A Different Corner

A Different Corner

This portion of the blog has to do with the background to much of what was happening and, in some instances, brings an alternative 60’s and 70’s gearhead view to readers. We will look at the ‘realities’ as opposed to the folk lore and ask many what-if’s. There will undoubtedly be some debate…

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

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  

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Part Two Of Daves Fiat 500 Restomod Projects

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. Sadly, the loss

The Infinite Grease Monkey Theorem

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 were quite obviously no others.

Infinite Grease Monkey Theorem Part Two

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, that it collectively changed our

CONROD – STRAIGHT

For the Blog this week we are going to touch on that most fabulous form of racing….V8 Supercars or as it has been re-titled, Australian Supercars and at the same time touch on the issue of racing car noise. Now I know as South Africans, there is this ‘thing’ with the Aussies…. and believe me

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

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 own track. For most folk,

The Ranger – Part One | A Lesson in Corporate Politics

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 was very simply a first

GENERAL MOTORS SOUTH AFRICA – Finding New Roads?

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 to changing times, the world

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

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 number of frustrated engineers facing

DYNO DAZE – Dynomometer Testing

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 note that I will have

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