The inaugural Cape Town motor show a success


The first Cape Town Motor Show (CTMS) finally hit the Mother City in 2017 and proved Capetonians love their engines. It included everything from two, four, eight wheels or more; vintage, pimped to brand-spanking new. Visitors came in droves, so that organisers even had to open the entrance area early on both days.


Marketing director, Garth Rhoda says they could not be happier with the turnout. “After years of planning, one always hopes for the best but you never really know until you’re in the thick of it – and Capetonians thankfully proved us right. Numbers don’t lie. They prove people were waiting for a local show like this and they let us know it was appreciated.”

The CTMS was officially opened by the Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Madam Mayor Patricia de Lille. The Chairman of Cape Town Tourism, Enver Mally, was also present. Schoolchildren from Elsies River, specially transported by Golden Arrow, attended as well.  Needless to say, they were delighted with their first motor show experience. Cheques were presented to the mayor for the City of Cape Town Fire & Rescue Services and the Manenberg Upliftment Project.

Media spokesperson, Robbie Stammers, says they wanted to give something back. “We did this because it was produced by Capetonians for Capetonians and City of Cape Town gave us fantastic support.”

Visitors could enjoy various attractions.  These included the Market Hall, Grand Arena, the Sun Exhibit area, the Sun Park with an outdoor 4X4 area, an incredibly popular drifting zone run by the international drift racer Mikey Skelton, the Bike Zone, and Classic and Vintage car displays. There was something for everyone.

“We are so pleased for the Cape Town Motor Show team! So much hard work went into it and the public responded in large numbers, which is so gratifying to see. Their team can be exceptionally proud. It’s now another great event for Cape Town to add to the calendar,” says Mervyn Naidoo, CEO of Sun GrandWest.

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