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Why should we respect traffic police?

By Nick Hodgson. Traffic laws exist for a reason. They help maintain law and order, prevent carnage and most importantly reduce deaths in what is unequivocally the most dangerous mode of transportation on the planet. South Africa has one of the worst road death statistics in the world. In fact in a survey conducted by … Read more

Formula 1 Preview: Austria – Keep an eye out for…

By Nick Hodgson. Austria is back Forget the new, sometimes its old that knows best. Austria hasn’t been on the F1 calendar for 11 years now and there are many fans and drivers alike who remember the Austrian Grand Prix with a fond memory and an anecdote or two. As with so many of the … Read more

Merc reveal the next-gen AMG V8 powerplant

By Miles Downard * AMG is the Mercedes-equivalent of the Hawks; a special ops unit with one goal – to transform normal Merc’s from the mundane into fire breathing, power hungry monsters that know no bounds in the quest for ultimate performance. AMG’s mantra has always been big capacity, naturally aspirated V8’s. And my, what … Read more

Audi stick it to Porsche at Le Mans

By Miles Downard * The 24 Hours of Le Mans ended yesterday, being Sunday 15 June, and if you only happened to see the result you might think it was much the same as last year; Audi one-two and all. However delving into the details shows that things weren’t quite so easy in 2014. Toyota … Read more

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Maserati turns 100, an event to celebrate in style

It’s hard to believe Maserati is a hundred years old this year. Arguably one of the most influential luxury Italian manufacturers, over the years they have seen it all, met with amazing success in motorsport, gone bankrupt multiple times, been bought out by virtually every manufacturer under the sun, created some of the most elegant motor … Read more

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Driven: GWM C50 takes on the Corolla

By Miles Downard * Great Wall Motors (GWM) has launched a number of cars in the last year or so; the C20R cross-over, an H6 SUV, the M4 hatchback, a small sedan in the C30 and the Steed 6 bakkie. All of these point to the company’s intent of shifting to upper segments of the … Read more

Audi send a ‘welcome back’ message to Porsche

Audi send a ‘welcome back’ message to Porsche

By Miles Downard * The Le Mans 24 Hours was first run in 1923, making it the world’s oldest sports car endurance race. Apart from a 10 year break during World War II, the race has been held annually ever since the inaugural event and still takes place on the roads surrounding the town of … Read more

Formula 1: Conclusions from Canada

By Nick Hodgson. Maximum non-finisher “Don’t take out your team-mate.” It is unspoken-rule-number-one in any form of motorsport; but the massive tank-slapper Chilton had through turn 3 on the opening lap was only going to end one way, regardless of however late he thought Bianchi braked. You could almost hear the envious sighs of soap … Read more

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McLaren profitable in 2013, first time in its history

The headline may come as a surprise, but one must remember that McLaren Automotive is a company in its own right; separate from the illustrious motor-racing team. The Woking-based manufacturer has only been producing road-going vehicles for three years and are now boasting a move into the black. A quick run over the numbers; 1359 MP4-12Cs … Read more

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Ford and Mazda split in 2013 – customers still in the dark over what happens next

By Nick Hodgson. The world seems to be completely captivated with celebrity couples. Kimye, Brangelina etc. Honestly it completely baffles me, but there you go. As in the celebrity world we often find motor manufacturers jumping into bed together; admittedly for vastly different reasons and granted this is where the analogy breaks down a little. Anyway … Read more