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EVER DREAMED OF RACING TOURING CARS? NOW YOU CAN!

by Motorsport Media  Well, almost! SATCAR-inspired HRSA Youngtimers to bring budget racing at its best Historic Racing South Africa is abuzz on the news of the arrival of the new Youngtimers class as an experimental category for 2021 ahead of a step up to a regular championship class on the Historic Tour from 2022. HRSA […]

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Here’s Why The Land Speed Record Might Never Be Broken

BY MIKE DUFF The car that could actually do it is being put up for sale, its owner says he “can’t take it any further.” The Land Speed Record has moved steadily upwards, from the 39 mph set by Frenchman Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat in an electric Jeantaud back in 1898 to the 763 mph Thrust SSC […]

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David Schumacher enters 2021 FIA F3 Championship with Trident Motorsport

Trident Motorsport is delighted to announce that David Schumacher will be part of its line-up in the FIA Formula 3 Championship. The agreement reached between the 19-year-old and the Milan-based team carries on a legacy that ties Italy to the most representative name in motorsport history. David is the son of Ralf. Born in Salzburg, […]

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Jaguar C-Type returning to production in latest continuation-car project

By: VIKNESH VIJAYENTHIRAN It’s now been 70 years since the Jaguar C-Type arrived and Jaguar is marking the occasion with a run of continuation examples, eight to be exact. The C-Type was built for just two years starting in 1951. Initially intended as a race car (it won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice), […]

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Bentley just built its first Blower in almost a century

By: VIKNESH VIJAYENTHIRAN About a year ago, Bentley announced plans to build continuation examples of the supercharged 4 1/2 Liter known as the Blower, the car that Sir Henry Ralph Stanley “Tim” Birkin made famous in the late 1920s and early ’30s by racing all over Europe, including in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The first […]

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Pooling strengths for the electric offensive: Integration of Volkswagen Motorsport GmbH in Volkswagen AG

Know-how from electric motorsport to be incorporated in development of ID. family in future Volkswagen Motorsport GmbH workforce to be integrated in Volkswagen AG The Volkswagen brand is pooling strengths for the transformation to the mobile electric era. The brand is terminating its motorsport activities as part of the company’s realignment and further focusing. The […]

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Zanardi transferred to Padua hospital

By RACER Staff Jeff Bloxham/Motorsport Images Some five months after the road accident that left him with critical head injuries, Alex Zanardi has been transferred to a hospital in Padua, Italy nearer to his home to continue his recovery. The IndyCar champ and F1 racer lost both his legs in an IndyCar crash in 2001, but […]

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HISTORIC TITLE CHASE TOO CLOSE TO TELL

Champion to be confirmed at prize giving after super-close season Historic Racing South Africa crowned its 2020 Universal Healthcare Saloon Car class champions at a most entertaining and intriguing season finale at the Red Star Raceway on Saturday. So close was the championship at the end of the day however, that HRSA has elected not […]

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HISTORIC TITLES ON A KNIFE’S EDGE

Red Star to settle close-fought HRSA championships The 2020 Historic racing South Africa season is poised for a cracking season finale at the Red Star Raceway Saturday 14 November. Both the Universal Healthcare Pre-’81 Historic Saloons and the Charlie’s SuperSpar title races are poised on a knife’s edge heading into the weekend. While the battle […]

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Mazda at 100, a history of competition success, including Le Mans & Spa

Highlights of Mazda’s global motorsport heritage include overall Le Mans and Spa 24 Hour victories. From the beginning of the company, motorsport has highlighted sporting attributes and reliability. Today, Mazda North America competes in the IMSA Sportscar Championship with the Mazda RT24-P. With a century of history that has seen Mazda turn itself from a […]

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HISTORIC MOMENTS AT ZWARTKOPS

HRSA Saloons, Sportscars & Pursuit wow Pretoria Historic Racing South Africa returned to Zwartkops on Saturday, where Willie Hepburn’s original Opel Rekord topped a great V8 show in the Universal Saloon Cars. Richard de Roos’ Porsche 911 RSR dominated the Sports & GTs and two more Porsche men, Wernher Hartzenberg and Wynand du Plessis Sr. […]

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Jochen Rindt: the man who brought cars to dancing life

He could do absolutely anything with a car, writes Paul Fearnley. And Jochen Rindt did it with style and panache too. Author:  Paul Fearnley Jochen Rindt was super-cool and mega-quick. With the stylish, willowy Nina on his arm and stopwatches, this German-born Austrian epitomised motor racing in the second half of the 1960s. Even a […]

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Fiat Chrysler and PSA Group merge to become Stellantis

A new automaker was created on Wednesday, and it’s called Stellantis. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group announced the merger of the automotive group’s will result in a new company named Stellantis. The automaker said the name comes from the Latin verb “stello,” which means “to brighten with stars.” Stellantis said a new corporate logo […]

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MOTORSPORT REOPENS IN SOUTH AFRICA

  Permission granted by Honourable Minister Nathi Mthethwa on 15 July 2020 Strict sanitation and health rules to apply at all racing venues Permission applies to all motorsport categories run under the auspices of MSA, subject to no spectators being permitted Motorsport South Africa (MSA) is pleased to announce that it has received full permission […]

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Autocar from the archive: An epic racing battle between deadly rivals

One of the greatest rivalries in motor racing history played out through the 1930s. In fact, Motor Sport magazine recently named it the most explosive ever. The two men involved were Tazio Nuvolari – a legend considered by many as the most talented driver of all time – and Achille Varzi, a fellow Italian 12 years […]

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Montoya sees potential to beat Alonso to Triple Crown with Le Mans win

Juan Pablo Montoya believes he can add the Le Mans 24 Hours to his name and complete motorsport’s Triple Crown. The trifecta, consisting of Le Mans, the Indianapolis 500 and Monaco Grand Prix has been the holy grail that Fernando Alonso has been targeting in recent years, with only a win at the Brickyard eluding […]

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FIA could drop ‘continent’ requirement for world championships

The FIA could drop the requirement for world championships to race on different continents The FIA could drop the requirement for world championships to be held on three continents as the sport begins to get going in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Together with a minimum number of events, it is typically required that […]

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Peugeot celebrates 125 years in motorsports, and looks to the future

French automaker Peugeot is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its first entry into auto racing. The company got off to a great start, winning the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris race in its inaugural effort on June 11-14, 1895. “The landmark anniversary also coincides with the original dates of this year’s postponed 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race – […]

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Volkswagen And Ford Officially Sign Off On Landmark Partnership Agreement

After roughly a year of no news, Volkswagen and Ford kicked their proposed partnership into high gear by announcing that a deal would be in place by the end of June just last month. Shortly thereafter, the VW board approved several of the automakers’ proposed joint projects with Ford, including a new European Ford EV built on VW’s […]

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The True Story Of Bruce Willis 1957 Chevrolet Corvette

The 1957 Chevrolet Corvette established itself in American folklore as one of the greatest cars to ever come out of the United States. Bruce Willis is just about as big as an action star can get. He has been leading the way in Hollywood for decades and has cemented himself as one of Holywood’s biggest […]

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Deep dive: Volkswagen GTI history

The recipe is familiar. Take a front-wheel-drive economy and add some spice. That’s how the Volkswagen Golf GTI reinvented the affordable performance car.With the eighth-generation GTI on the way, VW delved into the car’s origin story. In 1974, a handful of staffers hatched a plan (no pun intended) for a sporty Golf model, with no […]

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Dartz reviving one of Russia’s oldest car brands for new EV company

Dartz is famous for its big, hulking SUVs, although some may only know the company for offering the world’s most expensive vodka. In the future, the Dartz name could come to be synonymous with electric cars. The company has teamed up with a major Chinese automaker to revive historic Russian brand Freze as a player in […]

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Maserati commemorates the American victories of the 8CTF at the Indianapolis 500

The Maserati brand has achieved international fame for the design, style and performance of its unique cars.  With a tradition and history of successes on the roads and circuits all over the world, Maserati’s victories have made it a standard-bearer for Italian excellence. In fact, racing has always been in Maserati’s DNA: it was in […]

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From the beach to the boards, we’ve raced cars in some very strange places

A delightful story arrived in my inbox recently. Headlined “The six weirdest places F1 has raced,” it was written by Ben Miles and published by Goodwood Road & Racing, and if you haven’t signed up for the British circuit’s newsletter, you’re missing some great (oh-how-I-hate-the-word) content. Those six weirdest places in Miles’ mind were a […]

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MotoGP’s darkest day

Dodgy two-stroke technology and a nauseatingly callous racing establishment were the causes of Monza 1973 – a fiery multiple pile-up that claimed the lives of two of the sport’s biggest stars and changed the course of racing Motorcycle racing changed forever at 3.17pm on May 20, 1973. The Italian 250cc grand prix had just got […]

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MPH Grand Prix debuts: Jim Clark

Jim Clark made his grand prix debut with Lotus and never left the team. But this formidable partnership had not been the original plan   Jim-Clark-in-his-F1-Grand-Prix-debut-at-Zandvoort-for-the-1960-Dutch-Grand-Prix 1960 Dutch Grand Prix In just a few short F1 seasons in the 1960s, Jim Clark carved out his reputation as one of the greatest of all time. His grand prix […]

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Alfa Romeo wins the first Formula 1 World Championship

The bond between Alfa Romeo and Formula 1 is inscribed in the history of GP racing: Alfa Romeo won the inaugural Grand Prix Championship in 1950, with Nino Farina on board an Alfa Romeo Tipo 158 “Alfetta”, a success repeated in 1951 by Juan Manuel Fangio in the Alfetta 159 Race number One Thousand May […]

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The Porsche 911 GT2 has been terrorizing supercars for 25 years

The Porsche 911 has always been a fantastic sports car, but the GT2 made it something more. This year, the GT2 celebrates 25 years of terrorizing supercars (and some of its own drivers), so Porsche offered a retrospective on Monday.  Launched in 1995, the GT2 was originally conceived as a racing homologation special for the […]

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Carroll Shelby: Son of a mail carrier revolutionizes American racing

Carroll Shelby, the son of a mail carrier in rural east Texas who struggled financially much of his life, left a global legacy as an expert on car design, engineering and racing. Now his story — with never-seen family photos, vintage international racing footage and family interviews — is coming to the small screen for […]

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On This Day: Born April 27, 1952. Ari Vatanen, Rally Champion

Ari Vatanen’s father died in a car crash while driving his family to a funeral when the future world rally champion was eight years old. The vehicle was new and although seatbelts were optional he had fitted them only the day before but was not using one. He had, it transpired, also got the day […]

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75-year Anniversary of Triple Silver Arrows Victory in Berne

According to Alfred Neubauer, Mercedes’ most famous racing team manager of all time, the Swiss Grand Prix was one of the fastest racing tracks in 1930’s Europe. It is on the Bremgarten circuit, near Berne, in Switzerland, that the supercharged V12’s of the Mercedes-Benz W154 Silver Arrows made history on 21 August 1938. After 50 […]

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Tazio Nuvolari’s victory 70 years ago, giving rise to the Scorpion legend

Nearly 70 years ago to the day, on April 10, 1950, the great champion Tazio Nuvolari ended his racing career behind the wheel of the Abarth 204A, the first model constructed by Carlo Abarth.  The time trial ran from the Sicilian capital of Palermo up Monte Pellegrino: a steep, evocative climb, featuring multiple hairpin bends […]

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THE DODGE STEALTH R/T TURBO WAS THE MOST ADVANCED ‘AMERICAN’ CAR OF ITS TIME

When is an American car also a Japanese car? When it’s a Dodge Stealth, the fruit of an ongoing, and highly successful collaboration between Mitsubishi and Chrysler that saw both brands emerge guns blazing into the supercar-heavy early 90s. Unlike same-era efforts such as the Mitsubishi Eclipse/Eagle Talon twins, however, the Stealth did not spring […]

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Andretti includes Alonso among the best pilots in history

Mario Andretti, champion of the world of Formula 1 and four times of the IndyCar – three under the name USAC and another under CART -, has included Fernando Alonso in his list of best drivers in history. The American, when asked by a fan, was clear that the Asturian should have a place among […]

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Here’s a 1970 Subaru 360 Police Car to Chase the Sadness Away

There are many words one can associate Subaru with, but police is not generally one of them. The Japanese carmaker likes to do its thing in civilian clothing, both on the road and on the track, and less so as part of the force. The are come countries (not many), that use a variety of Subaru […]

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The iconic sports cars of Alejandro De Tomaso

Through the 1960s and into the 1970s, a breed of independent Italian car maker, all of whom wanting to become the next Ferrari, created limited-production sports and grand touring cars. Not having the full resources from which to construct their cars from the ground up, they were able to take advantage of several resources available […]

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Morgan Plus 4 celebrates 70 years, leaves production with gold special edition

Morgan is 111 years old, and for more than half of its existence it’s made a vehicle on a version of the same chassis. That chassis is an old steel design that has underpinned the Morgan Plus 4 since 1950, and now it’s finally headed out to pasture as Morgan has developed a lighter aluminum chassis for […]