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The Last Ride – 16 December 2017

THE LAST DRAG EVENT FOR THE YEAR.

Drag Racers will have a last chance to compete for #thelist. On 16 December Dezzi Raceway in Port Shepstone will play host to this event once again as we sign off racing for 2017.

Come and support legal and safe drag racing and join us for a fun filled day for the whole family.

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Dyno Wars 2017 Teaser

Get ready for the largest dyno event in the world! Dyno Wars 2017 connects 11 locations all over South Africa and a location in Australia. Join us for a high horse power event at a location near you!
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Dyno Wars – National Dyno Day

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THE LARGEST DYNO EVENT IN THE WORLD

Dyno Wars is the only national Dyno event in South Africa. This year we have 11 locations around South Africa ie: Durban, Pietermaritzburg , Western Cape, Klerksdorp, Edenvale Gauteng , Port Elizabeth, Kimberly, Polokwane, Kokstad, Welkom and Stanger. We are proud to announce our first international event partner CPI Australia has decided to be part of Dyno Wars this year.

What once started as a humble dyno event in KZN has grown over the last 4 years into a Petrol heads platform attracting all types of people and their vehicle’s from all over South Africa to participate in Dyno Wars. The idea for the event is create a platform unlike any other, which promotes motoring and motorsport in South Africa. The marketing angles , social media campaigns and advertising is without boundaries. We have national TV coverage courtesy of DSTV Ignition TV,an extensive online and social media campaign. Digital media exposure as well as print media coverage in each respective province.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, 2nd December 2017 ,times vary per destination.  The event partners include :

Durban – AE Performance, Pietermaritzburg – Powertek Developments, Western Cape – Dynotech, Krugersdorp – WRD Performance, Randburg– Dynosport., Port Elizabeth – Autograph Racing, Kimberly – P-tech Racing Worx, Polokwane – F2 Vehicle Technologies , Kokstad – Powerhouse Towing , Stanger – Vengo Performance , Welkom – Juniors Autobody,  Australia – CPI Performance.

The Last Ride

 

THE LAST DRAG EVENT FOR THE YEAR.

Drag Racers will have a last chance to compete for #thelist. On 16 December Dezzi Raceway in Port Shepstone will play host to this event once again as we sign off racing for 2017.

Come and support legal and safe drag racing and join us for a fun filled day for the whole family.

 

A Nod to Roger Moore

We lost Sir Roger Moore this year, aged 89, after a short battle with cancer. His debonair style and role as the longest serving James Bond, made him synonymous with some of the finest automotive moments of cinema. In honour of his memory, we look back with AutoTrader at the 12 years he spent as Bond and bring you our favourite five 007 cars.

Lotus Esprit, The Spy Who Loved Me

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Barbara Bach and Roger Moore, stars of James Bond film ‘The Spy Who Loved Me,’ lean on the now-famous ‘amphibious’ Lotus Esprit in this circa 1977 photo. (Photo Credit: HULTON ARCHIVE/GETTY IMAGES

Sometimes considered the greatest car movie of all time, the 1977 The Spy Who Loved Me has one of the greatest Bond car chases. Not to mention, an amazing Lotus Esprit Submarine! The Esprit had just been released in the year of the films development. At the time, the Lotus was a relatively little car manufacturer without a huge marketing budget. Knowing where the film was being developed, the PR for Lotus deliberately left the new model outside of the film’s producers address to spark interest. It worked, and the Lotus Esprit became one of the movie iconic cars in the franchise. The moments when Bond hits the Esprit gas pedal, to the Lotus hitting the Mediterranean are arguably the best 3 minutes of any Bond film to date.

AMC Hornet in The Man with The Golden Gun

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The infamous scene of the AMC Horent doing a mid-air twist corkscrew jump, in James Bond: The Man with the Golden Gun. (Photo Credit: The Man with The Golden Gun)

In the 1974 movie The Man with The Golden Gun, Moore drives the sleek and stylish Hornet, at the time, a recent product by the American Motors Corporation or AMC. Bond nabs the red and white beauty just as it’s about to be test driven, to instead chase the villain Scaramanga in a hair-raising sequence of events. Performing a 360-degree mid-air twist corkscrew jump, Bond manages to traverse a broken bridge. It is not surprising to find out the stunt car was significantly modified in order to manage this feat. The actual jump was captured in just one take by British stuntman ‘bumps’ Willard, which later was described as the ‘first astro spiral used in a movie’ by the Guinness World Records.

Alfa Romeo GTV6 in Octopussy

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Bond driving off in the grey Alpha-Romeo GTV6 in Octopussy (Photo Credit: Octopussy)

Seen in the high-speed chase with the police in Octopussy, the Alfa Romeo GTV6 helps Bond make it in time to warn the NATO general of a deadly Soviet plot. The designer of the GTV6 Giorgetto Giugiaro was also responsible for creating the Lotus Esprit, helping to develop some eye-catching 1980’s elements such as the instantly recognisable chunky black bumper. Sometimes considered the forgotten film hero car by Bond fans, it often lies low on the radar because it was not packed with gadgets and weaponry. However, the car does support some of the best stunt driving, sliding around tight corners and blasting down the Autobahn with its V6. While in 2017, Bond might just make a mobile phone call to alert the authorities, this car made sure in 1983, Bond could save us from an Armageddon in some style.

Citroën 2CV6, For Your Eyes Only

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The Citroën 2CV6 from ‘For Your Eyes Only’. (Photo Credit: For Your Eyes, Via REX/SHUTTERSHOCK)

Only Moore and his style could pull off the 1981 Citroën 2CV6. Having lost his Lotus spirit to a really nasty set of events, in For Your Eyes Only, Bond has to really put his foot down in order to get away from the impending henchmen. The Citroën 2CV6 is undoubtedly a basic, albeit charming vehicle, that is completely lacking in the speed often prized in a 007 getaway car. Yet Moore makes this French iconic car look fun, with its bashing, careening, roll over, slides, u-turns – sporting some adrenaline rich and humorous moments. Despite the poor credentials as a getaway car, Moore and Carole Bouquet manage to shake off the trouble and save the day. So popular was the expected sight of bond in this car, the 2CV had a special edition launched to coincide with the launch of the film. It sported the same glaring yellow paint scheme and a smattering of stick-on bullet holes. Not surprisingly, these 1981 year editions are now highly sought after by 2CV enthusiasts.

Renault 11, A View to a Kill

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While Bond drives some amazing cars, he also has to in a pinch, make a hasty chase in truly whatever is handy. The most maligned of these ’make do’ cars, has to be the Renault 11. While it may have been the winner of the 1983 European car of the year award, the Renault 11 is often scathed for its’ poor power and bad handling. Yet in A View to a Kill, the Renault 11 makes for one of the most exciting and memorable sequences. Again, Moore steals the Renault 11 taxi from a cab driver in order to undertake a high-octane pursuit through the streets of Paris to chase May Day (played by Grace Jones). The Renault 11 really suffers, firstly by losing its roof. Secondly, by vaulting on, then off, a sightseeing bus at high speed. Finally, the entire of the back end is severed off after a collision, which leaves Bond with the front wheels only. While the stunt team had three separate vehicles for the stunt work, the complete car that was used for close-ups and the initial scenes have been kept for many bond displays and exhibitions until going on sale and being snapped up for £4,200 in an auction.

 

In our array, we gave you the best, funny and humdinger. The style and charisma of Moore as Bond made these cars and their features something that will always live on and be remembered. Find your favourite Bond classic car with AutoTrader.

Lexus LC500 vs Mercedes-AMG GT

When a Lexus, that isn’t the revered LFA, arrives at your door with a price tag of a cool R1.7-million, it’s somewhat difficult not to draw parallels with super sports cars of a similar price tag reports AutoTrader. After all, isn’t that what the consumer does? Weighing up the pros and cons. The Lexus LC500 is one of those that will get you thinking. Only a minuscule amount of people out there have that sort of money burning a hole in their pocket and would be able to frivolously spend it on a sports coupe.

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So what does the Lexus LC500 go up against in the local market. R1.7mil will get you a lot of car if you’re not specifically looking for a coupe, but if that’s your bag, then you may be looking at the likes of the Porsche Carrera. In which case, it will be the GTS. The BMW M6 is a bit of a stretch, but the M4 is well within ‘budget’ before you spec it. One of the best value propositions happens to be the Mercedes-AMG GT, which goes for similar money. I’ve spent time with the GT and thoroughly enjoyed it, but when faced with the choice, how does it stack up? Read More…

 

 

Autostyle Motorshow 2017

The 14th edition of the Autostyle Motor show is back. Please save the date Sunday 17 September 2017. This event is 2 years in the making and we have decided to take it to the next level. Autostyle Motorshow will now take place at the only Motorsport South African approved Race Track in KZN, Dezzi Raceway in Port Shepstone. We have finally found a venue that can accommodate our loyal patrons and fans that have supported the show over the last 15 years.

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