Third Festival of Motoring promises to be bigger and better

Brian Joss – The Festival of Motoring is back and bigger than ever. The Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit will once again host the only national, industry-supported, auto show from August 31 to September 2, brought to you by Messe Frankfurt SA.

The highly successful 2017 show focused on interactive motoring experiences for all visitors, which proved to be an overwhelming success, with over 57 000 visitors attending the show. The 2018 Festival of Motoring will again provide a plethora of interactive motoring entertainment with additional lifestyle, education and family-friendly activities – all geared for a more comprehensive family motoring experience for show visitors of all ages.

With additional automotive brands already confirmed, visitors can again expect even more new car launches, latest model displays, supercars on track and an engaging 4 x 4 area. With the focus on interactive experiences, self-drive activities will now be available on each of the show days at the centrally located Kyalami Handling Track. Various new models can be driven on the 1.1 km test track. Some additional features to look forward to this year include double the amount of OEM pit door displays, improved and varied catering areas, a wine garden, dedicated kid’s area and air displays.

Increased content, motorsport legends and national championship motorsport. 

High quality and varied content, both on and off track, will entertain and excite show visitors. National championship motorsport will feature at FoM for the first time. The Sasol GTC Championship and Investchem Formula 1600 Series will race in official championship rounds. An interactive pit area, with full public access, will bring cars and drivers closer to race fans.

Modern GT race cars and a selection of quality historic race cars will be located in a new pit lane behind the main pit building. Historic motorsport content will include a tribute to cars of endurance racing, all with iconic liveries. The Pablo Clark Ferrari Challenge will have a dedicated pit and provide action on track with a selection of racing Ferraris. Motorsport legends will once again be honored at FoM and motorsport icon Sarel van der Merwe will act as the Grand Marshall of the event. “I am proud to be associated with this prestigious event held at such an iconic venue” said the multiple SA champion.

Fifty modern road going supercars can be seen both in a dedicated pit area and on track during the three show days. A display of iconic supercars, located on the pit building viewing deck, will celebrate the evolution of the supercar.

Classic cars will once again be a major drawcard with a focus on a selection of 15 quality cars making up the “Best of the Best” display. Classic car clubs will also once again feature in a dedicated area. A display of cars celebrating the evolution of the automobile will showcase cars with a unique South African story. From motoring fanatics to families looking for a fun day out, there’s a motoring experience waiting for you.

A new focus on future technology will showcase the latest trends and innovations in the motor industry. Two retail areas will exhibit the motoring aftermarket, conversion and other specialist industries. The indoor retail area located in the lower pit complex with the outdoor area located on the upper platform.

The Festival of Motoring promises to live up to its reputation as the leading interactive motoring event in the Southern Hemisphere, endorsed by NAAMSA and supported by leading OEMs to showcase the best that the South African motoring industry have to offer. With an even greater emphasis on family orientated content this is a motoring extravaganza not to be missed.

The Festival of Motoring presented by WesBank will be held at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit from August 31 to September 2. A limited number of VIP Experience tickets are available. General access tickets or for lower prices on-line before the FoM visit: or buy them at the gate on the day.

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