The motorsport conundrum

Text: Franco Theron and Junaid Samodien

Since the dawn of the 19th century, motorsport has always existed due to two key factors. Through the decades, these factors have either worked together very closely and successfully or either against one another, proving unsustainable for the sport. These two factors speak to the needs of the spectators as well as the big manufacturers (brands). The following article will analyse the movement of the motorsport world into different directions, perhaps towards an imbalance between the two factors.

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Volkswagen Driving Academy

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Whether you have just finished your K53 training, have been driving for 50 years, or aspire to become a racing driver, most of us like to be reassured that we are competent and well-rounded drivers. However, truth be told, everyone makes mistakes, even if you manage to win a Formula 1 race every other weekend.

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Tested: Honda CR-V 2.0 Comfort

The refined baby

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Tested: 2012 Honda Civic Type-R

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Launched: Honda Civic sedan

The important progression

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Porsche Museum

Saliva gland torture

Let’s face it. You’re not a proper petrol-head unless you had a poster of a whale-tail Porsche 911 on your bedroom wall and knew the difference between a 924, 944 and 968. You might prefer the dramatic Italian offerings or brute American muscle, but any car fundi should entertain a sizable amount of respect for the Stuttgart sports cars.

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