The Festival of Motoring took place at the Kyalami Race Track in Johannesburg this past weekend, with thousands of car fans attending the event.
Brands including Audi, VW, Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Toyota, and more showed off their latest vehicles, alongside scores of exhibitors from companies involved in the motoring industry.
The Kyalami track had plenty of cars screeching around its corners during the event, too, while a 4×4 area slightly away from the track put off-road vehicles to the test.
But words are not what car fans want, they want photos.
Pictures of what was on display at The Festival of Motoring this year are posted below.
Track experience blew me away
I was fortunate enough to purchase a ticket for Saturday which included a “track experience” with Alfa Romeo.
The track experience was two laps around Kyalami in a Giulia Quadrifoglio, driven by Stuart White.
For those of you who don’t know the Giulia Quadrifoglio, it is a “sedan” packing a 2.9-litre V6 twin-turbo engine that puts out 375kW and 600Nm of torque.
For those of you who don’t know Stuart White, he is a 17-year-old racing sensation from South Africa who is working his way towards Formula 1.
Getting into the car, I was fairly confident it would be a pleasant experience, but nothing too exhilarating.
I have done a BMW advanced driving course after all, and am the driver no one wants to get a lift with because I “take corners too fast”.
What happened after Stuart put the car into race mode and exited the pits, however, blew me away.
For two laps my left arm was tensed to the max, my hand white-knuckled as I hung onto the door’s handle. I was simultaneously exhilarated and terrified.
We took corners at speeds which scared me on a physical level, overtook a Mercedes AMG GT R like it was standing still, and hit every apex on every corner like clockwork.
Innumerable f-words were dropped by me as we went around, while Stuart looked calm and relaxed – even while testing the levels of grip.
After two laps, I was literally drenched in sweat from hanging on, and from the mixture of fear and adrenaline. It was brilliant.
As soon as tickets go on sale next year, I will buy a package for whichever car Stuart is driving – it was worth every cent and an experience like I have never had before.
This is an opinion piece.