After the success of the inaugural SA Festival of Motoring in 2016, I was highly expectant of the 2017 event, not simply for the laps in sportscars around the track but the range of peripheral activities scattered throughout the large surroundings.
Having attended in 2016, I arrived at the event well-prepared. Unfortunately, my plans were interrupted when I had to endure more than 30 minutes of queuing and driving around in order to find suitable parking. Things went from bad to worse when I found that the entire event layout had changed, with only the off-road 4×4 track being held on top of the hill. Again, however, I was met by a long queue just to hitch a lift to the track, a fairly long uphill journey if you decide to go on foot. Thankfully, I did have some luck and I managed to score the very last ride from the Suzuki crew ahead of the 17h30 cut-off without having to queue. Sadly, most other latecomers simply gave up after being turned away by Mercedes, VW, and Mitsubishi.
After taking a brief stroll to the pit lane, where all the track experiences were run from, I was met with even longer queues and more disappointment. I wasn’t afforded the same opportunities as the previous year and, judging by some of the faces and reactions around the track, there were many people left disappointed by the decision to change the overall layout. The SA Festival of Motoring is supposed to be fun for all and a full day’s worth of entertainment. Instead, most attendees were met with frustrations. There was a clear disengagement at this year’s event, even if there was a larger crowd.
In addition to the slightly under par layout and lack of coordination, I found that there wasn’t all that much for kids to enjoy away from everything else. This is another change over last year’s event, which had more child-friendly areas. I would definitely return in 2018, but I would hope for some major improvements and better coordination.
Having rocked up to the SA Festival of Motoring 2017 event as ambassadors for the upcoming Logan Lucky, we were geared up in merchandise for the film, which actually looks really good. Logan Lucky stars Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, Riley Keough, Adam Driver and Seth MacFarlane and is directed by Steven Soderbergh. Check out the trailer below:
“West Virginia family man Jimmy Logan teams up with his one-armed brother Clyde and sister Mellie to steal money from the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Jimmy also recruits demolition expert Joe Bang to help them break into the track’s underground system. Complications arise when a mix-up forces the crew to pull off the heist during a popular NASCAR race while also trying to dodge a relentless FBI agent.”