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Bridgestone brings a unique offer to all fleet owners

The world of business never stops, and neither should your fleet. That’s why Bridgestone are bringing a very special offer to fleet owners. If you buy 10 selected Bridgestone tyres any time between 1 June and 31 October 2019, we’ll give you 10 free retread vouchers to the value of R2 500.

Bridgestone develops, manufactures and markets tyres for passenger, truck, bus, earth-moving, agricultural, motorcycle and aircraft applications. Our tyres are made to last and give you a smoother ride on every road, no matter the conditions.

No wonder Bridgestone is the No. 1 tyre manufacturer not just in South Africa, but throughout the rest of the world.


BI revs up growth in the automotive industry with leading brands

The importance of the automotive industry to Bearings International (BI) as a growth area is underlined by the fact that it has just appointed Keith du Preez as Business Development Leader (BDL).

Reporting directly to BI General Manager Shenton Botes, du Preez forms part of the larger BDL team structure established by BI, with a dedicated and focused approach to core market segments. These segments are Mining, Agriculture, Sugar, OEMs, Steel, FMCG, Automotive, Services and Infrastructure, and Wholesale and Retail.

“This new strategy represents a focused and flexible approach to key markets, honing in on where we can add the maximum value,” Botes comments. “Each of the market segments we have identified as key growth areas have specific client applications and requirements.”

On-highway and certain light-duty off-highway automotive applications such as the forklift industry will be overseen by du Preez. The former includes the passenger vehicle and commercial truck-trailer segments.

The passenger vehicle segment itself covers various tiers, from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in Tier 1, to automotive component manufacturers in Tier 2. Plant maintenance requirements and aftermarket bearing and chain requirements will be fielded by BI’s 49-branch network.


ram Fan and Multi-V belts will be sold under the Continental brand name in future

In the context of a global and strong brand strategy, ram Fan and Multi-V belts will be sold under the Continental brand name in future. The implementation of the Continental brand on fan and multi-v will phase in over a period of a few months. The rebranding of ram automotive fan and multi-V belts to Continental guarantees premium quality, standardised global packaging and competitive pricing.

ram has been a synonymous brand in South Africa since 1981 and has been owned by Continental since 2015.The ram brand will continue for car and commercial vehicle spares including selected automotive hoses, anti-freeze, hose clamps, radiator caps, and Weldit radiator seal.

Aftermarket Buzz

Twenty Copywriting Bursaries to be provided through new advertising industry initiative

The official industry body for the advertising profession, the Association for Communication and Advertising (ACA) has secured funding toward providing twenty academic bursaries to prospective students looking to enter the exciting world of… more

NAAMSA Automotive Conference bookings now open

REIMAGINING THE FUTURE TOGETHER The NAAMSA Automotive Conference 2019, in association with the Innovation Group and AutoTrader is a high impact, one-day engagement session that will attract the participation of high-level government leaders,… more

The importance of proper spent oil disposal

Anton Niemann, GM Shell Lubricants, explains how the disposal of used motor oil the wrong way has the potential to pollute the environment, noting that we need to recover and recycle as much of it as possible. With engine lubricant technology… more

Mobility Beat

Safe Turning: Right-Turn Assist System for Passenger Cars from Continental Protects cyclists and pedestrians

New short-range radar allows for more precise detection of vehicle surroundings Technology forms basis for a Right-Turn Assist Compact radar system operates within high-resolution 77 Gigahertz range Technology company Continental has unveiled a… more

Carbon-fiber composite manufacturers must focus on cutting costs to drive sluggish adoption rates finds frost sullivan

Automotive original equipment manufacturers’ (OEMs’) urgency for weight reduction, improved aesthetics, superior mechanical properties, and cost savings is creating dynamic new product and technology innovations within the automotive composites… more

Circular economy is saving the planet and boosting profits

Shoes made from ocean plastics, packaging material made from mushrooms and a green partnership between Ford and Heinz to build car parts from tomato fibre are examples of the circular economy in action. In a traditional linear economy,… more


Audi has unveiled its new addition to the Q family: the SQ8 TDI

Audi has unveiled the robust, sporty, top-of-the-range new addition to the Q family: the SQ8 TDI. The SUV from Audi now includes a biturbo V8 with 310 kW of power and 900 Nm of torque. This allows the 4.0 TDI to accelerate the SUV coupé like a… more

Selling your VW Polo GTI? Check out these industry insider tips

Finding your next ride is no longer a drawn out and frustrating process spent clicking through endless pages of online listings. Thanks to a new, super detailed vehicle database from AutoTrader, for the first time in South African history you… more

Ferrari F8 Tributo: A celebration of excellence

The mid-rear-engined two-seater berlinetta that pays homage to the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history debuts in South Africa: The Ferrari F8 Tributo makes its official debut at an exclusive private preview hosted by Scuderia South Africa, the… more


Harnessing F1’s fun factor

By Graham Duxbury @TheRealDux


The battle between Formula One’s top teams, Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari, is deadly serious and involves many millions of dollars spent eking out a few tenths, or even hundredths of a second per lap by any mechanical and aerodynamic means possible.

Even non-works teams such as Red Bull, Racing Point and Haas, funded by well-heeled enthusiasts, are in F1 to meet serious performance objectives and not “just for fun”.

Back in the day, a team that was unashamedly in motorsport for the fun of it was Hesketh Racing. Initially established to compete in F3 and F2, the team patron, British peer Lord Alexander Hesketh, soon decided to move up to F1 which, he reasoned, would be even more fun.

The move came when Hesketh met James Hunt who, having established a reputation as a crasher, was struggling to find drives. His public schoolboy image meshed perfectly with that of Lord Hesketh and his band (team) of fun-seeking socialites.

Hesketh’s F1 debut came at the 1973 Monaco GP where the team had a Rolls-Royce and a Porsche as run-arounds with relaxation taking place on Hesketh's 162-foot luxury yacht. It was, by all accounts, suitably well stocked with “champagne and good-looking women”.

Could such as free-wheeling outfit be successful, operating within F1’s rarefied atmosphere?

Hesketh Racing competed in 52 GPs, with Hunt taking the team’s only but hugely popular win at the 1975 Dutch GP, holding off Niki Lauda’s more powerful Ferrari.

The party had to end sometime. The last champagne cork popped in late ’75. Having competed (extravagantly) without sponsorship, the Hesketh Racing coffers were empty. Hunt was offered a drive at McLaren and went on to win the ’76 world championship, while Lord Hesketh revealed plans to enter the British motorcycle industry.

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The 76 degree Rally Poland, valid for the European Championship ERC, will be the third event in the Abarth Rally Cup 2019

Two Abarth 124 rally in the Rally Poland: the Italian Andrea Nucita with the Romanian Alina Pop and the Polish team of Dariusz Polonski with Lukasz Sitek. The Abarth 124 rally will be challenged in difficult routes in the Polish race, one of… more

Punishing Toyoya 1000 desert race adds spice to production vehicle title standings

The results of a gruelling Toyota 1000 Desert Race (TDR 1000), the only marathon event on the South African National Cross Country Series (SACCS) calendar, that took place in Botswana recently had a significant effect on the Production Vehicle… more

Subaru WRX STI Scores Back-to-Back Class Win in the 47th Nurburgring 24-Hour Race

Subaru Corporation is pleased to announce that its motorsports subsidiary, Subaru Tecnica International (STI), took the SP3T class win in the 47th Nürburgring 24-Hour Race held in Germany from June 20 to 23, with the "Subaru WRX STI NBR… more

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