From the Driver's Seat

From the drivers seat
Some say he's a racing driver...
Some say he's a mechanic...
Some say he doesn't register speed...

All we know, is that he is Evolution 2 Motorsport's "man of mystery". The 'Gooch' gives us his thoughts all motoring-related.

The restored BMW 530 MLE returns home – True legends live forever

The BMW 530 MLE restoration in South Africa
Rosslyn, Pretoria
– After a year of painstaking restoration, BMW South Africa unveiled its latest restoration project – the track-inspired BMW 530 MLE – at the “Home of BMW Legends”, BMW Group Plant Rosslyn on Tuesday, 8 October.

Just after a year of restoration, BMW South Africa revealed its latest classic project car as a limited edition “homologation” special developed especially by BMW Motorsport for South Africa.

Now, the meticulously prepared BMW 530 MLE has enjoyed its first showing at BMW Group Plant Rosslyn in the company of four BMW Group South Africa employees who were on hand to built the original more than four decades ago. Restored by Luis Malhou of Custom Restorations, William Mokwape, Walter Mahlangu, Jacob Matabane and Cassie Calaca selflessly provided their input during the extraordinary vehicle’s entire restoration process.


Flying the BMW flag at the 2019 FOM

Advert for the FOM 2019Race Report, 22nd August 2019 - 25th August 2019: The Festival of Motoring signals that spring has arrived in Johannesburg. This year, the motor-show was lucky with sunny and warm weather, and clear blue sky (it was perfect for the awesome aerobatic displays!).

The Festival of Motoring provides visitors the chance to see the manufacturers show off their latest models, exhibitors to show off their newest products, tech talks, and on-track rides at the famous Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. For the Evolution 2 Motorsport it’s always a chance to wake our client’s race cars from their slumber.

This year we had the opportunity of 4 days of potential testing for the Winfield BMW E23 745i Modified. The brief from the vehicle's owner, Paolo Cavalieri (of Pablo Clark Racing) was to get valuable, track time. The reason? Well, we can’t divulge any information at this stage.

The past couple of months, our head technician Wade and Ted Garstang (previously of Bilstein Shock Absorbers SA) have been working together to improve certain aspects of the Modified. Rewind to 1986 (more than 33 years ago), where a small race team in the Free State built races cars. They built the Modified in record time, and as always with Tony’s cars the car was successful. As to be expected the Modified is a beast (as were all the Wesbank Modified competitors) and Tony had big ‘cahuna’s to drive it. Google ‘Tony Viana BMW 745i Modified’ and you will see Tony hurtling down the old Kyalami start/ finish straight at 250km/h. So there was always room for improvement.


Festival of Motoring 2019 - Unique BMW 745i Modified "Art Car" awarded Garage One

Unique BMW 745i Modified Art Car

The only factory supported modified BMW 745i in the world has been allocated the prestigious Garage One at this years Festival of Motoring presented by Wesbank.

This unique race car, built and driven to numerous victories at Kyalami by Tony Viana, now carries unique artwork by a well known South African artist. Sam Nhlengethwa, winner of the Standard Bank young artist award in 1994, designed and then painted the rear of the BMW. The artwork is a reflection of the people and culture of Johannesburg.

BMW is renowned for creating a selection of "art cars" well known across the world.

The BMW was rebuilt by well known BMW expert Alec Ceprnich, Wade Noble and the team of Evolution 2 Motorsport. The car will be driven by Paolo Cavalieri at the Festival.


Farewell to touring car racing's greatest team boss

Charly Lamm and the Schnitzer Motorsport name are almost interchangeable. When he stepped down at the end of 2018, the absence of the driving force behind the touring car world's greatest empire undeniably left a huge void.

This was the tribute to the career of Charly Lamm I wrote late last year after he announced his retirement from Schnitzer Motorsport. It stands now as a tribute to the life of a man I'd come to regard as a friend after our nomadic existences brought us into contact so many times over the course of 20-plus years

Motor racing is not going to be quite the same without Charly Lamm. Not for me and, I'm sure, not for many others. It somehow won't feel right when the German is no longer at the helm of a team he turned into a byword for success with BMW over a period spanning five decades. That team, of course, is Schnitzer Motorsport.


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