Our August newsletter featuring the following articles: Women’s Month, Heritage Day Run, Jaguar D-Type Presentation, More On Cats, Dickon Slips And Oily Rags Run, Aftermarket, Exhaust blips
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WOMEN’S MONTH

Check out FMM’s Facebook site for the museum’s campaign supporting August’s National Women’s Month celebrations. Among the featured ladies are South Africa’s first automobilist, Mary Anderson, inventor of windscreen wiper, SA’s accomplished F1 driver Desiré Wilson, Prieska-born Oona Scheepers who has moved through the ranks to be a lead interior designer for Porsche, then Audi and now Volkswagen, and Di Dugmore, who is well known around the country for her multi-faceted involvement in the old car movement. KR

And on behalf of the guys at FMM, we would like to record our sincere appreciation to the gals who help, support, promote and contribute to museum affairs – Karin Ras, Magdaleen Wepener, Nicole Mettler and Wendy Monk.

HERITAGE DAY RUN


To help celebrate Heritage Day on Wednesday 24 September, across the country there is a national ‘Drive It’ campaign and Cape Town is joining in the spirit of the occasion with an old car run and display. Pre-1979 vehicles are eligible to participate and they will convene at Rondebosch Common (finer details will be furnished closer to the time) at 09h30 to move off at 10h00. Veteran and vintage cars and motorcycles will lead the convoy followed by classic cars and motorcycles. The route will move from Rondebosch Common down Main Road to finish in The Castle. The organisers will ensure that the media notifies the public so that interested parties may view the procession of vehicles.

Entry into The Castle is free and together with the display of cars there will be  
an indoor vintage/antique market, films, food stalls, live music, art, a kiddies play area and more. Run participants are invited to bring a ‘running board picnic’. Everyone attending the display is encouraged to dress up for the occasion.

Anyone is interested in entering a vehicle or having a stall, please contact Hazel at hazel@starstruckautos.co.za. MM

JAGUAR D-TYPE PRESENTATION

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At a recent ‘storytellers evening’ held at Crossley and Webb’s stunning new Cape Town showrooms I was  privileged to be invited to present the museum’s Jaguar D-Type XKD573. The D-Type is the most successful Jaguar ever to enter Le Mans, it won in 1955, 1956 and made a clean sweep of the top four places in 1957 with XKD 573 finishing fourth. It was a great evening spent looking at the wonderful array of Jaguars on display, kicking tyres and sharing stories with Big Cat owners of the Cape. WH
 

MORE ON CATS

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Jaguar Land Rover has recently purchased the largest-known privately owned collection of British classic cars in the world. Jaguar is the most represented brand with 130 examples in the vast collection of 543 cars amassed by British enthusiast James Hull. Models in the collection include an SS100, XK120s including a rare alloy-bodied example, C-, D- and early E-Types, an XK SS and a Mk.X owned by Sir William Lyons.

Through its newly-created Special Operations division, a brand new Jaguar Heritage workshop at the historic Browns Lane, Coventry, site will maintain the Jaguars in the collection. This new facility will also offer Jaguar warrantied servicing and restoration of the company’s classic models. The cars in the collection will be actively used to support Jaguar brand events and customer experiences around the world and in developing markets. MM

DICKON SLIPS AND OILY RAGS RUN

Sad to hear that FMM’s consultant engineer Dickon Daggitt has recently had another bad fall and we all wish him a speedy recovery and trust that he will not be incapacitated for the upcoming Oily Rag Run he has spent so much time in organising. The run is for pre-1960 unrestored cars and will take place on Sunday 14 September, starting early/mid-morning in central Cape Town and ending early afternoon with lunch at Franschhoek. For further details and entry applications, e-mail Dickon at dickon@worldonline.co.za – and wish him well. MM

AFTERMARKET

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Tyre construction is a technical topic familiar to most classic car enthusiasts, even if it is simply down to the correct use of cross- and radial-ply rubberware. Rummaging through some old material recently donated to me I came across this advertising flyer put out by Firestone on the advantages of its new F100 radials. Sadly it is not dated but the wording makes for some fascinating reading. Progress through technology... MM 

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EXHAUST BLIPS


The August/September issue of Classic & Performance Car Africa magazine carries a feature on FMM’s unusual Auto Union Munga as well as an article on South Africa’s first motor race.
 
TopCar magazine’s series of articles on historic South African race circuits features the Lord Howe, Germiston, Palmietfontein and Grand Central circuits in the August issue with the first of a two-parter on Cape Town’s tracks (Rietvlei, Noordhoek, Pollsmoor and Paarden Eiland) appearing in September, which goes on sale later in August. MM

DATES TO DIARISE:

August 16: Historic racing Round 5, Phakisa
August 16: Regional racing, East London - Carol Radloff 083 411 2866
August 16: Regional racing, Scribante, Port Elizabeth
August 23: Spring Trophy races, Kyalami - Tony Taylor 082 773 2537
August 24: Parkhurst Heritage Car & Bike Day, 4th Ave, Parkhurst 082 442 6662
August 30: National Super Series racing, Zwartkops - Elvene Coetzee 082 390 6016
August 31: Lowveld Classic Ford Day
September 6: Regional racing, Killarney - Joy Hoskins 021 557 1639
September 6-7: Wheels at the Vaal, North-West University, Vanderbijlpark - 016 910 3122 / 083 513 6632
September 14: Oily Rag Run, Cape Town - dickon@worldonline.co.za
September 20: Regional racing, Midvaal - Nino Venturi 082 774 4285
September 24: National ‘Drive It’ day
September 24: Cape Town Heritage Day Drive and display - hazel@starstruckautos.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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