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Must-attend motorsport events this November

31 October 2019

The City of Cape Town is putting motorsport in the driving seat this November, with three events to rev the engines of motorsport enthusiasts.

Following a forced pit stop due to inclement weather in September, Drift City has the green light to proceed this coming weekend, followed by the FIA World Rallycross on 9 and 10 November, and the International Music and Motor Festival on 23 and 24 November.

Cape Town has a long-standing motorsport culture and these events provide enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy their favourite sport. By supporting these events, the City of Cape Town wants to play a role in introducing platforms for more responsible racing instead of illegal street racing which unfortunately remains very prevalent on our roads, often with devastating consequences.

“We also believe that these high octane motorsport events will contribute to further solidifying the city’s reputation as the world’s festival and events capital. We are looking forward to not only the action on the track but also to work with the event organisers to create all-round experiences for all the spectators. These events not only position Cape Town as Africa’s premier motorsport hub, but they also assist in stimulating the local economy by providing opportunities to driving talent and vendors,” said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

Drift City

For the fourth year running, the Grand Parade will play host to Cape Town’s flagship motorsport festival on Sunday 3 November 2019.

Jam-packed with thrills including rubber-burning, drifting, go-karts, a skate park and a motoring expo showcasing local business and motorsport trade services, Cape Town’s petrol heads will be kept on the edge of their seats.

The event is not only a platform to showcase national talent, but it is also a qualifier for the Gymkhana Grid – the national drifting competition.

Tickets for the event are R120 and there is no charge for children under the age of six.

Road users are also alerted to temporary road closures for the event, with the following closures in place between 20:00 on Saturday 2 November until 20:00 on Sunday 3 November:

FIA World Rallycross

The World Rallycross is returning to Cape Town for a third consecutive year. Some of the world’s top circuit drivers will be battling it out at the Killarney International Raceway for the FIA World Rallycross on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November 2019.

Spectators at the track and an international television audience of millions will see supercars accelerating faster than Formula 1s as top-notch international drivers burn up the Killarney circuit.

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The International Motor and Music Festival

Two-time Formula One World Champion Mika Häkkinen will headline an exciting line up of activities, which also includes the Original Stig, drifting, exotic car exhibitions, food stalls, children’s entertainment and live performances by YoungstaCPT, Prime Circle, The Parlotones and more.

This inaugural event takes place at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November 2019.

Ticket information at