The show is spread across eight distinct, three inside and the remainder under the dark blue skies of the Western Cape.
After 20,000 people walked through the turnstiles in its inaugural year, organisers hope that the event will attract between 30,000-35,000 this year.
It’s the Jaguar and Land Rover village by the pedestrian entrance that takes the prizes for being the most visually and acoustically impressive while you also get a chance to be part of the action yourself.
Take a passenger ride in the Jaguar F-Type Coupe and you’ll be spun, pirouetted and slid more than a celebrity on Dancing on Ice, while a Land Rover ‘off-road’ course gives you a glimpse into what these mighty machines are capable of with both Discovery’s and Range Rover Sport scaling man-made traverses and slopes.
Move on from here and you’re greeted by the beautiful façade of the Sun Exhibit building before you cross its moat to enter. Inside is dominated by motorcycles, gadgets and historic cars.
Continue through to the Market Hall and you’ll find mostly motor related stalls, although the one selling chutney catches the eye. Buy anything from suspension components, tyres to roadside recovery.
Finally, some fresh new metal is on show in the Grand Arena. The likes of Audi (R8, RS5), Alfa Romeo (Giulia, Stelvio) Peugeot (3008), Lexus, VW (Polo) and Shelby South Africa are all present. Meanwhile, an Aston Martin DB11 and McLaren 570S add some much-needed glitz.
After some audience participation? Then a selection of Audi’s Q2 and Q5, Peugeot’s 3008, Jaguar’s F-Pace, and Subaru’s Outback are all waiting outside to be driven. Subaru even has a test area for its Eyesight safety kit where the car will perform an emergency stop for you.
Staying outside brings you to Sunpark with more Audis on display alongside Tata and Haval Motors South Africa models. There’s a stage with live music and somewhere to get some replenishment.
Cast your eyes over to the drifting arena and observe or be a passenger in a sliding Nissan 300Z or Chevrolet Lumina before rounding off the show with a visit to Dusty Rebel Village. Essentially where hot rods meet tattoos, goths and the 1940 and ’50s theme.
With the show in its second year, there are certainly areas for improvement. Sometimes it can feel a little too dark inside and subdued with the Grand Arena in need of some added manufacturer glitz.
However, it’s early days and the signs are promising with plenty of interactive events available for visitors.
Now, those manufacturers who benefit so greatly from a strong customer base in the Western Cape, namely Ford and Mercedes-Benz, need to step up and be present, adding further weight to what is a well thought out motor show.