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Gently in the Bentley

Gently in the Bentley

The Centenary Vintage Bentley Tour had over 20 cars entered that represented a large portion of the early cars that are still in SA. The Franschhoek Motor Museum is always busy around this time of year but could not pass up the opportunity of sending a car along to celebrate an important milestone in the…

Giro dei Vigneti Tour

Giro dei Vigneti Tour

FMM was recently approached by the CIAO Club South Africa (Classic Italian Automobile Owners) to participate in the inaugural Giro dei Vigneti (lap of the Vineyards). The event was the initiative of Sonja-Liezel Theron out of a promise made to friend and CIAO founder Nick Pryke before, sadly, he passed away. The idea was to…

Knysna Motor Show

Knysna Motor Show

An extremely rare 1958 Pontiac Bonneville coupe was adjudged Best Overall Car on Display at the 2019 Knysna Motor Show, organised by the Garden Route Motor Club and held at the Knysna High School Sports Fields on April 28. “I have rarely seen a car with this level of originality,” said chief judge Wayne Harley, Curator…

Collection in Action: Mercedes-Benz W21

Collection in Action: Mercedes-Benz W21

Mike Monk drives a short-lived but key model in Mercedes-Benz’s development as a manufacturer of quality automobiles…   The Mercedes-Benz W21 is something of an enigma in the company’s heritage because it was only produced for three years, from 1933 to 1936, and the model’s records were lost – along with many other documents – when…

On Yer Bike: Ducati 900cc

On Yer Bike: Ducati 900cc

This month, FMM Curator and self-confessed motorcycle enthusiast Wayne Harley describes his participation in the Giro dei Vigneti aboard the museum’s Ducati… As reported at the start of this newsletter, at the end of last month the museum hosted the 2019 Giro dei Vigneti ‘lap of the vineyards’ organised by Sonja-Liezel Theron and the CIAO Club….

Memorabilia: Horn / Hooter

Memorabilia: Horn / Hooter

This month FMM assistant curator Cheslynne Ruiters huffs and puffs and blows his own trumpet describing the early days of the horn… Long before the days of freeways, back-up cameras and drive-throughs, motorists made use of warning devices to alert other road users to their approach or possible danger, most common of which was the…

Jaguar Simola Hillclimb

Jaguar Simola Hillclimb

Franco Scribante yet again stamped his authority on the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb’s Classic Car Friday event winning his fifth Classic Conqueror title, and fourth in a row, in thrilling fashion. The 10th edition of the legendary Knysna event dawned wet and cold, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the 61 competitors that lined up…

Slot Car Championship

Slot Car Championship

At the May meeting of the FMM Slot Car Championship season, Mark Venske returned to winning ways in the Formula Carrera category with his BMW M4 DTM, edging out April’s winner Jon Lederle’s Audi RS5 DTM by a single lap. Mark set fastest lap of the event in the process. Wayne Harley borrowed a BMW…

Abarth Celebrates turning 70

Abarth Celebrates turning 70

Carlo Abarth (1908-1979) founded Abarth & C. on 31 March 1949, establishing a genuine legend of style and performance expressed through record-breaking cars, revolutionary tuning kits and legendary races. The company achieved 10 world records, 133 international records and more than 10 000 wins on the track, using its string of successes to help develop…

Memorabilia: Dinky Toys, Corgi Toys, Matchbox Toys and Hot Wheels

Memorabilia: Dinky Toys, Corgi Toys, Matchbox Toys and Hot Wheels

FMM assistant curator Cheslynne Ruiters scales down to look at the brief history of Dinky Toys, Corgi Toys, Matchbox Toys and Hot Wheels…   Small in design but big in imagination, these metal vehicles were big in the 1950s and 1960s. Their popularity has endured not only because of the wonderful craftsmanship of the toys…

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