Tony Vianna BMW 745i

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Re: Tony Vianna BMW 745i

Post by Hi-Fi » Thu 20 Mar 2008, 14:31

Those Beemers were very special. Do you remember when the very first 530 came out? This was big news then.

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Re: Tony Vianna BMW 745i

Post by Railway » Thu 20 Mar 2008, 15:30

Those white 530's with the stripes ? Had a direct 5th I think sprty gearbox. I'd say also a homologation sort of car.

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Re: Tony Vianna BMW 745i

Post by zahistorics » Thu 20 Mar 2008, 18:42

Yep they had the dogleg first gear boxes - magazine road testers complained because the zig zag shift into 2nd hurt the 0-100 km/h times, but BMW know what they were doing - no one needs first round a track

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Re: Tony Vianna BMW 745i

Post by Gunter » Thu 20 Mar 2008, 21:01

That 'dogleg' first gear BMW box is very nice, i had it in my Ascona 400 racecar...
as you rightly say, you don't need 1st around a track thus making 2nd to 5th a 'normal' H pattern. Whats also nice (and in my opinion much better than the ever popular 21R Toyota box) is that the 5th gear is 1:1...no overdrive - perfect for racing. Only hassle is these boxes are becoming really scarce,i still got 1 i am hanging onto for a future project......
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Re: Tony Vianna BMW 745i

Post by Hi-Fi » Fri 21 Mar 2008, 14:07

.........and what might that project be Gunter?

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Re: Tony Vianna BMW 745i

Post by FairmontGT » Fri 21 Mar 2008, 15:16

There are parts of the topcar article on the 530mle on the main site. That is really a milestone car. I wonder how many are left?
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Re: Tony Vianna BMW 745i

Post by ZA Perana » Fri 21 Mar 2008, 21:22

There is a 530 in Cape Town this I swear is brand new, saw it at a show a while back, totally orginal but beleive it or not has around 95 000kms on the clock the owner is extremely fastiduous......
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Re: Tony Vianna BMW 745i

Post by Gunter » Fri 21 Mar 2008, 21:40

Its a future futre project,involves a rotary engine.....first need to finish off the 3 x V8 race cars...
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Re: Tony Vianna BMW 745i

Post by FPT » Mon 20 Oct 2008, 16:06

Some more of the Vienna car taken about a month ago at Phakisa. This car is unbelievably preserved and entertained the crowed on a demo run this day. I'm not a BMW fan but this car surely brought back some memories!
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Re: Tony Vianna BMW 745i

Post by Stevin » Mon 23 Mar 2009, 16:42

nick sheward wrote:The Gunston 535 was stripped by Fat Arnie in Welkom to build the white CSL replica which now belongs to Johan van Heerden. The body of the Gunston 535 was cut up. There was a second spare early 535 body lying around in the workshop when Tony sadly passed away. This car was never raced by Tony and was never completed as a car by him.
It was completed by one of his ex mechanics. Raced in green and then white and is now in VD Bijl Park in Gunston colours. Does not have any "good" bits and runs a M5 motor.
The 535 in the picture is one of the two original cars built by Owen Ashley. It had cantilever rear shocks. Tony was not happy with that car and he built another car that season with a more conventional race suspension. That is the Winfield car you speak of.
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I assume this is the Gunston Painted 535 that you mention.

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