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.

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 Legends - SA Festival of Motoring

The Game Changer - Tony Viana's Group 1 BMW 745iThe original Tony Viana Winfield Group 1 BMW E23 745i race car will be part of a special display at the 2017 South African Festival of Motoring, at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit.

The Legends

The South African Motoring Experience powered by the SA Festival of Motoring will provide a thrilling interactive experience with both on and off track action. Motoring and Motorsport fans will be treated to an unforgettable experience of both sight and sound with top level activations from the secondary pit upper platform area.

Both current and past motorsport legends will be honored at the show. Show goers will be able to interact with icons of motorsport such as Sarel van der Merwe, Ian Scheckter and Arnold Chatz, to name only a few. Commemorations on track to legends past will include tributes to Tony Viana, Eddie Keizan and other legends of motorsport. Cars celebrating the 50th Anniversary of both the Perana and Gunston sponsorship will also take to the track. The sight and sounds of iconic race drivers and cars sure to stir the passion and history of the past.

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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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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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