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Firenza Can Am

By |2018-06-23T08:22:19+00:00Jun 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 of the macro GM status

The Bazooka

By |2018-04-26T09:49:12+00:00Jan 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 those times and do it

OLDSMOBILE 442

By |2017-11-24T10:11:26+00:00Sep 8th, 2017|Categories: GM|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Oldsmobile and a very special 4-4-2 Most of us simply go to the kettle, hit the switch and water boils…..easy. Not so for Oldsmobile though, these boys decided to do the boiling water trick in a whole different way. Better still they did this matching Cosworth in some special engineering in the ‘60s

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

By |2017-11-24T10:11:30+00:00Jul 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 own track. For most folk,

GENERAL MOTORS SOUTH AFRICA – Finding New Roads?

By |2017-11-24T10:11:31+00:00May 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 to changing times, the world

Part 3 continued – The GM Dealer Teams

By |2017-11-24T10:11:33+00:00May 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 experienced race engineer, developer and

Fordomination 1962 – 1972 | Part Two

By |2017-11-24T10:11:33+00:00Apr 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 from a GM perspective.

The Camaro Z28 – Our own version of Bullitt.

By |2017-11-24T10:11:35+00:00Mar 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 to suppliers, truck body builders

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