Start your engines for DStv’s #RevFest!


#RevFest races onto our screens with a brand-new season of Top Gear

Get ready for a high-octane line-up of programming for petrolheads and car and bike enthusiasts. Here’s our pick of high-speed highlights on DStv:

Top Gear S27 

New season, new hosts, and Top Gear is bigger – and tougher – than ever before! England cricket legend Freddie Flintoff and comedian Paddy McGuinness join Chris Harris to bring their humour, expertise, daring, and a good helping of crazy to the 27th season of world's biggest motoring show. The first episode sees Chris put the Ferrari 488 Pista and McLaren 600LT through their paces at the track while the newbies head into the searing heat of the Ethiopian desert in their first cars. But don’t worry, they’ll have plenty of time to cool off in the wilds of Iceland later in the season … hopefully just before heading into the sweltering Borneo rainforest. The new season promises the fastest, toughest and most extreme Top Gear challenges to date, all because no one takes testing cars more seriously than Top Gear. (And also because the hosts neglected to check the small print on their contracts before signing.) And yes, you can expect to see more of the mysterious white-suited racing driver known to the authorities - and indeed the rest of us - as the Stig.

Thursdays on BBC Brit (120) at 20:00
Also available on Catch Up and to stream online with DStv Now

Series

Ballers S5

When football calls, Spencer Stasmore’s got to answer. That’s right, Ballers is back for a brand-new season! The sports drama series will air almost concurrently with the US broadcast, and will be up simultaneously on Showmax. Season 5 comes in on the stand-off between Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) and college football’s governing body, the NCAA, with Spencer vowing to be a representative for “every guy who couldn’t beat the system.”

Starts on Monday 26 August on 1Magic (103) at 21:30

Reality and Doccies:

Goblin Works Garage

The cars of yesteryear are lovely to look at … but terrible to drive. This is where the trend of “restomodding” comes in: the phenomenon of combining classic styling with modern technology (think power steering, ABS and race-tuned engines) brings new life to classics like the Datsun 280Z and Ford Escort 1600 Sport. It’s the best of both worlds! Find out how it all comes together on Goblin Works Garage on Discovery Channel. The show features Jimmy de Ville, Ant Partridge and Helen Stanley restomodding some of the world’s most collectable cars.

Fridays on Discovery Channel (DStv channel 121) at 20:00

Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up

English car trader Mike Brewer presents Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up. He travels around the world to buy and sell used cars in different countries. Beginning with US$3 000, he embarks on a global mission to trade up from skedonk to super-car.

Saturdays on Ignition (DStv channel 189) at 21:00

How Do They Do It?

Ever wondered how the world’s most powerful trucks are built? These giants are feats of engineering, and one of three fascinating subjects (along with how the world’s biggest DNA database helps forensic investigators solve crimes, and how paraffin is used to make cheese) tackled in this curiosity-pleasing episode of How Do They Do It?

Sunday 8 September on Discovery Channel (121) at 09:10

Car Fix S2

Craftsmen Lou Santiago and Jared Zimmerman show you how to do repairs, mods and upgrades on your car.

Saturdays on Ignition at 10:00

Auto Mundial

This long-running weekly magazine show brings you all the latest news from the world of motoring.

Thursdays & Fridays on Ignition at 20:00

Ignition GT

Featuring the hottest motoring news, Ignition GT puts you behind the wheel of the latest models on the market.

Thursdays on Ignition at 20:30

Shifting Gears with Aaron Kaufman

Custom-vehicle visionary Aaron Kaufman and his crew take on unique and challenging builds. Watch as they come to life.

Sundays on Discovery at 09:35

Kindig Customs: Mint Condition

Dave Kindig and co craft one-of-a-kind vehicles for demanding and sometimes famous clients.

Fridays on Discovery at 09:35

Movies

Need for Speed

Fans of The Fast and the Furious will love this street-racing action movie starring Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad’s Jesse Pinkman), Rami Malek, Dominic Cooper and Michael Keaton. Fresh out of jail, a street racer who was framed by a powerful business partner signs up for a cross country race with revenge as his true goal. But when his former partner gets wind of the plan, the stakes suddenly become life or death as a massive bounty is put on his head as the race begins.

Monday 2 September on M-Net Movies Action+ at 17:50
Available on Catch Up and online at DStv Now »

The Load

This 2018 Serbian/French-produced war drama has garnered acclaim at both Cannes and the Zagreb Film Festival and boasts a 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating. It’s 1999 in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, where NATO bombs have turned the countryside into a desolate wasteland marked by tension and fear. Against this backdrop, a truck driver named Vlada is tasked with transporting an undisclosed load from Kosovo to Belgrade. He doesn’t ask questions. He avoids attention, avoids traffic. He drives. But he knows that once the job is over, he’ll have to go home and face the consequences.

Sunday 22 September on SundanceTV (108)

The Last Stand

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Johnny Knoxville feature in this action flick but the real star is a souped-up Corvette ZR1 that can hit 250mph, the getaway car of choice for a drug cartel head fleeing for the border. Schwarzenegger is Sheriff Ray Owens, who goes in hot pursuit.

24 August to 28 September on M-Net Movies Action+ on Catch Up

Knight and Day

Several scene-stealing classics feature in this Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz action comedy, including two 1960s Pontiacs and a BMW Z4, which lights up the road in a chase scene set in Spain. The story? A woman finds herself caught up in a globetrotting spy saga when she meets a mysterious stranger on a flight.

10 August to 28 September on M-Net Movies Action+ on Catch Up

Speed Racer

Written and directed by the Wachowskis (The Matrix), Speed Racer features a young Emile Hirsch as an almost unbeatable race-car driver who helms the speed machine known as the Mach 5. After discovering that powerful moguls fix the outcome of the races, he enters the same race that killed his brother.

18 to 27 August on M-Net Movies Action+ on Catch Up

Batman’s 80th birthday

From the sleek, Art Deco-inspired “Keaton Mobile” in Batman and Batman Returns to the tank-like Tumbler in The Dark Knight Trilogy, the Batmobile is the most awesome car in cinema! Check out its various incarnations as TNT celebrates Batman’s 80th birthday in September. Seven Batman films – from 1989 to 2012 – air over three weeks. Which is your favourite Batmobile?

Batman: Saturday 7 September on TNT at 17:55
Batman Returns: Saturday 7 September on TNT at 20:00
Batman Forever: Saturday 14 September on TNT at 18:00
Batman and Robin: Saturday 14 September on TNT at 20:00
Batman Begins: Saturday 21 September on TNT at 17:45
The Dark Knight: Saturday 21 September on TNT at 20:00

The Dark Knight Rises: Saturday 21 September on TNT at 22:30

Sport

Formula One

Sundays are anything but laid back this September, with all the hottest Grand Prix action kicking into high gear every weekend on SuperSport 5 and 2. Belgium and Italy will take centre stage ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix on 22 September. The floodlit Singapore race promises high-octane action, as it takes place on the bumpy and twisty Marina Bay Street circuit, one of the toughest on the calendar. This is a track with very little room for error – even the smallest mistake could end in disaster. The following week it’s on to the Sochi Autodrome in Russia, with Japan, Mexico, the US and Brazil still to come ahead of the final showdown in Abu Dhabi on 1 December.

Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday 1 September on SuperSport 5 (205) at 13:30 
Italian Grand Prix on Sunday 8 September on SuperSport 2 (202) at 13:35
Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday 22 September on SuperSport 2 (202) at 12:30
Russian Grand Prix on Sunday 29 September on SuperSport 2 (202) at 11:35 

Also look out for SuperSport’s coverage of the MotoGP, ITM SuperSprint supercar races, the FIA World Rallycross Championship and the FIM Superbike World Championship action throughout September.

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