09 Oct 2017 Killarney Motor Show – Cape Argus
2017 Killarney Motor Show – Cape Argus
With the 2017 Killarney Motor Show on Sunday October 15, now less than a week away, the organisers are busy with the finishing touches to an event that promises to raise the family entertainment level to a new high.
The main attractions are going to include a host of live action led by new stunt star Alphonso Loots in his 7-litre, Ford based Titan Monster Truck with its giant, chest high wheels, that is going to crush as many stationary cars as he can find. But that’s not all. Because in a trick manoeuvre usually attributed to bikers, Alphons11o is also going to be in action in his short wheelbase Beetle as he pulls wheelies, that leave the Volksie’s nose and bonnet high in the air.
Other action is due to take place at different altitudes. Because in addition to a flypast by a selection of jet and propeller driven planes from the local model club, there is also going to be a demonstration of microlites as well as vertical take-off and landing, gyrocopters.
Then there are the Le Riche brothers who thrilled the crowd at last year’s show. Recently returned from the United States, their stunt presentation has them flying through the air on their motorcycles.
Those way out guys from AfrikaBurn who are forsaking their base in the Karoo to show off a selection of their wacky, home built vehicles, will be providing entertainment of a different nature.
On a more serious note, there will be more than 1000 static, wheeled exhibits. These include new, vintage and veteran cars and commercial vehicles of all kinds. Providing a booking is made, many of the latest models will also be available for test runs on a section of the main track.
There are going to be displays from Picture Cars, of vehicles they supply for movies and television, as well as a selection of powerful American police cars.
By contrast, the Crankhandle Club will not be aiming to set any new lap records when they stage a display of slow speed action during their parade of magnificently restored classic and veteran cars, around the track.
These are going to be supported by a Monster Energy Activation, mechanical and pedal karting for the public, kiddies bumper cars, a funfair and a number of gimmicky side-shows. Here the “balls” are going to finish as runner-up to the “wheels,” with Dart Soccer requiring a ball to be kicked onto a target, while the Zorba Ball has a passenger enclosed in a giant ball and then rolled around the enclosure. Of course, Paintball is a make believe war game familiar to the majority of youngsters.
Wheels and balls apart, there is also going to be a big airbag jump, an inflatable parachute rocket and even a snake show.
Then for those who may want to relax for a while, there are seven food courts, eight live bands (at various times during the day), beer gardens and wine tasting.
Catering for the growing popularity of electrical motivation, displays are going to feature electric scooters and electrically assisted pedal cycles, as well as racing with electrically powered model cars, on a mini oval track.
The show is being set up on Saturday and will then be open for business from 10am until 5pm the next day (Sunday October 15). Admission is R80 for adults and less for scholars under 16. But there is no charge for kiddies under 12.