Save the date if you haven’t already, because the 2022 Festival of Motoring will be taking to the Kyalami Grand Prix circuit from the 26th to the 28th of August. Here is what to expect.
For the fifth edition of its kind, the 2022 Festival of Motoring will once again offer unparalleled experiences to automotive enthusiasts for a weekend centred around engaging and enthralling on and off-track activities. The historic Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit will once again host the prestigious motoring event with its return expected to surpass expectations from the past years before a Covid-19 forced hiatus.
Between the 26th and 28th of August, the 2022 Festival of Motoring will be abuzz with manufacturer displays, racing and automotive stalls to entertain the thousands of fans that are anticipated over the course of the weekend. The circuit will be divided into several coloured zones that each offer separate experiences.
For aficionados of mud, knobbly tyres and all-terrain machinery; a complimentary shuttle service will operate to the Dunlop Grandtrek 4×4 Village Blue Zone in the far section of the circuit. As the name implies, the Blue Zone at the 2022 Festival of Motoring is centred around off-road driving and overlanding fun with displays and demonstrations from the likes of Jeep, Peugeot, Suzuki and even Volvo.
Not a fan of dust and dirt but rather what the future of mobility will look like? The Yellow Zone boasts a future-focused EV Village with petrol-powered karting and drifting experiences adjacent to it. The Yellow Zone is a key point of the 2022 Festival of Motoring with Toyota urban trax; expert driver training where visitors are also afforded the opportunity to sample a potential future purchase from the Japanese automaker.
The two-wheeled Biking Village forms part of the Yellow Zone while spectators will be able to bear witness to the Festival’s inaugural Speed Challenge which will have the latest-generation supercars, V8-powered muscle machines and purpose built hill-climb monsters attempt to set the quickest time in this pseudo hill-climb time-attack event. Drivers partaking in this will navigate eight of Kyalami’s most iconic corners before ending on the track’s modern start/finish straight.
Dominating the area within the pit-lane, the Green Zone will include Mzanzi’s leading local automotive brands where visitors can interact with displays and the vehicles themselves. These include: Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chery, Citroen, Fiat, Mercedes-Benz, Mopar, Opel, Peugeot, Suzuki, Toyota and Volvo. While these are production cars that can be found in great numbers on the road, the Green Zone will also be home to rare, historic Formula 1 cars too.
Above the pit-lane on the first floor of the Kyalami convention centre, simulator installations for all ages and displays and interactions will enable visitors to experience the virtual side of motoring. Coinciding with the Belgian Formula 1 weekend, the VIP hospitality and viewing deck will have the top-tier of motorsport broadcast for guests.
A central point of the Festival, the Red Zone will offer family-focused entertainment, a selection of food stalls and a kid’s zone – overlooked by the ever-sophisticated returning House of Volvo display. Judy Maharaj, Show Director stated: “We want our guests of all ages to feel immersed in the experience of what the South African motoring landscape has to offer. We believe that each carefully curated zone will cater to different needs and provide something for everyone.”
Ticket information for the 2022 Festival of Motoring
Tickets are on sale at both www.howler.co.za and at the main gate. General access tickets cost R250 per adult, and R50 for children between 3 and 12-years-old. Included within the ticket price is a complimentary shuttle service to the Festival, from Mall of Africa.
Those with a Premium Club Suite exclusive hospitality pass, which includes a culinary experience with celebrity chef Reuben Riffle will be able to access reserved parking, a supercar hot-lap session and other VIP experiences available during the course of the 2022 Festival of Motoring.