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Castrol Xtreme Auto Show 2005

Broadcast dates : 21st August 2005
27th August 2005


It was show time on the hour, every hour over the Womanís Day weekend. The Castrol Xtreme Auto Show, in association with Futurefin, the exotic car finance company, was held at the Coca-Cola Dome in Randburg. 

And of course, every gift you could think of for the most significant other in your life Ė your motorcar. Custom steering wheels, car magazines, alloy wheels, sports seats, it was all a celebration of petrol-hedonism.
There was plenty to delight the younger enthusiast, and motorcyclists were also catered for.

Speedway is almost a forgotten sport in South Africa, but itís making a comeback. These bikes have no brakes and weird steering geometry. When you turn into a corner the rear wheel skids sideways Ė as long as you have the throttle wide open.

Not for the faint-hearted, speedway is being held on tracks at Glenvista south of Joburg and on the East Rand.
The car audio business is booming, just like the massive sub woofers in this special pick up. This was once a Ford Courier, now itís a Hypersound and Vision show cabinet for XTC and JVC goodies.

Itís equipped with about half a ton and half a million bucks worth of subs, head units, splitters, DVDs. And, for mobility, a supercharged Chevy V8.

Big on sound, big on power, and yes, the car business is big on optics too.
Believe it or not, this is a 1991 Isuzu bakkie. Built by a bunch of Cape enthusiasts, itís a work in progress, owned by Magadien Fakir of Mitchellís Plain. 

The interior retains some Isuzuness, but that didnít stop the trophies from piling up.

The show brought out the old stagers in the form of many classic hot rods.
The old-style T-buckets are making a big revival in rodding, as they are cheap to build and relatively easy to assemble. They use fiberglass body shells and kit-form chassis.

American V8s are the staple of the hot-rodding movement, and in South Africa there is still a fair supply of genuine Ford, Dodge and Chevy cars and pick-ups, too far gone for restoration, but ideal as base bodies for a mouth-watering street rod.
Who could forget the classic Cobra Daytona Coupe, which competed at places like le Mans. 

This is a replica, known as the Le Mans 402 iR.

This car is built by Hi Tech Automotive in Port Elizabeth, previously only for export. 

Now itís being sold by Lazarus High Performance for the local market and costs R895 000.
This is a beautiful replica of a Ferrari 330 P4, developed by Noble, the British car company. 

It runs a supercharged big-capacity Chevy engine and is good for over 320 kilometres-per-hour, with 0-100in three seconds flat!

Real Ferraris were well in attendance, like this one you could drive yourself, as part of the Scuderia Supercar Challenge scheme.
That was pretty much that for Castrol Xtreme, 2005. Wheels, chrome, glamour, noise. Extremely satisfying, one might say.

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