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.

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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BMW Group South Africa starts production of the new BMW X3 at its Rosslyn Plant

BMW Group South Africa starts production of the new BMW X3 at its Rosslyn plantBMW Group South Africa starts production of the new BMW X3 at its Rosslyn plant.

  • State-of-the-art manufacturing plant has a maximum annual capacity of 76 000 units.
  • R6.1bn investment bears fruit as first customer cars start rolling off the line.
  • BMW Group’s commitment to South Africa and its people continues after 45 years of operation in the country.
  • More than 45 000 people directly and indirectly benefiting from BMW Group South Africa’s operations in the country.

Midrand, South Africa – A new chapter in South Africa’s automotive story began this week as BMW Group South Africa started production of the new BMW X3 at its Rosslyn plant. With customer vehicles now rolling off the line, BMW Group once again demonstrates its commitment to its operations in South Africa.

In 2015, BMW Group announced a R6bn investment into South Africa in order to prepare BMW Group Plant Rosslyn for the BMW X3 production. This week, is the culmination of three years of hard work and planning resulting in production starting on time in Rosslyn.

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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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