HISTORIC CAR FEATURES
Historic car feature stories.
“A company is like a human being: as long as it goes in for sports, it is fit, well-trained, full of enthusiasm and performance,” so said Robert Lutz, BMW AG board member, back in 1972. Thus was christened the youngest subsidiary of BMW AG at the time, BMW Motorsport GmbH.
The world’s most expensive car in 2022 was a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR that was reportedly sold from the company’s Stuttgart museum stock for a staggering 135 million euros (US$142 million).
In 1887, Russell Stewart Begg was born in Columbus, Ohio, in the USA and grew up in the horse-and-buggy and bicycle era. He went on to have an important influence on early automotive engineering and was pivotal in the development of the original Holden.
There was never an official Ford Speedster, based on the ubiquitous Model T, but various forms of ‘Speedsters’ were produced by ‘hot rodders’ in the post-Word War I period, as alternatives to the much more expensive Stutz and Mercer performance two-seaters.
The Longford Circuit was a temporary motor racing course laid out on public roads at Longford, 23 kilometres south-west of Launceston in Tasmania, Australia.
There are contesting claims as to the origin of the first ‘ute’ and some people reckon it’s an Aussie invention.