Rubber to burn at Killarney at the weekend

Biker dazzles the crowd during last year’s event.
Biker dazzles the crowd during last year’s event.

Killarney race track will burn rubber the coming weekend as Killarney Motor Show returns. The event will give car enthusiasts an opportunity to ride along as the drivers of the E36 Cup throw their BMW 3 Series racers sideways on the Extreme Arena.

The E36 is the third-generation BMW 3 Series, built from 1990 to 2000; immensely popular in South Africa to this day, it’s regarded as one of the best-balanced and most ‘chuckable’ sports sedans ever offered to local petrol-heads. Powered by a screaming three-litre straight six, it’s a popular basis for rallycross and drifting specials.

Local groups at the E36 Cup race these models in main circuit races or rallycross, and they’ll have about 10 cars on parade at the Killarney Motor Show on Sunday 27 October, ready to give you the ride of your life. The cars are modified for racing with very short gearing so, although their top speed is only around 185km/h, their acceleration is electrifying – and will be even more so in the tight confines of the Extreme Arena.

To be part of the action will cost you R200 for five intense laps; the ride is open to all adults and children who are tall enough to see over the dashboard when strapped in. The E36 crew will provide you with a crash helmet and strap you in for the slide of your life.

Book at the E36 pits at the end of the main straight, where the dragstrip crosses the Kfm Straight. You won’t have to wait there for your turn – the crew will tell you exactly when your ride is scheduled, so you can go off and enjoy the Killarney Motor Show until then.

That includes a full Tar Oval Racing event; you’ll get to see them at no extra cost at the biggest, most hands-on motor show in the Western Cape, open from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

This year’s show will feature no less than four active circuits, starting with the Tar Oval, where the ‘Stockies’ will be in action all day. Next door to that is the Extreme Arena, where you’ll experience non-stop entertainment including the E36 Passenger Rides, stunts, drifting, burnouts, classic motorcycle and even vintage tractor parades and tug-o-war contests.

There will be public karting on the ‘K’ circuit, while the new car dealers have their own dedicated test drive circuit for the first time, offering test drives on the latest models all day. Dakar Rally hero Kobus Potgieter will be running a round of the Western Cape Foot-Up Trials championship over all sorts of natural obstacles on the back straight, while international stunt stars the Le Riche brothers will amaze you with impossible stunts on two wheels, including riding almost four metres straight up the side of a truck!

All of this in a new, more accessible layout that includes an entirely new category of exhibitors and fascinating new displays, live music and a fun fair in the pits paddock offering exciting rides for children of all ages and more than 100 stalls selling just about anything you can think of for your car – and your tummy, with a huge variety of watering holes serving ice-cold drinks, sit-down eateries and takeaway vendors.

But it’s really all about the cars, trucks and motorcycles, with close to 1 300 vehicles on show, including new models not seen before in the Western Cape (some of which you’ll actually get the chance to drive on the Test Circuit), classic and exotic cars bearing names such as Porsche, Jaguar and Alfa Romeo from 1902 to the 1980s, and powerful racing cars and bikes. The Streetcar Show on the Porsche Club Straight will feature cars of all types and sizes, customised inside and out and modified as only the Mother City’s petrol-heads can do it, into ‘hot rods’, American-style muscle-cars and ‘stance cars’ lowered to within millimetres of the tar.

Nearly all of the vehicles on show are driven to Killarney; that’s what the biggest motor show in the Western Cape is all about. It’s for real – and you’re invited!

V Book at Computicket (https://tickets.computicket.com/event/killarney_motor_show/6926375) or pay at the gate, both events for R100 for adults, R40 for scholars under 16 and free if you’re under 12.

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