THE Festival of Motoring, which took place last week at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, showed that motoring is still huge in Mzansi.

It was packed with enough action so there was something for everyone!

More than 30 car brands presented more than 200 cars on display and on the track.

The visitors were allowed to pretend to be Michael Schumacher not far from the professional racers on Kyalami’s 1,1km handling track.

The organisers said they went all out to tick all the boxes for the sort of events, displays and activations that appeal to the wider Mzansi motoring family.

So whether the visitors interest was in budget family cars, high performance supercars or experiencing off-road driving conditions at the 4x4 village, there was something for all of them.

There was also a national championship races for GTC touring cars and Formula 1600 single-seaters to appeal to the petrolheads.

The pace of technological advances is absolutely amazing and there were many displays to inform the audience of what is this vehicle technology is.

George Mienie, CEO of AutoTrader, the digital partner of the Festival of Motoring, spoke at the festival’s new Tech Zone display. He said: “We want our partnership with the festival to inform visitors about the latest in vehicle technology and innovation at the Tech Zone.

“The Tech Zone features the dazzling inventions the were first launched with many leading brands, such as Volvo, BMW and Mercedes-Benz – all the frontrunners of motoring development.

“The Tech Zone is not only focused on people talking about technology but to learn what they expect with hands-on tests and simulations.

“Visitors are encouraged to test their skill on the state-of-the-art F1 simulator.

“To get a chance on the simulator, visitors had to first download the AutoTrader app. Everyone had a chance on a hair-raising drive on the simulator and the person who sets the fastest lap wins a special prize.”

The blockbuster festival was presented by WesBank and has rapidly grown to become one of Gauteng’s favourite expos.