"WE NEED MORE DIGITAL!" THEY SAID...
EX-FORMULA ONE DRIVER Erik Comas was instantly infatuated with the Lancia Stratos when he was a child living in France. He watched the car compete in the Rallye Monte Carlo and, as he grew up racing in F1, JGTC and WRC, his love for the Italian coupe never faded.
The Bertone-designed Lancia Stratos won the World Rally Championship three times in a row in 1974, 1975 and 1976. Fewer than 500 were made, and very few are left, so most owners would never dream of racing one at full noise.
Over the years, the Stratos has developed a reputation as one of the most unforgiving and thrilling of rally weapons, a car that only a couple of drivers, Sandro Munari and Bjorn Waldegaard, seemed to be able to get the better of.
But Comas is no slouch behind the wheel, and in 2011, the Frenchman began to race a Stratos in various championships, not just to compete, but to win; and win he did.
Dim the lights, turn up your speakers and watch as Erik steers the historic Lancia Stratos, forty years after its final WRC victory.
FORGET THE ZAGATO BADGES.
If you wanted to distil all that was 1980s Alfa Romeo into one small package, look no further than the SZ. It's in turn brilliant and befuddling, a big-budget, low volume flight of fancy when Alfa should have been attending to more fundamental things like electricals that worked.
Still, we're glad that Alfa Romeo's management accountants did decide that shooting themselves in the foot was a worthy course of action after a long prosecco-fuelled lunch.
We managed to get our hands on and SZ and set Andy Enright on a mission to discover whether there's more to the car than just the striking styling. As an ex-owner of a couple of 75s – the car the SZ was based on – he seemed the best equipped to discover what the SZ brought to the party.
Flip over a few pages of this mag and you’ll find our full take on the Alfa Zagato, but scan the link, and see the SZ video with Andy's take on 'Il Mostro'.
IF YOU’RE BIG into Volkswagens, and you haven’t made it to the annual Volksfest in SA, then you’re missing out.
The event sees everything from crazy customs to concours beauties, all showcased on the picturesque banks of the River Torrens.
To the untrained eye, a tiny portion of Wolfsburg’s 21 million Peoples Car parking together might seem a bit repetitive but, like snowflakes, no two are the same!
Add to the Beetle brigade a massive dose of Kombis, a flotilla of Karmann Ghias, a bunch of buggies plus the water-cooled contingent and you’ve got a great show.
For last year’s event, we sent out Dave Carey to go and see what all the fuss was about, and he came back with a hard-drive’s worth of photos. Scan below to check them out.
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