From the Driver's Seat

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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.

Highlights of 2017

Mike Briggs in the ex-Tony Viana BMW E30 325i (Photo: Paul Blackburn)We cannot believe that 2017 has drawn to an end – the year seems to have flown by! Over the festive period we have had the chance to reflect on the year, and here are some our highlights:

Mike Briggs drives Tony Viana’s BMW E30

At the Festival of Speed at Zwartkops on the weekend of the 27th and 28th January, Mike Briggs took the invitation from Peter Kaye-Eddie to drive his biggest rival’s original car - Tony Viana's Winfield BMW E30 325i Shadowline.

Mike is an absolute gentleman and one of the most talented racing drivers South African race tracks have seen, and was obviously determined to be competitive in an unfamiliar car but also stay out of trouble in the wet 1st Heat. 1 of the best images from the weekend was during the 2nd Heat on-track tussle between Mike and the very Group N Opel Superboss he drove in the 90’s.

 

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Celebrations at the Franschhoek Motor Museum

Paolo presenting the FMM with the paintingThere was a double celebration at Franschhoek Motor Museum on Sunday 8 October 2017 when a group of overseas and local BMW International club members visited the Franschhoek Motor Museum to view the museum’s exhibits and sample some of the L’Ormarins wines.

A surprise for the visitors took place when Paolo Cavalieri (current owner) performed a couple of demonstration laps around the quadrant in the legendary Winfield BMW E23 745i Modified that won the 1986 Wesbank Modified Saloon Championship in the hands of Tony Viana.

Earlier in the day, a painting of this unique car was presented to the museum by Paolo and Alec Ceprnich, owner of Evolution 2 Motorsport that maintains the car. Workshop manager Lorenzo Farella received the painting on behalf of Franschhoek Motor Museum.

[Released on the Franschhoek Motor Museum Facebook Page]

SEFAC Ferrari celebrates it’s 50th Anniversary in South Africa

Photo Credit: Paul Blackburn, RacePics


Every year Ferrari owners and fanatics diarise the annual SEFAC Day. In 2017, the SEFAC Club moved the date slightly later from mid-July to September. It’s always a busy but exciting day where owners have the opportunity to experience their Ferrari’s as they were intended – on the track.

It’s always a special day for the Evolution 2 Motorsport staff, as we get out to the track and we run the 1961 Ferrari F250 GTM SWB for our client Paolo Cavalieri. Amongst all the latest and newest Ferrari’s, this little blue Ferrari always seems to create a stir and draw crowds around it with its gorgeous looks and the incredible V12 sound.

This year, 2017, the SEFAC Ferrari celebrates it’s 50th Anniversary in South Africa. The celebrations consisted of 2 events:

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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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