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 legend that BMW Germany almost said ‘nein!’ to

The legendary BMW E23 745i racecar on the Aldo Scribante racetrack. Picture: Rob Till/BMW SAWhile the BMW M760Li might be at home on the track, it is not a real track car, unlike the 1984 E23 745i, writes Mark Smyth.

If you are fortunate enough to be one of those who wafts to the office in the morning in a BMW 7 Series, then you will appreciate all the comfort and technology that you are surrounded by.

You will probably also appreciate that as a BMW it has a certain level of driver dynamics should the mood take you, but it’s a seven, it’s not a racecar is it? There was a time, though, when it was.

Back in 1984 Bernd Pischets-rieder was in charge of production, development, purchasing and logistics at BMW SA. He went on to become chairman at BMW AG, then boss of VW before his present position on the board of Daimler and chairman of Munich Reinsurance.

Pischetsrieder is a powerful man in the auto industry and one who likes a unique project. Granted, his decision to buy Rover while at BMW was not a great item on his CV, nor was his purchase of Land Rover, but he did buy Mini and that worked out rather well.

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Legendary BMW 745i Winfield race cars make a special appearance at the BMW M media track experience in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Photo Credit: Rob TillPort Elizabeth, South Africa – The legendary BMW (E23) 745i Winfield race cars made a special appearance at the BMW M media track experience held at the Aldo Scribante Raceway in Port Elizabeth on 31 May and 1 June 2017.

It was in 1985 when the late Tony Viana and mechanic, Kobus van der Watt, decided to embark on a project to build the world’s first ever BMW 7 Series race car. Their objective was to utilise the powerful 3.0i litre (M88) engine of the BMW (E23) 745i engine. It worked and Viana went onto win the 1985 Group One Championship, making it the first ever BMW 7 Series race car in motorsport worldwide.

In 2006 the Evolution 2 Motorsport team, led by experienced BMW technician Alec Ceprnich, restored the car to its former glory for motor racing connoisseur and former team mate of Tony Viana, Paolo Cavalieri. The car attracts enthusiasts who remember Viana power sliding the BMW 745i around Sunset Corner at the old Kyalami Raceway, beating the likes of Alfa Romeo and Ford to victory.

Although currently driven by Cavalieri, the Viana machine lives true to its heritage of remaining immaculate and a great tribute to BMW’s local racing achievements. This can be attributed to the precision and pride shown by the Evolution 2 Motorsport crew through their efforts in preparing and presenting the car at race events.

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Race Report: Passion for Speed Festival 2017

Paolo on his way to overall victory (Photo: Paul Blackburn)27th and 28th January 2017: The Festival of Speed at Zwartkops Raceway has become the official "start" to the motorsport calendar in South Africa. It is unique in that international motor racers from overseas take on the locals.

Preparations for this weekend start months before, and the Evolution 2 Motorsport team turned out some very professional race machinery, probably more suitable in prestige collector museums, however they were in the thick of the action, challenging and fortunately bringing home a significant amount of silverware. The drivers, Paolo Cavalieri, Jaki Scheckter and Mike Briggs, all legends, drove exceptionally well in what was some difficult race conditions, especially the first heats which were declared as wet.

It was wonderful seeing Mike Briggs driving his biggest rivals original car, the Tony Viana's Winfield BMW E30 325i Shadowline, plus even beating his very own Opel Superboss, beautiful race car too and well driven.

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Speed and Sound, whilst sharing some Social Awareness

BMW Car Club Gauteng Stand at the DomeEvolution 2 thrives on our network of strategic and working relations, one being our magnificent association with the BMW Car Club of Gauteng. Any opportunity to attend or join in on events that the club hosts or is a part of, we jump at the opportunity to join.

On Saturday the 17th of September, popular local magazine publication Speed and Sound hosted their annual event at the Ticket Pro Dome in Northgate, Johannesburg. The showcase naturally is angled against motor enthusiasts who love all things related to how fast ones car goes, or seemingly looks, and the sound it emits, either through engine performance modifications or on car entertainment systems.

"We received a call from BMW Car Club chairman Colin van Son who inquired whether we could assist with providing one of our classic race cars for the Club's stand at the Speed and Sound Expo," explains Evolution 2 Motorsport's Gavin Ceprnich. "We have great relationships with the various committee members in the club and jumped at the opportunity to mull over our workshop space and look under the car blankets in selecting the relevant vehicle to take to the Dome. It had to be a local South African hero and that's why we went for the legendary ex-Tony Viana Winfield BMW E30 325i Shadowline Group N Car. We also realized that upon arriving on Saturday a greater and extremely worthy initiative was being promoted and supported in assisting the Club's drive to create awareness of their drive to raise funds for young Caylum Willemse in securing monies through Hot Laps at an upcoming Club event in assisting to get him to Boston for the all critical medical treatment that can save his life."

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