The scene in Durban has been having bad luck recently with some of the most anticipated shows being rained-out including the biggest on the KZN calendar, Autostyle 2017. When you combine the factors like the 250km-odd round trip and the inclement weather, the numbers were somewhat depressing with only the most die-hard, umbrella-wielding fanatics prepared to brave the elements in exchange for some car-related fun.

Looking forward to Stance Fest 2017, hosted by Grounded Nation, I was greeted with some ominous looking grey clouds on the morning of the 7th of September and I immediately feared the worst. As my wife prepped herself for series-bingeing with some popcorn and a warm blanket, I gave organiser Dyl Welton a call to find out what the story was and he assured me that I should make the trek out to the Ashburton Training Centre in Pietermaritzburg.

Even though it rained for the first 2 hours of being there I decided to stick it out as the weather didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of the crowd and the queue to get in kept growing. I’m glad I did. Besides the show and shine there was also a mobile dyno for the power freaks and a sound-off for the bass-heads.

Low Down Customs pulled out the bulk of the air-ride cars on display showing that they can fit a kit to basically anything you bring them and the crowd was also kept entertained by a variety of sump-scraping static rides. Despite the rain the event as a whole was well organised and well attended with some really wicked cars on display, Sherwin Govender taking home the award for the Best Bagged as well as the coveted Best of Show award for his simply sensational custom beetle. We’ll be bringing you more on that soon!