Top Gear’s magazine will be launching in South Africa towards the end of October for a special November launch issue. The iconic automotive television programme’s publication will be hitting the newsstands following a licensing agreement between Media24 Magazines and BBC Magazines. This is very exciting news for all automotive enthusiasts and fans of the biggest motoring media brand in the world.
The announcement was made by Media24 Magazine’s CEO John Relihan who is looking forward to working with BBC Magazines “in bringing this highly enriched experience in motoring magazine journalism to South Africa.”
Top Gear SA will be edited by the former editor of topCar magazine, Pierre Steyn, whose position is now available at Media24′s other automotive title.
A personal fan of Top Gear, Steyn commented on the huge popularity of the television programme amongst a cross section of South Africans and emphasized the magazine’s ability to deliver on its brand promise ”with careful attention to not simply repeat TV content.”
Steyn goes on to mention that “Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will play a vital role in the magazine’s content as all three contribute monthly columns and features and rotate the Editor’s letter between them.”
It’s important to recognize that there is a very clear distinction between the current topCar magazine and the new Top Gear Magazine. Cherlene Beukes, general manager: Lifestyle Magazines at Media24, has stressed that while topCar is positioned as a consumer magazine with views from the showroom to the consumer, Top Gear is motoring entertainment at its very best.
The November launch issue of the Top Gear SA magazine will be available from 24 October at a cover price of R29.95
Speed and Sound HQ – We like putting together different kinds of issues for you guys. Every now and then we add a theme of sorts to an issue and showcase various cars and tech features pertaining to that theme. If you actually read any of the text on the cover instead of simply drooling over the insane car, you’d know this is a dedicated four-wheel drive issue. I’m not gonna lie, it wasn’t easy setting this up, we had loads of obstacles chucked our way… The main one being time. Out of all the monster cars we have on offer for you, there’s one missing. My mate Gert’s car just didn’t make the deadline for this issue, but on the plus side, it gives us another chance to put his 800hp Mitsubishi Lancer Evo on the cover is all it’s carbon fibred up glory. The four-wheel drive cars we do have are as equally impressive, like the R33 on the cover. We have the great Robert Mugabe to thank for that one.
Thanks to him turning Zim into a role model for the South African government, many residents moved into our borders. Some of them brought serious import cars along, and Nick Keown went one better and brought a tuner, Steve Clark along too. The No-Sweat tuned Skyline is the fastest four-wheel drive in SA at the moment, crossing the traps in the low 10-second bracket. And it’s fully street legal too, ask me, I know. I had a short stint in the passenger seat on the day of the shoot, and like I do with most people who ask how it was, I’ll give you a clue… If Horatio Cane pulled out some or other fancy CSI crime fighting tool, it would clearly show up fecal matter on the seat! Accompanying the R33 is another R33, but just a small piece on it, well more the driver really. We tracked down the man with the highest officially recorded speeding violation to get his thoughts on the matter. We have a bunch of info on the GT-R, Evo and Scooby histories; it’s great stuff that will make you the master of conversation at the next braai. To go with this we let you in on the quickest four-wheel drives, both internationally and locally.
Speed and Sound HQ – It seems that on their way out, our excompetitors felt the need to feed their readers some bullshit and take a final dig at us. Well, the last magazine standing is actually the one to get the last laugh. In his final editor’s column, Ashfaaq Bux said; “There are a few reasons for us shutting down so early in our life, and I hate to admit it, but the suits do have a few valid points. Wesbank is history, the law is becoming ever more stringent on modded cars, emissions regulations will soon be a curtailing reality and the retail industry is literally on its knees”. What the hell does that mean? The suits’ are right? Are these the same suits that are under the microscope for allegedly defrauding advertisers by manipulating print and distribution figures to make a buck? Pull the other one, no really, please, it’s a little stiff.
Yes, it is a sad fact that Wesbank is history, but you know what, that’s a cop out of note. We were here before Wesbank, and we’ll be here after Wesbank. I’m also left to assume that with regards to the law they just threw in the towel, waved that little white flag and jumped ship. Why not stick around and help the modders out by giving legal advice and the right way to do things? That’s what we’ve done for years, and what we will always do. We’re not bailing out on our readers. Then I came across something one of their staff members, Sybrand Mostert, had to say about their last issue. This was his little rant: “But perhaps the greatest contribution from Max was that the awful Speed & Sound had to up their game considerably. If one looks at a Speed & Sound two years ago versus now, the readers are the true winners. Will they keep up the standard? Or survive? We shall see.” Not sure if we should be flattered or take offence, but I’ll settle on the latter.
Speed and Sound Issue 75 is now out.
Featuring the best local content from around South Africa, we bring you coverage from the Speed and Sound / Yokohama Sport Compact series finals.
Our cover car is a VW beetle that features a groundbreaking sound install from the guys at Moniers.
We bring you a pant wetting classic in the form of a GTV6 3.0 twin turbo and chat to the guy that made it fast, Dawie De Villiers about building a quick Alfa Romeo. We dive into the truth behind sponsorships and take a look at what goes into the manufacturing of alloy wheels.
In a long awaited feature, we finally get hold of The Judge, Savâ€™s monster BMW Turbo. Anyone who has seen the car in action knows that itâ€™s a serious machine. As is Alecâ€™s 3S-GTE powered Toyota Conquest, dubbed Hot Wheels.
Representing the Cape is Robbie with his violent 2-door Mk4 Golf GTi in full race trim, built and driven as only Robbie knows how.
The sound guys are catered for with coverage from the Carino Sound Off and a report from the IASCA World Finals held in Atlanta where South African, Wayne Allen was invited to judge some of the cars.
VDUB Issue 9 features a smoking hot Mk2 GTi with motor work by JMS. This turbo chariot has the cleanest, neatest original paint that weâ€™ve ever laid eyes on.
Still staying with the Mk2, we bring you a limited edition Spitze GTi 16v with a bit of a background as to what makes it so special and rare.
Ryan shows us how he supercharged his Jetta Mk2 â€“ in an afternoon â€“ in a step by step article.
We cover the VW Jamboree and bring you an Ã¼ber clean Mk1 Cabriolet as well as the usual regulars that youâ€™ve learnt to love.
Once again, South Africaâ€™s leading performance magazine brings you the hottest content our neck of the continent has to offer. Jam packed with hot rides, informative technicals and all the best event coverage. This is a keeper.
If the cover car doesnâ€™t grab your attention, you should seriously seek some medical attention â€“ itâ€™s obvious that you are in fact dead. Check out the colossal 10 page feature on this awesome Nissan 350Z from premium show car builder, Duppie Du Plessis. No part of this supercharged, nitrous fed monster has been left untouched. Carbon fiber body panels and intense airbrushing are only the beginning of this car.
We show you where the Hannes Minnaar legacy is headed as we bring you the full story on his son, Michaelâ€™s, monster Toyota. Running a 3SGTE motor, this cab has already run low 11â€™s and itâ€™s only seen a few events.
Elton Scullard from the Cape shows us his mighty N/A VW Golf and itâ€™s plain to see why heâ€™s one of our sponsored representatives in the Western Province.
The Sound section brings you a monster Hummer with an insane install and a Prado that has more screens than Hi-Fi Corp.
In the technicals we show you how to install a flame thrower and dismiss the rumours regarding octane additives.
We bring you event coverage from Sport Compact round 5, the first North vs South event this year and all the action from the Ultimate Street Car Challenge. Check out Chris and I battle it out on the track in the Celebrity Blacklist where we were pitted against some other local lifestyle magazines.
We found it! The much acclaimed and spoken about Jamex Polo had made its way between our pages. Slightly re-worked, and heavily restored, it looks better than ever.
Blue Motion is subtle but sweet. This Polo Classic has received all the necessary touches without losing sight of the goal posts. It also packs an award winning sound install that has to be seen.
An Ã¼ber neat Mk2 2.0 turbo also graces our pages and is on worth noting. This car makes serious power!
We take you through the fitment of a performance exhaust to the Golf 5 GTi and launch our first installment of Project: Euro. Keep an eye on our pages in the next few issues as we show you how to transform your Mk1 into a Euro special with simple over-the counter mods.
Issue 73 of the ever popular Speed and Sound once again features the best local content from South Africa.
Itâ€™s been a while since weâ€™ve had a Drag car featured on the cover but trust me, this one is worth it. Itâ€™s a Chev Firenza, dubbed Freshly Squeezed for obvious reasons. In its lucent orange paint it has to be one of the best looking door slammers this side of the equator.
We feature two highly modified Opel TSâ€™, one is a Speed and Sound sponsored racer while the other hails from the sleepy town of Orkney. We also go in depth to show you what makes the C20LET (Opel TS Motor) so strong and potent.
Issue 72 of the Speed and Sound is due to hit shelves in your area soon.
This month we bring you the build of the Castrol Edge Auto Makeover Subaru STI, a vehicle that has been touched in just about every aspect imaginable. Traveling far and wide, itâ€™s seen some top notch work.
Hailing from the fair Cape is a VW Jetta Mk4 that will surprise you. Itâ€™s a track based car but if you were to ditch the signage, youâ€™d have a supercar killer of note.
We drive the new E92 BMW M3 and tell you exactly what we think about BMWâ€™s latest benchmark.
Johan gives us a Mazda Rustler with a twist. No more front-wheel-drive antics for this gent, he painstakingly converted his bakkie to a rear-wheel-drive and fitted a Mazda motor… I wonâ€™t say what Mazda motor; youâ€™ll have to see for yourself!
In the sound section we bring you an Audi TT with lots of attitude and attention to detail.
The Toyota Yaris is gaining popularity each day, and now the modifiers have latched on and Faheem is no different. Keeping it simple, heâ€™s created something to be proud of.
Neeresh gives you the theory run down on building a wall while I show you some of the hottest, most innovative products to hit the streets in my technical features.
We bring you drag racing action from Swaziland and all the regulars youâ€™ve learnt to love… this oneâ€™s a keeper!
Issue 71 of the Speed and Sound is hot on the shelves. This jam packed issue features some of the most inspirational vehicles weâ€™ve ever laid eyes on.
Our cover car hails from the Big Boss Auto stable. This ultra rare two door Golf IV will keep you glued to the pages in amazement and awe. One-off wheels and mesmerizing paint job make this VW something special.
Just as rare is the Topsport tuned VW Corrado, yup, you heard right, a VW Corrado running a turbo VR6 lump with looks to match. Itâ€™s been a long time coming but finally itâ€™s here, between our pages in all itâ€™s glory.
In a change from what weâ€™ve grown accustomed to, a box-shape Nissan Sentra Coupe graces us with its presence. Fully customized, inside and out, with a meaty turbo power plant to boot.
Hailing from the shores of Japan but now terrorizing the streets of South Africa, Des Gutzietâ€™s Top Secret R34 Skyline is an absolute monster. I drove with him round Wesbank to give you a first hand account of the raw power this beast possesses.
The tech section gives you the run down of your wheels, just about everything you need to know about alloys.
With a health dose of speed and sound, the ICE section plays host to a supercharged M3 with a killer JL sound install. Neeresh also shows you how to build a wall, getting you in shape for some big numbers.
This months installment of VDUB brings you the carnage that was rounds seven and eight of the GTi Challenge as well as pics from the Krugerdorp hillclimb.
The cover car is a force to be reckoned with: A pitch black MK IV GTi thatâ€™s as loud as it is strong, with subtlety being the key.
We test the CiTi-R and the new S3 Audi (hey, itâ€™s VAG â€“ weâ€™re allowed to!) to give you the truth about these well-hyped cars.
The Cape has always been big on styling and Noorâ€™s Mk 3 Jetta is cleaner than Kojakâ€™s head.