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Castrol Xtreme Auto Show 2006 preview

Broadcast date : 23rd April 2006

Yes indeedy, it’s Shoooowtiiime once again!

These are some of goodies to be seen at this coming weekend’s Castrol Xtreme Auto Show. This is THE date on the petrolhead calendar – or, considering the sponsor, should that be the "oil-head" calendar?

The Coca Cola Dome in Randburg is the venue, and the show opens its doors on Thursday and runs through to Monday, the first of May.

Honey, I shrunk the Gti! Yes, this is a preview of what the performance version of Volkswagen Polo will look like when it goes on sale in Europe in a few months time.

This car is a promotional vehicle for Ferodo, the brake pad people, suitably made over with an imported aftermarket kit for maximum exposure.

The Polo is a car that lends itself beautifully to a custom treatment.

All the current styling licks are present, including air ducting on the extended skirts, TT or RS look-alike alloy wheels, that dramatic nose treatment that will soon be echoed on a hot production version, and an oh-so-subtle roof spoiler.

And in the sound department, a boot crammed full of subs, amps and a fold-down DVD player hung from the hatch-lid, ideal for picnics in the parking lot.
There’s more than a touch of RS-level Audi to the A3 Sportback, visually optimized by Sportech.

From the 19 inch alloys through to the very subtle sill-extensions and the roof-spoiler, there are RS cues on this car that, in standard form, is fairly ordinary-looking when placed next to a Golf Gti, for instance.

There were few constraints when Big Boss Auto of Alberton set about a BMW M3. High drama was the theme, as evidenced by carbon details, wheels, skirts, wings and dramatic colour contrasts..

The body kit is by the German company Reiger, and it makes a huge statement, particularly the bumper-airdam combo.

The neat aspect about imported body kits like this is that they are stylistically harmonised so that the sill extensions match the front and rear add-ons.

The boot-mounted wing is a quality carbon item on alloy struts, and the rear diffuser neatly frames the exhaust system.

The mods weren’t limited to body items, however. There’s a big-volume Dark Blue sound system in the boot, as well as suspension braces in carbon fibre, all colour-coded by Big Boss Auto.

The deep-breathing apparatus liberates a dyno-verified fifteen per-cent power increase, while an aluminum suspension-strut brace gives more than a sprinkling of under-bonnet aesthetic pleasure, and also provides increased chassis rigidity.

Rigidity is not something that seems to be lacking in this Harley Davidson Fat Boy, at least judging by the size of those fork tubes.

Yes, we know this is not Bike Torque, but The Castrol Xtreme Auto Show provides us with a handy excuse to drool over the latest scooter offerings, particularly those from the hobbyist division from two-wheeler land, otherwise known as Hog Heaven.

This particular Harley Fat Boy has been customized by V Custom Cycles of Centurion, and its claim to fame is that it recently won the King of Kustom award at the Durban Motor Show.
About the only standard item on this Fat Boy is the frame, and even there, the steering head has a rake angle increased to thirty-five degrees.

From handlebars to wheels, headlight to tail, this bike is trick.

Fat Boy doesn’t seem to have space for a chick on the rear, even a slim one. That’s a Screaming Eagle single seat, which to us seems a bit of a waste.

But there are compensations, like the beautiful chromed belt-drive, the tank-mounted speedo that you can read just before you notice the truck stalled in front of you, and those Vance and Hines performance exhausts that cause your neighbors to pray that you’ll be relocating soon.
This is a Screaming Eagle engine. It’ s made by Harley Davidson, and it’s special, not least because it measures 103 cubic inches, or 1685 cc’s.

That’s plenty big for a twin cylinder, and thank goodness modern Harley’s have electric start.

If you thought the rake on the Fat Boy was rad, howz-about the 47 degree rake on this Thunder Mountain Keystone front end?

We love the mean black wheels and the very special paint job.
Ingenuity, craftsmanship and plenty of excitement. That’s what the Castrol Xtreme Auto Show holds in store this coming long weekend.

Well worth a visit, if last year’s show was anything to go by.

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