First-of-a-kind car vs plane challenges

2017-03-30 06:03
Immense power and speed of this Range Rover V8 as well as breathtaking manoeuvrability from this 4x4 vehicle called Total Chaos will be some of the action to experience at the Wings and Wheels festival. Here are (from left) Karel Spangenberg and Antonie Swart (EC 4x4 Extreme Challenge Club), Dylan Wightman (Land Rover Jaguar EC: Sales Manager) and Lourens Kruger (Wings and Wheels)Photo:HEILIE COMBRINCK

Immense power and speed of this Range Rover V8 as well as breathtaking manoeuvrability from this 4x4 vehicle called Total Chaos will be some of the action to experience at the Wings and Wheels festival. Here are (from left) Karel Spangenberg and Antonie Swart (EC 4x4 Extreme Challenge Club), Dylan Wightman (Land Rover Jaguar EC: Sales Manager) and Lourens Kruger (Wings and Wheels)Photo:HEILIE COMBRINCK

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In what will most probably be a first ever across the globe, a 2017 Range Rover Sport with its supercharged V8 engine will challenge a Sukhoi Su-31 aerobatic aircraft, during this weekend’s Wings and Wheels Festival and Doug Davidson Memorial Air Show.

“It’s going to be an awesome challenge. Nobody ever has seen this car against plane challenge anywhere in the world. We are proud to host it here at the Uitenhage Airfield!” said Lourens Kruger from the Wings and Wheels Festival and Doug Davidson Memorial Air Show.

South African racing champion Mike Briggs will be behind the steering wheel of the Range Rover whilst Patrick Davidson will fly his single-engined Sukhoi Su-31, a Russian aerobatic aircraft, which has the capability of literally hanging 90 degrees on its propeller in the sky.

Davidson last year won the classic combination at the Durban hosted Sky Grand Prix FAI Special Aerobatic International Event. The Uitenhage Airfield event is named after Patrick’s grandfather, the late Doug Davidson, a legendary pilot and businessman who passed away at this airfield in his later years.

There will also be a challenge between a vintage aeroplane and a vintage car.

The 4x4 Extreme event will also be a first-of-its-kind in the Eastern Cape as it is hosted at the most extreme 4x4 track in the province.

(Also see p. 16)

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