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Bloodhound land speed record attempt disbanded

Bloodhound Programme Ltd, the company behind the Bloodhound SSC land speed record attempt, was disbanded Friday after it failed to secure new funds. The attempt had been on hold since October 15 when Bloodhound entered administration, a process similar to bankruptcy protection. To get off the ground, it needed to raise some $33 million. “While not […]

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Classic 24 at Daytona champions crowned

The fourth running of the Historic Sportscar Racing Classic Daytona presented by IMSA wrapped up Sunday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway after 24 hours of close and competitive racing produced six different Run Group Champions. Each Run Group winner was presented with a custom HSR Classic Daytona 24 Hour B.R.M. Chronographes watch for their day-long […]

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Hyundai Motor emerging as motor sports powerhouse

Hyundai Motor’s racing cars led drivers to take the top spot in the first World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) and to be the runner-up in the 2018 World Rally Championship, the company said Monday.The WTCR, one of races authorized by the International Automobile Federation (FIA), started after the merger of the TCR International Series and […]

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French custom shop built a sinister Lamborghini Espada hot-rod

Hot rod culture is typically an American phenomenon. But the French have tried their hand at it with occasional positive results. France-based shops Danton Arts Kustoms and Carrosserie Hervé created this Lamborghini Espada hot rod, and it has all the elements of hot rod style though in a more modern package. To start, the shops […]

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New ‘Rally the Globe’ club plots epic endurance rally challenge

A new car club has been launched by rallying mastermind Fred Gallagher, but it’s a tad different to other classic car fraternities. With backing from a number of influential endurance rally participants, Rally the Globe has been established as a means to deliver ‘unrivalled levels of experience, vision and voyage’. Open to owners of pre-1976 classic and […]

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Historic Tour finale boasts international flavour at Zwartkops on 3 November 2018

The 2018 Historic Tour will end on a high note at the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria next Saturday (November 3), with four overseas entries, plus the cream of South Africa’s historic race cars and drivers on the entry list. Jeffrey Kruger should be a winning favourite in the TAR Plymouth Baracuda. Picture: RacePics.co.za Topping the day’s […]

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Panoz GTR-1 and DeltaWing return to the track at Petit Le Mans

This year’s Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta will include an on-track tribute to the late Don Panoz. The visionary entrepreneur, who passed away last month at the age of 83, was most famous for reviving North American sports car racing by founding the American Le Mans Series. The series ran its first season in […]

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The time Jacky Ickx almost drove in NASCAR for Junior Johnson

Jacky Ickx had a storied racing career racing almost every type of car—except the most popular competition in the U.S. His resume includes six 24 Hours of Le Mans wins, eight Formula One victories, a Can-Am championship, the grueling Dakar Rally, and he even raced motorcycles for a time. The suave Belgian got his start in the mid-1960s and […]

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler terminated over dieselgate

Volkswagen on Tuesday terminated Audi Chief Executive Officer Rupert Stadler after lengthy discussions between the automaker’s legal team and its board of directors. Stadler, who has been jailed since June in Germany, was also stripped of his position on VW’s board of management. “Due to his ongoing pretrial detention, he is unable to fulfill his […]

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Seven decades of motorsport: Porsche turns 70

Ferdinand’s finest has become the world’s most prolific maker of race cars, delivering more than 300 track-only specials each year. The legacy burns brightest in these categories Porsche’s 70th birthday sees the marque in ruder health than ever before. Wheels celebrates the company’s seven decades of engineering excellence forged on road and track. GT   GT racing marks […]

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Maserati the main partner of Gran Premio Nuvolari

The Gran Premio Nuvolari, a regularity rally only open to historic cars built between 1919 and 1972, will be held from 13 to 16 September on a route which starts and ends in Mantua, the birthplace of Tazio Nuvolari. Maserati will be paying tribute to the “Flying Mantuan”, one of the greatest drivers of all […]

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MOTORCYCLE RIDER LYNDON POSKITT TRAVELS THE WORLD – CELEBRITY NAVIGATOR AT HARRISMITH 400 

When the British motorcycle rider, Lyndon Poskitt (39) gets into the navigator seat of the Red-Lined Motorsport Nissan Navara at the upcoming Harrismith 400, the fifth and penultimate round of the South African Cross Country Series that takes place on 14 and 15 September, he would have been riding his motorcycle for 1 155 days, crossed […]

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10,000,000TH FORD MUSTANG BUILT, WITH NO SIGN OF SLOWING DOWN

Ten million cars is a lot of cars. Only about 25 nameplates have ever crossed that mega-threshold and now, Ford adds its Mustang to that list. The Blue Oval invited owners of all 54 years out to its Dearborn, Michigan, headquarters and then to the Flat Rock Plant, where the Mustang has been built since the fifth generation began production in […]

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Debut of Brabham BT62 in North America at Monterey Car Week

Celebrating one of the most important countries in its racing and family history, Brabham Automotive is teaming up with Michelin to debut the sensational Brabham BT62 in the United States, with a fitting tribute to American hero and ex-Brabham Formula 1 winner, Dan Gurney, at this year’s Monterey Car Week. Fresh from its public dynamic […]

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JAY LENO: THE INCOMPARABLE 1934 DUESENBERG MODEL J

One of the all time great american automobiles There’s never been another American car like  Duesenberg Model J. Introduced in 1929 just as the the stock market crashed, the Model J was exclusive and wildly expensive. A bare chassis was $8,500, or $120,000 today. In 1932, the price went to $9,500, and that’s all you got; […]

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Internationalisation of the BMW and MINI Driving Experience proceeding apace.

Training all over the world South Africa becomes first country in Africa to receive the “BMW Driving Experience, Official Partner of M” certificate as the seal of approval for the highest standards of quality. The successful BMW and MINI Driving Experience model is now even more international. The successful BMW and MINI Driving Experience model […]

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MIKE MANLEY REPLACES AILING SERGIO MARCHIONNE AS FCA CEO

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Saturday appointed Mike Manley to replace the seriously ill Sergio Marchionne as its CEO. Manley, 54, a native of England, has headed Jeep since 2009 and the Ram brand since 2015. “Fiat Chrysler Automobiles communicates with profound sorrow that during the course of this week unexpected complications arose while Mr. Marchionne was […]

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A 1909 STAR 12 HP TOURER WILL BE A STELLAR ATTRACTION AT CONCOURS SOUTH AFRICA 2018

One of the most remarkable Vintage and Veteran cars in South Africa, a 1909 Star 12 HP Tourer, has been entered for Concours South Africa 2018 at Steyn City on 10-12 August. Apart from the fact that this car is one of only four Star cars ever to be brought into South Africa, and that this is […]

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Button and Stewart lead Festival of Speed silver jubilee line-up

Goodwood has revealed a glittering line-up for the silver jubilee running of its famous Festival of Speed hillclimb, with Formula 1, rally and motorbike racing all included. As ever, F1 past and present will be fully represented at the event, which takes place on July 12-15 2018. Jenson Button is to pilot a Honda RA301 from 1968, […]

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 Travis Pastrana lands three Evel Knievel jumps

Travis Pastrana pays tribute to Evel Knievel, recreating three of his most iconic feats during the spectacular History event “Evel Live” – exceeds two of Knievel’s most famous records and lands Caesars Palace Fountain jump, 50 years after Knievel’s legendary crash, in front of an estimated 25,000 fans watching in-person from Las Vegas and more tuning in […]

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When Porsche tackled Dakar with a hypercar

The mid-Eighties were good to Porsche. The 911 Turbo was flying out of the showroom faster than folk could shout ‘Buy.’ And seven successive wins turned a day in La Sarthe into an annual Zuffenhausen benefit.  But that wasn’t enough. That four-wheel-drive thing was happening in rallying; maybe that was worth a look? These were the […]

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Steve McQueen’s Bullitt Mustang is coming to the UK!

The long-lost 1968 Ford Mustang fastback GT immortalized by Steve McQueen in Bullitt will have its European debut during the Goodwood Festival of Speed, July 12-15 – and it’s got company! The legendary 1968 Ford Mustang GT immortalised by Steve McQueen in Warner Bros. Pictures’ classic Bullitt, thought lost in the ether of time until earlier this […]

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Hero NASCAR driver explains how he saved a family from a car about to explode

As NASCAR driver Jesse Iwuji was driving down a California highway Sunday on his way home from the Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway, he pulled over to help a family on the side of the road and likely their lives. Iwuji — a 30-year-old driver in the developmental K&N Pro Series who is also a […]

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Rudolf Caracciola The weekend Racer turned Grand Prix Legend

was born in the town of Remagen, Germany on January 30, 1901 the son of parents whose family it was said originally came from Italy. When still a trainee at the Fafnir-Automobilwerke in Aachen, he started in the 1922 Avus race in Berlin and finished fourth in has class. The following year he won his first […]

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Simon Fourie to sell his famous classic bike collection

Show day: Sunday July 8, Hartbeespoort Resort Simon Fourie, the unfortunate father of The Bike Show’s Donovan Fourie, has a collection of classic motorcycles that has moved from myth to legend. Fourie, who’s famous antics include the man behind Bike SA Magazine and his record run from Durban to Johannesburg in less than three hours, has been collecting classic motorcycles […]

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PICK-UP TRUCKS WILL BE HUGE AT THE CLASSIC CAR SHOW, NASREC, JULY 1, 2018

The fascination with old-style American Pick-Up Trucks continues in the wild, whacky world of hot rodding and classic custom car collecting. At each and every rendition of The Classic Car Show held over the past six years, more and more of these soulful American “trucks” make an appearance, and there is a whole industry dedicated to restoring them these days, […]

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Grand Prix history: Hermann Lang and the Silver Arrows

Born in 1909, Lang’s career started like many other drivers, on motorcycles. While the majority of the other drivers exchanged two wheels for four, Lang exchanged 3 wheels for four, having competed in sidecar competitions. He would later comment that this gave him an advantage, as the cornering characteristics were similar to cars. The economic […]

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Blink And You’ll Miss It: This Mk2 Ford Escort Is One Hell-Raising Hill Climber

The ultimate Escort? It sounds like an oxymoron. There are so many, over so many years, from the World Rally Championship-winning Waldegård and Vatanen cars all the way to Ken Block’s more recent Hoonigan creations. But burning rubber for YouTube videos aside, what would be the ultimate competition Escort? I found a definite contender nestled […]

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Porsche Decked Out Two 911 RSRs In Thowback Liveries For Le Mans

Porsche may have pulled its front-running 919 Hybrid prototypes from Le Mans, but it’ll still be there this year – just not in the top class. In fact there’ll be no fewer than ten of its 911 RSRs competing in the GT classes, and two of them will wear the classic liveries you see here. Like the one-off 918 Spyder  brought you […]

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The Rich History of the Rallye des Princesses

In the early days of auto racing, female drivers and female-only motorsport events were far less of a rarity than they are today. The 1901 Paris-Berlin road race featured Camille du Gast, a French sportswoman and philanthropist, and Baroness Hélène van Zuylen, wife of the president of the Automobile Club de France. Du Gast started […]

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Mille Miglia: 1,000 miles of fear

“It was the only race that frightened me, actually,” motorsport legend Stirling Moss says of Italy’s historic endurance rally — the Mille Miglia. “It certainly was one of the races throughout the year where I thought, ‘Oh God,’ because I didn’t know where I was going.” Translated as the “Thousand Miles,” the race was held […]

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Women in motorsport through the decades

Overview of the achievements of some great women in the sport. Pre 1950 Motor sport events, in which ladies could compete, have existed since the earliest days of the sport and date back to the first known ladies’ motorised tricycle race in 1897. Up until 1910 there were, however, few opportunities for women to compete, […]

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A PIECE OF PASSION ….WRITTEN BY REGHARD ROETS

INTRO BY LEON BOTHA In the world of motorsport you do not easily find much more than criticism, no matter on what level you participate or think your wisdom fits in. After reading this piece written from Reghard Roets’ heart – from the same room in which he stores his love for motorsport and people, […]

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A PAIR OF CLASSIC CATS TO TACKLE THE JAGUAR SIMOLA HILLCLIMB

 Classic Car Friday at the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb will see a fleet of 64 incredibly desirable and valuable machines take to the hill – two of which will participate under the official Jaguar Classic banner. Making its Jaguar Simola Hillclimb debut is a special 1972 E-TYPE, once owned by Princess Marie of Liechtenstein. Her Serene […]

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THIS YEAR’S PREMIER CLASSIC CAR EVENT – THE KNYSNA MOTOR SHOW ON APRIL 29, 2018

There is no doubt that the year’s premier classic, vintage, veteran and collectable motorcycle event will be the 2018 Knysna Motor Show, taking place on April 29 at the Knysna High School Sports Grounds, between 9 am and 4pm in one of the most idyllic locations on the Garden Route. Organised by the Garden Route […]

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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 […]