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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, […]

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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 […]