Hes­keth Fes­ti­val of Wheels

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE - AL­WYN VILJOEN

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.

• Cater­ers have un­til month end to send ex­pres­sions of in­ter­ests to sell food at the event.

E-mails to war­ren@hos­picekzn.co.za on or be­fore Jan­uary 30.

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