Some people have dreams of visiting a bucket list location like the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, for example, while others would love to watch their favourite sports team live in a stadium. While those places are certainly mesmeric for different reasons, they often cost a pretty penny – added to the fact that the rand isn’t the strongest currency.
Where petrolheads are concerned, the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed event in the United Kingdom and simply driving on the high-speed Autobahn in Germany is considered the ‘holy grail’ of motoring. Not to be left behind, South Africa also has its very own motoring events that is not only more attainable, but also recognised across the world.
With Covid-19 restrictions regarding large crowd gatherings being eased, motoring events are slowly starting to resume again. Petrolheads have long been deprived of tyre smoke filling their nostrils and hearing tuned engines scream towards the redline. The Franschhoek Motor Museum is another popular spot in the Cape Winelands where car enthusiasts can feast their eyes on more than 220 classic and modern vehicles.
Before wanting to visit all the famous overseas bucket list spots, there are a number of must-visit motoring events as well. Gumtree lists some of the racing events across South Africa that an avid petrolhead simply has to attend:
Kyalami 9 Hour (Johannesburg)
In 2019, Kyalami made a return to the international motorsport calendar as the iconic 9 hour endurance race returned as part of the Intercontinental GT Challenge series. The 2022 edition of the motoring spectacle recently took place earlier in February (3rd – 5th). The first two days consist of testing and qualifying, with the actual race taking place on the third and final day that typically starts in the early afternoon. Tickets can be purchased online.
Knysna Simola Hillclimb (Cape Town)
The twelfth and latest edition of the iconic hillclimb race is scheduled to take place between 5 – 8 May 2022. Competitors from all over the country will descend upon the quaint town of Knysna in the Garden Route with aspirations to beat Andre Bezuidenhout’s time across the 1.9km road course – who currently holds the record in his Gould GR55 in the single-seater and sports cars class with a time of 34.965-seconds. Tickets are yet to go on sale and usually sells like hotcakes, so its best to be in front of the queue to avoid disappointment.
South African Festival of Motoring (Johannesburg)
The Festival of motoring celebrates its fifth year of existence in 2022 where eager petrolheads and their families come together to not only enjoy all things cars but also to just have fun. The four-day festival takes place at the world-famous Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit from 26-28 August 2022. People can enjoy on-track activities, world-class entertainment and also the opportunities for manufacturers to engage with new and existing motoring enthusiasts.
Saldanha Drags (Cape Town)
The Saldanha drags at the town’s local airstrip just off the West Coast road plays host to top end 800-metre drag racing. The event happens twice a year (March/April and November/December) where spectators and competitors from all over the country battle for bragging rights in the two-day event. Besides racing being the main attraction, there are also numerous food and merchandise stalls on offer. Tickets for general admission is usually around R150 while those competing pay R950.
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