Performance Saloon Car History

Will deal with historical stories throughout the years

The Blydenstein Project | Part Three

By |2020-04-22T09:12:49+00:00Apr 19th, 2020|Categories: A Different Corner, GM, Performance Saloon Car History, Technical, The Opel Kadett|

Finding The Power Before we get into finding the power, we will cover the remaining issues affecting combustion control and engine knock/detonation. Part Two has resulted in some interesting comment from readers who ask the question as to why I have focused so much on this aspect

The Blydenstein Project | Part 2

By |2020-04-19T10:13:46+00:00Mar 31st, 2020|Categories: A Different Corner, GM, Performance Saloon Car History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

“26.15” Careful attention to detail in building the ultimate OHV Little Block has resulted in the sort of performance we could only have dreamed of back in the day. Surprisingly though, everything that has been done is 60’s relevant. In Part 3 at the end of his piece we will cover the most

The Blydenstein Project

By |2020-04-01T11:31:02+00:00Mar 21st, 2020|Categories: A Different Corner, GM, Performance Saloon Car History, Technical|Tags: , , , |

The GM “Little Block” and the Magic 1273 Work on the GM's small four of the 60's an 70's continues...but this time on a larger capacity version of the engine. Whilst based on the work done on the magic 1088 I have not simply built a larger capacity version of

MINI COOPER ‘S’ – PART TWO

By |2019-12-28T08:05:04+00:00Dec 23rd, 2019|Categories: A Different Corner, Performance Saloon Car History, Ten Years Of Thunder|

The Competition Legacy This is # 4 in the top ten Performance Saloon cars of the 1963 – 1973 era. The Cooper S range of Minis opened a new world of performance for small saloon cars and set in motion a track  and rally heritage shattering previous convention. #4 THE MINI

Part 4 The Top Ten | Mini Cooper S | Part 1 of 2

By |2019-07-09T20:01:54+00:00Jul 4th, 2019|Categories: Performance Saloon Car History, Ten Years Of Thunder|Tags: |

This is # 4 in the top ten Performance Saloon cars of the 1963 – 1973 era. The Cooper S range of Minis opened a new world of performance for small saloon cars and set in motion a track and rally heritage shattering previous convention. #4 THE MINI COOPER S

Part 3 The Top Ten | The Renault R8 Gordini.

By |2019-07-09T20:01:48+00:00Apr 15th, 2019|Categories: Performance Saloon Car History, Ten Years Of Thunder|Tags: , |

I have selected the top ten from the era – mid 1963 to end 1973. The choice based on my heartfelt memories of the times…and some may be a surprise… read on #3 - In our list of early Performance cars.... The Renault R8 Gordini. 1296cc R8 GORDINIS IN THEIR

Part 2 | The Pontiac GTO | 1963 – Ten Years of Thunder

By |2019-07-09T20:01:42+00:00Jan 9th, 2019|Categories: GM, Performance Saloon Car History, Ten Years Of Thunder|Tags: , , , , |

I have selected the top ten from the era -  mid 1963 to end 1973. The choice is based on my heartfelt memories of the times … and some may be a surprise… read on.  2nd Place In our list of early performance cars THE PONTIAC GTO You Be

Part 1 | The Lotus Cortina MK 1 | 1963 – Ten Years of Thunder

By |2019-07-09T20:01:16+00:00Dec 30th, 2018|Categories: Performance Saloon Car History, Ten Years Of Thunder|Tags: , |

I have selected the top ten from the era -  mid 1963 to end 1973. The choice is based on my heartfelt memories of the times … and some may be a surprise… read on. #1 In our list of early performance cars THE LOTUS CORTINA MK 1 A

1963… Then Ten Years Of Thunder

By |2019-07-09T20:01:30+00:00Dec 7th, 2018|Categories: Performance Saloon Car History, Ten Years Of Thunder|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