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.

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.


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.


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.


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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