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The Bazooka

By |2018-04-26T09:49:12+00:00January 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

Infinite Grease Monkey Theorem Part Two

By |2017-11-24T10:11:26+00:00August 27th, 2017|Categories: A Different Corner, The Opel Kadett|Tags: , , , , , , |

A Fox In The Henhouse This part of the story covers, dare I say, a unique once in a lifetime experience for those involved. There were so many lessons to be learned by every single one of us caught up in the events of that day in Oudtshoorn, that it collectively changed our

The Infinite Grease Monkey Theorem

By |2017-11-24T10:11:27+00:00August 17th, 2017|Categories: A Different Corner|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In the sixties, if you had arrived on earth from Mars as a raving racing saloon car nut, you would have quickly realised that there were only a few car brands in certain parts of our planet, namely Ford, Mini and Renault, with an occasional appearance from Alfa and Volvo….there were quite obviously no others.

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+00:00April 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.

DYNO DAZE – Dynomometer Testing

By |2017-11-24T10:11:35+00:00March 22nd, 2017|Categories: A Different Corner|Tags: , , , |

Dynamometers are a passion of mine and in this write-up I have a concern that the proper tuning of classic cars is coming under unreasonable pressure, not because the expertise is missing but because the modern world of ‘easy everything’ is hurting the professionals in this field.  You will also note that I will have

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