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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 […]

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Passion for Speed: International Festival at Zwartkops Raceway in February 2019

The 18th annual international Passion for Speed Festival at the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria on February 1, 2 and 3 will embrace four periods of motorsport, involving more than 300 cars and some 100 motorcycles. This will range from Saloon Car Legends from the 1960s, via the Sports Racing Prototypes of the 1970s, through the classic production cars of the […]

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How an Employee Uprising Almost Killed Ferrari – The Great Ferrari Walkout

Probably the biggest Ferrari scandal in history is the one that almost culminated in the downright ruination of the company, especially since it came at a very difficult time for the Maranello outfit. This was the early ’60s, when Enzo had already amassed a serious number of arch-rivals that stemmed from the common desire to best both […]

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Italy’s First Female Racer Was a Driving Advocate for All Women

Maria Antonietta Avanzo only wanted two things in life: she wanted to win, and she wanted more women to find their niche in racing just like she did.Avanzo, like many female racers, fell in love with her first set of wheels at a young age. Born in 1889 in Italy, she hopped on her father’s De […]

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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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McLaren P1 GTR commemorates Senna’s first championship

McLaren Special Operations has spent the last three years working on something special to honor Ayrton Senna’s first Formula 1 championship. The final result is on display here: a McLaren P1 GTR outfitted in Rocket Red and Anniversary White to recall the Marlboro livery Senna famously raced. The special P1 GTR made its debut on […]

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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 […]