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Citroën DS

Nothing shouted ‘advancement through engineering’ quite like this and it remains one of the most extraordinary cars ever.Onlookers gasped in astonishment at the sight of the DS 19 Berline when the covers were pulled off the Citroën at the 1955 Paris salon. Nobody had ever seen anything quite like it. People were genuinley unsure if […]

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Lime Rock Historic Festival 37 celebrates ‘Italian Masterpieces’

The Historic Festival at Lime Rock Park, now in its 37th year, is staged to be one of the year’s largest gatherings of historic and vintage Italian-made vehicles in North America. Held over Labor Day weekend, Thursday, Aug. 29 – Monday Sept. 2, the festival is the only North American classic car race and concours […]

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Canadian man still driving his Ford Model T after 70 years

Ford has long rallied around its “Built Ford Tough” slogan to sell modern-day F-Series pickups, but this man’s Model T pickup provides a whole new meaning for the tagline. Randall Pitman has owned his 1927 Model T pickup for 70 years and he still drives it to this day, starting it with the hand crank every time. The […]

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WALK THROUGH 125 YEARS OF MERCEDES MOTORSPORT HISTORY

From the First ‘Horseless Carriage Competition’ to the most recent, Mercedes was there The vast majority of the car companies we know and love today did not exist in 1894. Lamborghini: 1963, Ferrari: 1939, Porsche: 1931, Bentley: 1919, General Motors: 1908, Ford: 1903. Hell, at the time, the United States was made up of 44 states: Utah, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, […]

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Superbikes at Laguna Seca: A visit from a pioneer in female racing

  Mary McGee, 82, was a pioneer in motorcycle racing. (Bob Heathcote — Special to the Herald) Mary McGee arrived on the Monterey Peninsula in 1962 ready to compete. With five friends including another rider, the group was also abruptly asked to leave a restaurant because they were “motorcycle people.” McGee and her dining companions […]

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WRC STARS WOW GOODWOOD

THE WRC TOOK CENTRE STAGE AT LAST WEEKEND’S GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED WITH STARS FROM DOWN THE YEARS ENTERTAINING CLOSE TO 200,000 FANS. The four-day show near Britain’s south coast celebrated the 40th anniversary of the drivers’ world championship by inviting some of the sport’s biggest names to drive the famous hillclimb and rally stage. […]

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Hall of Fame induction for Basil Green

Concours South Africa’s alliance with the South African Hall of Fame continues with a celebration of the induction of “Mr Perana”, Ford performance car legend, Basil Green.Africa’s premier classic car showcase returns to Johannesburg’s Steyn City Parkland Residence from 30 August to 1 September 2019. Basil Green’s admission into the Hall of Fame follows last year’s Concours […]

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Clark wins in South Africa

Some Europeans seem to have fixed but not entirely accurate conceptions of African rallies; they are either flat-out blinds over open bush or winding escarpments, or long, interminable endurance runs through rock-strewn deserts. This isn’t the case at all, for down in South Africa they have rallies which are very similar in style to British […]

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THE CLASSIC CAR SHOW 2019 REVS UP THIS SUNDAY AT NASREC FROM 8 AM

• More than 1 000 classic cars expected for this mid-winter 2019 motor-fest on July 7. • Hot rods, muscle cars, air-cooled VWs, pick-up trucks, British classics and more. • Entertainment for the whole family, gate prices at R80 for adults, children under-12 at R20. Adult prices are R60, if booked through Computicket. • Drifting, helicopter rides and a prawn […]

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Chevrolet Firenza 5-litre V8s shine but Fall wins for Datsun

Total Rally Review/source Motorsport Week archive Of all the world’s international rallies there are but few outside the World Rally Championship which can really claim to be given a great deal of attention other than in their own countries. the Arctic Rally is an obvious one (it has already been suggested by many as an […]

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The First Woman To Ever Race Was A Rothschild Who Called Herself ‘Snail’

The woman’s journey into the racing world was, ironically, a slow one. It took a slow trickle of hard-headed ladies eager to see what speed was all about in order to set the stage for women to come, testing out the waters one race at a time. And the first of those women was Hélène […]

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Gerhard Berger: ‘Motorsport as a whole is sick and needs urgent treatment’

The DTM is facing a transitional year in 2018. In this climate, series boss Gerhard Berger has had to think long and hard about their next moves. In his opinion, racing as a whole needs to re-evaluate where they draw the line between motorsport as entertainment and an excercise in engineering. “Everywhere in Motorsport you find […]

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50-YEAR ANNIVERSARY: MARIO ANDRETTI SAVORS HIS 1969 INDIANAPOLIS 500 VICTORY

Mario Andretti … the name rolls off the tongue, like that of royalty.  Which, essentially, he is. More than two decades after retiring from a decorated racing career, …“I felt, you know, what a package!” Andretti tells Autoweek today. “The balance of the car was there … the potential winning quality was there, no question. I think at […]

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Thompson Challenger I and Challenger II LSR cars on show at Motorsports Hall of Fame

A pair of all-American Land Speed Record cars representing the past and present glory of man’s never-ending pursuit of speed are headed to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) at Daytona International Speedway. Danny Thompson, son of the late Mickey Thompson (MSHFA Class of 1990), is delivering this week to the MSHFA both […]

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Legends Cars Are Back With A Bang For Start Of 25th Anniversary Season

Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, the spiritual home of Legends Cars racing in the UK, welcomes the country’s best big grid racing for the opening two rounds of the 2019 season this weekend where the category will celebrate its landmark 25th birthday. On Easter Sunday, 21st April, and Easter Monday, 22nd April, the ever-popular Legends Cars […]

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Fancy a ‘Roof of the World’ Trans-Himalayan Adventure

International rally experts Rally Round is heading for the ‘roof of the world’ for the inaugural Trans-Himalayan Adventure starting on 20th April 2019. A mixture of 20 crews driving classic, vintage and 4×4 cars will journey through China, Tibet, Nepal and India as part of an exhilarating high-altitude expedition to the Himalayas. Rally Director Liz […]

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Solberg announces retirement from top-flight motorsport

By: David Evans History-making triple FIA World Champion Petter Solberg has announced his decision to step down from top-flight motorsport. The 44-year-old Norwegian will remain active in the sport and will continue to compete on selected events – including a fan-friendly farewell tour for 2019 – but his days of chasing a fourth world championship are […]

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Panda Raid 2019, Fiat Panda Cross is the Champion of the Desert

Now in its eleventh edition, the Panda Raid regularity rally reserved to 4×2 and 4×4 Panda cars made before 2003 has become a classic on the Rally Raid calendar, which is the category of the legendary Dakar, albeit retaining its amateur spirit. This year there were some 400 vintage Pandas from all over the world […]

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Bloodhound: Land speed record car is relaunched

The Bloodhound supersonic car is back, under new management and preparing to renew its pursuit of the land speed record.The project went into administration last year, unable to secure the financing needed to go racing – even though the vehicle was all but built. But with the purchase of the car by entrepreneur Ian Warhurst, Bloodhound […]

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EWOLD AND MINOLTA VAN BERGEN: 1971 MONTE CARLO RALLY

So… After a while of debating and thinking what I would write in this post, arguably THE MOST IMPORTANT post to date on this blog, I have finally decided to share something with you all that very few people in the world actually know and acknowledge. What I am talking about is the little known fact […]

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75 Years of SCCA: The Modern Era

75 years ago this week, the Sports Car Club of America came to be. Truth be known, the SCCA has made more motorsports history than most automotive clubs combined. And to celebrate this anniversary milestone, RACER.com has taken you through a historical journey this week. So far this week, we’ve seen how SCCA began, played witness to […]

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What Mini meant then, and what Mini means now

A twist of a key and a little terrier springs to its feet with a gruff little yap, snapping and snarling and getting ready to chase its tail. First gear, second gear, third gear, snap off a rev-matched downshift to second, then haul that school-bus steering wheel to the left and brace yourself for the […]

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Cape Town Motor Show Aims to Put Cape Town on the Global Auto Show Map

On 2 and 3 March 2019, more than 25 000 petrol heads and casual motoring fans are expected to descend upon GrandWest to attend a showcase of cars, bikes, Driftkhana racing, drift rides, music, 4×4 tracks, the Dusty Rebels and the Bombshells, a Sound Off World Record attempt, a StanceWars Show and Shine competition and […]

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Power & Grip: Opel Insignia “Ultimate 120 Years” Leads the Way

Opel has been building cars since 1899. It all started with the 4 hp Patentmotorwagen “System Lutzmann” – according to a company brochure at the time, “Always only the best of the best”. In 2019 Opel celebrates 120 years of automobile production – and thereby 120 years of innovations. The German brand has a long tradition […]

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Mercedes-Benz Classic: 125 years of motorsport with Mercedes

In July 1894 the world’s first car race takes place from Paris to Rouen. And so begins the successful motorsport history of Mercedes-Benz. The two winning vehicles are powered by an engine developed by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach. For 125 years engines and vehicles by Mercedes-Benz and its predecessor brands have ensured countless triumphs. […]

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Saab’s Chinese owner partners with Koenigsegg, purchases 20-percent stake in supercar maker

China’s NEVS purchased the remnants of Saab years ago, and now the company has taken a stake in another Swedish automaker. NEVS announced it has purchased a 20-percent stake in Koenigsegg and partnered to create a new joint venture between the two companies. In the Tuesday announcement, the Chinese automaker said it provided a capital […]

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LINDENBERGS GO INTERNATIONAL

Pete, Paige spread their historic racing wings Lindenberg Racing is set to spread its wings this year as Peter and Paige Lindenberg embark on a four-race international historic racing program. The dynamic Langebaan dad and daughter team’s season starts with a bang this coming weekend and the following weekend with the Passion For Speed Internationals […]

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Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa to step down amid Renault alliance fractures

One day after Carlos Ghosn stepped down as CEO and chairman of French automaker Renault, its alliance partner Nissan will see a similar shakeup. Ghosn’s protege and current Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa announced he will step down from his role in the coming months, Bloomberg reported Friday. Saikawa has only been at the top position at Nissan since Feb. […]

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International Passion for Speed events at Zwartkops set to excite

More information has become available about this year’s Passion for Speed motorsport extravaganza at the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria on February 1, 2 and 3. The international event, to be held for the 18th time, will highlight four periods of motorsport, involving more than 300 cars and some 100 motorcycles. 1964 Ford Galaxie 1965 Plymouth […]