American sports fans will always encourage you to “go big or go home”, and the organisers of the 2017 Cape Town Motor Show seem to have taken that advice to heart, with their plans for the most ambitious automotive expo to be held in Cape Town since the glory days of the Argus Motor Show which was, ironically, held at the Goodwood Showgrounds, on the same site where now stands the GrandWest Casino, venue for this weekend’s blockbuster.
The convenors have rung every bell and ticked every box to attract Cape Town’s notoriously cliquey petrolheads to their event. It is, first and foremost, a motor show in the international sense of the word. The Grand Arena will display the latest models and concepts from major brands such as Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Ford, Infiniti, Jaguar, Kia, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Toyota, Volvo and Volkswagen, several of whom have promised new models not seen before in South Africa.
But among them, like adults at a playschool party, will be the giants of the road, long-haul trucks from Fuso, Iveco, MAN and Scania, vehicles we encounter on the road each day but rarely, if ever, get the chance to see ‘up close and personal’.
The Market Hall will showcase the latest in aftermarket accessories, advanced technologies and custom tuning, including spares, engine updates, custom rims, high-performance tyres, vehicle wrapping and even insurance; there will also be a number of driving simulators to educate and thrill, as well as promotional items on sale.
Seriously attitudinous machines