Hesketh Festival of Wheels
THIS Wheels supplement is delighted to be the media partner of the inaugural Hesketh Festival of Wheels over the Easter weekend in April.
The theme for the inaugural festival is Old School Meets New Bling, and the event is a fundraiser for the Msunduzi Hospice, which has over the past two years hosted a car fair on its grounds.
“Our fiar has outgrown our premises and the historic Hesketh track provides the ideal home for us to celebrate the wheels we love,” said Warren Oxford-Hugget, CEO of Msunduzi Hospice.
He said the “old school” part of the theme will remember the spectacular drivers and races held at the old dirt track. More information on this golden era of sidecar racers and fast Austins, Borgward and Vauxhalls, can be found on the heritage website hosted by Nigel Owen, a mechanic from Pietermaritzburg who retired in Spain after running his own engine business in the UK. When not fettling the Vauxhall Viva GT driven by Ray Emond, Owen raced stock cars at Roy Hesketh Circuit Dust Bowl up to the seventies.
The “new bling” part of the theme, said Oxford-Hugget, will give the fans a chance to ride around the track in the latest models, from small hatches that just sip fuel to powerful saloons that will go sideways with the slightest encouragement.
“What sets the Hesketh Festival of Wheels apart is that all the vehicles will be moving, and the fans will be able to buy a ride from R50 a pop, with a professional driver showing them what the vehicle can do,” he said.
The event, which will run from April 3 to April 6, will open on Good Friday with many of the latest models on show.
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