|The Stig in F1 car... Anything better?|
Moving on from the AMG stand which also had a lovely E63 AMG I was greeted by the Jaguar stand and there she was the new F-Type. I had heard that the F-Type was coming to SA for the festival but didn't really get excited until I saw it. Personally I think it is the best looking Jaguar of all time other than the E-Type (of course). The little rear spoiler in the 'popped' position really gives the car a presence and the incredibly designed and crafted interior tops of a superb looking car.
The festival wouldn't really be a festival without some delicious draughts so we popped into the beer tent for one or two and then headed back out to have a look at some more machines. I am not going to talk about each and every car I saw there otherwise this will turn into a thesis but you can check out the gallery on Facebook for a solid collection of what was there this year. What was of great interest to me and to a lot of people who are not car mad was the Auction being held there on the Saturday. I think it is amazing to see what cars are available on auction and even better to see some people getting an amazing deal on some superb wheels.
We had one thing that we all wanted to see/hear and that was the Red Bull RB7 Formula 1 car so we made sure we were somewhere close to the street circuit so we could get a real feel for a Formula 1 car at full taps. One of the nicest surprises of the day for me was literally bumping into the only Koenigsegg CCXR in South Africa on the inside of the track. I was on my way to the show (evening) when I happened to walk past a little exhibition and there it was. Awesome to see one of these really up close just a pity I was not allowed to sit in it or hear them start her up.
On to the Top Gear Live show and this is where it kinda goes a bit downhill for me. I have been to 2 of the previous shows in JHB and if I were to choose which is the better one, I would 100% say the JHB shows. Although the stadium is one phenomenal venue, it is too big to have a proper experience with the presenters and the cars. I was left wanting a little more and after watching the highlights package from the 2012 show, I had made up my mind that they could have done a lot better! Highlights from the show had to be the Red Bull F1 car doing the donuts and the Lamborghini Murcielago SV in the supercar lineup.
Some pro's and con's I feel need to brought to your attention:
|This Aventador was sold on the Saturday|
- Great food and drink facilities
- Aventador revving and Imperial Collection stand
- Red Bull F1 (my video below)
- Mercedes stand
- Jaguar stand
- Koenigsegg spotting
- Franschhoek Motor Museum line-up
- Street circuit viewing area for Classic ticket holders not good at all
- Top Gear Live show (little disappointing)
- Toilets were not central at all (outside track)