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Firenza Can Am

By | June 19th, 2018|Categories: A Different Corner, GM, Performance Saloon Car History|Tags: , , , , |

THE CHEVROLET FIRENZA CAN AM WAKING FROM A DEEP SLEEP Part One This series of posts can best be read in conjunction with other blog articles on this site:            ‘NO OPTION BUT TO OPTION’….And… ‘FORDOMINATION PART 3' These stories give a picture

Supercar Report | Barbegello Perth

By | May 10th, 2018|Categories: Australian Touring Car Racing|Tags: , , , , , |

Scott McLaughlin bags 300 points in Perth Another fascinating weekend…. and DJR Penske makes a statement. By the end of Qualifying on Saturday the numbers looked ominous with the Blue Oval having secured 6 of the top ten spots and had locked out the front

Torque, Horsepower…. and Engine Response

By | April 26th, 2018|Categories: A Different Corner|Tags: , , |

Start this discussion around the bar, braai (barbecue), tea trolley or at the car club covering the explanation of horsepower and torque and everyone is an expert. In(s)ane comments such as  “Horsepower can drive your car into a wall but torque determines how far you go through it”  attempt

Supercars Report – Philip Island

By | April 24th, 2018|Categories: Australian Touring Car Racing|Tags: , , , , |

McLaughlin at full pace on one of the most picturesque tracks in the business. It goes without saying that this circuit belongs to Scott McLaughlin. The man has a rhythm to his driving here that just flows between the continuous sweeps and corners. I have

F1 2018 | This Year is F1 going to move away from “Same Same” to Involving?

By | March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Formula 1|Tags: , , |

The 2018 Marinello Monster Can it match the Mercedes research machine? The season begins this weekend and for us in SA, things begin to move from Friday morning early. For me and the other Supercar enthusiasts out there, it is a double whammy weekend that

SUPERCARS 2018 – LET THE GAMES BEGIN

By | March 1st, 2018|Categories: Australian Touring Car Racing|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Virgin Australia Supercar series kicks off this weekend and brings welcome viewing after the drought of the off period. The season has effectively already started with testing at Sydney motorsport park two weeks ago giving us an idea of the pace of the field readying for Adelaide in

Fordomination Part 4

By | February 20th, 2018|Categories: A Different Corner|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Of MAE’s, FVA’s ,DFV’s…and in part Five…… a lone TC The legacy of Ford’s hard work and commitment to motor sport in the 60’s filtered well into the 70’S and when, early in the new decade they took their foot off the loud pedal, such was the momentum

The Bazooka

By | January 31st, 2018|Categories: GM, Performance Saloon Car History, The Opel Kadett|Tags: , , , , , , |

The 70's were a simpler times for enthusiasts. Chips were edible, maps were used to find directions and flashing a bit rude. Tuning an engine was a visceral experience...one smelled petrol, listened to the engine, read the sparkplugs and felt the pulse. In This article we go back to

Part Two Of Daves Fiat 500 Restomod Projects

By | December 14th, 2017|Categories: A Different Corner|Tags: , , , |

Following on from the Moretti 750 in my previous post we have here what must be the ultimate Fiat 500 Restomod.  Built by the same man and nearing completion this year….. 2017 will mark 50 years after the Moretti…..but absolutely well worth the wait.

Part One | Mighty Mouse – A Tale Of One Special Fiat 500

By | November 23rd, 2017|Categories: A Different Corner|Tags: , , |

Mighty Mouse After the front-engined Fiat 500 Topolino of 1936 (The Mouse) Fiat’s Original city car the Topolino “The Mouse”   569cc four cyl    1936-1956 ……along came the Nuova The Iconic 2 cylinder 499cc rear engined Nouva Cinquecento 1957 - 1975

Reflections on Bathurst 2017

By | October 21st, 2017|Categories: Australian Touring Car Racing|Tags: , , , |

With the last of the Enduro series coming up tomorrow  and Sunday amongst the high rise buildings of the Gold Coast, we are set for a two race thriller , of that I am sure. I have been a little delayed in posting this week but a look back at

Bathurst 2017 | Weekend Update

By | October 6th, 2017|Categories: Australian Touring Car Racing|Tags: , |

Firstly  we need to look at the weather and I am writing this at 06:15 on Thursday morning and  overall things look good for practise, qualifying and top ten. Predicted temps for Sunday have been sunny and clear hovering around the 26-27C mark over the last few

BATHURST 1000 2017

By | September 29th, 2017|Categories: Australian Touring Car Racing|Tags: , , , |

‘HEROES AND LEGENDS’ - The theme of this years Bathurst 1000 Thursday 5th October is just 5 days away and 16 000 Bhp will be on call to run the mountain at Bathurst…..26 Contenders and 52 drivers…..1000km….Holden, Ford and Nissan. Who will lift the trophy? ….fabulously….I

Australian Touring Car Racing

By | September 14th, 2017|Categories: Australian Touring Car Racing|Tags: , , , , , , |

As I write this article the first shots in the Pirtek Supercar endurance race series is just 19 hrs away. The Sandown 500, a race having a 40 odd Year heritage in Australian touring car racing is a bit special this year with many racers opting to

Infinite Grease Monkey Theorem Part Two

By | August 27th, 2017|Categories: A Different Corner, The Opel Kadett|Tags: , , , , , , |

A Fox In The Henhouse This part of the story covers, dare I say, a unique once in a lifetime experience for those involved. There were so many lessons to be learned by every single one of us caught up in the events of that day in Oudtshoorn,

The Infinite Grease Monkey Theorem

By | August 17th, 2017|Categories: A Different Corner|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In the sixties, if you had arrived on earth from Mars as a raving racing saloon car nut, you would have quickly realised that there were only a few car brands in certain parts of our planet, namely Ford, Mini and Renault, with an occasional appearance from Alfa and Volvo….there

The Ranger – Part Two | The Challenge…. Karma Comes Calling

By | July 3rd, 2017|Categories: A Different Corner, GM|Tags: , , |

The opening of the Aldo Scribante racetrack scheduled for the 24th November 1974 was an event all of us motorsport types in Port Elizabeth had waited for since the closure of the St Albans track in 1969. Five years was a long time for us not to have our

The Ranger – Part One | A Lesson in Corporate Politics

By | June 17th, 2017|Categories: A Different Corner|Tags: , , , , , |

Local content programmes affecting the SA motor industry in the mid 60’s demanded that the local car companies raise their game to meet the requirement. General Motors South African did so in style and upgraded all facilities massively. Firstly the Product Engineering Division was housed in a new building and

GENERAL MOTORS SOUTH AFRICA – Finding New Roads?

By | May 22nd, 2017|Categories: A Different Corner, GM|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It Seems the roads in South Africa have been blocked by Toyota's, VW's, Nissans, Kia's, Fords, Hyundai's and other Riff Raff. The departure of GM from the local scene announced last Thursday is no surprise to me. It is a sad reminder that when you do not respond

GMSA 3800 GT – The Biggest Blunder? The Lost Diamond.

By | May 9th, 2017|Categories: A Different Corner, Performance Saloon Car History|Tags: , , , , , |

When there is the opportunity to do something spectacular in this car-cult driven industry of ours, the full achievement of that often depends on circumstance…. and sadly also on the probability of clouded thinking and limited vision. I guess the number of lost opportunities could fill a library and the

Part 3 continued – The GM Dealer Teams

By | May 2nd, 2017|Categories: GM, Performance Saloon Car History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

HDT – Holden Dealer Team Australia Unlike the later start-up of the European Dealer Teams, Holden themselves were the prime motivators for getting involved in front line motorsport. Harry Firth Joined Holden from Ford motorsport to start the Holden Dealer Team in 1969. Harry was an

Fordomination 1962 – 1972 | Part Three

By | April 24th, 2017|Categories: Performance Saloon Car History|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This is now a four part tale of the Ford years. The first covers something of the overall picture of what happened during this period (with SA bias), the second looks at the effect the Ford onslaught had on the street and the third, itself a two part story,

Fordomination 1962 – 1972 | Part Two

By | April 15th, 2017|Categories: GM, Performance Saloon Car History|Tags: , , , , , |

This is a three part tale of the Ford years. The first covers something of the overall picture of what happened during this period (with SA bias), the second looks at the effect the Ford onslaught had  on the street and lastly a brief look at the response, mainly

Fordomination 1962 – 1972 | Part One

By | April 6th, 2017|Categories: Performance Saloon Car History|Tags: , |

A NOTE on PICTURES ON THIS SITE For the meantime and until the sight gets some traction, all pics used in the write-ups are selected from Free To Use portfolios on the Net. I have taken precautions to confirm that this is OK. Should any pics used not conform

The Camaro Z28 – Our own version of Bullitt.

By | March 22nd, 2017|Categories: GM, Performance Saloon Car History|Tags: , , , , , |

Port Elizabeth South Africa was Motor Town back in the day, with both GM and Ford having built cars in the city since the 20’s, this was mini Detroit. The whole place seemed to be linked to one or other of those two companies either directly or through links connected

DYNO DAZE – Dynomometer Testing

By | March 22nd, 2017|Categories: A Different Corner|Tags: , , , |

Dynamometers are a passion of mine and in this write-up I have a concern that the proper tuning of classic cars is coming under unreasonable pressure, not because the expertise is missing but because the modern world of ‘easy everything’ is hurting the professionals in this field.  You will also

A Different Corner Pt.1

By | March 6th, 2017|Categories: A Different Corner, The Opel Kadett|Tags: , , , , , |

This portion of the blog has to do with very different thinking and the absolute necessity to bring an alternative view of the 60’s and 70’s gearhead view to readers. Call it a different Compass. We will look at the ‘realities’ as opposed to the folk lore and ask many

NO OPTION BUT TO OPTION – GM’s Muscle Car Conundrum

By | February 1st, 2017|Categories: Performance Saloon Car History|Tags: , , , |

Regular Production Option and Central Office Production Order…..The most significant words in the GM world of 60’s performance cars. During that time and in what turned out to be a very new and adventurous portion of the business, the General’s company policy could only be described as muddled. History will

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