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Automechanika Shanghai 2020 unites international and domestic markets


As the automotive industry transitions alongside the backdrop of COVID-19, Automechanika Shanghai navigates these new roads through its innovative hybrid event. The show commences from 2 to 5 December at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai), while players across the world will be able to tune in digitally from 30 November to 6 December. In sectors like Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility and highly-anticipated fringe events, first-time exhibitors, participants and industry experts are set to steer business development into the new year.

Ms Fiona Chiew, Deputy General Manager, Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, said: “Over the years, Automechanika Shanghai has built up a strong global network synonymous to its highly influential reputation in the market. In light of current challenges, the show is an important hub for innovation and collaboration; it will continue to unite players from all corners of the world through its new hybrid platform AMS Live and support industry development along the way.”... more

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Four awards - Alfa Romeo Giulia wins at the "SPORT AUTO AWARD 2020

The Alfa Romeo Giulia has taken first place in four categories of the competition run by the German magazine SPORT AUTO. The Giulia GTAm wins the “Serial production sedans/station wagons over 100,000 Euros” category for imported cars. For the… more

SF90 Spider: lifting the roof on Ferrari’s most powerful series-production supercar

The first hybrid with retractable hard top in the Ferrari range is set to deliver unparalleled en plein air exhilaration The spider version of the SF90 Stradale, the SF90 Spider, was unveiled today during a dedicated digital event. This special… more

The new MINI Countryman now available in South Africa.

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“She’s got what it takes to be a F1 driver”

By Graham Duxbury @TheRealDux


The women-only W-Series will link up with Formula One next season. There are eight support races scheduled on the 2021 calendar. Clearly, women are under-represented in motorsport and the move is designed to showcase new female talent that may make its way into F1 in future. The last female driver to compete in a Grand Prix was Lella Lombardi in 1976.

That said, fifteen years ago, the Minardi team (AlphaTauri today) tested British-born Katherine Legge in a F1 car. She drew praise from the then team boss Paul Stoddart who said “she's definitely got what it takes to be a F1 driver".

Also, in 2005, Legge received the "Most promising road racer of the year" award from Racer Magazine. Other recipients include Kimi Räikkönen and Jenson Button.

Sadly, from a F1 perspective, nothing came of the test or the accolades, although Legge did subsequently take part in the A1 GP series as well as in IndyCar in the US and the DTM series in Germany. Today she competes in the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy series, which is currently on hold as a result of Covid-19.

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