KILLARNEY MOTOR SHOW POWERED BY KFM94.5 A BLOCKBUSTER SUCCESS

KILLARNEY MOTOR SHOW POWERED BY KFM94.5 A BLOCKBUSTER SUCCESS
Cape Town – The 2018 Killarney Motor Show powered by Kfm 94.5 at Killarney International Raceway on Sunday, 4 November was a blockbuster in more ways than one, with more exhibitors, more cars, trucks, tractors and motorcycles and more visitors than ever before; even the promised rain held off until after the show closed.

At 9.30am, half an hour before the show was due to open to the public, the Porsche Straight was thronged with visitors as the exhibitors, their friends and families took the opportunity to grab a coffee from one of the many food vendors and a preview of their competitors’ displays before the crowds made it impossible.

With its garden party atmosphere, extraordinary diversity of exhibitors and hugely strong streetcar club presence, the Killarney Motor Show powered by Kfm 94.5 could never happen anywhere else. Even the opening ceremony was given an authentic Fairest Cape flavour by the goema music of the Mitchells Plain Outreach String Band and the Du Noon Dance Group, which is based within walking distance of the circuit.

In his opening address Alderman JP Smith, Mayoral Committee member for safety and security, paid tribute to the Killarney International Raceway, not only for its role in promoting road safety by getting illegal street racers off the city’s roads and onto the circuit for Wednesday night Robot Racing but also for the many automotive performance businesses it supports and the hundreds of jobs created for people living in the area.

This was illustrated by the beautifully modified Quantum ‘man cave’, Ligier endurance racer, locally built GSM Dart sports car and two classic motorcycles drawn up on the Porsche Straight to form a mini-amphitheatre for the opening ceremony, none of which would be there without the services of the local automotive industry suppliers.

Further down the Porsche Straight, the dealer stands were full of new cars and motorcycles gleaming in the spring sunshine, while a short walk around the bend (Kfm Corner on race days!) took visitors to the road test circuit, with new models from a variety of makers lined up for them to test drive (albeit at a decorous pace!) around the one-kilometre loop known as the Half Main.

The paddock was shared between the funfair, new and classic motorcycles and exotic race cars – a vivid illustration of the old saying that little boys never grow up, their toys just get more expensive! Nevertheless, the really impressive toys were parked down the length of the back straight, an astonishing variety of customised street cars, each a testimony to the vision and effort put in by its owner and his friends – because it takes a crew to build a serious car.

Meanwhile, the scrutineers’ garage at the end of the back straight reverberated to the rumble of the sound-off, with the loudest cars registering more than 150dB – comparable to standing behind a jet fighter on take-off.

The atmosphere in the New Pits was much more genteel, however, as visitors marveled at some of the oldest cars in South Africa, dating back to the earliest years of the 20th century, stately limousines and imposing golden-era sports cars, as well as the “Do you remember?” row of 18 cars representing 15 models that were only ever available in this country.

Nevertheless, this was no static show; there was action everywhere, from tractors and Mad Max-style AfrikaBurn vehicles ferrying loads of showgoers, to the Fuchs Monster truck kicking up dust with lucky prize-winning passengers aboard, to the new Kfm 94.5 Adventure City off-road area, with dual-purpose motorcycles on the old motocross circuit and new 4×4 models on the Isuzu Reeds test track, which started with an intimidatingly steep climb.

It’s a tribute to today’s SUV’s and leisure bakkies that they were able to run up it, not just once but dozens of times throughout the day, without showing any signs of stress.

Sadly, due to weather conditions beyond the organisers’ control the Monster Energy Freestyle Motocrossers were unable to fly for safety reasons (although they were desperately hoping for a break in the wind) as were the model aircraft and the microlights. Nevertheless, there was live music everywhere, takeaway (and sit down) food of every description, and entertainment of all kinds, especially the astonishing feats of climbing and balance on their trials motorcycles that the Le Riche brothers pulled off while all the time talking to the spectators over their helmet mikes.

After all, however, it was a motor show; Craig Flannery of Century City Motors said he’d given more than a hundred test rides in the new Jeep Compass 2.4 Trailhawk, on public display for the first time in South Africa ahead of its official local release, and several other dealers expressed their satisfaction with the interest shown by show visitors.

They’re looking forward to the 2019 Killarney Motor Show and so are we.

MONSTER ENERGY FREESTYLE MOTOCROSS RIDERS REV UP FOR THE KILLARNEY MOTOR SHOW POWERED BY Kfm 94.5

The cars and bikes are rolling in, the vendors are setting up, the funfair is ready to go and the MONSTER ENERGY FREESTYLE MOTOCROSS RIDERS are setting up their Gig Rig and their ramps and test riding their KTMs ready for tomorrow’s #KillarneyMotorShow powered by KFM 94.5 – it’s going to be a blast!

The Cape’s biggest and most hands-on motor show will open from 10am to 5pm on Sunday 4 November. Book at Computicket Computicket or pay at the gate; entry is R100 for adults, R50 for Scholars under 16 and free for children under 12.

We don’t know about worms but the early bird gets the best spot at the #KillarneyMotorShow powered by Kfm 94.5!

FREESTYLE MOTOCROSSERS WILL DEFY GRAVITY AT THE KILLARNEY MOTOR SHOW POWERED BY Kfm 94.5

Headlining the entertainment at the 2018 Killarney Motor Show powered by Kfm 94.5, on Sunday 4 November at the Killarney International Raceway, are the incredible Monster Energy Freestyle Motocross riders.
These extraordinarily talented young men – Dallan Goldman, Scotty Billet and Nick de Wit, all from Johannesburg – seem to simply defy gravity as they fly through the air, sometimes on their lightweight single-cylinder motocross machines, sometimes holding one with just one hand and sometimes not holding on at all until it’s time for the landing.
The bikes seem to twist and turn in the air, sometimes seemingly with a life of their own, while their riders get off, change their seating position and then slide back into the saddle just in time for the wheel to come down, apparently immune to the force of gravity.
Freestyle motocross has its roots in the 1970s, when off-road motorcycle racing moved from natural ‘scrambles’ tracks to purpose-built motocross circuits. These often included steeply angled humps, which would cause the faster bikes to leave the ground and ‘fly’ a certain distance before touching down again. Spectators loved it, so the jumps got bigger and bigger, until the fastest riders would spend several seconds in the air, as much as six metres off the ground – enough time to wave to the crowd, twist the bike sideways or kick their legs out like a gannet coming in to land.
The crowds lapped it up and soon riders were going over the jumps between races to see who could pull off the most outrageous stunts. From there it was a short step to purpose-made steel ramps, carefully angled to launch the bike as high as possible into the air and allow a safe landing after a very steep descent. These can be set up anywhere, as long as they are precisely the right distance apart with at least 30 metres of run-up on either side and then, if you’ll forgive the pun, the sky is literally the limit. And that’s what you’ll be seeing on the Porsche Straight at the Killarney Motor Show powered by Kfm 94.5 on Sunday.
Once they leave the launch ramp, bike and rider follow the same trajectory, so the rider is free to move around in the air for a few seconds before dropping his feet back onto the footpegs and pulling gently back on the handlebars to ensure that the back wheel touches down a few milliseconds before the front and the bike runs straight off the ramp and into the run-up area.
One of the oldest and most popular stunts is when the rider kicks his legs back to fly stretched out above the bike with only his hands on the ‘bars – known, unsurprisingly, as the ‘Superman’. The Handstand, as the name suggests, is the same move taken to the vertical. The Hart Attack, named after Carey Hart, the first rider to pull it off successfully, has the rider doing a handstand on the saddle, while the Switchblade has the rider twisting his body to one side and kicking his legs apart like scissor blades.
The most classic stunt, of course, is the backflip, in which the rider pulls back hard on the handlebars while kicking down on the footpegs, causing the bike to rotate backwards. Do it right, and you’ll land on your wheels; do it wrong and you’ll land on your back with the bike on top of you.
The first rider to pull it off in practice was Caleb Wyatt, early in 2002; a few months later Freestyle Motocross legends Mike Metzger and Travis Pastrana both did it in competition at the Gravity Games. Then, on July 2 of that year, Metzger nailed a backflip on live TV at the X Games and changed the sport forever.
Almost all the stunts you’ll see in the Monster Energy Freestyle Motocross arena at the Killarney Motor Show powered by Kfm 94.5 are derivations or combinations of these classic moves. Prepare to be scared, prepare to be amazed as the Monster Energy riders put gravity on hold, at noon and again at 2pm.
The Cape’s biggest and most hands-on motor show offers test drives in new cars, rides on new dual-purpose motorcycles at the Adventure City off-road area (or get down and dirty on your own bike) and rides in new Isuzu vehicles on the Reeds 4×4 Track.
In addition to the Freestyle Motocross display, there will be a breath-taking motorcycle stunts by the Le Riche brothers, a drifting display by SA champion Jason Webb, model aircraft displays, live bands and stalls selling automotive memorabilia, car bling, accessories and scale models, live bands, snake shows, 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 94.5 will open from 10am to 5pm on Sunday 4 November. Book at Computicket or pay at the gate; entry is R100 for adults, R50 for Scholars under 16 and free for children under 12.

UNIQUELY SOUTH AFRICAN CARS ON DISPLAY AT THE KILLARNEY MOTOR SHOW POWERED BY Kfm 94.5

Right next to the European and American classics, on parade at the Killarney Motor Show powered by Kfm 94.5, at the Killarney International Raceway on Sunday, 4 November you’ll find an even more unique display.

It consists of 18 examples representing 15 models that were only ever available in South Africa, from the ultra-rare Protea – the very first South African production car – to the iconic Ford Capri Perana V8 and the ridiculously quick three-litre Alfa GTV V6. You can see both a racing GTV and one of the handful of road-going examples produced to homologate them for Group One racing.

Also on parade will be one example each of the GSM Dart and Flamingo, designed by Capetonians Willie Meissner, Bob van Niekerk and Verster de Wit and built in nearby Paarden Eiland, from 1958 to 1965, – a design so far ahead of its time that, 60 years later, it still doesn’t look dated.

Proudly South African muscle-cars include the Chevy Can-Am, created in 1972 to beat the rival Capri Perana on the racetrack. It had the 228kW five-litre V8 from the 1969 Camaro Z28 shoehorned into the coupé version of the third-generation Vauxhall Viva, which was sold in South Africa as the Chevrolet Firenza.

A decade later, Ford South Africa did exactly the same when they dropped a five-litre Mustang V8 engine into a German-made body and gave South African performance junkies the Sierra XR8.

The Ranger, represented here by an unusual station wagon variant, was mix-and-matched by General Motors in Port Elizabeth, from 1968 to 1973, using an Opel Rekord body, a Vauxhall Viva grille and a range of Chevrolet engines.

It achieved the remarkable distinction of being put into production in Belgium and Switzerland, becoming one of only two South African nameplates to achieve international status – the other being the the GSM Dart, which was produced in Britain as the GSM Delta.

The Cape’s biggest and most hands-on motor show offers test drives in new cars, rides on new dual-purpose motorcycles at the Adventure City off-road area (or get down and dirty on your own bike) and rides in new Isuzu vehicles on the Reeds 4×4 Track.

There will be breath-taking motorcycle stunts and Freestyle Motocross, a drifting display by SA champion Jason Webb, model aircraft displays live bands and stalls selling automotive memorabilia, car bling, accessories and scale models, live bands, snake shows, 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 94.5 will open from 10am to 5pm on Sunday 4 November. Book at Computicket or pay at the gate; entry is R100 for adults, R50 for Scholars under 16 and free for children under 12.

SEE ISUZU’S RENAMED AND UPGRADED ONE-TONNER AT THE KILLARNEY MOTOR SHOW POWERED BY Kfm 94.5

One of the more significant new models to be seen at the 2018 Killarney Motor Show powered by Kfm 94.5 on Sunday 4 November at the Killarney International Raceway is actually an old friend, updated and upgraded, under a new name.

Isuzu has given its long-running KB range of one-ton bakkies – in production in South Africa for four decades spanning six generations – a comprehensive makeover and rebadged it as the D-Max in line with international markets, while at the same time adding extra luxury and features in the top-spec derivatives to counter the onslaught of the ‘luxury bakkies’ from Europe.

The new D-Max is available in an impressive line-up of 30 models for South Africa, ranging in price from R256 100 to R606 400, and 13 for export markets.

The most distinctive styling changes, however, are on the range-topping three-Litre LX – in single, extended and double cab body styles – featuring a chunky new chromed grille and tapered chromed accents across new L-shaped headlight clusters. Extended and double cab models come with projector-type Bi-LED headlights and LED daytime running lights, as well as new fog-light bezels with chromed vertical accents.

The LX cabin features new soft-touch panels on the instrument cluster binnacle, more luxurious dashboard and door trims, piano black finish on the air vent grilles and window switches, and chrome trims on the door handles, locking knob, and air vent knobs. A new 20cm colour touchscreen that replaces the 16.5cm version of the previous model and includes the display for the rear-view camera as well as Bluetooth hands-free cellphone use and audio streaming.

The Alpine audio system first seen on the mu-X SUV, with a high-mounted 23cm screen, built-in navigation, USB, Aux and HDMI video inputs, is also available as an extra-cost option.

Baseline models come with Isuzu’s clattery but bullet-proof 2.5-litre turbodiesel four, rated at a conservative 58kW and 176Nm, driving the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. There’s also a high-output 2.5-litre common rail turbodiesel, good for a claimed 100kW and 320Nm, available with manual gears in rear or all-wheel drive. The three-litre turbodiesel, however, quoted at 130kW and 380Nm, now comes with either manual or automatic six-speed transmission, replacing the previous five speed ‘boxes, in either rear or all-wheel drive.

New safety features include hill descent control and trailer sway control, as well as a new brake override system that restricts accelerator input if the brake pedal is applied simultaneously, reducing stopping distances in an emergency and preventing sudden unplanned acceleration.

The new Isuzu D-Max will be available for test drives on the Reeds Isuzu 4×4 Track at the Killarney Motor Show powered by Kfm 94.5, from 10am to 5pm on Sunday, 4 November, less than week after its South African release. In addition to the wide range of new cars and motorcycles on show, many of which are available for test drives or rides on the circuit or at the off-road Adventure City, there are rides to be had on the Skid Monster, Mad Max-style AfrikaBurn vehicles, Tractors and a Monster Truck.

Check out hundreds of classic and custom cars and bikes – from street sleepers to outrageous stance cars, from vintage roadsters to stately saloons – and feel the bass at the world-class sound-off. You can see motorcycle stunting, Freestyle Motocross, drift demonstrations by SA champion Jason Webb and a V8 tractor tug-o-war, go karting, catch the live bands, refuel your tummy at one of the five food courts, and much, much more.

The Killarney Motor Show powered by Kfm 94.5 will be open from 10am to 5pm on Sunday 4 November. Book at Computicket or pay at the gate; entry is R100 for adults, R50 for Scholars under 16 and free for children under 12.

THE SKY’S THE LIMIT AT THE KILLARNEY MOTOR SHOW POWERED BY Kfm 94.5

The sky’s the limit at the 2018 Killarney Motor Show powered by Kfm 94.5, on Sunday 4 November at the Killarney International Raceway. There will be demo flights throughout the day by radio-controlled model aircraft, flown by Michael and Clinton Basson of Micton Hobbies in Somerset West with Dirk Coetzee as safety officer.

Ultimate is a highly aerobatic semi-scale model of a Pitts S2 biplane with a 2.6 metre wingspan, powered by a twin-cylinder 150cc two-stroke engine with built-in oil injection, so it can make smoke on demand, ‘just like the real thing’. Capable of pulling high G forces, it is an astonishingly agile stunt performer.

By contrast, the semi-scale Eurofighter model is all about speed. It’s 2.2 metres long with a 1.5 metre wingspan and has a jet turbine engine delivering up to 15kg of thrust. The model weighs 15 kilograms with a full load of 5.1 litres of Jet A1 fuel, which means it is very nearly capable of going straight up without stalling.

Top speed is around 300km/h but at full throttle it will burn through five litres of fuel in nine minutes, so it normally ‘cruises’ at about 210km/h and the Bassons fly it for no more than eight minutes, so as to ensure a safe margin of fuel for landing.

The model aircraft are scheduled to fly at 10.10am and again at 1.15pm – another good reason to be there early at Cape Town’s biggest and most hands-on motoring festival, which includes test drives in new cars, rides on new dual-purpose motorcycles at the Adventure City off-road area (or get down and dirty on your own bike) and rides in new Isuzu vehicles on the Reeds 4×4 Track.

There will be breath-taking motorcycle stunts and Freestyle Motocross, drifting displays by SA champion Jason Webb, live bands, a fun fair, snake shows, stalls selling automotive memorabilia, car bling, accessories and scale models and no fewer than five food courts offering a huge variety of food and liquid refreshment.

The Killarney Motor Show powered by Kfm 94.5 will be open from 10am to 5pm on Sunday 4 November. Book at CComputicket or pay at the gate; entry is R100 for adults, R50 for Scholars under 16 and free for children under 12.

HELDERBERG FIRE WATCH ON DISPLAY AT KILLARNEY MOTOR SHOW POWERED BY Kfm 94.5

What little boy hasn’t always wanted to get up close and personal with firefighters and their fire engines? Well, here’s your chance at the annual Killarney Motor Show powered by Kfm 94.5, at the Killarney International Raceway on Sunday, 4 November.

The Helderberg Fire Watch will be displaying their big Iveco fire engine, as well as a one-ton SKID vehicle, with a crew of seven to answer your questions and show you how everything works. They’ll also be treating the younger kiddies to a jumping castle while their dads get a closer look at how real fire-fighting is done.

The annual Killarney Motor Show powered by Kfm 94.5 is home to an astonishing variety of displays. In addition to the wide range of new cars and motorcycles on show, many of which are available for test drives or rides on the circuit or off-road on the Reeds Isuzu 4×4 Track at the off-road Adventure City, there are rides to be had on the Skid Monster, Mad Max-style AfrikaBurn vehicles, Tractors and a Monster Truck.

Check out hundreds of classic and custom cars and bikes – from street sleepers to outrageous stance cars, from vintage roadsters to stately saloons – feel the bass at the world-class sound-off, watch motorcycle stunting, Freestyle Motocross and V8 tractor tug-o-war, catch the live bands, refuel your tummy at one of the five food courts, and much, much more.

The Killarney Motor Show powered by Kfm 94.5 will open from 10am to 5pm on Sunday 4 November. Book at Computicket or pay at the gate; entry is R100 for adults, R50 for Scholars under 16 and free for children under 12.

CATCH A RIDE WITH A CLASSIC TRACTOR AT THE KILLARNEY MOTOR SHOW POWERED BY Kfm 94.5

One of the more unexpected highlights of the 2018 Killarney Motor Show powered by Kfm 94.5, at the Killarney International Raceway on Sunday 4 November, will be a display of tractors by the Western Province Antique Tractor & Engine Club.

Some of these machines date from the 1930s; they carry time-honoured names such as Ferguson (known among local farmers as ‘Vaaljapies’), John Deere, Allis Chalmers, Case, Holder, and even Deutz. On display at the show will be a single-cylinder and a twin-cylinder Deutz – each already a prize-winner at a national tractor show – as well as the only Lanz Bulldog crawler in South Africa, and two custom-built V8-engined monsters.

However, don’t expect a static display of museum pieces. Tractors are working machines, and these ones will be working throughout the day, pulling trailers loaded with spectators around the display area and, in the case of the V8s, pulling against each other.

The clutch on a tractor has to transmit enormous torque, so it’s more like an on/off switch than a car or motorcycle clutch, making tractor tug-o-war a more exciting and unpredictable contest than you’d think, requiring considerable skill on the part of the drivers.

The Cape’s biggest and most hands-on motor show offers test drives in new cars, rides on new dual-purpose motorcycles at the Adventure City off-road area (or get down and dirty on your own bike), and rides in new Isuzu vehicles on the Reeds 4×4 Track.

There will be breathtaking motorcycle stunts and Freestyle Motocross, drifting displays by SA champion Jason Webb, model aircraft displays, live bands and stalls selling automotive memorabilia, car bling, accessories and scale models, live bands, snake shows, 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 94.5 will open from 10am to 5pm on Sunday 4 November. Book at Computicket or pay at the gate; entry is R100 for adults, R50 for Scholars under 16 and free for children under 12.

SNEAK PREVIEW OF A NOT-YET-RELEASED NEW MODEL AT THE KILLARNEY MOTOR SHOW POWERED BY Kfm 94.5

Cape Town – At the core of the annual Killarney Motor Show powered by Kfm 94.5, at the Killarney International Raceway on Sunday, 4 November, are the new cars. With no fewer than eight brands already confirmed for the show, four of whom will have newly released models on display, there will be something for every motoring enthusiast to see in the New Cars section on the Porsche Straight – from cheeky little city cars to serious off-roaders.

But… The star of the show is likely to be the facelifted-for-2019 Jeep Compass 2.4 Trailhawk, on show – and available for test drives – at Killarney even before its official its official South African debut! Get a taste of the new Jeep on the short circuit – sign up for a test drive with the Century City Motors staff at the north end of the Porsche Straight.

Just as stylish and even more practical (unless your surname is Grylls) is the Hyundai Kona, a seriously funky little urban crossover launched in South Africa just a week ago. It’s the first Hyundai on the local market with a force-fed engine (a direct injection, one-litre three cylinder turbopetrol rated at 88kW and 172 Nm) or, for the more conservative among us, a naturally aspirated two-litre four that’s quoted at 110kW and 180Nm, and which is also available with an automatic transmission – which tells us something about Hyundai’s target market.

The Kona (it’s a Hawaiian girl’s name meaning simply ‘lady’) comes with a full set of bells and whistles, including a new 17.8cm infotainment touchscreen with Apple Carplay connectivity and a reversing camera. Check it out at the Hyundai Milnerton stand on the Porsche Straight.

Not quite so fresh – it’s been available in South Africa since July – but not often seen in Cape Town and definitely new to the Killarney Motor Show, is the Toyota Rush, which is billed as the successor to the Daihatsu Terios of fond memory, but in fact has more in common with the Avanza, which is also made in Indonesia and with which it shares a platform and engines. Think of it as a slightly bigger, much better-looking Avanza with more ground clearance and upmarket features, and you’ve got it about right – try it on for size at the McCarthy Toyota Table View stand on the Porsche Straight.

For sheer style, however, it can’t hold a candle to the new Nissan Micra, launched in South Africa in late June. Forget everything you knew about the quirky, odd looking first-generation Micra; the new model is based on the Renault Clio, and built in France to add some va-va-voom to Nissan’s B-segment candidature.

Intended to compete directly with established players such as the Volkswagen Polo 6 and Ford Fiesta, it’s considerably bigger than the previous Micra, and more ‘grown-up’, with a much more upmarket interior. Motorvation is by a Renault-sourced 900cc turbopetrol three, rated in this application for 66kW and 140Nm, and a five-speed manual ‘box. See it at the DTM Helderberg Nissan stand on the Porsche straight.

There will also be a wide range of the latest Audi, BMW, Haval and Tata models to be seen at the dealer stands up and down the Porsche Straight, with a selection of demo cars available for test drives on the short circuit, as well as the Isuzu range on the Reeds N1 City stand at the Adventure City off-road area to the south-east of the complex.

That’s just one small section of what’s waiting for you at the Killarney Motor Show powered by Kfm 94.5 on Sunday, 4 November, Cape Town’s biggest and most hands-on motoring festival. There’s a full program of extreme freestyle motocross, stunt riding by the world-famous Le Riche brothers, passenger rides on incredible AfrikaBurn vehicles and even vintage tractors, a chance to drive the Skid Monster and literally hundreds of custom and exotic street cars, racing cars, classic cars and motorcycles on show.

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 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 94.5 will open from 10am to 5pm on Sunday 4 November. Book at Computicket or pay at the gate; entry is R100 for adults, R50 for Scholars under 16 and free for children under 12.