Kyalami played host to the second SA Motoring Experience where potential drivers got a choice of new models to drive around the Kyalami race track under controlled conditions, in a host of both supercars and many of the latest model releases, while behind the scenes many trade stalls and many legendary race cars were on view. Not to let any boredom set in Messe Frankfurt also showed the big V8 Shell Cell C Supercars to keep the theme or rolling thunders alive in three daily displays while former racing greats like Ian Scheckter, Sarel van der Merwe, Graham Duxbury, Willie Hepburn and more were on hand to both drive new supercars and chat to the fans.
Putting a heavy industry endorsement on this motoring event, several leading vehicle manufacturers were there with increased activity levels of ride-and-drive experiences. With first-hand bums on seats, activities were boosted with over 20 brands participating this year. Those who have an interest in classic cars and racers were taken care of with a huge Puma display of energy elite classics.
Haval, an all new Chinese upmarket option launched at this year’s event showed their H2 model. It’s the number one SUV brand in China. The Mitsubishi Pajero sports was the highlight of the show taking the spotlight with Land Rover announcing their official sponsorship of the Springboks.
The show was dominated by the sounds of cars racing around the track and it was a lovely day. Around 60 000 people came to visit the show over the three days of running. This was great growth from last year’s 51 000 attendees over a five day running period. All this was backed by experienced show organisers from the Goodwood Speed Festival to ensure non-stop action and that a most memorable time was had by all.