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 all-new BMW 3 Series Sedan

The all-new BMW 3 Series SedanThe BMW 3 Series Sedan has epitomised the concept of sporty driving pleasure in the global premium midsize class for more than 40 years. Exuding dynamic design, agile handling, exceptional efficiency and innovative equipment features, it takes the signature characteristics of a BMW and turns the volume up several notches.

  • Seventh generation of the globally successful ambassador for driving pleasure in a premium midsize car. New BMW 3 Series Sedan benefits from significantly enhanced sporting prowess, a new design language, extensive refinements to its premium ambience and trailblazing driver assistance, control & operation and connectivity technology. World premiere in October 2018 at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris, market launch from 9 March 2019.
  • New powertrain technology with higher output, greater pulling power and optimised efficiency. Six engine variants available from launch: Four-cylinder petrol models, four-cylinder diesels, plus six-cylinder diesel unit – with outputs ranging from 110 kW to 195 kW(fuel consumption combined: 5.8 – 4.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 132 – 112 g/km)*. Intelligent all-wheel drive available from launch in the BMW 320d xDrive Sedan (fuel consumption combined: 4.8 – 4.5 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 125 – 118 g/km)*. Over the course of the year, an ultra-sporty BMW M Performance version and an extremely efficient model with plug-in hybrid drive system will be added to the range.

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BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile in Wynns 1000 Tribute

1975: Original Batmobile in the Wynns 1000 at Kyalami

A privately-owned reproduction of the BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile that raced at the Wynns 1000 at Kyalami in 1975 will be back at the Midrand Circuit for the Festival of Motoring. The BMW Batmobile, built and run by Evolution 2 Motorsport, is currently being returned to the bodywork configuration as used at the 1000km race.

Period correct decals are also being prepared by Malcolm and Lindy Sampson (of M S Screen Printing) to create an authentic representation of the car as it originally raced. The BMW will be joined on track by the highly decorated Zakspeed Ford Escort, a reproduction of the 1977 Wynns 1000 winning car built by Piazza Motorsport. The sight and sound of both cars on track is sure to bring back memories of the battles between BMW and Ford in the 1970s at Kyalami.

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ITOO launches ITOO Classics, specialist insurance for classic cars

iTOO Classics
Leading South African niche underwriter - ITOO Special Risks, launches ITOO Classics, a specialist product that covers a range of risks explicitly associated with classic cars.

“Unlike conventional motor insurance, which generally deals with depreciating assets, ITOO Classics has been designed to cover assets that appreciate in value over time,” explains Gordon Massie, MD of ITOO Artinsure.

“Classic cars require specialist valuation and claims handling techniques. These methodologies vary greatly from standard motor insurance and we believe ITOO Classics is the perfect response to a growing need for this type of cover in South Africa”, explains Massie.

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Shock Absorbers

Bilstein Shock Absorbers


What's the most neglected service/ maintenance component on a car? We reckon it's the shock absorber. A shock wearing out is a bit like slow poison: it happens progressively and often isn’t noticed by the driver of the vehicle - until evasive action is required. Worn shocks also have a negative impact on traction, tyre life, braking distance (by up to 20 percent) and overall handling and road-holding.

Bilstein estimates that, if a car has covered 150000km, each piston rod will have moved back and forth around 75-million times!

Shock Absorbers should be checked at least every 20000 kilometres. A visual check, while never a bad thing, isn’t enough though and nor is leaning on the car and pushing down…that’s not a shock absorber test.

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