GM – General Motors

GM – General Motors

General Motors Formed the major part of my early work career and the first four years in training. The Company is my Alma Mata in that respect and as a result leaves an indelible mark. Once a very proud and top-class establishment in the motor manufacturing business, producing well accepted product throughout the main period covered by these writings during 60’s and 70’s. In various posts we cover in many tales, some of the best and also some of downside of this once spectacular organisation.

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,

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

Part 3 continued – The GM Dealer Teams

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

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.

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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