It’s billed as Cape Town’s biggest motor show, but it’s a whole lot more than that. The annual Killarney Motor Show, powered by KFM, on Sunday, November 4, at the Killarney International Raceway, is a complete new-car expo, with dozens of new models on display and available for test drives on the short circuit.
There will also be an action-packed programme of events to watch and activities to take part in, headlined by the stunts of the Monster Energy freestyle motocross riders – flying through the air, higher than the grandstands, sometimes on their motorcycles, sometimes defying gravity by flying alongside them, looping, twisting, flipping and somehow always landing back on their wheels.
Then there’s the Le Riche brothers, each a former trails champion, doing the impossible at little more than walking pace, balancing their motorcycles in unbelievable situations and even riding straight up the side of a three metre-high truck, to stop dead in less than a bike’s length on the roof.
The Fuchs Monster Truck is a one-vehicle wrecking ball, capable of demolishing cars by simply driving over them with its chest-high wheels (although Fuchs has promised that no cars will be harmed during the making of this show), while South African drifting champion, Jason Webb, will convert expensive slick tyres into rubber smoke with his high-revving slideways demonstration runs on the Porsche Straight.
Off-road enthusiasts can get down and dirty in the Adventure Bike competition on the old motocross circuit, and watch a display of 4×4 activation organised by KFM 94.5 in the “outback” section next door. For a (slightly) less bumpy experience, catch a ride on a vintage tractor, or one of a selection of outrageous Africa Burn vehicles. The tractor guys are even planning to stage a tractor tug-o-war.
Feeling brave? Take a dive into a huge movie-style airbag, test your reflexes on the wipe-out sweeper game or go for the ultimate blast-off on the parachute rocket jump. There will be rides on offer for younger show visitors on the freshly resurfaced one-kilometre “K” karting circuit or, if they can’t make the height requirement, in the safety of the bumper cars.
The Killarney Motor Show is renowned as a classic car and motorcycle festival, with a special display of cars unique to South Africa (when did you last see a Ranger, a GSM Dart or a Chev Nomad?) as well as custom cars and motorcycles, beautifully restored classics, race cars and exotics.
None of this would be possible without the support of a vibrant local motor industry and, even more important, the people who work in it, so the Motor Industry Bargaining Council will be there to assist employers and employees with all the labour law “need to knows” of the industry.
In between this 60 hectare feast of two, three, four, six and even 18-wheeled automotive entertainment, there will be stalls selling automotive memorabilia, car bling, accessories and scale models; live bands, snake shows, a military heritage display featuring military vehicles (including a working Second World War Wehrmacht field kitchen, colloquially known as a “goulash cannon”), a fun fair, and no fewer than five food courts offering a huge variety of food and liquid refreshment.
* The Killarney Motor Show powered by KFM will open from 10am to 5pm on the Sunday. Book at Computicket or pay at the gate. Entry is R100 for adults, R50 for Scholars under 16 and free for children under 12.