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THE THIRD CONCOURS SOUTH AFRICA RETURNS TO SUN CITY 10 TO 12 AUGUST 2018

The much-anticipated third annual Concours South Africa will be held in Sun City from 10 to 12 August 2018. Hosted by Concours South Africa, it is one of a handful of such exclusive events in the Southern Hemisphere. Dating back to 17th century France, Concours d’Elegance is a term of French origin that means a […]

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2018 HSR Racing Season Begins Next Week at the 66th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring

The 2018 Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) season gets underway on the hallowed ground of Sebring International Raceway next week with a pair of HSR WeatherTech Sprint races in support of the 66th running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race weekend, March 14 – 17. A solid entry of […]

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CONCOURS SOUTH AFRICA 2018 PARTICIPANTS’ JUDGING WORKSHOP ON 24 FEBRUARY IN SANDTON

Concours South Africa will be hosting a Participants’ Judging Workshop at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton on Saturday, 24, from 01:00 pm.The workshop will be hosted by Concours South Africa Chief Judge Wayne Harley, and Senior Judge Marius Malherbe. Both judges have a wealth of experience in the classic car fields. Harley is the Curator […]

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THE 2018 KNYSNA MOTOR SHOW AIMS FOR 400 CLASIC CARS AND MOTORCYCLES ON APRIL 29

Held in prime holiday season in the heart of the glorious Garden Route, the 2018 Knysna Motor Show will be hosted for the seventh successive year on April 29, 2018. With sponsorship once again from Sanlam Private Wealth, the event is set to surpass all records once again and the target for this year is […]

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CLASSICS IN THE SUN

Killarney’s 17th Passion for Speed international classic car races played out to a sizeable crowd on a perfect Saturday afternoon tickled by a gentle southeaster as international and local racers entertained on track. Several classic races for cars and motorcycles called back the past as priceless machinery diced in the sun, but it was Pretoria […]

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KILLARNEY’S RED HOT CLASSIC

Cape Town race fans can look forward to classic racing as red hot as the regular searing February temperatures when the second round of the annual Passion for Speed historic racing double header visits the Killarney International Raceway Saturday 3 February, where a full program will see international classic racers taking on South Africa’s finest […]

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CLASSIC ZWARTKOPS SET TO STUN ON SATURDAY

Saturday is a huge day for Jozi race fans as the Zwartkops Raceway hosts its annual international time warp with the 17th Passion of Speed in a full program of overseas and local historic racing featuring the finest cars ever raced in Africa, back in action at the Pretoria circuit. Too dangerous to drive Magnificent […]

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Porsche reminds us that the 911 was originally called a 901

The numbers 9, 1 and 1, arranged in that order, are today iconic among sports car fans. The arrangement is the name of the car that signifies the essence of Porsche, so clearly it’s very important to the automaker. However, this wasn’t always the case. In fact, if it wasn’t for Peugeot, the 911 today […]

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Alex Zanardi, Will Race the 2019 Daytona 24 With BMW

The Italian racer will drive a specially prepared BMW M8 GTE in the 24-hour classic.Alex Zanardi, the Italian racer who lost both legs in a horrific 2001 CART crash, is headed to the 2019 Rolex Daytona 24 Hour race. At its 2017 season review Friday, BMW announced that Zanardi would drive a specially prepared M8 […]

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THE MAN OF THE YEAR — IS A WOMAN!

2017 proved another great racing season on track for Lindenberg Racing, which celebrated the end of a competitive year on track in fine style at the season ending Kyalami Historic Tour extravaganza on Saturday as Paige Lindenberg and the team toasted several awards following a most successful prize giving at the Midrand circuit… Paige earned […]

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2017 F1: Todt to stay as FIA president until 2021

Jean Todt will not face a rival as he secures his third and final four-year tenure as FIA president. F1’s governing body is on December 8 expected to ratify the 71-year-old Frenchman’s place at the top of the FIA for the 2018-2021 period. Under FIA rules, no president can serve for more than 12 years, […]

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Flame-throwing 1910 Fiat, the ‘Beast of Turin,’ will be driven at London show

The notorious, fire-spewing 1910 Fiat S76 speed-record car known as the “Beast of Turin” will thunder and quake on The Grand Avenue automotive catwalk at the 2018 London Classic Car Show, to be held February 15-18. The appearance of one of the world’s most-famous early racers will be a highlight at ExCeL London among the […]

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End of an era as Ferdinand Piëch finally cut ties with VW Group

 Two years ago, Ferdinand Piëch, then chairman of the Volkswagen Group, resigned from his post following a public spat with Martin Wintekorn, who was the automaker’s CEO at the time. The 80-year-old has now cut all ties with the VW Group by offloading his sizable stake in Porsche Automobil Holding (Porsche SE), the holding company […]

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NASCAR Has Surprising Roots in the Bootlegging of the Prohibition Era

NASCAR racing and the term stock car have deep roots in bootlegging, with backstories and characters that sound like something out of a less family-friendly Dukes of Hazzard episode. Bootleggers made their own moonshine before prohibition to dodge taxes. The term moonshine comes from late-night brewing sessions held at well-concealed stills. That way, smoke from […]

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VOLKSWAGEN MOTORSPORT CLAIM GOOD POINTS HAUL AT ZWARTKOPS – SASOL GTC SERIES

Round 4 of the 9 event Sasol GTC Series was contested at the Zwartkops Raceway to the west of Pretoria on Friday, June 16 and provided another opportunity for the Volkswagen squad of Mathew Hodges and Daniel Rowe to show their mettle. And it didn’t take too long for Hodges to find the pace needed […]

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Bloodhound SSC’s First Test Runs Scheduled for October

After years of delays, the Bloodhound team will finally begin testing in an effort to become the first car to reach 1000 mph.After years of delays and setbacks, the team behind the Bloodhound SSC has announced it will finally begin test runs of the jet-and-rocket-powered car in October of 2017, in an effort to become […]

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Bernd Rosemeyer – one of the Titans of Grand Prix racing

On the Frankfurt-Darmstadt autobahn, just beyond the Langen-Morfelden crossing and set back amongst the trees stands a monument to the great Rosemeyer. Originally from Lingen, Lower Saxony. His career, like many other drivers of the period, began in motorcycles. He competed in various local races including hill-climbs riding BMWs and NSU’s. He gained a reputation […]

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How the Indy 500 has changed motor racing and the car industry

Fernando Alonso has caused a wave of excitement about the Indy 500, but the event has been influencing motor racing and the car industry for over 100 years. ESPN takes a look at the iconic oval race’s best — and most important — innovations.  Rear-view mirrors The first time a rear-view mirror was placed on […]

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Moonshine and NASCAR: a history of speed

Moonshine and racing … so go the tall tales of the beginnings of NASCAR. Mountain men taking souped-up cars to push moonshine past the  authorities. Knox County sheriff’s deputies with a confiscated moonshine still circa 1922-23. Pictured are Ott Wagner, left, L.L. Robbins, Squire Tilman Greene Waggoner and John Wesley Bates. (Photo: News Sentinel Archive) Daniel […]

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Lawsuit claims Ferrari odometers have been rolled back with factory knowledge

Florida dealership allegedly performed odometer rollback on LaFerrari A veteran Ferrari salesman is suing a Florida Ferrari dealership for age discrimination, but his suit against the exotic carmaker also contains a more severe allegation of odometer-rollback software, the Daily Mail reports.Longtime Ferrari salesman Robert “Bud” Root has filed a suit against Ferrari of Palm Beach […]

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Fifty years of the Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling nameplate, globally, in the history of the automobile, having moved well over 40 million cars into the hands of owners. This is, in part, because Corolla is one of the nameplates with the greatest longevity, having existed continuously since its introduction to the world market 50 years ago in […]

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VW ends contract of historian researching its WW2 past; questions remain

More than a year after it was revealed that Volkswagen used illegal “defeat device” software in diesel cars to cheat on emissions tests, the company is still working to rebuild its reputation. Another crisis and ensuing public criticism is the last thing VW needs right now. But opaque statements and the effect of German labor […]

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WRC to change running order rule, Power Stage point system in 2017

The World Rally Championship is set to tweak the running order rule it introduced this year and which was highly criticised by Sebastien Ogier and his Volkswagen team.The new regulations forced the championship leader, which was Ogier throughout the entire season, to start first on the road on the first two days of each rally. […]

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Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah aims to extend lead

 Overdrive Racing has called in its heavyweight drivers in a bid to give Toyota a first ever victory in Baja Spain Aragon, round five of this year’s FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies.Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah takes a break from his Olympic Games’ shooting preparations to drive the top-seeded Toyota Hilux alongside his regular […]

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Red Bull Wings prepare for sand dune landing on Silk Way Rally

The 2016 Silk Way Rally has entered its third and final country and the race pace shows no signs of slowing down. Having conquered testing terrain in both Russia and Kazakhstan the Silk Way convoy is currently locked in an intense battle over the sands of the Gobi Desert in China. In the car category […]

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Cause for celebration: 50 years of Volkswagen Motorsport

Exactly 50 years ago, on 11th July 1966, a group of Munich-based traders and importers who shared an interest in sport founded the “Verband Formel V Europa e. V.” – this was the birth of Volkswagen Motorsport. However, it all started in the USA back in 1963: it was here that the car maker from […]

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Great Wall of China beckons for Peking to Paris Motor Challenge

The sixth Peking to Paris Motor Challenge will begin on Sunday 12th June 2016 as 110 crews cross the start line at the Great Wall of China in Beijing with an 8,500mile rally ahead of them.Competitors will cross eleven countries including Mongolia’s Gobi Desert, Russia and Belarus before entering Europe to reach the finish line […]

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RECORD SUPERCAR ENTRY FOR METTET RX

The official entry list for the third round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Mettet in Belgium (13-15 May) has been released by the FIA. The event also hosts the first round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship, contributing to a record-breaking entry of 49 Supercars. In the FIA World Rallycross Championship, the permanent […]

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CS Santosh Wins Desert Storm for Suzuki in Moto Class

 Suzuki Motorcycle India teamed up with CS Santosh, to take top spot in the Moto Class at the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm 2016. Santosh, the only Indian to have participated twice at the Dakar Rally, defended the champion’s tag powering his Suzuki RMX450Z Rally to win by a handsome margin of over nine minutes ahead […]

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Renault Revives Iconic Alpine Brand With This Stunning Vision Concept

 You’re looking at the newly unveiled Alpine Vision. The classic A110-inspired concept is close to production ready, and it looks absolutely incredible   The Alpine A110 was one of the most stunningly beautiful and dynamically capable cars of the 1960s. Released in 1961, the car was competitive for over a decade, winning its first rally […]

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Passion for Speed Historic Festival opens season racing season on high note

  The 2016 South African Circuit racing season started on a high note at the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria on Saturday (January 30).The annual international historic Passion for Speed festival filled Zwartkops to the rafters, and provided the huge crowd with brilliant spectacle, close racing and fantastic nostalgia. The day’s highlights were the races for […]

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Champion of Champions Legends Pre-1970 – Zwartkops – Saturday 30 January

  From 1966 to 1974 the USA had one of the greatest Production Car Racing Formulas. The Great Trans-Am Series. Trans-Am was the product of the great “Pony” car boom which emerged in the late fifties and early sixties when a new generation of young and “thirty somethings” demanded performance. It started with the Corvettes, […]

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The 9th South African TT Revival Series

Nine years ago Zwartkops added motorcycling to the annual “Passion for Speed” weekend that has become so popular at Zwartkops Raceway. Since classic and historic motorcycles were added to the program the event has evolved from featuring a series of high speed parades to one which includes the first two rounds of the “South Africa […]

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Rock ‘n Roll to the beat and the sound of the 60’s – Zwartkops – Saturday, 30th January

Rock ‘n Roll to the beat and the sound of the 60’s – The Golden Age of Motor racing. When the 2nd World War babies grew up their music was rock ‘n roll and the beat was “Go Go Go” which gave birth to the Golden Age of Motor racing. On Saturday and Sunday Zwartkops […]

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All-new KIA Optima and Sorento win ‘International Car of the Year’ Awards

 In conjunction with the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, Road & Travel Magazine (RTM) has named the 2016 KIA Optima as its International Car of the Year. RTM jurors praised the all-new edition of KIA’s perennial best-seller for its aggressive design, long list of available features, impressive powertrain options and great value. RTM also named […]

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The Datsun 240Z: One of the Greatest Sports Cars Ever Made

We can’t talk about Nissan’s greatest sports car and not start with the brand’s biggest rival. In 1967, Toyota released the 2000GT, a world-class grand tourer that served as a halo car for the entire Japanese auto industry. With its gorgeous supercar looks, free-revving double overhead cam straight six, and an unforgettable appearance in the […]