The Cars.co.za Show: Episode 5

Welcome to the 5th episode of our new weekly show. This is a bumper episode: the BMW X4M takes on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV in a quarter-mile drag race, Ciro and Ernest spend a day trying to capture the sound of the Volkswagen Golf 7.5 R (fitted with the Akrapovic exhausts), we travel to Mozambique in the iconic Land Rover Defender, we look back at one of our largest SentiMetal meet-ups that we've ever hosted, we meet the local owner and builder of a 400hp Ford Escort drag car, and finally we join our racing driver Ashley Oldfield at his 5th Simola Hillclimb, where he competed in the monstrous Jaguar F-PACE SVR.

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More about the Cars.co.za Show

We have been working towards this project for many years now - a proudly South African long format, multi-segment car show. A show which celebrates South Africa and our rich car history. We toyed with broadcasting on terrestrial television or launching on a streaming network, but with us so close to the finish line we got blindsided by the global Covid-19 crisis, which required a global lockdown. 

Our talks, production and country halted. But this extraordinary moment in time also creates opportunity. With South Africa ordered to stay home, online content consumption is on the rise and content creation dwindling. As a company which takes great pride in being nimble, we simply couldn’t resist the urge to fill this content void and give South Africa, and the world, something beautiful to watch. 

And so in a moment of inspiration, we decided to adapt our long-format car show concept, using some techniques that may have been unthinkable before lockdown, and get it ready in record time to release it for free to the world. With this show, we aim to entertain, inform, inspire and hopefully make our audience smile. 

We have also committed to donating all revenue generated off our Cars.co.za YouTube channel for the rest of 2020 to charitable causes in support of the fight against Covid-19. For this show, all of our content was either filmed pre-lockdown or safely under lockdown conditions by our presenter himself - Ciro De Siena; it turns out a lounge and dining room can be an excellent TV studio. 

New episodes will debut every Thursday at 8pm and all episodes will remain on the channel indefinitely. From everyone at Cars.co.za, stay safe, stay home, look after yourselves, and each other.

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