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Have private security option in place if you must travel

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Motorists and other road users in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng are advised to plan their trips with care, avoid areas where civil unrest has been reported, and ensure they have access to security back-up if they need it. The Automobile Association (AA) says it is concerned about the economic impact of recent riots on main roads, at toll plazas, and in certain CBD areas, especially on the road freight sector.

“Millions of Rands of damage has been caused, and one of the country’s main supply networks has been compromised. But, worse than this, people’s lives have been put in danger and it appears, sadly, that for those innocent people who are at the wrong place at the wrong time, their security is in their own hands. We want to urge anyone who has any need to be in or near any of these areas where the riots have been reported to either reconsider their travel, or find safer, alternative routes,” notes the AA... more

Aftermarket Buzz

Toyota celebrates winners of the 15th Dream Car Contest

The winners of the 15th annual Toyota Dream Car Art Contest were announced at a virtual event hosted by Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) on Friday evening (09 July 2021). Earlier this year, TSAM had invited children up to the age of 15 years… more

Personal Data Protection compliance made easy

Much like the Protection of Personal Information ACT (POPIA), which became fully operational from 1 July 2021, and substantially impacts the recording and disclosure of personal information, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a… more

Over 10 000 road defects fixed by The Pothole Patrol

Since its launch in May, steady progress is being made by The Pothole Patrol project, with over 2 500 potholes filled. Commenting on the journey so far, Anneli Retief, Head of Dialdirect says: “We are pleased with the progress and difference… more

Mobility Beat

Toyota co-brands zero-emission buses with CaetanoBus

Zero-emission buses, manufactured by CaetanoBus in Portugal, will be co-branded with Toyota Toyota strengthened its strategic alliance with CaetanoBus in Dec 2020 for further expansion of sustainable mobility solutions Toyota Motor Europe (TME)… more

Insurance Tips for First-Time Vehicle Buyers

There's nothing quite like buying your first car. While it is exciting, it could also be overwhelming to address the insurance aspect of securing your vehicle against theft, loss or damage. There are so many variations of cover and costs… more

Active Safety Features – your car’s way of protecting you

Today’s modern cars, even the more budget-priced cars, incorporate a number of safety features to protect passengers and reduce the severity of motor accidents, or even to avoid them entirely. In the US for example close to 60 million vehicles… more

Motoring

Giulia GTA: momentous return to SA of an Alfa Romeo legend

The iconic Alfa Romeo GTA is the ultimate version of the ultimate four-door sports sedan. And it’s heading to South Africa. Based on Giulia Quadrifoglio, Giulia GTA is fitted with a more powerful version of the Alfa Romeo 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo… more

The all-new BMW 2 Series Coupé

BMW is opening a new chapter in its tradition of super-sporty compact models. In the process it will set a new benchmark for driving pleasure – a brand speciality – at the premium end of this vehicle class. The new BMW 2 Series Coupé embodies… more

New logo, new emblem, new colours… still Dacia!

Dacia is once again shaking up the rule book. This time, by changing its visual identity. Increasingly assertive and authentic, the brand embraces symbols of simplicity and sturdiness with a brand-new logo and emblem, and an additional new… more

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Silverstone’s sprint race format: Will it change the result?

By Graham Duxbury @TheRealDux

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The British Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend will, for the first time, feature a sprint race of 17 laps which will decide pole position for the main event. The revised schedule will see free practice one and qualifying on Friday, with FP2 and sprint qualifying on Saturday with the GP itself on Sunday, as usual.

Has F1 simply added an additional layer of complexity to the weekend? Will it change the results much or make the racing any more interesting? Will fast cars and drivers still be at the front with slow cars at the back?

Lewis Hamilton is unimpressed. According to reports, he believes the sprint race will “fail to entertain”, as he expects to see a “train of cars running nose-to-tail” in the short event.

Unlike Hamilton, do you believe F1’s attempt to freshen up the show has merit? Or should F1 take the bold step and opt for a reverse grid start to make racing more interesting?

Photocredit: XPB Images/ RaceFans.net

Motorsport News...

South African motorsportsmen starred abroad, brought local lockdown relief

This past weekend was big for South African motorsportsmen abroad and local regional racing alike. SA race heroes starred overseas, while live-streamed regional racing from around the country brought some welcome lockdown relief for local fans.… more

Alpine F1 Team launches “Prost in the Paddock”, the first podcast series dedicated to Alain Prost

Alpine F1 Team is pleased to announce the launch of its brand-new "Prost in the Paddock" podcast series on 14 July, Bastille Day, the French national holiday. In this audio series, Alain Prost, the only French Formula 1 World Champion and… more

New PEUGEOT 9X8 Hypercar – Designed to race

PEUGEOT has taken the wraps off the new 9X8, its latest-generation Hypercar challenger which is poised to make its competitive debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) in 2022. Powered by a hybrid power unit which drives through… more

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