Driven - - Editor's Note - Bernard bernard@driven­mag.co.za

In times of eco­nomic hard­ship we tend to re­treat from what makes us happy– to a space where we can fo­cus on our own sur­vival rather than on the fri­vol­ity of life.

As a petrol­head, I fight the dol­drums as hard as I can by tak­ing to the road when­ever I get the op­por­tu­nity. Why should I give up on fun just be­cause things are fall­ing apart?

Lucky for me then, that the South African mo­tor in­dus­try seems to feel the same way about not let­ting our cir­cum­stances get the bet­ter of us. In less than two months, two ma­jor mo­tor­ing events have en­ticed the pub­lic to the Kyalami In­ter­na­tional Race­track and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre. First the SA Fes­ti­val of Mo­tor­ing re­turned with the South African Mo­tor­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence, draw­ing out tens of thou­sands to come and ex­pe­ri­ence their favourite car brands in a day of spring fun. Then it was the turn of the M Fes­ti­val, BMW’s show­case of their M per­for­mance sub­brand, and its launch­pad for the bal­lis­tic M4 Com­pe­ti­tion Sport. No fewer than 20,000 petrol­heads flocked to Kyalami, set­ting a world record for M Fes­ti­vals world­wide. The event was as much an af­fir­ma­tion of M’s pop­u­lar­ity in South Africa as it was a col­lec­tive thumb­ing of the nose to our ev­ery­day hard­ships.

On a smaller scale, and thou­sands of kilo­me­tres away, the world’s fore­most lux­ury car brand set its own mile­stone that I was priv­i­leged to have been able to at­tend.

Rolls-Royce doesn’t launch a new se­ries of its Phan­tom flag­ship sa­loon ev­ery day, but when they do, they make ab­so­lutely sure that the event lives up to the na­ture of the car it­self. From the breath­tak­ing vis­tas over the Lake Lucerne where Rolls chose to in­tro­duce the Phan­tom VIII to the world, to the be­spoke ex­pe­ri­ences ar­ranged for the brand’s guests, the in­tro­duc­tion of the world’s most lux­u­ri­ous car was an ab­so­lutely bril­liant ex­pe­ri­ence.

There is much to cel­e­brate in this edi­tion of Driven, and even more for you to en­joy. Wher­ever you are, and what­ever your cir­cum­stances, you de­serve to kick back and take some time out with your favourite mo­tor­ing read.

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