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Review – Vredestein Ultrac Vorti tyres

Published by on Sep 27th, 2013, No Comments

Vredestein is a smaller dutch tyre company who recently launched their range of high performance tyres in South Africa. The company has no partnerships with other major tyre companies, and has thus focused their full attention on creating tyres primarily for the high performance market. This means that you will not find Vredestein tyres for your average A to B car. I got offered the chance to try out the new Vredestein Ultrac Vorti – a new ultra high performance tyre which tops the current lineup.

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This means that I had to get hold of a car to fully try out this new brand of tyres (none of my cars have 18 inch wheels) – not only in terms of wheel size, but also in terms of performance. (more…)

Watch a Skateboarder take on a Merc A45 AMG

Published by on Sep 26th, 2013, No Comments

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Remember that skateboarder who set off the speed cameras down Kloofneck? Bring Back Choirboy (yeah weird name), went and got hold of Decio Lourenco, and tasked him to skate down a Cape Town pass with a brand new Mercedes A45 AMG.

Here is the description:

“Inspired by seeing local skaterboarder Decio Lourenco blasting down the steep and gnarly Kloofneck road in Cape Town South Africa, I thought to myself… Let’s see this guy race a car, but not just any car, a car that sends shivers down your spine as the rev needle hits its peak.
So with some hunting and a bit of begging, we were lucky to get our hands on the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG edition one.

So off to the Franschoek hills we went, shooting wild, fighting weather systems, bombing hills, young film makers dreams and nightmares happening simultaneously.

And here we have it, a film i’m proud to say that was pulled off with all the odds against us, who needs big budgets, who needs gravity, the clouds broke and gave us the perfect storm of man vs machine.

Speed, Control and Elegance

Big Ups to all that made this film happen:
Bring Back Choirboy, Priest, Mercedes-Benz, Darkwing Aerials, Media Film Services, Helloiamrory, Zootee, Ensemble Post, Moby for the track and the whole crew that we couldn’t of done this shoot without.
Hope you enjoyed watching this as much as we did making it…
There will be more!

The Bring Back Choirboy Team”

See below the full video: (more…)

Carblog Test: 2013 Ford Fiesta Ecoboost

Published by on Jul 22nd, 2013, No Comments

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The Ford Fiesta recently went through its midlife facelift with many subtle changes and some new engines. The overall effect of the new grille does make the car look a lot more upmarket – but the big news is the new Ecoboost engine that only has an almost unreal 1000cc engine size.

This new 1 liter Ecoboost models fits in above the existing 1.4 petrol and 1.6 TDCi diesel engines. Is Ford crazy, or is there some method in their madness with the new Ecoboost model? (more…)

Road Test: Ford Focus 1.6 Trend

Published by on Jan 24th, 2013, No Comments

The Ford Focus has always had an interesting history in South Africa – Ford aficionados were always impressed by its interesting looks and good engines. The VW and Toyota faithful – not so much. There was just not enough to make these buyers sit up and notice.

But Ford had a long hard look at what the Germans and Japanese were doing in this space, and decided to change their current lineup with somewhat better options and the new SYNC systems.

The looks (more…)

Road Test: Ford Ranger 3.2 TDCi XLT

Published by on Oct 3rd, 2012, No Comments

When you first look at the Ford Ranger, it is quite a daunting machine. The sheer size of the thing makes you wonder what it would be like to use in everyday life. But this Ford is not alone – other bakkies in SA are also starting to stretch in size. South Africa is currently being flooded with great new choices in the bakkie market, and the new Ford Ranger might just make the most compelling argument of the bunch. While the VW Amarok was the big new entry in the last few years, the new Ranger is the bakkie that will be trying to persuade the Hilux faithful.

We spent the week with the new high end 3.2 litre TDCi XLT model, and the new Ranger did not disappoint.

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