To be honest, Saturday was more of putting things together as more people poured in on Sunday which was the main event day. With music blaring in the background and a few freestyles from the Subaru Family, the Toyota Supra and some spins from the Uganda Bikers Association, adrenaline was set high. However, holding several car related events the same weekend, the numbers weren’t as anticipated.
It was the first time the event was held at Munyonyo given that the past two editions were at Kololo. However, Image Care general manager and the event’s organiser says the venue is fantastic and will be the same for next year. Participants at the “Buy brand new” themed event included Payway, Remzak, Lion Assurance, Tata Uganda, Spear Motors, UG Rides, Uganda Bikers Association, Daily Monitor, NBS TV, CMC, KCB Bank and Pepsi, among others.
Participants have their say
Bukenya shares his views about the show. “It wasn’t as successful as I had hoped but looking at the numbers we got I think, it was okay. There were many car related events the same weekend (there was a Toyota event, another car show, and a motor rally) and some brand new vehicle dealers who had confirmed participation did not show up. We shall make some changes next year to make it more dynamic. Moving forward, I think we shall look more into value addition participants such as the UG Rides people who had a great weekend,” he argues.
Peter Segujja , UG Rides director was very optimistic about the show. “The turn up wasn’t bad. It is a promising event, we hope that next year people will come in bigger numbers. We also want people to come and have their cars customised. We actually got some orders and we are working on two cars whose clients we got from the show,” he explains. UG Rides, based in Buziga, Kampala, specialise in car modifications including customisation and “pimping” and were quite the big attraction at the show having exhibited about seven cars and some car accessories.
Spear Motors’ public relations officer, Nancy Aanyango observed that the concept is good but needs some retouching. “It is supposed to create an exciting moment for motor dealers. But the organisers have to work hand in hand with us to make it more involving,” she noted.
Taking part for the first time, Tata Uganda’s public relations and digital relations manager Roger Mugisha said the people that showed up were impressed by the new and yet to be launched Tata Safari Storme sports utility vehicle(SUV). The cost of the Storme is also attractive, so it got people talking. In a couple of months we shall be launching some sedans. There were quite a number of enthusiasts and the venue was okay,” Mugisha summarises.
Remzak, a new website firm that is into aertising was also participating for the first time. Martha Tukahirwa, the public relations officer told My Car magazine that, “It was good, however, it could have attracted a bigger crowd. We got a platform to push our brand and we hope to be stronger next year.”
Top artiste, Jose Chameleone also attended and as a car fan, he came along with two Range Rover Sport SUVs. Other car fanatics such as Desh Kananura showed up briefly showcased what they had on offer and left immediately. Some people with well-kept old cars also displayed them, although the event was mainly meant for brand new ones and those that were modified.
The customised Toyota Supra, three Subarus, and a Honda Fit were the main eye catchers as people took photos of themselves around these cars before the Subarus and Supra did a brief freestyle drifting for the car fans.
With next year’s event taking on a totally different theme, we cannot wait to see how things will unfold with more dealers taking part. It will be good for the dealers to come together and help grow the industry as well as serve the ever growing market of prospective and current car owners.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor