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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 […]

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Panoz GTR-1 and DeltaWing return to the track at Petit Le Mans

This year’s Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta will include an on-track tribute to the late Don Panoz. The visionary entrepreneur, who passed away last month at the age of 83, was most famous for reviving North American sports car racing by founding the American Le Mans Series. The series ran its first season in […]

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The time Jacky Ickx almost drove in NASCAR for Junior Johnson

Jacky Ickx had a storied racing career racing almost every type of car—except the most popular competition in the U.S. His resume includes six 24 Hours of Le Mans wins, eight Formula One victories, a Can-Am championship, the grueling Dakar Rally, and he even raced motorcycles for a time. The suave Belgian got his start in the mid-1960s and […]

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler terminated over dieselgate

Volkswagen on Tuesday terminated Audi Chief Executive Officer Rupert Stadler after lengthy discussions between the automaker’s legal team and its board of directors. Stadler, who has been jailed since June in Germany, was also stripped of his position on VW’s board of management. “Due to his ongoing pretrial detention, he is unable to fulfill his […]

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Seven decades of motorsport: Porsche turns 70

Ferdinand’s finest has become the world’s most prolific maker of race cars, delivering more than 300 track-only specials each year. The legacy burns brightest in these categories Porsche’s 70th birthday sees the marque in ruder health than ever before. Wheels celebrates the company’s seven decades of engineering excellence forged on road and track. GT   GT racing marks […]

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Maserati the main partner of Gran Premio Nuvolari

The Gran Premio Nuvolari, a regularity rally only open to historic cars built between 1919 and 1972, will be held from 13 to 16 September on a route which starts and ends in Mantua, the birthplace of Tazio Nuvolari. Maserati will be paying tribute to the “Flying Mantuan”, one of the greatest drivers of all […]

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MOTORCYCLE RIDER LYNDON POSKITT TRAVELS THE WORLD – CELEBRITY NAVIGATOR AT HARRISMITH 400 

When the British motorcycle rider, Lyndon Poskitt (39) gets into the navigator seat of the Red-Lined Motorsport Nissan Navara at the upcoming Harrismith 400, the fifth and penultimate round of the South African Cross Country Series that takes place on 14 and 15 September, he would have been riding his motorcycle for 1 155 days, crossed […]

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10,000,000TH FORD MUSTANG BUILT, WITH NO SIGN OF SLOWING DOWN

Ten million cars is a lot of cars. Only about 25 nameplates have ever crossed that mega-threshold and now, Ford adds its Mustang to that list. The Blue Oval invited owners of all 54 years out to its Dearborn, Michigan, headquarters and then to the Flat Rock Plant, where the Mustang has been built since the fifth generation began production in […]

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Debut of Brabham BT62 in North America at Monterey Car Week

Celebrating one of the most important countries in its racing and family history, Brabham Automotive is teaming up with Michelin to debut the sensational Brabham BT62 in the United States, with a fitting tribute to American hero and ex-Brabham Formula 1 winner, Dan Gurney, at this year’s Monterey Car Week. Fresh from its public dynamic […]

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JAY LENO: THE INCOMPARABLE 1934 DUESENBERG MODEL J

One of the all time great american automobiles There’s never been another American car like  Duesenberg Model J. Introduced in 1929 just as the the stock market crashed, the Model J was exclusive and wildly expensive. A bare chassis was $8,500, or $120,000 today. In 1932, the price went to $9,500, and that’s all you got; […]

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Internationalisation of the BMW and MINI Driving Experience proceeding apace.

Training all over the world South Africa becomes first country in Africa to receive the “BMW Driving Experience, Official Partner of M” certificate as the seal of approval for the highest standards of quality. The successful BMW and MINI Driving Experience model is now even more international. The successful BMW and MINI Driving Experience model […]

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MIKE MANLEY REPLACES AILING SERGIO MARCHIONNE AS FCA CEO

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Saturday appointed Mike Manley to replace the seriously ill Sergio Marchionne as its CEO. Manley, 54, a native of England, has headed Jeep since 2009 and the Ram brand since 2015. “Fiat Chrysler Automobiles communicates with profound sorrow that during the course of this week unexpected complications arose while Mr. Marchionne was […]

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A 1909 STAR 12 HP TOURER WILL BE A STELLAR ATTRACTION AT CONCOURS SOUTH AFRICA 2018

One of the most remarkable Vintage and Veteran cars in South Africa, a 1909 Star 12 HP Tourer, has been entered for Concours South Africa 2018 at Steyn City on 10-12 August. Apart from the fact that this car is one of only four Star cars ever to be brought into South Africa, and that this is […]

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Button and Stewart lead Festival of Speed silver jubilee line-up

Goodwood has revealed a glittering line-up for the silver jubilee running of its famous Festival of Speed hillclimb, with Formula 1, rally and motorbike racing all included. As ever, F1 past and present will be fully represented at the event, which takes place on July 12-15 2018. Jenson Button is to pilot a Honda RA301 from 1968, […]

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 Travis Pastrana lands three Evel Knievel jumps

Travis Pastrana pays tribute to Evel Knievel, recreating three of his most iconic feats during the spectacular History event “Evel Live” – exceeds two of Knievel’s most famous records and lands Caesars Palace Fountain jump, 50 years after Knievel’s legendary crash, in front of an estimated 25,000 fans watching in-person from Las Vegas and more tuning in […]