By Francois Lottering
WINDHOEK, APRIL 1 – The 2019 Motorsport Expo will be bigger, better and have more to offer to both exhibitors and spectators according to the Expo organisers. Bradley Fereira of Big Boy Racing ( BBR) told this reporter that the dream of hosting a motorsport expo on local soil began in 2017 and became a reality in 2018.
The first expo was hosted last year at the Tony Rust Race Track west of Windhoek, and was the motivating factor to go bigger, faster and better. More than 20 exhibitors showcased their automotive products to more than 2000 people streaming through the control points.
“ There are auto shows and expos all over the world everywhere and anywhere with representative brands showcasing their products, and with us involved in motorsport, I thought why not as is it big in Namibia,” Fereira said.
This gives visitors the opportunity to meet and ask their favorite motorsport personalities all about the sport, while getting a glimpse what is inside the car or under the bonnet that intrigue.
Already hard at work behind the scenes to ensure this year’s expo will not disappoint, team BBR already concluded negotiations to bring top drifters and spinners to the party with world renowned spinners from South Africa, team “Bad Company” topping on the list, while Namibia’s very own “Most Wanted” Peter Opali said he will not send his followers home without something to talk about.
The three day event will cater for all genres in the automotive industry. Historic motorcycle company Harley Davidson have already booked their stands. Guilliaume Kruger from Harley Davidson Windhoek assured this reporter that he is ready to bring the latest Harleys to the tracks.
Another exhibitor M&Z Motors, local Mercedes dealer, booked their spot as well, and according to the marketing manager, Vincent van Rooyen, they will display their high-end class AMG models.
“Since it is all about motorsport we thought let us bring the AMGs and a few other models,” van Rooyen said.
Though the saying goes “don’t try to reinvent the wheel “ Tyre Rack will put on display their array of alloy wheels (commonly known under the motor enthusiasts as “Mag-rims”) and world renowned tyre brands.
Apart from the spinning and drifting, Fereira said drag racing events, free style jumping, displays of V8’s will feature during the expo, and the organizers are in an advanced stage to offer off-road displays complete with accessories as dealers will show-off their latest technologies for 4×4 owners.
The three day expo starting on Thursday 25 April will open their gates at Tony Rust in the afternoon and will continue till Saturday 27 April.
The day will not be possible without many sponsors that put their hands deep in their pocket, and with the likes of ENGEN Namibia, and the Windhoek Motor Club, the venue is booked and ready to host the second Motorsport Expo.
For those who cannot attend, Fereira said a #MOTORSPORTEXPO2019 handle has been created and enthusiasts can follow the event on their social media platforms.