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.

Every journey begins with…

... plenty of preparation and planning. If you not one for doing such, then the journey you embark on could turn out to be a complete flop and disaster, or a complete flop and disaster that seemingly worked out reasonably well. However for all motorists traveling over the festive season, safety should be of paramount concern and any flop or disaster surrounding this could result in detrimental consequences.

South African roads claim too many lives on an annual basis. Whether this is due to the state of our roads, driver negligence, driver fatigue or road-worthiness of vehicles not being up to scratch, the fact remains that all road users need to take such facts into consideration and never take such considerations for granted. These solutions start with all vehicle owners who can, through their own actions, ensure they are one step ahead of being a safer entity come busy holiday periods.

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Why is it that one gets it right and the others are always playing catch up?

‘It starts with one thing, but I don’t why, it doesn’t matter how hard you try, keep this in mind, as the design is right …’. Our readers may be wondering why I have chosen to begin this column with lyrics from a band who is coming to South Africa in the upcoming weeks. You guessed it right, these words come from Linkin Park, and the reason for using them relates to the content provided in this story. The situation depicted surrounds the ability of an entity to come up with an idea before anyone else, roll this out and reap the rewards as competitors try play catch up.

I am referring to the feud between different car makers when fighting for market value in a specific car segment. Not just any vehicle type either, the cars that many motorists desire and wish one day to have, if you haven’t already. In the premium vehicle categories manufacturers bring out their basic models, from this point they work their way up the specification and pricing panels until they reach the echelon of their product offerings, their sport or racing type car. These examples showcase the engineering expertise that exists within their mechanical and design departments, where individuals build the bridge between cars raced and those sold for road use.

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Exciting unveiling at BMW Concourse event

All aspects related to BMW Motorsport in 2012 have been exciting. The manufacturers return to DTM, after some 25 years of absence, has been exciting and sparked further interest in the series. Television ratings are up, fans are packing the stadiums and most importantly BMW is back to winning ways.

Internationally these happenings have been incredibly exciting for BMW supporters across the globe. Locally, however, fans have also been treated to unveiling and showcasing of the world’s first F30 BMW 3 series race car. Unleashed on South African circuits a few weeks after its official launch, the beautifully presented racers, encompassing the traditional M colours definitely looked and sounded the part, what’s more the car took victory on debut.

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How much value do you get from your car’s service plan

There is a thought trail that exists among many consumers that once a car has come out of it's service plan it is time to sell it and move onto a newer model. However with the pricing of new cars continually on the rise, many cannot afford to go this route. They are then faced with the conundrum and fear that due to their vehicle being out of service plan the cost to maintain them would exceed their budgets.

Many will recognize the fact that a new cars actual value as the service plan built into it. Therefore, when taking your car for a service at a dealer, then collecting it once work has been completed you simply get in and drive out without having to dig into your pockets to pay for the job. However you have already paid for this service, and in many cases the work carried out does not come near to the actual value you have put forward. This is due to manufacturers calculating how many services your vehicle will require of a period of time. They will estimate the cost of these intervals to come up with a figure of how much to add onto the car’s selling price.

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