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2016-12-18 09:01

MUSCLE CAR (GUY): Springbok rugby player Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira has been named as a Ford Performance ambassador. Image: Quickpic

Cape Town - The Wheels24 team has had a busy week.

With Christmas looming large on the horizon and the year getting ready to go to sleep, the team had to really spark to get the best out of what the motoring world has to offer.

Normally this time of the year things are quiet, but thanks to some fine work we managed to come up with some stellar stories you simply can't miss.

For starters, and perhaps the breakout story of the month (if not the year!) was Brad Binder taking the time to chat to Wheels24. After winning the 2016 Moto3 championship Binder has been flooded with media obligations. But the champ sat down for a great interview.

Sticking with sport, Springbok prop 'Beast' Mtawarira signed up to be Ford South Africa ambassador. His vehicle: a modified Ford Mustang pushing out 280kW!

We also drove a couple of cars this month, though from two very different ends of the spectrum. The JMC Landwind 5 paid a visit from the East (China) and the Merc CLA45 AMG waved Germany's flag on high.

But the classic of the week surely goes to one reader who restored a 1979 Ford Escort 1600 panel van. And we have to say, that car now looks absolutely amazing!

Here are our top stories of the week:

1. Wheels24 EXCLUSIVE: Brad Binder chats bikes, MotoGP and leaving South Africa

Brad Binder returned to South Africa after winning the Moto3 championship and he took the time for an exclusive interview with Wheels24.

Click here to read the full story.

2. This is how you restore a 1979 Ford Escort 1600 panel van: Reader's awesome pics

Wheels24 reader Mike van Eijk is a petrolhead of note. The proof is in his full restoration of his 1979 Ford Escort panel van. You have to see this!

Click here to read the full story.

3. Reader's BMW GS 800 bike trip to the Cedar Mountains

From Durbanville to Citrusdal, Doringlaagte and GatsRivier. Wheels24 reader Paolo Stermin shares his awesome roadtrip.

Click here to read the full story.

4. 'Beast' meets his match in pumped-up 'Stang

One of South Africa's most-loved Springbok's Tendai 'Beast' Mtawarira has a new set of wheels, a fettled Ford Mustang with some serious muscle.

Click here to read the full story.

5. REVIEW: Is the CLA45 really deserving of the AMG badge?

'In this car you’d much rather be the driver than a passenger,' says Wheels24's Charlen Raymond as he dissects the relevance of Merc's CLA45 AMG.

Click here to read the full story.

6. Dear traffic officers: Let's leave the money-making ways

Marnus Hattingh sheds some light on the real issues that prevent law enforcement to be implemented to full affect.

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7. Here's why the JMC Landwind 5 is not such a crappy Chinese car

'I've never been as terrified to drive a car as I was when anticipating the arrival of the JMC Landwind, yet it was all in vain,' says Wheels24's Janine Van der Post as she unpacks the Chinese product.

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8. Shocking road safety ‘First Kiss’ SA campaign named #AdOfTheYear

The Western Cape government's controversial attempt at curbing road deaths through the 'First Kiss' campaign has received another accolade.

Click here to read the full story.

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