Performance Saloon Car History

Will deal with historical stories throughout the years

1963… Then Ten Years Of Thunder

By |2018-12-07T07:53:27+00:00Dec 7th, 2018|Categories: A Different Corner, Performance Saloon Car History|Tags: , |

Defining events seldom come in greater numbers…it’s 1963…. the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Stereo, FM radio, Drive-in movies and Roadhouses, JFK and the (very hot) Cold War, Boeing 707,s, The race to the moon, Martin Luther King’s dream… and a portent of springbok rugby, H.O. de Villiers the school rugby captain… It was a hugely

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

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

By |2017-11-24T10:11:32+00:00May 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 number of frustrated engineers facing

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 Three

By |2017-11-24T10:11:33+00:00Apr 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, a brief look at the

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.

Fordomination 1962 – 1972 | Part One

By |2017-11-24T10:11:34+00:00Apr 6th, 2017|Categories: Performance Saloon Car History|Tags: , |

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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

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

By |2017-11-24T10:11:37+00:00Feb 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 show that GM produced some

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