A regular features covering vehicles in the FMM collection that are celebrating an anniversary during 2022. This month we look at a vehicle based on an invalid carriage...

It is perhaps hard to believe that in the 1930s, one of the auto world’s more innovative manufacturers was situated behind the Iron Curtain, in Czechoslovakia. Mike Monk drives an aerodynamic example that was said to have brought about the Beetle...

At the June Crankhandle Club meeting in the club’s Cape Town clubhouse, Long-time FMM consultant Dickon Daggitt presented his replica Bugatti Type 23 record-breaker to members. What was unexpected to most was the presence of FMM’s 1925 Type 23 Brescia Bugatti, because the two cars...

A week of inclement weather including two cold fronts and the Cape’s almost unique ‘four seasons in a day’ winter conditions preceded the Father’s Day activities at FMM, but thankfully on the day the sun shone strong enough to overcome the chilly air to not...

Società Milanese Automobili Isotta, Fraschini & Co was founded in 1900 and its motto was ‘Import, sell, repair cars’. The company began its business by assembling Renaults before moving on to producing its own vehicles in 1904 and its most popular model, the Tipo 8,...

Museums are defined as “a building or institution where objects of artistic, historical, or scientific importance and value are kept, studied, and put on display”. FMM is no exception, but occasionally a new vehicle is offered to the museum for a brief evaluation. Here we...

A new series about the museum’s motoring memorabilia, compiled and written by FMM’s Assistant Curator Sian Theron. We start with something a little offbeat in looking back at the development of ‘The early motorist’s friend’, the fire extinguisher…   Ever since Prometheus supposedly kindly gifted us...

  A regular feature outlining the activities of FMM’s workshop personnel who are responsible for repairing, renovating, refurbishing and restoring the museum’s large and varied collection of vehicles. This month, JP du Plessis reports on Wentsley helping a President to climb a hill...