Quintin van Jaarsveld
Wet and windy weather did little to deter petrolheads who came out to Dezzi South Coast Raceway in droves for the AutoStyle Motorshow on Sunday.
Things looked bleak after a savage storm lashed the South Coast the previous day, however, the show went on and attracted a surprisingly large crowd considering the inclement condition.
The event organisers had their hands full as all gazebos, branding, signage and speed fencing that had been set up by the AutoStyle, Gas Magazine and KZN Drag Racing teams earlier in the day were brought down when the storm hit on Saturday afternoon.
Conditions improved adequately overnight for the show to get the go-ahead and the organisers galvanised to complete the set-up early on Sunday morning.
When the gates opened, petrolheads flooded into the Oslo Beach racetrack for a variety of adrenaline-fuelled events.
SupaDrift Series stars like Mike Skelton and Jim McFarlane entertained with their drifting skills, while suicide rides and the Drum Dash produced extra thrills.
With an opportunity to win a golden ticket to compete in the Gymkhana GRiD alongside Ken Block at Carnival City in November, drifters went all out and when the smoke cleared it was Margate’s Gavin Puren and fellow KwaZulu-Natal driver Jonno van Eyssen who booked their spots in South Africa’s first gymkhana showcase.
In addition, a bevy of 142 beautiful cars were on display in the show ‘n shine while 105 vehicles entered the sound-off competition.
“We were worried that we weren’t going to get the number of spectators we had anticipated, but we had a lot of spectators that came through and it ended up being an amazing event despite it raining pretty consistently throughout the day,” Yash Ori from Gas Magazine told eHowzit.
“We really want to thank our exhibitors for hanging in there and putting up wonderful displays, all the spectators and the AutoStyle and KZN Drag Racing teams as well as our Gas Magazine team for pulling together,” she added.