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Today: Daimler Buses with battery-electric bus models and fuel cell drive technology

 Benz & Cie. delivered the first bus with a combustion engine on 12 March 1895   Premiere in the scheduled regular service connecting Siegen, Netphen and Deuz .    Combustion engine revolutionised the segment once dominated by horse-drawn carriages and steam buses Today: Daimler Buses with battery-electric bus models and fuel cell drive technology Since […]

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And now some good news: Tiger Tasmania Rally, Australia, this Nov

A new automotive adventure ‘down under’ from Bespoke Rallies Living up to its reputation for delivering innovative classic motoring experiences, Bespoke Rallies is running a 25-day 5,763km adventure in Tasmania and Victoria state, Australia, this November. Named after the now extinct marsupial that roamed Tasmania as recently as the 1930s, Tiger Tasmania is for pre-1985 […]

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Alfa Romeo 110 year milestone celebrated at Silverstone Classic

Legendary Italian manufacturer reaches 110 year milestone this summer The special ‘Greatest Hits’ racecard at this summer’s 30th birthday Silverstone Classic (31 July-2 August) is completed with a pair of super-evocative Alfa Romeo 110th Anniversary Celebration Races. Scheduled as a crowd-pleasing double-header on both Saturday and Sunday, these two showdowns are set to attract unprecedented […]

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Bloodhound’s Dream Of Smashing Speed Of Sound Alive Cash Injection Needed To Keep 

Wing Commander Andy Green’s 1997 land speed record may well remain intact. It is just a shame that the person who wants to break it is Green himself. The man who clocked 763mph almost a quarter of a century ago is the man in the cockpit again for UK-based Bloodhound LSR, an ambitious project that aims to […]

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Goodwood Festival of Speed to celebrate Mario the Maestro

Goodwood has announced that one of greatest all-round racing drivers of all time, Mario Andretti, is to be celebrated at the 2020 Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard, taking place from 9-12 July. Mario, who celebrates his 80th birthday today, was the original inspiration behind this year’s Festival of Speed theme: “The Maestros – Motorsport’s […]

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EXCITING OPENER FOR FORMULA VEE’S 55TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON

The South African National Formula Vee series celebrates its 55th season of close racing in 2020. The series started on 15 May 1965 with three Formula Vee’s lining up on the Kyalami grid. Since then the series has carried National Championship status for the majority of its 55 year existence, with champions like Dave Charlton, […]

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Career of Motorsport Legend John Surtees to be Celebrated at 2020 Classic TT

The remarkable career of John Surtees CBE, one of the greatest names in Motorsport – two wheels and four – will be celebrated at this year’s Classic TT presented by Bennetts. John Surtees, the only man to ever win two and four wheel World Championships, will be recognised with a celebration lap featuring some of […]

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Evans and Rovanperä move further ahead after SS4 in Rally Sweden

With no snow on this stage, it was tricky going for the FIA World Rally Championship crews on Rally Sweden’s SS4. Changeable grip levels made for nervous and cautious driving from even the bravest crews, but for two crews concentrating on their own driving. This played favourably into the hands of Toyota Gazoo Racing as […]

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A century later, Citroën plans another Sahara crossing – with electric vehicles

In mid-December of 1922, Citroën had what it called “the audacity” to attempt to drive motorized vehicles across the Sahara. The drive south across the African desert to Timbuktu (English spelling of the historic stop on the medieval trading route) covered nearly 1,970 miles and 21 days. On February 5 during the Retromobile collector car […]

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Land Speed Record 1920 Sunbeam 350hp fitted with new gearbox

The British National Motor Museum’s Land Speed Record breaking 1920 Sunbeam 350hp has been fitted with a replacement gearbox to match its rebuilt engine, decades after losing its original gearbox. The ongoing project to restore and preserve Sir Malcolm Campbell’s iconic machine, which set a 150mph World Land Speed Record nearly a century ago, has […]

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4,000 km ‘Incredible India’ vintage car rally to kick off from Delhi next month

The 23-day ‘Incredible India Rally’ organised by a heritage trust will culminate in the City of Lakes, Udaipur, on March 10 where the participants, comprising nearly 15 global vintage car aficionados and s Seeking to promote India as a global heritage motoring tourism destination, a nearly 4,000 km expedition of iconic vintage cars will kick off from […]

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HISTORIC CITY HITS ZWARTKOPS

Cracking racing and a cool new HRSA initiative This weekend sees Historic Racing South Africa’s 2020 championships kicking off in spectacular style when the Pre-1990 Sports and GTs, Pre-’81 Historic Saloons and the HRCR Pursuit series join the ever-popular Passion for Speed races at Zwartkops Saturday 1 February. Not only does each class offer a […]

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BMW made a V-16-powered 750iL named “Goldfisch” in 1987

The 1980s were a time of excess, and brought with them the rise of BMW and Mercedes-Benz as the cars of choice to project success.It should come as no surprise, then, that German automakers and excess overlapped more than once. This V-16-powered 1987 BMW 750iL is one of the best examples of the intersection between […]

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Ickx joins select group of Hall of Fame internationals

On March 17, Belgian Formula 1 and endurance racing legend Jacky Ickx will join an elite group of non-Americans inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA). “The MSHFA is unique in that it honors every form of motorsports, (but) for foreign nationals, only achievements in North America are considered,” explained MSHFA President […]

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 Will Return: Awesome South African Formula One Cars

A salute to our Champions At Zwartkops on the 1st February 2020 we can all experience what South Africans achieved in the early 1960’s.  South Africa ruled in modifying and developing Alfa twin cam engines which in many instances beat the engines of the day (Climax Borgword) and then proceeded to build cars which challenged the […]

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When ‘Quick Vic’ left the specialists behind in Monte Carlo

  Believe it or not, there was once a bygone era when diversification was a rule rather than an exception for drivers. In 1968, Vic Elford wasn’t just making up the numbers at the Monte Carlo rally, but racing his Porsche 911 with so much talent – and with the help of expert co-driver David […]

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This Lancia Stratos Is Cooler Than Many Ferraris

Spectacular examples of both the original and modern tribute are coming up for auction. Lancia has produced no shortage of legends over the course of its long history, but few can hold a candle to the iconic Stratos. So long is the shadow that it cast that it’s since been revived in a modern tribute that’s been decades […]

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Ahead of Its Time: This 1925 Lancia Lambda Torpédo Is Deceptively Modern

BY GRAHAM KOZAK   Packing a V4, independent front suspension and monocoque construction, the Lambda was a revolution. One of the most gratifying aspects of the classic car hobby is, at least for me, how my appreciation for different marques and eras only broadens with time. Experience and exposure enable you to pick up on nuances […]

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Carlos Ghosn Is Preparing a Tell-All; What Will It Mean for Nissan?

Planned press conference could be damaging to the company and its execs. When former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn, under house arrest and staring down two financial-crimes trials in Japan, bolted for Lebanon, he left in his wake dozens of unanswered questions. Investigators are looking into matters such as who exactly planned the Dec. 30 escape, who […]

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Racing Underway on Opening Day of HSR Classic Sebring 12 Hour

The fourth running of the Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Classic Sebring 12 Hour officially began with opening practice Thursday at Sebring International Raceway where the first race winners of the season-ending HSR Sebring Historics were also crowned after a rapid-fire run of three-straight races brought the afternoon to a competitive close. Saturday’s and Sunday’s HSR […]

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MACAU GRAND PRIX 2019: THE STORY SO FAR

The 66th annual running of the prestigous Macau Grand Prix has seen the new-generation of FIA Formula 3 cars tackle the legendary Guia circuit as lap records tumbled from the outset. Practice One Marcus Armstrong set record-breaking pace for Prema Theodore Racing in the opening session for this years Macau Grand Prix. The Kiwi set an unofficial lap record of the Guia Circuit […]

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Bloodhound LSR revealed as testing get underway

… but it’s all about slowing down Bloodhound team thankful for unprecedented support from the Northern Cape Government and local work force preparing desert ‘racetrack’ The Bloodhound Land Speed Record (LSR) team today revealed the car aiming to claim a new World Land Speed Record next year, seen for the first time in completed desert spec […]

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THE WRC WILL TAKE CENTRE STAGE AT THIS WEEK’S RALLYLEGEND EVENT WITH SOME OF THE SERIES’ GREATEST STARS AND CARS ENTERTAINING IN SAN MARINO.

Italian two-time world champion Miki Biasion marks two significant anniversaries at this year’s event, the first being the start of his career, which came in a Group 1 Opel Kadett GTE in 1979. Ten years later, Biasion secured the first of those two titles with Lancia. He will drive a 037 this week. Biasion will be […]

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Rally the Globe Carrera Iberia driving adventure underway

The final countdown has commenced to the first of Rally the Globe’s exciting new portfolio of epic worldwide driving events: this month’s eagerly-anticipated – and impressively sold-out – Carrera Iberia (7-17 October). Launched late last year, Rally the Globe is a new, not-for-profit club established by a number of regular historic rally competitors to provide […]

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FIA Historic Masters crowns its Champions

The 2019 FIA Masters Champions are Matteo Ferrer-Aza, Martin Stretton, Henry Fletcher, Jason Wright/Andy Wolfe and Chris Jolly/Steve Farthing. Ferrer-Aza is the new post-78 FIA Masters Historic Formula One champion, with Stretton and Fletcher lifting the post-83 and pre-78 titles respectively. Wright and Wolfe took top honours in the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship, […]

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Alfa Romeo displays the legendary RL Super Sport “Targa Florio” at the Zoute Grand Prix 2019

Boasting a unique sporting heritage around the world, the Alfa Romeo brand will be tackling the traditional Zoute Grand Prix once again, with a model which has marked its history. The car in question is a 1923 Alfa Romeo RL Super Sport “Targa Florio”, on loan from the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo. The Alfa Romeo RL range […]

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Porsche Will Run This Awesome Vintage Coke Livery at the Petit Le Mans

We love it when a race team brings back a favorite old livery, so we especially love today’s news: at the 22nd running of the Motul Petit Le Mans next month, the Porsche GT Team’s twin 911 RSR race cars will sport a throwback Coca-Cola livery, paying homage to Bob Akin’s legendary red and white […]

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Legendary Ford Performance Car Specialist and Dealer Basil Green Inducted Into South African Hall of Fame

As the man behind the legendary range of Perana-branded fast Fords which dominated local motorsport and performance road cars in the 1960s and Seventies, Basil Green has been honoured for his remarkable achievements by being inducted into the South African Hall of Fame. The SA Hall of Fame serves to tell the stories of extraordinary […]

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Bentley to build new ‘continuation’ series of 4½-litre Blower cars from scratch

The iconic pre-war Bentley 4½-litre Blower will be recreated in a new series of 12 cars Bentley has announced that it will build a new series of 4½-litre ‘Blower’ cars from scratch, using original moulds and scans of existing cars. A total of 12 models will be built as part of the recreation series. Each will […]

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HISTORICS MARCH ON PRETORIA

Yesterday’s racers set for Zwartkops Historic Racing South Africa returns to home ground when the series’ three classes race in Pretoria on Saturday 7 September, following its away race adventures in East London last time out. The classic Sports & GTs, Universal Health Pre-80 Saloon Cars and Charlie’s SuperSpar Historic Pursuit series will celebrate spring […]

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AMID BENTLEY’S 100TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS, A BENTLEY WINS PEBBLE

How a somewhat plain Bentley 8-liter won the biggest prize in collector cardom In case you hadn’t heard despite near-continuous carpet-bombing coverage all year that included everything short of home mailers, robocalls and candygrams (“Candygram for Mongo!” “Mongo like candy …” kaboom!), this is Bentley’s 100th anniversary. This anniversary is significant to us who like cars because, […]