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Time Attack Invitational at Top Gear Festival Durban attracts 30 of South Africa’s Best

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The all-new Top Gear Festival Durban Street Circuit plays host this year to one of Motorsport’s coolest formats – Time Attack. The Time Attack Invitational is another of the mototainment spectaculars that will electrify the Street Circuit when Top Gear Festival is staged at the Moses Mabhida Stadium and surrounding precinct on June 21st and 22nd this year.

What makes the Time Attack format so unique is that cars and their drivers compete against the clock, and ultimately against each other, without ever going door to door on the track. Spectator excitement is guaranteed from watching the timing screens as a driver pushes ten tenths to set the ultimate lap, meaning there is no margin for error. It’s this one lap and all or nothing approach that has seen this format of racing become massively popular all over the world.

Local Content Manager for Top Gear Festival Durban, Marius Roberts says: “Drivers need to be very precise as there is no margin for error – the slightest mistake costs you on the stopwatch. It really requires intense focus as each run is like a super stage or the ultimate qualifying lap – it’s a real adrenalin rollercoaster for driver & spectator”

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By adding the Time Attack to this year’s already impressive list of street circuit content, South Africa can truly boast that it has its finger on the pulse of international motorsport trends – following in the footsteps of events such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Pikes Peak and our own local benchmark, the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb. The great news for spectators is that the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb Top 3 will continue their battle for dominance on the Top Gear Street Circuit in this year’s inaugural Time Attack Invitational.

Even though the actual format may change from one Time Attack event to the next, the one thing that doesn’t change is the incredible line up of spec built, insanely modified road and racecars. Depending on the layout of the course and track conditions, it’s a constant juggling act for drivers to get that balance between raw power and handling just right.

What makes this Time Attack Invitational so special, other than the fact that it takes place on the custom-built Top Gear Festival Street Circuit, is that, in true Top Gear style, the Festival has attracted 30 of South Africa’s fastest Time Attack drivers and cars to participate. Also the rules of engagement have changed, the format will put no restrictions on power or tyres and there are no classes – making this a straight shoot out to the line. Competitors get 4 runs on Saturday – one sighting run, two timed runs and a final timed elimination run which sees us reducing the field from 30 down to 20. The Top 20 will be given two timed runs in the elimination round – and BOTH will count, so the fastest combined times will see the selection of the Top 10. The finals will see the Top 10 getting two timed runs with the single fastest time counting. Winners will be announced on track.

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Confirmed entrants for this year’s Time Attack Invitational include:

The Gutzeit Family, namely Des and Jade who are Hill Climb and Time Attack specialists and can be seen battling it out at events nationwide. Des has built a very special, heavily modified R32 Skyline especially for Hill climb type of events – it produces more than 1000hp, which is just insane! Jade’s famous Top Secret Skyline is no more, having blown its motor at a Time Attack event last year but he is back with a modified Mitsubishi Evo 7 – a car which is lighter and more nimble than the Skylines, so should be well suited to the Top Gear Street Circuit.

Family battles continue with the Giannoccaro family, Ricky, Jimmy and Gianni, will be putting a variety of vehicles to the test over the Top Gear Festival weekend. The Giannoccaro family are more familiar with circuit racing, so Time Attack is a relatively new challenge for them and one that they are looking forward to – makes for interesting family dinners!

Another racer to watch, from a renowned racing family is Jaki Scheckter – son of Ian & nephew of Jody, who is always up at the top of the time sheets at the Simola Hillclimb. With his years of racing experience, especially on street circuits in the USA, this layout is right up his alley. Jaki will be driving Greg Parton’s Nissan GTR R35.

Vying for the trophy will be Anton Cronje in his super fast Subaru. Anton won the inaugural Dezzi Raceway Time Attack Invitational last year and should give everyone a good run for their money! But probably coming into the event as favourite after his impressive Jaguar Simola Hillclimb debut, is Franco Scribante in his Chevron B19. Franco won both Classic Car Friday & King of the Hill, as well as smashing the existing Hillclimb. What makes the win even more special is that the 1971 Chevron is an original championship winning car driven by Paddy Driver & now winning again with Franco behind the wheel.

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The impressive list of drivers and cars continues with:

Driver: Andrew Strike
Vehicle: Nissan Skyline R32

Driver: Willie De Beer
Vehicle: Porsche GT2

Driver: Rui Campos
Vehicle: Porsche 911 RSR

Driver: Darron Gudmanz
Vehicle: Nissan Skyline GTR R35

Driver: Wade van Ziemeran
Vehicle: Nissan Skyline R34

Driver: Farouk Dangor
Vehicle: Nissan R34 GTR

Driver: Mohammed Dangor
Vehicle: BMW E30 M3

Driver: Greg Parton
Vehicle: KTM X-bow (race car)

Driver: Stuart Kidgell
Vehicle: Ferrari 599

Driver: Thouca Mechanicos
Vehicle: Mercedez Benz C55

The ultimate goal of these drivers is to make it to the top of the infamous Top Gear Festival leader board and to claim the glory of setting the 2014 Street Circuit’s fastest lap time. The battle promises to be hugely entertaining as the wide variety of cars – from R32 and R34 Skylines, GTR’s, Porsche’s, Evo’s, Subaru’s and race cars take to Top Gear’s Street Circuit – it is certainly yet another of the festival’s highlights that is not to be missed.

 

Visitors are encouraged to check the street circuit schedule to ensure that this mind-blowing motoring performance is not missed. For schedules, updates and information, the Top Gear Festival App can now be downloaded by going to the App store on ones mobile device and searching Durban Festival Guide – it’s free and will make sure that visitors get the most out of their Top Gear Festival visit.

For more information and updates on fun festival activities, stay tuned to the Top Gear Festival website, www.topgearfestivaldurban.co.za

Festivalgoers can expect a day packed full of entertainment both on and off the track as this year’s Top Gear Festival Durban in ‘the warmest place to be’ offers a true celebration of all things motoring. Visitors are encouraged to book early to avoid missing out on the most exciting event on this year’s entertainment and motoring calendar.

Visitors with Grandstand tickets are required to attend their respective Street Circuit Shows at either 9h30 or 13h30 on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd June, and organisers encourage arriving early so as not to miss out. Grandstand seats are included in the SuperSport Elite and Superior Ticket Packages and are available for sale now for those with Standard and Basic tickets at R200 per person via the all new festival website. For more information on ticket prices or to book visitwww.topgearfestivaldurban.co.za

TWITTER HANDLE: @topgearfestSA

FACEBOOK: Top Gear Festival South Africa

https://www.facebook.com/TopGearFest

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The Old Mutual Music at the Lake series returns with THE PARLOTONES performing live at the Durban Botanic Gardens on Sunday 28 July.

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Durban, June 12, 2024 – Old Mutual Music at the Lake returns with their next concert in the exceptional series and welcomes The Parlotones who’ll perform on Sunday 28 July at the Durban Botanic Gardens, nestled around the picturesque lake area.

Music enthusiasts and families alike can look forward to an unforgettable live performance by one of SA’s legendary bands, The Parlotones. Frontman Kahn Morbee will be traveling in from the Netherlands for this very special concert and can’t wait to perform at the Durban Botanic Gardens, saying “We’re all super excited to be playing in Durban. We have fond memories of our shows at the botanical gardens and we look forward to creating more.” 

Two amazing support acts are set to light up the stage with the wonderful Angel Mazibuko and Tristan Cole Boltman making their debut at the Durban Botanic Gardens and complete what will be a very special lineup.

The Old Mutual Music at the Lake series is the longest-running live music series in KwaZulu-Natal, offering a relaxing and entertaining Sunday afternoon in a beautiful outdoor setting. The event is staged at the Durban Botanic Gardens Lake area, the oldest botanic gardens in Africa, providing a serene backdrop with its lush gardens and abundant wildlife.

“Old Mutual’s sponsorship of the Music at the Lake series underscores our deep-rooted commitment to nurturing community spirit and celebrating cultural heritage. We believe in the power of music to bring people together and create lasting memories. Our support for this series shows our dedication to the arts and the communities we serve. We are proud to create platforms where talent, laughter, and family joy can flourish in the heart of Durban’s historic Botanic Gardens,” said Thobile Tshabalala, Head of Brand at Old Mutual.

Attendees are invited to bring their own food and drinks, blankets, and camping chairs to enjoy a delightful picnic-style afternoon on the shaded lawns of the gardens. Concert-goers can soak in the vibrant sounds of the live performance while observing an array of birdlife, including pelicans and spoonbills flying overhead.

Celebrate the beauty of a Durban Winter’s Day in the sun with your loved ones at the Durban Botanic Gardens and experience an afternoon of exceptional music. Don’t miss out on this unique event that blends nature, music, and relaxation! Get your tickets now from Webtickets.

 

EVENT INFO:

Old Mutual Music at the Lake: The Parlotones

Date: Sunday 28 July

Venue: Durban Botanic Gardens

Times: Gates open 13h00 – Music starts 14h00 – Show ends 17h00.

Ticket link here.

Drinks and food welcome. You may bring picnic blankets and camping chairs

Follow Music at The Lake online:

Official Website: https://www.musicatthelake.co.za/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MATLDBN/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicatthelake/?hl=en 

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The Pick n Pay Wine & Food Festival Durban

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Swirl, sniff, and sip your way through some of South Africa’s best wines 🍷 at the annual Pick n Pay Wine & Food Festival in Durban.

 

And we are giving away 4 x double tickets valued at R275 each! 🥳 Read to the end to find out how to enter!

 

The retailer brings the Cape Winelands to Chris Saunders Park in uMhlanga for one day only on 27 July, accompanied by delicious food and an afternoon of live entertainment.

 

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With every imaginable varietal on offer for wine lovers to sample, alongside a sumptuous selection of fresh and delicious food offerings, wine enthusiasts are invited to discover new wines and enjoy old favourites, from elegant, crisp white wines and full-bodied, robust reds, to the finest sparkling wine, Cap Classiques and MCCs.

 

Some 30 farms will be showcasing their wines at the Festival, and a general ticket includes a tasting glass and 20 wine-tasting vouchers. Producer representatives will guide festivalgoers through the various tasting options and explain each wine’s unique flavours and aromas for a renewed appreciation for the different wines.

 

Guests who want to level up their tasting experience can also book one of the 30-minute Pick n Pay Tasting Room wine and food pairing sessions, limited to 40 guests per session.  A sell-out in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and Durban Tasting Room tickets are flying too.

 

On the food front, the Pick n Pay Fresh Food Market 🍲 will ensure you don’t go hungry with a selection of delicious pizzas, burgers, cheese and charcuterie platters, fish and chips, grilled Chicken Espetada, curry & rice, as well as oysters and sushi, along with vegan and vegetarian offerings.

 

👉 Check out their latest menu and pricing here.

 

🧺 The popular Pick n Pay Picnic Bag is available for pre-booking and is jam-packed with a curated showcase of delectable offerings, including cheeses, cured meats, freshly baked bread, biltong, hummus, and more.

 

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Live music 🎶 will provide the perfect backdrop to the afternoon, featuring local musicians The Black Lapels, Afro Divas, and saxophonist Tim Lewis 🎷 on stage.

 

Tickets are available at Webtickets, priced from R275 per person (includes tasting glass and 20 wine tasting tokens).

 

🚗 Limited Designated Driver tickets are also available on request via info@pnpwineandfoodfestival.co.za.

 

Booking tip: Pick n Pay Wine Club members qualify for exclusive early access. Click here to become a member, or send your Smart Shopper card number to 36775 to join free of charge.

 

Click here for information.

 

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🔥🔥 WIN WIN WIN 🔥🔥

We are giving away 4 x double tickets valued at R275 each!

 

How to Enter:

Instagram
1. Follow Durbanite and Pick n Pay Wine & Food Festival Instagram pages.
2. Comment your best wine & food pairing & tag a friend.

OR

Facebook
1. Follow Durbanite and Pick n Pay Wine & Food Festival Facebook pages.
2. Comment your best wine & food pairing & tag a friend.

No Under 18s are permitted to enter.

Closing Date:
Wednesday, 24 July 2024

Winners Announced:
Thursday, 25 July 2024

Entries limited to 5 per day.
Winners will be selected at random from all valid entries – tickets will be emailed to winners.
Durbanite Competition T&Cs apply.

Please always drink responsibly, more on the events recommendations here for your review.

We encourage all patrons to Uber to the event, or have a designated driver who will not consume alcohol at the event.

Do not drink and drive.

 

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THE EAST COAST RADIO HOUSE + GARDEN SHOW

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Come out to play! We’re all going to be at the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show 2024, opening from the 29 June to the 7 July at the Durban Exhibition Centre.  Every day and every night for 9 full days, you’ll get to discover a brand-new world of fresh and fabulous takes on Creating Happy Homes… and you’ll leave with a headful of different ideas, hands full of goodies and gadgets, and a heart full of joyful spoils and inspiration.

IT’S A WIN-WIN!

We’ve got all the spoils this year, with over R300 000 worth of competition prizes in cash, products and experiences; not including our legendary Show discounts and specials available every day! Join Plascon as they take you on a fun digital Treasure Hunt, and ka-ching, a chance to step out with R10 000 cash in your pocket. Eye and try your luck at Hirsch’s Mysterious Big Blue Box, packed with appliances, little and large. Peer into the box’s peepholes, check out the contents, estimate the total value, and pop your golden guess into the Entry Box. Best Clue Ever… snoop around the Hirsch’s stand to discover the goods and their prices! Then, for all our budding creatives, Cricut is giving away a whopping R100 000 worth of awesome products when you design a custom shopping bag that everybody loves best! The Cricut experts will assist you with making your actual bag right then and there. Let the voting begin!

The East Coast Radio House + Garden Show caters for dreams too! One Stop Travel has FIVE competition prizes to transport you to other worlds… from local to global, from land to sea, to three hot pairs of rugby tickets for the Castle Lager Rugby Match where SA take on Ireland in Durban on the 13 July, 2024! Sail away, travel north, south, east or west, or snap up two air tickets on Qatar Airways to Doha for four nights! R100 000 worth of dreams, and all prize winners will be announced at the Show!

IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR

This year’s Show is big on families! It’s the holidays, so bring the children along for the fun and games. We’ve got everything awesome from an outdoor Jungle Gym, Bubble House and Sand Art to the magical indoor Play Space by Melissa and Doug. Your kids can meet their favourite fairytale characters, play dress-up and make-believe and join other friends in a dozen different kids-only workshops – painting with Rapunzel, decorating take-home toadstools, or creating super cool snow globes. Let them listen in to story time, and escape to a fantasy storybook world where they can be whoever they’ve dreamt of being! The great outdoors or the fun-filled indoors – there’s a whole heap of good kids’ things going on at the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show. It’s going to be the best fun ever for kids and parents alike.

IT’S A FOODIE FAIR

Food glorious food! This year’s Foodie Fair is a playground of flavours and fresh faces, from tasty newcomers to equally tasty old favourites – they’re pulling out the stops to ensure everybody’s tastebuds are catered for! With around 40 fabulous, hand-picked food stalls, what’s it to be today or tonight? Grand gourmet burgers or delectable eisbein, go Mexican or Korean, choose sweet and sticky or something artisanal and curated? All the best brands! And at the heart of it all, is the coolest Gin Garden – bag your barstool for insane cocktails, craft beers, and mellow tunes. Think bright gin cocktails and beer on tap, all washed down with a line-up of musicians ready to entertain at scheduled times throughout the Show. Meet up with mates at the Gin Garden stage to watch and listen to the cool sounds of Matt Gardiner, Freddy L and Tatum Holder. Before, during or after you tour the Show, the Gin Garden will be the best place to be… and be seen. Don’t just visit the Show, come for a day or night on the town. Make it a meal and a Show. It’s all happening at this year’s Foodie Fair at the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show 2024!

IT’S AN OUTDOOR PLAYGROUND

Go on, take the family, the Great Outdoors awaits, whether it’s as close as your garden, or as far as unexplored corners of the globe. Stroll through our outdoor lanes, snooping, plotting, planning and shopping your next wild getaway. From rugged little off-roaders to adventure accessories, garden gadgets and 4×4 vehicles, this is where nature waves her wand. A fresh world of adventure awaits you outside at this year’s East Coast Radio House + Garden Show.

IT’S A DÉCOR DELIGHT

What’s in, what’s out, what’s hot, what’s not – decor and designs, quick fixes and slow burns, colours you can taste… they’ll all be there at the 2024 East Coast Radio House + Garden Show. Welcome to this year’s powerhouse of local and global design concepts, all collated for you to Create a Happy Home. Come and Discover KZN Design, where local is king – a hand-picked collective of exciting artists, crafters and entrepreneurs, producing dynamic, world-class work right on our doorstep. From unique ceramic pieces to iconic artwork, you’ll want to take one home.

The Show loves to showcase local, but global always gets a big look-in. Whether it’s our favourite demonstrators conjuring up international aromas, flavours and recipes in the madly popular Hirsch Test Kitchen, or the thrill of mind-blowing technology advances as Hirsch’s parades good-looking appliances and very cool gadgets.

We go glocal, too, with glorious colour and decor trends in Plascon’s Showrooms, where we put an up-and-coming interior design agency in the spotlight using two of the latest colour palettes. We lust after the exquisite custom-made Barbet Interiors furniture, and plot how to make one of those pieces our very own.  It’s all about dreaming and scheming at the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show 2024 – and we provide all the stuff of dreams!

The East Coast Radio House + Garden Show is sponsored by Plascon with Durban Tourism as destination partners.
For more information visit www.housegardenshow.co.za or follow the Show on Instagram and Facebook using @housegardenshow.

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