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The last BMW 3 Series Sedan produced at BMW Group Plant Rosslyn rolls off the production line and begins to make way for the production of the new BMW X3

1,191,604 BMW 3 Series vehicles produced at BMW Group Plant RosslynThe last BMW 3 Series Sedan produced at BMW Group Plant Rosslyn rolls off the production line and begins to make way for the production of the new BMW X3.

-    A total of 1,191,604 BMW 3 Series vehicles produced at BMW Group Plant Rosslyn since 1983.
-    Current BMW 3 Series to be produced by other plants within the BMW Group production network.
-    BMW Group Plant Rosslyn gets ready for the start of production of the new BMW X3.

Rosslyn, Pretoria – Yesterday marked yet another significant milestone for BMW Group South Africa when the last BMW 3 Series Sedan rolled off the production line at BMW Group Plant Rosslyn in Pretoria. The plant has produced a total of 1,191,604 five generations of the BMW 3 Series and will begin a new era of producing the new BMW X3 in the coming months. The BMW 3 Series will continue its current lifecycle and be produced by other plants within the BMW Group production network. In addition, it will now be imported into South Africa.

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BMW 745i Modified proud to be part of the ITOO Artinsure launch

Paolo Cavalieri with his BMW E23 745i ModifiedThere’s an exciting new insurance brand on the market as of this week: ITOO Artinsure, a union of ITOO Special Risks and Artinsure.

ITOO, a specialist in niche and special risks insurance, and Artinsure, an underwriting manager focused on insuring art and collectables, have until now both resided in Hollard Insure, Hollard’s short-term insurance arm.

“We started Artinsure just on 10 years ago, when [ITOO chairman] Paolo Cavalieri was still CEO of Hollard,” says Gordon Massie, managing director of Artinsure. “During that time we have developed a strong relationship with Hollard and the companies in its stable.

“Bringing Artinsure under the ITOO umbrella will work really well for both companies. We will benefit from the association with a brand that has become known as a strong provider of specialist insurance. We will also be able to leverage cross-selling opportunities more readily.”

Cavalieri agrees – and adds that ITOO’s people share a love of collecting beautiful and valuable things.

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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]

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