The annual Castrol Extreme Auto Show was held over the past few days at the Coca Cola Dome in Northgate. It is one of the biggest gatherings of custom cars, awesome sound installations and car accessories in South Africa and once again, the show went all out. Before I had even walked into the entrance I was greeted with the smell of burning rubber and the loud whistling of a twin turbo’d 350Z being drifted in the parking lot. What a way to start!
The range of cars on display was mind-blowing. I would run out of space if I had to list them all but sports cars, classics, exotics and custom cars were all in abundance. Nissan’s Skyline GTR R34 was there as well as an AC Schnitzer M6 and a Honda NSX. They are three very rare cars and many car enthusiasts (myself included) pulled out their cameras to obtain memories of these automotive legends. A first for any car show was the introduction of Fashion TV’s Motor Catwalk. The idea behind this is that new cars can be launched in conjunction with the latest fashion couture. For most red-blooded males, this was a match made in heaven. Who could turn down a gorgeous young lady standing next to a Lotus Exige?
One of the highlights was the drifting by legendary driver Adam Mathews from USA in a NXGen powered Nissan. Powersliding a 500hp sports car and trying to avoid trees, tyres and concrete blocks is not an easy task yet Adam was still able to wow the crowds.
I would be very suprised if anyone who attended the show didnt go home with ringing ears with the range of sound systems that were being tested. Rockford Fosgate-equipped cars along with Sony’s Xplod Vito bus happily blasted out the tunes throughout the day. If you love your cars then the Castrol Extreme Auto Show is your local version of heaven and the quality of the merchandise could even rival SEMA Custom car show in Las Vegas.