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…

Meet Batterybug: VW jump-starts chopped beach wheels

Concept vehicle based on 1960s and 70s fun cars Design ‘conveys simply getting behind the wheel World premièr at Geneva international auto show WOLFSBURG, Germany – Volkswagen will in early March 2019 revive a legend by revealing the first electric dune buggy based on its ”modular electric drive matrix” platform. Klaus Bischoff, VW’s design boss,…

Well-loved Mazda MX-5 special for 30th birthday

CHICAGO, Illinois – Mazda Motor Corporation has announced it will premiere a new MX-5 model to mark 30 years of one of the world’s best-loved small sport cars. Fittingly, it will be badged as the Mazda MX-5 Roadster 30th Anniversary Edition, be individually numbered, and be shown to the public at the 2019 Chicago later today…

Auto genius Gordon Murray makes UK New Year Honours list

Gordon Murray in Queen Elizabeth’s Honours List 50 years of automotive design gets royal recognition 20 years in F1 and designing the McLaren F1 LONDON, England – Automotive designer and engineer (now professor) Gordon Murray has been made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in Queen Elizabeth’s 2019 New Year Honours list. ”The accolade,”…

Nismo Heritage is ‘Go!’ to supply GT performance parts

FAMOUS BADGE: It’s known globally as a sign of power and glorious driving. Image: Nissan ROSSLYN, South Africa – Nissan customers says owners can enjoy driving their performance cars longer thanks to a new parts replacement programme available in Japan. The parts went on sale in Japan on December  2018 as part of the newNismo Heritage…