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.

Highlights of 2017

Mike Briggs in the ex-Tony Viana BMW E30 325i (Photo: Paul Blackburn)We cannot believe that 2017 has drawn to an end – the year seems to have flown by! Over the festive period we have had the chance to reflect on the year, and here are some our highlights:

Mike Briggs drives Tony Viana’s BMW E30

At the Festival of Speed at Zwartkops on the weekend of the 27th and 28th January, Mike Briggs took the invitation from Peter Kaye-Eddie to drive his biggest rival’s original car - Tony Viana's Winfield BMW E30 325i Shadowline.

Mike is an absolute gentleman and one of the most talented racing drivers South African race tracks have seen, and was obviously determined to be competitive in an unfamiliar car but also stay out of trouble in the wet 1st Heat. 1 of the best images from the weekend was during the 2nd Heat on-track tussle between Mike and the very Group N Opel Superboss he drove in the 90’s.

 

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Celebrations at the Franschhoek Motor Museum

Paolo presenting the FMM with the paintingThere was a double celebration at Franschhoek Motor Museum on Sunday 8 October 2017 when a group of overseas and local BMW International club members visited the Franschhoek Motor Museum to view the museum’s exhibits and sample some of the L’Ormarins wines.

A surprise for the visitors took place when Paolo Cavalieri (current owner) performed a couple of demonstration laps around the quadrant in the legendary Winfield BMW E23 745i Modified that won the 1986 Wesbank Modified Saloon Championship in the hands of Tony Viana.

Earlier in the day, a painting of this unique car was presented to the museum by Paolo and Alec Ceprnich, owner of Evolution 2 Motorsport that maintains the car. Workshop manager Lorenzo Farella received the painting on behalf of Franschhoek Motor Museum.

[Released on the Franschhoek Motor Museum Facebook Page]

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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