No, not the children’s book character, but Heidi Hetzer, a 77-year-old former mechanic, automobile dealer and rally driver who is driving around the world in a 1930 Hudson. Diminutive Heidi is more or less following in the tracks of German woman Clärenore Stinnes, who made a...

An alphabetical series of short driving impressions of some of the museum’s car collection. This month we look at a model from one of the auto world’s more innovative manufacturers that was situated behind the Iron Curtain, in Czechoslovakia. Tatra is one of the automotive world’s...

The latest change to the museum’s exhibits is in Hall B where 10 of FMMs Italian collection have been placed on view. The cars are a 1922 Isotta Fraschini  Tipo 8, 1939 Fiat Topolino, 1947 Lancia Aprilia, 1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Berlinetta, 1955...

2016 marks new beginnings for the South African Motor Show with the launch of the SA Festival of Motoring taking place from August 31-September 4 at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and Conference Centre. As well as providing an opportunity to experience the new revamped,...

An opportunity to attend this year’s SEFAC Ferrari Track Day was not to be missed because it was held at the newly-reopened Kyalami race circuit. Stuart MacKay Davison kindly sent me an invitation to only attend the event but to offer me the drive of...

Along with the participation of FMM curator Wayne Harley(!), he only BMW 2002 Turbo that exists in SA will be star attraction at the Concours South Africa 2016 to be held at Sun City on September 9-11. The 2002 Turbo was Europe’s first turbocharged mass-production...

An alphabetical series of short driving impressions of some of the museum’s car collection. This month we symbolize S with a model that was a part of an ongoing life-line for one of America’s independent automakers. Studebaker is one those American car companies that tried hard...

Now that Ford’s new Mustang is on sale in South Africa, a specialist conversion operation has been launched here that makes available one of the most iconic performance car partnerships that has ever existed during the last 50 years. Two of this country’s leading performance...

July was a tragic month with the passing of some of South Africa’s motoring legends. First, two of South Africa’s motorsport legends, Don Philp and Piet van Niekerk, passed away within a day of each other. Stellenbosch-born Don began racing in various motorsport events in...

In the days leading up to the increasingly popular annual Father’s Day celebration at the Franschhoek Motor Museum, the appropriate words in a Barbra Streisand song from the 1964 movie Funny Girl often sprang to mind – “Don’t bring around a cloud to rain on...