Performance Saloon Car History

Will deal with historical stories throughout the years

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

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

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