No drawings, no tooling, but Mitsubishi Model A made it

TOKYO, Japan – A Mitsubishi Model A (above) has been selected by the Japan Automotive Hall of Fame, a non-profit organisation, as a Historic Car – one that has stamped a mark of excellence in Japanese automobile history. The prototype was assembled in 1917 and completed in November 1918 with a total of 22 cars…

Back on the road (the mud?) again: Landy No.1 back to life

PRETORIA, South Africa – After playing a starring role in Land Rover’s 70th anniversary celebrations in 2018  the ”missing” original-launch Land Rover demo vehicle from the 1948 Amsterdam auto show is back on the road (and in the mud) for the first time since the 1960s, It’s been through a year-long restoration/rebuild was by a…

Dat’s sun collection by Free State’s Oom Freek

ROSSLYN, South Africa – Datsun is calling on all fans – new and old – as it announces the opening of car-enthusiast Freek de Kock’s auto museum: about 120 Datsun and Nissan vehicles spanning decades will be accessible to everybody. The museum, in Bothaville, South Africa, was started by De Kock in 2007. It claims…

Concours SA 2019! Some things old, but lots of new!

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Now, The Corner is told, is the time to secure entry to the Concours South Africa 2019, described by its organisers as ”the finest spectacle of classic motors, where horsepower meets luxury living”. The finest classic, luxury and sport cars from pre-Second World War to the modern era will be showcased…

Creating beauty: 65-year-old Jaguar XK reborn for racing

1954 XK120 back to ‘bespoke’ specification 2700 man-hour job makes race-read beauty Original 3.4-litre six-cylinder XK engine rebuilt LONDON, England – Jaguar Classic has completed restoration of an XK120 sports car restoration commissioned by British life-long Jaguar enthusiast David Gandy. The 11-month project, which was a close collaboration between Gandy and Jaguar Classic’s experts at…

Racing Renée: Passion for Porsche and fighting child trafficking

Valkyrie Racing making history in vintage 356 Porsche Record six races on seven continents by 2020 Defeating child-trafficking all part of the plan LOS ANGELES,  California – When Colorado-based philanthropist and mother-of-four RenéeBrinkerhoff (right) decided to race in the legendary and dangerous La Carrera Panamericana rally in 2013 aged 57 she was a racetrack rookie….

Book review (of sorts): ‘A Cat to Kill For’

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – At times we here at Carman’s Corner get tired of editing feature about cars and motorcycles and motorsport so… here’s a punt for a book. About cars… A Cat to Kill For Gavin Campbell runs a small and struggling classic car dealership in the historic village of Watkins Glen, New…

Baby Bugatti II: Century-old race replicas – see how much!

GENEVA, Switzerland – The car that took Automobiles Ettore Bugatti to fame in the 1920s, the Bugatti Type 35, is seen by many as the most successful racing car of all time with about 2000 professional and amateur races – sometimes 14 in one week. In 1926 Ettore and his son Jean decided to build…

Land Rover Series Fest: Come lift a wheel (or two) in April

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Nothing says “off-road” better than the best-loved 4×4 of them… Land Rover. So, a Landy Fest is being organised by Land Rover Classic and the older generations – Series 1,2 and 3 – are invited. LR Classic will host the event in Limpopo, South Africa, from Friday April 5 – Sunday April…

Woodstock ‘Light’ bus back for 50-year festival revival

The culmination of a three-year quest to recreate, restore and repaint a lost symbol of the Summer of Love HERNDON, Virginia – After more than 50 years, the iconic ‘Light’ bus (VW Type 2 van made world famous after its appearance at the legendary 1969 Woodstock Art and Music Fair) will hit the road again…

Iconic Hollywood auto stars revving up for LA parade

LOS ANGELES, California – To celebrate Los Angeles’ love of both the automobile and Hollywood the Petersen Automotive Museum there is to host a President’s Day (Feb 18) festival that will feature iconic Hollywood cars. The museum sees the parade as a “thank you” to the people of Los Angeles for their support over the…

Hispano-Suiza to premiere electric Hyperlux at Geneva

BARCELONA, Spain – The 2019 Geneva auto show will host the Carmen, a fully-electric hyperlux grand tourer from iconic Spanish luxury car brand and aero engine maker Hispano-Suiza. Named for Carmen Mateu, grand-daughter of Hispano-Suiza’s founder Emilio de la Cuadra, the 2019 car has been described as ”the ultimate expression of classically inspired design, next-generation technology, exhilarating power, and…