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AUBURN BACK ON THE ROAD

AUBURN BACK ON THE ROAD

Franschhoek Motor Museum’s ex-Bertie Bester supercharged straight-eight 1936 Auburn 852 Speedster, one of the last of the brand to be built, is back on the road again following a mechanical refurbishment after the block became porous with resultant unwelcome mixing of oil and water. Locating a replacement Lycoming engine was proving difficult but a standard,…

GERMAN MARQUES ON VIEW

GERMAN MARQUES ON VIEW

Currently on view at the Franschhoek Motor Museum is a new display in Hall B consisting of a varied selection of German cars from down the years. Ranging from a tiny Messerschmitt bubble car to the magnificent 1928 Mercedes-Benz Type-S, the display features many favourites including a VW Beetle, Borgward Isabella, DKW/Auto Union and an…

GETTING IN TUNE

GETTING IN TUNE

The museum has been the delighted recipient of a Churchill automotive test and tuning bench that was designed for workshop use in the mid 1940s. The unit was donated by Charles Van der Spuy of Darling, and is in excellent condition – a real time machine. WH

CHARABANCS AND BIKES

CHARABANCS AND BIKES

As mentioned in the last newsletter, visitors to L’Ormarins and the Anthonij Rupert estates can now experience a touch of nostalgia with a ride in one of FMM’s custom-built ‘trams’, a form of public transport popular in South Africa a century ago. The new versions link the museum, Terra del Capo and Anthonij Rupert wine…

INSURANCE CLARIFICATION

In the last newsletter we reported on the cancellation of the Century Run and the reason given centring on an insurance issue, but SAVVA chairman Dave Alexander rightly points out that the background to this important aspect needs some clarification. “There is a small percentage of entrants who choose to carry no insurance at all,…

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