The sound of thunderous V8 engines, which is music to the ears of petrol heads, roared into Tzaneen on Tuesday afternoon the 6th of August when the popular Thunder Tour arrived in town.
Car fanatics from Tzaneen took the opportunity to view and experience these vehicles from up close. The participants of the Thunder Tour also visited private vehicle collectors along the route.
The Thunder Tour’s first day revved on from its traditional starting point, the famous Cars in the Park show in Pretoria, where the cars headed to Rustenburg. On the second day the tour made a pit stop in Lephalale (Ellisras). From there the Thunder Tour participants visited Tzaneen and exhibited the various V8 cars in the parking area of Tzaneen Lifestyle Centre.
The following Wednesday the 7th of August after the Thunder Tour group’s overnight stay in Tzaneen, the owners and their beautiful motorcars again gathered at Tzaneen Lifestyle Centre for breakfast at Panarotti’s. Local car enthusiasts took this opportunity to get a one last glimpse of the collection of V8 cars before the Thunder Tour departed to Mbombela (Nelspruit).
After Mbombela, the touring V8’s rumbled on to Frankfort and then to Bloemfontein. The final day of the Thunder Tour traditionally include a prize giving and dinner event.
This year’s Thunder Tour celebrates its 10th anniversary. From its humble beginning in 2010 with a mere 17 V8 powered muscle cars, street and rat rods and supercars , the Thunder Tour has grown to more than 70 participating cars.
The annual Thunder Tour is a seven day tour through South Africa. This event is the South African equivalent of the Power Tour in the USA. Every year the organisers of the Thunder Tour make use of a new route to showcase these spectacular cars at each of the daily stops in the various towns being visited.