Original BMW E46 330i Production Car

Anthony Taylor at the wheel back in 2004Years Raced: 2004 - 2005
Owner: BMW South Africa
Built and prepared by: Van der Linde Racing
Drivers: Anthony Taylor, Shaun van der Linde and Etienne van der Linde

Restored: 2012 to 2013, by Evolution 2 Motorsport
Current Owners/ Drivers: Giorgio Cavalieri, Andrea Cavalieri (Sela Brokers)

Still to date the most successful South African production car, the E46 racked up four straight titles shared between Shaun van der Linde and Anthony Taylor - prepared by Hennie van der Linde, the E46 was in a league of its own.

Enthusiasts look back to the golden years of local motorsport with favorable memories of the cars and their drivers that entertained them on our circuits. Crowds would pack grandstands to capacity on a Saturday afternoon to see the likes of Viana, Smith, Briggs, Lanz, Goddard, Joubert, Turner, Watson Smith, Mare and van der Linde take one another on in E30 BMW 325is Evo II’s and Opel Superbosses. These days many look upon these cars as being legends in their own right, if you owned a road going version many will envy you, but will show huge amounts of respect for what is parked in your driveway.

That was almost a decade ago, what cars could we attribute as replacements for the boxy cult warriors? Think a couple of years back when Production Car Racing possessed two of the most fiercely rivaled manufacturers in South African motorsport, Alfa Romeo and BMW. In the mix the likes of Mercedes Benz and Ford always threw a spanner in the works, however at the sharp end of the field the likes of Taylor, Steyn, Fourie, Roets and Groenewald all challenged for victory.

That was in 2004, before this breakthrough year of Production Car racing the Class A championship was dominated by the E46 BMW 330i. In successive years the likes of Shaun van der Linde, Etienne van der Linde and Anthony Taylor won the title for the factory backed BMW Motorsport team. There were challenges from privately run BMW entries, such as the Kaye Eddie Estates examples which were run by Evolution 2 Motorsport. Over the course of the season the works BMW’s prepared under the watchful eye of Hennie van der Linde always had the edge of their rivals.

December 2012: Car returns from the panelbeaterFast forward to 2012:

Towards the end of 2012, the then owner, Neil Botha put his original ex-Anthony Taylor BMW E46 330i specimen up for sale. The car was promptly snapped up Giorgio and Andrea Cavalieri (of Sela Brokers).

Evolution 2 Motorsport has been tasked with restoring the car (although it wasn't in bad condition, but such a legend deserved a proper make-over). The car was taken to Trojan Panebealers, Johannesburg to be stripped of its stickers and repainted and restored to its former glory. The car was then returned to our workshop just before the December 2012 Christmas and New Year break.

The car has now been fully restored with the required new parts, and a new exhaust courtesy of Etienne van der Linde (of Van der Linde Systems). Evolution 2 Motorsport will provide race preparation and track-side support to the car (a privilege for Evolution 2 Motorsport, because of the great track battles vs the privateer Kaye-Eddie Estates BMW's prepared by Alec and his staff), so look out for one of the most successful South African-built racing cars at BMW Car Club Track Days and Historic Racing Events around the country.

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