Last week we reported on the cancellation of the 2020 round of the FIA World Rallycross that was supposed to take place in Cape Town later this year (read our original story by clicking here). Today we learn of another casualty of the recent coronavirus pandemic as the SA Festival of Motoring postponed until next year.
Show organisers Messe Frankfurt South Africa made the decision to postpone the Festival of Motoring to August 2021. The Festival of Motoring is the largest automotive show on the African continent. In recent years the event was hosted at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Gauteng’s Midrand area. Showgoers were privy to new vehicle launches, interactive displays, first-hand test drives as well as entertainment for their whole family. New dates are currently in the process of being finalised for next year’s event.
In his own words
“In light of the ongoing uncertainty around Covid-19 and its impact on the industry and the economy at large, we thought it in the best interest of all stakeholders that we postpone the event to 2021” says Joshua Low, managing director of Messe Frankfurt SA.
“We pride ourselves in putting together world-class events and this decision has not been taken lightly. It is important that we support the industry and offer a platform that meets its needs. We have been engaging with the industry over the past two months and the view is that they would like to support the event and would aim to do so in 2021,” adds Low.
“We have exciting new initiatives planned for the 2021 event. These include the introduction of the SA biking fraternity, enhanced activations and displays for electric vehicles, trendy lifestyle content, a charity ride and other motor-tainment elements to ensure we broaden the appeal of the event and make it a fun-filled day for all visitors” concluded Low.