SentiMetal Meet and Outrun Johannesburg

by Hannes Oosthuizen October 07, 2019

Ian Kilburn from Collectible Wheels in his BMW 325is

Ian Kilburn from Collectible Wheels in his BMW 325is

Some of the rarest (and quirkiest) cars in Johannesburg journeyed to the Cars.co.za offices in Bedfordview this past Sunday to enjoy a morning of petrol headed fun. As ever, this SentiMETAL meet delivered a number of surprise attendees!

Photos by Vaughn Humphreys and Hannes Oosthuizen

Following the recent record meet in Cape Town, which saw more than 120 cars come together, much was expected of the second Johannesburg SentiMETAL meet and it didn't disappoint. The company's HQ was the designated meeting spot and the more than 100 parking bays quickly filled with a staggeringly diverse selection of cars.

Old foes - BMW (E30) 325iS "Gusheshe" meets Opel Kadett 2.0 GSi "Superboss"

Old foes - BMW (E30) 325iS "Gusheshe" meets Opel Kadett 2.0 GSi "Superboss"

The SentiMETAL Opel Kadett Superboss and Porsche Cayman R were there to receive to guests, and first to arrive was none other than the Opel's old-time foe, a beautiful white BMW (E30) 325iS (Gusheshe). Ultimately no fewer than 4 Superbosses and 3 Gusheshes participated in the event, illustrating once again the rising cult following of these cars.

Older cars started making their appearance too, with a beautiful Alfa Romeo GT Junior followed by a baby-blue Porsche 356 driven by former CAR Magazine editor, John Bentley. Porsche was well represented, with numerous examples of its 911 (including a stunning 930 Carrera 3.2, 993 Carrera and a 964 Turbo), but the transaxle generation was there too, in the shapes of a neat 924 and 928. Modern variants of the 911 and Cayman were also in attendance.

There was no shortage of Porsches of all flavours - 928 meets 930 and 997.

There was no shortage of Porsches of all flavours - 928 meets 930 and 997.

But the brand with the biggest presence was undoubtedly BMW. The Bimmer enthusiasts arrived in their droves, in anything from 2002 ti's, to various E30 variants, E36 M3s, a stunning silver E46 M3 and very rare M5 Tourings (E34 and E61). A classic red E24 6 Series and an immacculate E28 M5 also turned many heads.

Centre of attention - this BMW (E28) M5 is immaculate.

Centre of attention - this BMW (E28) M5 is immaculate.

Speaking of rare German metal... an elegantly attired family showed up in a Mercedes-Benz (W124) E36 AMG Convertible, a car we had never seen in the metal before. It took its spot next to another W124 variant (TE station wagon).

Who knew? This W124 Cabriolet is a very rare E36 AMG!

Who knew? This W124 Cabriolet is a very rare E36 AMG!

Parked not far from the E36, were 3 Italian cars from the '80s that you are unlikely to ever see on South African roads – a Lancia Thema 8.32, Gamma Berlina 2500ie and a Maserati Quattroporte from 1984. The Thema 8.32 was quite a hyped car back in the day, as one of the first genuine supersaloons it featured a V8 engine borrowed from the Ferrari 308 and a rear wing which deployed automatically (unheard of at the time of its launch).

A Lancia Gamma and Maserati Quattroporte from 1984. When did you last see one of these?

A Lancia Gamma and Maserati Quattroporte from 1984. When did you last see one of these?

But that's not all that Team Italy had to offer... A silver Lamborghini Diablo rolled in, causing many a guest to choke on their croissants. Following soon after was an immaculate Alfa Romeo GTV6 2.5, rare Alfa Romeo 159i, achingly pretty Spider, and a cute little Fiat 500 Giardiniera (station wagon), the latter with a beautifully presented picnic basket in the boot. Oh, and then there was a race-ready-looking replica of a Fiat 131 Abarth, as well as 2 Maserati GranSports. Later in the day a black Alfa Romeo 156 GTA showed up, causing plenty of discussion around its future classic status (a given, in our view).

Icons everywhere - Lamborghini Diablo flanks a Ford Mustang.

Icons everywhere - Lamborghini Diablo flanks a Ford Mustang.

Those with an interest in American muscle were drawn to a brutal-looking Chevrolet Camaro Z28 with a massive bonnet bulge, bright-orange Pontiact GTO and a stunning candy-apple red Camaro. And for the fans of British? Well, an Ariel Atom is always a crowd-puller, and Gavin Spiller's racing Rover SD1 also drew plenty of attention. Parked next to the station wagon Fiat 500 was its British equivalent, a little Austin Mini.

Muscular Chevy Camaro taking its spot next to a superbly modified Datsun 280 ZX.

Muscular Chevy Camaro taking its spot next to a superbly modified Datsun 280 ZX.

In-between ogling the machines on display, guests could visit the Cars.co.za coffee shop for refreshments, to catch up on the Rugby or MotoGP and peruse some of the SentiMETAL series of merchandise. Those participants keen to stretch their cars' legs departed at 11 o'clock for a leisurely drive to Muldersdrift and lunch.

This Ariel Atom is for sale - get in touch if you want to know more.

This Ariel Atom is for sale - get in touch if you want to know more.

"We want to be a home for the South African car lover, so to see guys show up with the families, and enjoy the day together was very gratifying," said Cars.co.za's Hannes Oosthuizen, SentiMETAL project manager. "In a way these meets are similar to what you'll see at Rad Wood car meets in the US, and more recently in the UK. It's relaxed, without pretence or politics and just focused on the shared passion for cars," Oosthuizen said. "That's why, as at this SentiMETAL meet, you're likely to see something like a Diablo or Porsche 356 parked within spitting distance of a tastefully modded Datsun 280 ZX and a Japanese cult icon, the Toyota AE86 Trueno."

The next SentiMETAL Meet & OutRun is scheduled for Cape Town in mid-November.

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Private Automobile Collection Up For Auction

1946 Peugeot 202

1946 Peugeot 202

On 9 November 2019, Stellenbosch will play host to a huge auction comprising more than 500 lots of vintage and classic cars.

This private collection of vehicles, in its entirety, was never before shown to the public. It consists of around 70 vehicles and more than 100 000 spares. The latter, some more than 50-years-old, ranges from engine blocks to chrome grills, and original dashboard gauges to headlight bulbs.

1954 Mercedes-Benz Ponton 180

1954 Mercedes-Benz Ponton 180

For more than 50 years a secretive South African car enthusiast built – and hid – a massive vintage-car collection. Now that collector's deceased estate is putting it on sale, and more than 500 lots of vintage and classic cars, trucks, spares, and automobile is set to go on auction on 9 November. 

  • Among the lots will be 70 vintage and classic cars as well as over 100,000 rare spare parts. “The collection was spread over an entire farm. A few of the ‘barn find’ vehicles were dotted across the fields, while others were stored in barns amidst mountains of spares, much of which remained undisturbed and untouched for two decades.

  • It took the auctioneers over four months to catalog the collection comprising sedans, compacts, convertibles, and trucks. They span over six decades of European, British, and American automotive design.

“So passionate was the late owner’s love of all things automotive that he’d travel widely in South Africa and internationally to source rare gems, many of which were immaculately restored by dedicated automotive experts employed to run the workshop on the farm.”

Vehicles going under the hammer include the following:

·         1954 Austin Healy 100 Series.

·         1946 Peugeot 202 (believed to be the only one in South Africa). 

1948 Chevrolet

1948 Chevrolet

·         1928 Buick convertible.

·         1936 Ford Roadster.

·         1931 Ford Model A Phantom.

·         1969 MGB GT.

·         1964 Dodge Polara.

·         1971 Ford Mustang.

·         1948 Chevrolet convertible.

·         1933 Ford coupe;

·         1934 Ford V8 pick-up – one of an assortment of trucks and pick-ups going under the hammer..

·         Numerous VW Beetles.

·         1954 Mercedes Ponton 180.

·         1964 Chevrolet Impala Convertible.

1936 Ford Roadster

1936 Ford Roadster

Bentley Wins Pebble Beach Concours 2019 in its Centenary Year

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The Hon Sir Michael Kadoorie's from Hong Kong stunning 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Gurney Nutting Sports Tourer has landed the coveted Best of Show at the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, topping a magnificent celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the marque.

The car is powered by an 8-liter inline-6 and is one of two short-wheelbase cars built with the Gurney Nutting body, the only other body was transplanted onto a Rolls-Royce Phantom chassis, leaving the show winner as the lone survivor.

Only 100 8 Litre Bentleys were built, and at the time W.O. Bentley wrote that he sought an ultra-luxurious, fast car.

"I have always wanted to produce a completely silent, 100 mph car, and now I think I have done it," he wrote.

It’s first Bentley to win since 1965.

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Bentleys thronged the 18th fairway at the famous golf club on the Monterey peninsula, with six centennial classes ranging from the 3 Litre (won by Bob Muggeridge's 1927 Speed Model VdP Open Sports) to post-war models, the latter landed by Anne Brockington Lee's 1952 R-type Continental.

But it was Kadoorie's imposing dual-cowl tourer that took the top prize; shipped over from the UK especially for the concours, the short-chassis is the sole survivor with this body style.

In the end, the judges at the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance couldn't turn down a good party.

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The judges announced that the 1931 Bentley 8 Ltire Gurney Nutting Sports Tourer was the best in show, beating impressive Bugattis, Skittles-coloured Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, and Mercedes-Benz—and the rest of the field—on Bentley's 100th birthday.

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Concours South Africa 2019

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Concours South Africa 2019-the ultimate celebration of luxury living and the deluxe showcase of the automotive  worlds greatest creations takes place at Steyn City on the weekend from Friday 30 August to Sunday 1 September 2019.

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A Best Dressed Lady prize will honor both Women’s Month and Spring Day at this year’s event, adding yet another element to this elegant motorized garden party that features the country’s best classic machinery. This year’s entry, limited to the top 100 classic cars in South Africa promises to be an unforgettable weekend of motorized splendor.

An area of some 8 hectares has been set aside, enabling all the cars to be displayed in a single, well-defined area. The car display area features sumptuous lawns, lakes and walkways affording spectacular views of the Steyn City Golf Course, Palazzo Steyn and the incredible golf course.

Last year  the overall winning car was the Ferrari 328 GTS owned by Mrs Zia Wort.

Last year the overall winning car was the Ferrari 328 GTS owned by Mrs Zia Wort.

Judging of the cars will take place on both Saturday and Sunday with the prize giving ceremony on Sunday afternoon. This year’s judging panel will be made up of experts, both local and international. A class win at Concours South Africa adds real (rand….dollar) value to the winning entries.

 

There are a number of additional attractions to keep all busy for the entire weekend.

Last year Mrs Carolyn Steyn was adjudged the Best Dressed Lady

Last year Mrs Carolyn Steyn was adjudged the Best Dressed Lady

In line with the established social season atmosphere, this year’s event will once again be awarding a prize for the Best Dressed Lady at the event. Event Master of Ceremonies Greg Marucchi noted that this year’s best-dressed lady’s award will enjoy a special resonance, as Concours South Africa 2019 spans both Women’s Month in August and Spring Day, which is celebrated on the final day of the Concours event on Sunday, September 1. The Best Dressed Lady and the winning cars at Concours South Africa 2019 will be announced at the prize giving on the afternoon of Sunday the 1st of September.

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On the Friday evening of August 30, Concours South Africa will once again induct a world-renowned motoring personality into the South African Hall of Fame. This is a particularly prestigious event that has become part of the Concours weekend tradition. Past inductees at previous Concours events include motor racing personalities Sarel Van der Merwe, Ian Scheckter and Ferrari F1 designer Rory Byrne.

The 2019 Inductees are Basil Green and Graham Duxbury.

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Basil Green

A favourite of Ford Motor Company boss Lee Lacocca, Basil Green made his mark by shoehorning larger-capacity engines into relatively ordinary cars. Green’s first Perana was the ’67 Cortina MKII, where he squeezed a three-litre Ford Essex V6 into an engine bay usually reserved for a four-cylinder engine.

The Cortina Perana raced onto to South Africa’slightly-trafficked roads, while at the same timemaking its mark on the country’s racetracks. Racing legends Koos Swanepoel and Bobby Olthoff drove Cortina Peranas to multiple victories and to SA national championships.

Green’s next trick cemented the Perana brand as an icon in South African motoring history: he audaciously extracted the V6 engines from Ford’s Capri coupe and replaced them with five-litre V8 powerhouses from the Mustang! The charismatic Ford Capri Perana V8 “hit the local motorsport scene with a sledge hammer blow”, while at the same time rewriting the road car rulebook.

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Graham Duxbury

Born 1 December 1954, one of South Africa’s best loved racing driver, business man and motorsport commentators. Amongst many other accolades, Graham won the South African National Drivers Championship in 1982, initially driving a March 78B engineered by Ken Howes, before taking delivery of a ground effect March 822.

Graham, along with Tony Martin and former Hall of Fame inductee, Sarel van der Merwe, won the world famous Daytona 24 Hours, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States, in 1984 driving for Kreepy Krauly Racing, an all-South African team in a March 83G-Porsche again engineered by Howes..Graham is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Duxbury Networking, a South African-based Specialist Networking Distributor and commentates regularly at race meetings, on radio and television.

 A notable feature of Concours South Africa 2019 will be a South African Specials category featuring classic cars that were SA-specific, such as the Ford Capri Perana of the 1970s, the early 1990s Opel Kadett Superboss and BMW 333’s to name a few. Continuing the South African theme, there will be a sizeable display of significant South African racing cars.

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A number of famous marques will also be celebrating significant birthdays this year, including the centenary of Bentley and 60 years of the Mini.

The Daytona Group will also have some very special cars on display, including a McLaren Senna, five Rolls Royce’s-spanning nearly Seventy Years of the marque, a superb selection from Aston Martin and a very special automobile from the spectacular Italian manufacturer Pagani.

London Concours 2019

London Concourse 2019

London Concourse 2019

Last month saw us head off to the Road Racing Capital of the World for the Annual pilgrimage to the Isle of Man TT Road Races 2019.The event is steeped in a rich history of all things motorcycling after all the event is over 100 Years Old. The event is split up into one week of practice and qualifying and one week of racing. We arrived with the intention of spending the full two weeks on the Island however mother nature got the better of us with constant rain and mist, after 10 days of waiting with just one days practice and another one and a half days of racing we decided to fly back to London and attend the 3rd Annual London Car Concourse.

Since its inception in 2017, London Concourse is rapidly establishing itself as a premium motoring event in London’s Calendar. There were going to be more than 70 specially curated cars from private owners all on display.

The Honourable Artillery Company

The Honourable Artillery Company

The event was been held slap bang in the middle of London in the luxurious gardens of the Honourable Artillery Company. The Artillery Company is a charity incorporated in 1537 and have over 2500 members, many of whom were active in the Oldest Regiment of the British Army.

The main concours event classes included ‘The Icons’, ‘The Innovators’, ‘Great Marques – Ferrari, ‘Great Marques – Jaguar’ and ‘The Outlaws’. Each of the classes were packed with rarities.

Lotus 79 Mario Andretti

Lotus 79 Mario Andretti

No one could deny that Mario Andretti’s 1978 Lotus 79, the very first ground-effect car to win the Formula 1 World Championship, was not one of automotive history’s most innovative cars.

Bugatti EB110 SSS

Bugatti EB110 SSS

The silver Bugatti EB110 Super Sport, a supercar that was years ahead of its time and, if rumours are to be believed, will garner a wave of renewed interest in the coming months.

It was the first carbon-fibre Monocoque road car in 1993.

Outside of the main concours event, there were plenty of other cars on display. A special feature celebrated the Lamborghini Miura’s show-stealing appearance in the opening scene of The Italian Job, with a gathering of seven examples. On the lawns of the HAC, guests were able to see the full spectrum of the Miura line-up, including P400S, SV and Jota models.

LAMBORGHINI IN ALL IT GLORY.

LAMBORGHINI IN ALL IT GLORY.

Best of Show at the 2019 London Concours was awarded to a well-preserved Jaguar C-Type. This particular C-Type has played its role within Jaguar’s racing heritage, appearing in the Monaco Grand Prix, driven by Tommy Wisdom, and later Stirling Moss who drove it for much of his 1952 season. It was presented at the London Concours in its original livery from the 1953 Mille Miglia.

Jaguar C-Type 2019 London Concours Winner

Jaguar C-Type 2019 London Concours Winner

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It’s rare to see such a diverse and desirable collection of cars first-hand anywhere on this planet, let alone in the capital of London in the middle of the week, so make a note in your diary this is definitely and event to visit next year.

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Niki Lauda's 1975 World Championship Ferrari 312T To Auction At Pebble Beach

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The Ferrari 312T, chassis 022, is one of the chassis used by Niki Lauda to capture his first Formula One World Championship, in 1975, and secure Ferrari’s first championship since 1964,

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“In the five races that Lauda drove chassis 022, he qualified on pole position each time, and placed on the podium three times, including a win at the French Grand Prix.” Lauda’s wins at Monaco, Belgium and the U.S. Grand Prix held at Watkins Glen, New York, were all in the sister car, chassis 023, which remains in the possession of the French collector who once had 022 sitting alongside. Though a non-championship race, Lauda and chassis 022 also won at the BRDC (British Racing Drivers’ Club) International Trophy Race at Silverstone, one of the fastest and most daunting tracks in Formula One.

As a race-winning, Lauda-driven, factory Ferrari Formula One car from a championship year, this is easily among the most significant racing Ferraris in the world.  

The 312 series with its 3-liter flat-12 engine and transverse gearbox—the T stands for transversal. The 312T4 of 1979 that brought the driver title to Jody Scheckter also helped Ferrari begin its transition to the ground effects era.

Jody Sheckter 1979

Jody Sheckter 1979

1975 World Championship Winning Car

1975 World Championship Winning Car

The 312T and its many iterations gave Ferrari three world driver championships, four constructor’s championships, and 27 victories. In Lauda’s hands, it often took pole position. The 312T and this chassis in particular are central to the Ferrari mythos. After the 312T was supplanted, Ferrari entered a 21-year drought, with no driver championships until 2000 with Schumacher.

Lauda would have won the championship in 1976 if it was not for that fatal crash at the German Grand Prix at Nurburgring Ring.

Its current owner gave it a respectful restoration, refinishing it in its Rosso Corsa livery and having all mechanical components rebuilt by Ferrari experts, then exhibited it at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where it finished third in its class.

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Pebble Beach 2017

Gooding & Co, will offer the car at Pebble Beach this August. Without question, this will rate among the star cars of Pebble Beach this year.

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Simola Hill Climb 2019

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The 10th edition of the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb crowned a new King of the Hill champion and saw the reign of two others extended.

The biggest news of the event was Franco Scribante taking his first King of the Hill title in the extremely competitive Modified Saloon Car category, powering his radical 2016 Nissan GT-R to a new Class B record time.He ousted 2018 winner Wilhelm Baard who had to settle for second place in the final Top 10 Shootout.

“It was an extremely challenging King of the Hill as it was getting dark for the Top 10 finale and we had a misfire that developed in the final run, but it all came together and the entire team is so happy to take this victory after working extremely hard to get the car ready for the Hillclimb,” Scribante stated.

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In the Single Seater and Sport scar category, Andre Bezuidenhout fought off a strong challenge from Robert Wolk (2009 A1 GP Ferrari) to secure his third win a row. He powered the specialist Gould GR55 Hill climb car to a winning time – with his outright record of 35.528 seconds remaining unbeaten due to much cooler conditions this year.

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It was a similar story for Reghard Roets who made it a hat-trick of victories in the Road Car and Supercar category, after slashing his 2018 time by 0.8 seconds to set a new Class A record of 44.094 seconds in his Nissan GT-R.

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Over 17 000 spectators attended the 2019 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb over the three exhilarating days of Hill climb action. The event was also livestreamed to viewers around the world with more than 225 000 views over the weekend.

Classic Car Friday.

Franco Scribante yet again stamped his authority on the Jaguar Simola Hill climb’s Classic Car Friday event winning his fifth Classic Conqueror title, and fourth in a row, in thrilling fashion.

The 10th edition of the legendary Knysna event dawned wet and cold but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the 61 competitors that lined up for the start, nor for the thousands of fans that turned up for the first day of action.

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Scribante appeared to be in a class of his own through most of the day in the impeccable 1970 Chevron B19. His closest challenge, as expected, came from Andre Bezuidenhout in a 1976 Lola Cosworth Formula Atlantic single-seater, who steadily narrowed the gap to his long-standing rival – but remained almost one second adrift of the reigning champion’s final qualifying run of 42.512 seconds.

However, in the quest for ultimate glory, it came down to the Classic Conqueror Top 10 Shootout, with the fastest drivers from the three qualifying sessions setting off in reverse order in an attempt to claim the overall title.

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Josh Dovey was 10th quickest in his diminutive 1965 Ginetta G4 R (49.549 sec), finishing just behind Johan de Bruyn in his Porsche 911 R replica from the same year (49.189 sec).

Renowned Johannesburg-based racer Graeme Nathan was as spectacular as ever in the Peter Kaye-Eddie owned 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL to finish eighth (48.149 sec), with Rui Campos claiming seventh place with an impressive 47.664 seconds in his 1969 Porsche 911 RSR. Robert Wolk used his extensive single-seater experience to secure sixth place in his 1987 Reynard Formula Ford (47.638 sec).

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As the first of the drivers to drop into the 45-second bracket, Peter Jenkins slotted his bright yellow Chevron into fifth place with his best run of the day at 45.904 seconds – more than 1.5 seconds quicker than his earlier attempts. Peter van der Spuy powered his mighty 1972 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo into fourth place with a time of 45.575 seconds.

Having made the switch from King of the Hill to Classic Car Friday, V8 racing legend Willie Hepburn caused a stir in the thunderous 7.0-litre 1981 Opel Rekord that hails from the WesBank Modifieds era the 77-year-old rounded off the shootout with a final run of 44.050 seconds which gave him a well-deserved third place overall.

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This left it to the final duo to battle it out for the crown – with Bezuidenhout traditionally keeping something in reserve for the final run, thus setting the scene for an epic duel. He gave it all in the historic Formula Atlantic Lola, completing his last run in 42.651 seconds, an outstanding 0.755 sec faster than his previous best.

Then it was all up to Scribante. After a somewhat flustered start with a missed shift into second gear on the initial straight, he was on maximum attack for the remainder of the climb. The iconic orange Chevron crossed the timing beam at the top of the Simola Hill on the ragged edge, finishing a scant eight-hundredths of a second ahead of the Lola with a time of 42.574 seconds, conceding Scribante his fifth title by the narrowest of margins.

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“My start wasn’t great as there was a bit of a miscommunication between the officials on the start line, so I lost my concentration a bit which caused me to miss second gear after pulling off,” Scribante said. “After that I knew that I had to go for it, and from there on I had an absolutely perfect run. It doesn’t get closer than that, which made for a great race.”

Bezuidenhout was gracious in defeat: “I tried as hard as I could and went almost a full second faster in the final run, but Franco was just that little bit quicker and deserves the win. It was great racing and amazing camaraderie as always on this event – and I had lots of fun.”

Spirit of Dave Charlton Award

The special ‘Spirit of Dave Charlton’ Award recognises the person that reflects South African race legend Dave Charlton’s spirit of impeccable attention to detail, meticulous preparation and commendable performance.

For the 2019 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, the Award for Classic Car Friday went to Ron Hollis. He heads up the local Bodge Engineering works, which is a specialist classic car service centre that focuses on 1950s and 1960s British sports cars, including MG and Jaguar.

Modified Saloon Cars.

Scribante’s outlandish Nissan GT-R was purpose-built for this year’s Hill climb, and it was one of the major attractions due to its radical World Time Attack-derived aerodynamics and around 1 200 kW of power reportedly on tap.

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And his performance was as memorable as the car itself, obliterating the opposition with a best qualifying time of 38.551 seconds. Second fastest was Martin van Zummeren in his wild 2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R on 40.732 seconds, followed by Franco di Matteo 0.191 seconds adrift in his 2000 Jaguar V8 Supercar.

The challenge from reigning champion Wilhelm Baard never really materialised as his extensively reworked GT-R suffered a series of technical issues and he was ultimately well off the pace on 43.941 seconds, thus not making it through to the Class Finals. Scribante took the Class B5 victory with a time of 39.274 seconds – a new Hill climb class record 0.189 seconds quicker than Baard’s 2018 time.

Kyle Mitchell (2017 Nissan GT-R) was second on 40.892 seconds, with Van Zummeren taking the final step of the podium on 42.219 seconds.

In the do-or-die Top 10 Shootout which was concluded as the last glimmers of sunlight disappeared, Scribante was simply in a class of his own and comfortably took an extremely popular King of the Hill victory with a peerless run of 39.342 seconds – recording an average speed of 173.86 km/h from a standing start.

Single Seaters and Sportscars.

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The combination of experienced gentleman racer Andre Bezuidenhout and the specialised Gould GR55 proved unbeatable yet again in Class C for Single Seaters and Sport Cars.

It was clear from the outset that Robert Wolk was doing everything he could to close the significant gap to Bezuidenhout from last year, but the Ferrari-powered 2009 A1 GP car just wasn’t quite up to the task.

With the track and ambient temperatures having dropped significantly for the final Top 10 Shootout, Bezuidenhout wasn’t able to close in on his 2018 record time of 35.528 seconds, ending up 1.2 seconds slower – but it was still enough to secure his third consecutive Class C King of the Hill title, achieving an average speed of 186.052 km/h.

“That was very tough as it was getting dark towards the end, and it was very tight between Robert and I in the end,” Bezuidenhout said. “I had hoped to break my record today, but the drop in temperatures made it impossible and our focus was on taking the win. The event was fantastic as always, and already I am looking forward to next year.”

Road-going Saloon Cars and Supercars

Reghard Roets joined the exclusive club of three-time Jaguar Simola Hill climb winners after not only dominating the event’s time sheets in Class A throughout the two days, but wrapping up the King of the Hill Top 10 Shootout with a new record time of 44.094 seconds in his bright yellow Nissan GT-R.

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“I thought that I overcooked it at the end as the car got very out of shape, but I held it to the finish and I’m very happy,” an elated Roets said. “The Jaguar Simola Hill climb is the best weekend motorsport spectacle without a doubt, and every year it gets bigger and better. I’ll be on a high the whole year and can’t wait for the 2020 event!”

Spirit of Dave Charlton Award

The special ‘Spirit of Dave Charlton’ Award recognising the person that reflects South African race legend Dave Charlton’s spirit of impeccable attention to detail, meticulous preparation and commendable performance.For the 2019 King of the Hill, the award went to Martin van Zummeren, who completed his fifth Jaguar Simola Hill climb this year. He led a trio of wild ear-piercing Nissan Skyline GT-Rs that were crowd favourites throughout the event, with the other two cars driven by sons Wade and Jody.

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David Coulthard Wins at the 77th Goodwood Members Meeting

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 At the 77th Goodwood Members’ Meeting the former Formula1TM legend and brand ambassador of the IWC Racing Team David Coulthard was the first to reach the finish line with the silver HK-Engineering Mercedes-Benz 300 SL race Gullwing by HK-Engineering and to win the Tony Gaze Trophy for classic GT cars that competed between 1954 and 1959.

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Coulthard, who is a 13-time Grand Prix winner, once described the Gullwing as his “favorite car from the past,” and it seems fitting for him to pilot one of Mercedes-Benz’s most iconic vehicles around Goodwood’s famously challenging track .

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The 13-time Grand Prix victor, who started from the middle of the front row, arrived at Madgwick for the first time ahead of pole-sitter Richard Woolmer’s Austin-Healey 100M Coupé. Coulthard briefly lost the lead to the youngster on the second lap as Woolmer lunged inside the Scot’s IWC-prepared Mercedes-Benz 300SL ‘Gullwing’ on the second apex at Lavant, only for Coulthard to reclaim the position almost immediately.

Woolmer was only 0.38 seconds in arrears at the end of the third lap, but sadly he was forced to retire his car shortly before half-distance. Coulthard’s lead over new second place man, Austin-Healey racer Mike Thorne, was a whisker over eight seconds at the start of the penultimate lap, with Jaguar XK150 driver Andrew Keith-Lucas and Austin-Healey ace Jonathan Abecassis squabbling over third place to the flag, with the former just getting the nod.

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A Gas Explosion Collapses Building Containing America's Largest Porsche Collection

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A large gas explosion in North Carolina has hospitalized 17 people and left one dead in an incident that also saw a priceless vintage Porsche collection damaged.

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The building where the explosion began had originally opened as a Studebaker dealership in 1928, becoming defunct shortly thereafter in 1930. During the '40s, it became an auto supply facility until closing four decades later. Since the 1980s, the building has housed a variety of different businesses including a restaurant as well as a musician platform, Reverb Nation. At the time of the explosion, the building housed Kaffeinate, a coffee shop, and Prescient Co., a construction engineering firm.

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 Next door, however, was an automotive enthusiast's playground. Hiding in plain sight is the Ingram Collection, a cache of Porsches so extensive that those at Stuttgart themselves called it a "breath taking review of automotive design history.

In 2015, the Ingram Collection was home to more than 80 extremely rare and important Porsches. From the modern 918 Spyder to the third oldest Porsche 356 in existence, the collection truly had it all—and for an enthusiast of the brand, it simply doesn't get more awe-inspiring than this.

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Bob Ingram began his career in the pharmaceutical industry as a professional sales representative, advancing and earning increasing responsibility to ultimately becomeCEO/Chairman of Glaxo Wellcome. He co-led the merger and integration that formed GlaxoSmithKline, the world's second largest pharmaceutical company. In 2007, he joined

Hatteras Venture Partners, a venture capital firm that invests in early stage life science companies. He serves as lead director or board member on numerous corporations, institutes, research centres, and foundations.

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 Bob has been a "car guy" from the days when he rode his bicycle past local auto dealerships to see the new models each September. A friend introduced him to Porsches in 1971 but it was another 20 years before he bought his first one. A trip to the Monterey Historic Automobile Races in 1998 inspired the collection that he and his wife Jeanie have assembled, tracing Porsche's sports car history though distinctive and often unique examples of their road going cars. That definition includes road-legal racing models from the 1950s and 1960s.

Previously, Ingram has said that the most challenging, yet enjoyable part of the collection is finding the rare and vintage parts required to make the examples complete.

The extent of the damage to the collection is unclear, but given that more than half of the warehouse roof collapsed, it is no doubt extensive - and likely irreparable.

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Simola Hill Climb 2019

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Three Days of Thrills Lined up for 2019 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb

 

As South Africa’s premier motorsport and motoring lifestyle event, the 2019 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb is scheduled to roar into life from 2 to 5 May, marking the 10th edition of this truly exceptional automotive extravaganza.

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Quite simply, there’s no other event on the calendar that attracts such a vast and diverse range of iconic cars and legendary drivers from all eras competing for glory – thus making it the must-attend event of the year for enthusiasts and competitors alike.

 

  • Reigning champions in Classic Car Friday and King of the Hill return to defend their titles

  • An amazing line-up of 28 marques represented in Classic Car Friday across eight classes

  • Three King of the Hill titles up for grabs with 30 vehicle brands on the entry list, driven by some of the biggest names in SA motorsport.

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At just 1.9 km, the Simola Hill course is less than half the length of the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, and 500 m shorter than Zwartkops Raceway. It’s steep though, with the elevation climbing 160 m from the start line to the timing beams at the top of the hill. And it’s staged on a public road without the benefit of a smooth-as-glass surface, nor does it have perfectly contoured red-and-white painted kerbs, or even run-off areas.

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Considering that nearly all King of the Hill contenders post sub-60 second times – with even the slowest average speeds nudging 120 km/h – it becomes abundantly clear that the challenge of the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb is far greater than merely the sum of its corners. Yet it has some particularly testing and very fast turns, along with its famous sequence of snaking negative camber S-bends that push even the most accomplished and bravest racers to the very edge of their abilities.

Nowhere is the exceptional diversity of the entries more evident than in the line-up for Classic Car Friday. For the 2019 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, 28 marques will be taking to the starting line with drivers competing in eight categories for individual class honours, as well as for overall glory.

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The intensity and excitement build throughout the day, culminating in the Top 10 final shootout. The 10 drivers that posted the fastest times during qualifying go head-to-head in a single-run dash that ultimately determines the overall winner, who earns the Classic Conqueror title.

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As usual, the King of the Hill entry list is restricted to a maximum of 84 competitors, with 30 automotive brands set to excite and delight fans this year. Title sponsor Jaguar will once again be creating a buzz by showing off its latest models driven by some of the country’s leading race drivers, joined by a dazzling array of entries that include Porsche, Lamborghini, McLaren, Alfa Romeo, Chevrolet, BMW, Lotus, Mercedes-AMG, Shelby and Nissan.

This category has been remodelled for 2019 to allow Single Seaters and Sports Cars to compete in separate classes, with the line-up increased from three to six categories.

It’s party time in 2019!

The Jaguar Simola Hillclimb will roar to the sound of engines, cheering spectators and popping champagne corks as they celebrate 10 editions of South Africa’s leading motorsport lifestyle event.