Festival of Motoring 2018
Festival of motoring – 2018
A friend of mine, Wezile Bonani, a radio DJ and motoring journalist from Port Elizabeth invited me to the 2018 edition of the South African Festival of Motoring. This Festival is held annually where car brands showcasing their latest offerings,this is also an opportunity for the public to get upclose and personal with their new and exciting products, the event caters for impressive classics including some race cars. The festival also allows us normal folk to have hot laps around the track with some of the best professional drivers.
In the Invite I was to attend the BAIC and Puma Energy media briefings and also enjoy whatever they had in store for us in which hot laps are the main dish. Before the Festival I had never heard of BAIC and below is a short description of what I leaned about them.
BAIC is South Africa’s newest full-vehicle manufacturer, with a state-of-the-art vehicle assembly facility at the Coega Special Economic Zone near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.
From this facility, BAIC will soon start producing the renowned X25 SUV, with the prospect of adding future models to the local assembly plant and exporting South African BAIC models to markets around the world. BAIC has signed on as the official sponsor of the Chinese 8-ball South African Super League. The 8-ball players were present at the launched and introduced a challenge to all attending with the pool table set up for some small games.
At the display, we viewed BAIC’s full range of South African models and its global flagship, the BJ40L which a right handed version will be built for the South Africa market.
Heads of BAIC gave short speeches and chats around after the formal proceedings.We then went on a hot lap around the track with one of the BAIC cars which are very affordable and perform very impressively with decent handling and ample power to take on the challenging Kyalami Race track.
After that stint , I headed to the Puma Energy stand.
Then Puma Energy was a surprising experience . Puma Energy is a global integrated midstream and downstream oil company active in 49 countries. Formed in 1997 in Central America, Puma Energy has since expanded its activities worldwide, achieving rapid growth, diversification and product line development. The company directly manages over 8,400 employees. Headquartered in Singapore, it has regional hubs in Johannesburg (South Africa), San Juan (Puerto Rico), Brisbane (Australia) and Tallinn (Estonia).
Puma Energy owns and operates a network of 104 storage terminals, with a total capacity of 7.6 million m3, as well as more than 3,100 retail sites in Latin America, Africa and Asia Pacific and is present at 79 airports.
Lastly, Puma was the fuel sponsor for the entire festival. The cars they were using for the hot laps were a variety which I experienced only the New Renault Megane RS and the MINI JCW GP. Now in the Renault Megan R I had the pleasure of driving with Philip Kekane, who is the SA Motor Racing Champion 2002 and stunt driver. Being in a car with him was an out of this world experience and he is such a chilled guy, who is open to teaching and sharing his knowledge on high perfomance driving and track experience. The MINI GP was also very impressive in terms of power and handle. In a nut shell, I had a ball of a time as you can see in the pictures.
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