Visitors to the Johannesburg International Motor Show, which takes place at the city’s National Exhibition Centre from Saturday 1 November through to Sunday 9 November 2008, will be wowed by a virtually non-stop display of motoring action, likely to leave even hardened petrolheads wide-eyed and breathless.
“Nasrec is going to be a cauldron of noisy motorised entertainment over the weekends of November 1/2 and November 8/9 with enough happening to keep visitors entertained for hours on end,” says Zaida Enver, from JIMS organisers Kagiso Exhibitions and Events. “And the best thing is that all of it will be built around two- or four-wheeled action provided by some of the top names in local motorsport.”
One of the highlights will definitely be the pair of Auto Trader-sponsored Nissan 350Z drift cars. Finding them will be easy: just follow the plumes of tyre smoke as Florin Cozmuta, the South African National Drifting Champion, demonstrates just how long he can keep Nissan’s rear-drive Zed-car on opposite lock – with the second 350Z just metres behind. And there will be the chance for Suicide Rides too: JIMS will be the first ever get-in-and-ride drift experience to take place locally, with some lucky show visitors getting to ride shotgun with the likes of Cozmuta!
If the sight and sound of rubber being tortured mercilessly is too much for you, rather head down to the Freestyle Motocross (FMX) – another spectacle organised by the adrenaline-junkies at XS Promotions. But stay away if you have a fear of heights: these two-wheeled warriors launch their specially-adapted 250 cc motocross machines more than two stories up into the air en route to jumping a distance of almost 22 metres.
SA’s homegrown heroes will be in action and while some of them are barely old enough to legally drive a car, riders like Alastair Sayer - SA’s head honcho in this unforgiving discipline – certainly know what to do on two wheels.
Using massive ramps, they’ll perform the equivalent of aerial ballet, jumping, rotating and landing effortlessly in a carefully choreographed sequence which will dazzle even the most jaded cycle junkies. And as a show-stopper, some of these talented riders will even execute a gravity-defying back flip along the way...whatever you do, don’t try this at home.
All this takes place in Nasrec’s main arena, and will include an awesome night event scheduled for November 1.
For those who still have the stomach for it there’s at least one more site inside the Nasrec complex that warrants a visit. The Off-Road Experience will enable visitors to be driven around a custom-made 4x4 track in the latest and greatest sports utility vehicles from most of South Africa’s car manufacturers and importers.
And while it might seem somewhat tame compared to the drift Nissans and soaring MX bikes pumping up the volume elsewhere at JIMS, it could just be what visitors need to start bringing their heart rates back down to a more sane level...