles can be seen at Cars in the Park, and in recent years it has featured antiques such as a 1904 Cadillac, vintage steam vehicles, super cars, special off road vehicles, motorcycles and the latest and greatest motorcars that manufacturers have to offer.

Cars in the Park, PMB, attracts a multitude of enthusiasts from clubs favouring such well-known names as Alfa Romeo, Chevrolet, Ford, Jaguar, MG, Morris, Triumph, Mercedes, BMW, Volkswagen and Volvo to name but a few.

Industrial and farm machinery is also displayed as well as a fine selection of veteran, vintage and classic motorcycles.

Clubs members, and any car, bike, etc. enthusiasts are welcome to enter their vehicle, motorcycles, etc. for the show by going to our registration web page There you can register your vehicle and will be sent a form to place on your vehicle to gain access to the event.

The venue of the event is the Ashburton Training Centre, directions are as follows:

GPS co-ordinates are: -29.645351, 30.469050 (29°38’43.23″S 30°28’8.62″E click to open in Google Maps)

Coming from either Durban or Pietermaritzburg turn off at the Ashburton N3 off ramp, and on the road over the highway, Pope Ellis Drive, turn right and follow the road for +- 2km to the Ashburton Training Centre on the left.


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Established in 1984, the Ashburton Training Centre is situated just outside Pietermaritzburg and can house 427 horses in barn-style stables and has accommodation for resident grooms.

The training facilities consist of a 2 100m oval grass track with banked turns, a 1 800m light sand track, a 500m heavy sand track and a 350m sand trotting ring.

The Club House is a genuine South African family restaurant venue, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Settle back and take in the harmony. Admire the amazing view from our deck which overlooks our unique African Bushveld spread out below. Marvel at the amazing sunsets and the vista of the twinkling lights of Pietermariztburg in the distance. You can hear the silence!

Our unique pub & restaurant allows our guests to relax and unwind while sipping away on a refreshment of their choice.

Guests can choose to sit inside or out, where we have shaded seating or for those cold winter evenings, around a crackling warm fire pit.

Ashburton is situated just 9 km south of Pietermaritzburg on the N3, and where there is a surprising variety of wildlife roaming freely in the area. So you might just be one of the lucky ones to spot zebra, impala and other wildlife and hear the call of jackal in the distance!

We encourage our guests to enjoy themselves and their experience at The Club House

With our stunning and unique Ashburton views there is no better place to sit and enjoy something from our menu and chat to your friends. Enjoy a hearty breakfast while watching the horses and trainers at their early morning training sessions and ‘gallops’. Try one of our delicious pub lunches. And for those evenings when you don't feel like cooking come and join us on the deck for something tasty and different. We have delicious, wholesome snack platters to share if you are not planning on ordering a full meal.

Our highlight of the week is a delicious Sunday Carvery/ buffet luncheon. We would love you to join us at The Club House so please make your booking so that you don't lose out!

Other weekly specials include a “LEKKER” bush braai with pap & sous sides on Thursdays and mouth watering spareribs on Wednesdays. Vegetarians are catered for as well.