Our December newsletter featuring the following articles: Wings and slicks, Real horses, Cloverleaves, V8s and Octagons, On yer bike, Dart-ing ahead, Gone missing, From Santa Wayne, Exhaust blips.
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WINGS AND SLICKS




The annual international Passion for Speed classic car racing series gets under way in January with the first round at Zwartkops on Friday 30 January to Sunday 1 February at Zwartkops. The programme includes the 14th Legends of the 9-Hour and for bike enthusiasts, the Castrol Day of the Champion. FMM will be taking up the collection’s ex-Sam Tingle LDS-Climax/Repco F1, the ex-Jody and Ian Scheckter Tyrrell 007-1 F1, the ex-Ian Scheckter March 78B-Ford BDA Formula Atlantic and the ex-Team Gunston Chevron B25-Ford FVC Formula 2 cars, all of which will perform demonstration runs on  the track at selected times during the racing schedule. The cars will also appear at the following weekend’s activities at Round 2 of the Passion for Speed series at Killarney. MM

REAL HORSES

FMM in partnership with BMW will once again be on display at Kenilworth race course on 10 January 2015 for the annual L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, South Africa’s most prestigious horse race. Museum cars that will be on view include the 1938 BMW 328 roadster, the 1953 BMW 503, the ex-Madiba 46664 charity 750iL and the BMW-powered McLaren F1 road car. Last but not least, recalling BMW’s origins there will be a 1926 Austin 7 the likes of which BMW sold under license as the Dixi, the company’s first car. WH

CLOVERLEAVES, V8S AND OCTAGONS


New displays on view for the summer season at FMM are a 10-car presentation of Alfa Romeos, a selection of models representing 20 years of American V8s from 1955 to 1975, and a small collection of MGs as part of the build-up to the TripleM gathering that will take place in March 2015. WH
 
MGs played a key role in the establishment and growth of motor sport in South Africa and in the pre-war era participation in the overhead-cam-engined Midget, Magna and Magnette models was particularly notable. It is these models that will be featured in the four-day TripleM gathering that culminates in a visit and display at FMM. More details to follow. Incidentally, MG celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2014. MM
 

ON YER BIKE!

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The annual combined Bikers4Bandanas and Miles4Marrow Mass Ride and Fun Day took place on Sunday 23 November 2014 at Killarney.  FMM curator Wayne Harley took part on his and reported that “It was a fantastic day with hundreds of riders doing their bit in the fight against cancer. I used my 1985 Yamaha TX 600 Tenere on this year’s event and the bike ran so sweetly on the mass ride to Melkbos and back. However, Harley Davidson was most definitely the flavour of the day”. WH

DART-ING AHEAD

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I am sure readers of this newsletter will be familiar with the GSM Dart and Flamingo, South Africa’s very own and highly successful sports car that first appeared 56 years ago at the False Bay 100 held at Killarney on 1 January 1958. But five years before that another South African car with the name Dart appeared, which was not destined to be a success. In a write-up in the May 1953 issue of Motor Age magazine, this earlier Dart was “believed to be the first motor car ever to be manufactured in this country”. Built by a Johannesburg engineering company EDC, the two-seat three-wheeler car was powered by a 5hp motor mated with a three-speed gearbox and had a claimed top speed of 70 km/h. However, I have found nothing more on the vehicle so assume that the project was stillborn. Do any readers perhaps have some more information? MM

GONE MISSING

Another mystery. East London motor trader Horace Barnes donated a magnificent solid silver bowl as a floating trophy for the winner of the South African Grand Prix that first took place in 1934. The trophy continued to be presented in the post-war years up to 1983 when Ricardo Patrese was the recipient. In the Press Room after the race, Patrese put the trophy to one side while being interviewed but during this time the valuable silverware mysteriously disappeared. Does it still exist in someone’s private collection I wonder... MM

FROM SANTA WAYNE

It is that time of the year for me to thank all of our loyal supporters and readers for helping make 2014 another unforgettable year at FMM. All of us here have had tons of fun presenting the changes in the collection, sharing our past experiences as well as keeping you informed with the latest news, events and other happenings. During the year the museum has made some super new friends and cemented many old relationships. In closing, to everyone who contributes towards putting the monthly newsletter together I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the team of Wendy and Mike Monk, Karin Ras and Tina Fourie – you guys are tops.
Please note that the museum is closed on Christmas Day, 25 December, but is open for the rest of the festive season.
Finally, I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and prosperous 2015 – and please drive safely. WH     
 

EXHAUST BLIPS


In the December/January issue of Classic & Performance Car Africa magazine there is a feature on FMM’s outrageous 1959 Series 62 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible – simply fin-tastic! And in the January issue of CAR magazine, there is a four-page feature of the museum’s rare and ultra desirable Ferrari 288 GTO. Meanwhile, in TopCar magazine’s series of articles on historic South African race circuits, the January issue covers the Natal circuits of Greytown, Bluff Marine Drive, Snell Parade, Mountain Rise, Egerton and Westmead. MM



DATES TO DIARISE:

2014
December 13: Historics racing, East London

2015
January 10:
L’Ormarins Queens Plate, Kenilworth race course www.fmm.co.za
January 17-18: Timour Hall Car & Bike Show & Autojumble,
Cape Town crankhandleclub@gmail.com
January 29: Speakers night at Crossley & Webb, Cape Town.
Topic – pre- war cars/racing info@crossley-webb.com
January 29-31: Passion for Speed international classic racing, Zwartkops
February 6-7: Passion for Speed international classic racing, Killarney www.wpmc.co.za
February 14-15: Midas George Old Car Show, George www.scocc.co.za

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

WHERE, WHAT TIMES
AND HOW MUCH

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.
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