WATCH: Newcastillians enjoy thunderous road show

Thunder Tour organisers, Jakes and Wilna van Staden.

The sound of roaring engines filled the afternoon air on Tuesday.

The purring mechanical beasts called car enthusiasts to bear witness to the mechanical beauty displayed at Majuba Lodge.

The contingent of muscle cars, Rat Rods, Street Rods and super cars formed the eighth Thunder Tour, where the cars departed from Pretoria on Monday, August 6, travelled to Secunda before stopping in Newcastle.

“The Thunder Tour begins every year on the first Sunday of August, where we drive through to East London to participate in a big car show. But on the way, we stop in different towns so people to admire the cars,” said Jakes van Staden, the founder of the tour.

Describing it as the ultimate road show, van Staden said he began the show with the intention of promoting muscle cars in South Africa.

“America has the Power Tour, but unlike us, they don’t have Rat Rods driving with them. When I first started the Thunder Tour, there were only 15 cars, but the number has now grown to 53 vehicles, with six other motorists joining us along the way.”

The route from Pretoria to Newcastle was described as a pleasant drive, allowing the tour group to unleash their beasts.

The glimmering vehicles captivated Newcastillians, leaving them in awe.

The road show then drove through to Ladysmith, Underberg, Port St. Johns and then East London for its final “show and shine.”

Quinton Boucher

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