Our September newsletter featuring the following articles: Museum and Heritage Day, Museum and Heritage Day, Hot on Tar, Charity bike ride and fun day, 2015 Knysna Motor Show, Exhaust blips.
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Traditionally, Heritage Day is when almost every South African would ‘pop a boerie on the braai’, but those who braved the crisp spring showers and cold wind to bring their boerie roll to FMM on 24 September were all treated to a peek at some of the vehicles that are normally housed in the museum’s storerooms. Cars including the 1938 Buick roadster, McLaren F1, Ferrari 599 GTO, Porsche Carrera GT, Brabus Mercedes-Benz and the Type 46 Bugatti were driven and displayed in the parade ring of the museum complex. Long standing friend of the museum and GSM stalwart Peanuts Fouche used the occasion to show off a few of his Darts, Flamingos and Mazda rotarys, which added to the day’s festivities. WH


A unique exhibition dedicated to the Centennial of Maserati was recently inaugurated in Modena. “Maserati 100 – A Century of Pure Italian Luxury Sports Cars” retraces the story of the manufacturer through an exhibition featuring some of the Trident marque's most significant road and racing cars, plus a highly engaging show employing 19 projectors, enabling visitors to relive Maserati’s most significant moments and learn about the individuals who shaped its history. Staged in the futuristic Enzo Ferrari Museum, a stone's throw from the Maserati headquarters in Viale Ciro Menotti, the exhibition will run until January 2015. Considering the historic value of the models exhibited, this is the greatest exhibition of Maserati cars ever staged anywhere in the world.
The inauguration of the exhibition was attended by cousins Carlo and Alfieri Maserati, the respective sons of Ettore and Ernesto Maserati, the two brothers who in 1914, together with Alfieri Maserati, founded the company that still bears their name. The guest of honour at the inauguration was the legendary Sir Stirling Moss, the 1950s Maserati racing driver who scooped incredible victories for the Trident marque. The curator of the exhibition is Adolfo Orsi jr, grandson and son of Adolfo and Omer Orsi respectively, owners of Maserati between 1937 and 1967. Twenty-one Maseratis are on permanent display for the duration of the exhibition and approximately 30 will be put on view over the course of the six-month run.
The Maserati exhibition encapsulates the two spirits of the company: the initial "sports" vocation that characterised the period from the early 1920s until the end of the 1950s, followed by a shift in focus to road-going models, a period that testified to the company's coming-of-age as a car manufacturer. Among the highlights of the exhibition are cars including the Tipo 26 – the first car to sport the Maserati marque – and the V4 Sport Zagato, which set the world speed record in 1929 driven by Baconin Borzacchini. The exhibition would not be complete without the legendary Maserati 250 F and the Tipo 60 ‘Birdcage’. The road cars on show include Maserati's first ever road car, the A6 1500 of 1947, the first granturismo, the 3500 GT of 1957, and the first series of the ‘world's fastest saloon’, the Quattroporte of 1965.
FMM has five Maseratis in its collection: a 1938 6CM, a 1948 4CLT, a 1954 250F, a 1956 150S and a 1985 Quattroporte, which was owned by Anthonij Rupert. Some of these cars are currently on view. MM


The Langebaan Community Policing Forum is holding a Hot on Tar Wheel and Leisure Show at the grounds of the Curro School in Langebaan on Sunday 2 November. All funds raised will be going to projects in the community. At the time of writing, the Sunbeam, Triumph and Jaguar clubs and the Cape Multi Motor Club have committed support and the Franschhoek Motor Museum will have two cars on display. Gates are open from 09h00 to 16h00 and admission prices are R20 adults, R10 under-18. Anyone with an interesting car or motorcycle to go on display gets in free – but be there before 09h30! A day out for the family, there will be food stalls and a kiddies corner plus lots more entertainment. Contact Paige Lindenberg on 072 229 7331 or Abbi on 072 229 7332 for more details. KR


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The Sunflower Fund in conjunction with the MOTH Motorcycle Association and Iron Wings RC would like all motorcyclists young and old to join them on Sunday 23rd November 2014 at Killarney (a late change from Ysterplaat Air Force Base) for the annual combined Bikers4bandanas and Miles4Marrow Mass Ride and Fun Day. Entry fee is a donation of R50 per person, which includes a metal badge. Gates open at 08h00 and the ride starts at 10h00. All proceeds will be donated to the Sunflower Fund. Contact Shelley at shelley@sunflowerfund.org.za or phone toll free 0800 121082 for more details. KR


The Garden Route Motor Club has commenced with the preparation for the annual charity Knysna Motor Show that will take place on Saturday 9 May at the town’s high school fields venue on Waterfront Drive. As usual, the show will take place the weekend before the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, which covers three days Friday 15 to Sunday 17 May. Following the format of previous years, the Friday will be devoted to classic cars. For further details of the motor show, contact Peter Pretorius on 044 533 5114 or 082 321 4724 or e-mail peterp@afrihost.co.za or logon to www.grmc.co.za. MM


A reminder that in the October/November issue of Classic & Performance Car Africa magazine there is a feature on FMM’s recently-acquired ex-SA presidential Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Landaulet and, to celebrate 80 years of the Traction Avant, a story on the museum’s 1954 Citroën Light 15. 
In the November issue, TopCar magazine’s series of articles on historic South African race circuits features Port Elizabeth’s Kragga Kamma, William Gray, Darryl Allam/St Albans, Redhouse and Aldo Scribante (which celebrates its 40th birthday in November). MM


October 23: Alfa Romeo enthusiasts’ night, Crossley & Webb
October 25: Traction Avant 80th anniversary display, FMM Henri van Schaik 082 372 8786
October 25: Regional racing, Midvaal  - Nino Venturi 082 774 4285
November 1: Super Series racing, Zwartkops   Elvene Coetzee 082 390 6016
November 1: Regional races, East London - Carol Radloff 083 4112866
November 2: Western Cape Buick Cadillac Oldsmobile gathering info@rcpalk.co.za
November 2: Langebaan Motor Show     Paige Lindenberg 072 229 7331
November 8-9: Crankhandle Club Houw Hoek Rally      hmetcalf@telkomsa.net
November 8: Historic racing and Springbok Series 2, Kyalami - Tony Taylor 082773 2537
November 8: Regional races, Killarney
November 10-11: SAVVA National and Fairest Cape Tour, Worcester
November 16: Camps Bay Hillclimb commemorative run
November 23: Bikers4Bandanas/Miles4Marrow mass ride and fun day,Killarney shelley@sunflowerfund.org.sa
November 29: Inland Championship races, Zwartkops
November 29: 3-Hour and PE 200, Scribante

(Clubs are invited to send details of upcoming events to mike4m@telkomsa.net for inclusion in Exhaust Blips.)


The Franschhoek Motor Museum is situated on the L’Ormarins Estate along the R45 in the Franschhoek Valley in the Western Cape.

The opening hours are Monday to Friday 10h00 to 17h00 (last admittance 16h00), Saturday and Sunday 10h00 to 16h00 (last admittance 15h00), and the museum is open on most public holidays

Admission prices are R60 adults, R50 pensioners, R30 children. An on-site delicatessen offers refreshments and A Rupert Wines can be enjoyed.
Newsletter text by Mike Monk.

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