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Memorabilia – AA Badge

Memorabilia – AA Badge

FMM assistant curator Cheslynne Ruiters takes a look behind one of the motoring world’s most famous badges…   On 19 June 1905, a trio of enthusiasts, Walter Gibbons, Charles Jarrott, Ludwig Schlentheim and Alfred Harris, banded together under the title ‘The Motorists Mutual Association’ (MMA) and formed a committee to consider ways to overcome the…

Memorabilia – Mercedes-Benz’s three-pointed star

Memorabilia – Mercedes-Benz’s three-pointed star

FMM assistant curator Cheslynne Ruiters takes a look behind one of the motoring world’s most famous badges… One emblem that has come to represent quality, innovation and tradition in the automotive industry is Mercedes-Benz’s three-pointed star. This iconic design has adorned the frontage of M-B’s vehicles for a hundred years, as well as appearing on…

Job Oppertunity

Job Oppertunity

A wine farm in the Franschhoek area seeks to employ presentable and reliable individuals to assist with Front of House duties and Museum Tours during weekends/public holidays/when required during the week and during peak season in December and January.   Front of House Duties: Operating POS system Wine sales Serving the deli area Assisting with…

Concours South Africa 2018

Concours South Africa 2018

This year’s Concours South Africa held on August 11-12 was once again a success that attracted some of the country’s finest automobiles including such diverse entries as a 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II, a 1960 VW Beetle, a 1984 Aston Martin Lagonda and a 1992 Opel Kadett Superboss. The previous two events were held at Sun…

Collection in Action: Packard 1934

Collection in Action: Packard 1934

 ‘Ask a man who owns one’ is the advertising catchline. “Wayne, can I have a drive, please?” Mike Monk samples a Super 8 that has got nothing to do with old home movie reels…   The story goes that when James Ward Packard bought a Winton in 1898 he was so disillusioned with his purchase…

Porsche 70th anniversary

Porsche 70th anniversary

Porsche 70 Celebration In celebration of Porsche’s 70th anniversary this year, currently on display in FMM’s Hall D are five of the famous models that collectively represent the company’s proud history. Heading the line-up is the 1984 956 Le Mans car in its famous Rothmans livery. This is the last of the 10 factory team…

GSM Dart Turns 60 With Chassis #1

GSM Dart Turns 60 With Chassis #1

Dart Turns 60 With Chassis #1 Bob van Niekerk had a dream in the 1950s to build a South African sports car. He teamed up with Willie Meissner and Verster de Wit and with their individual talents they created a car which they called the GSM Dart. Bob’s dream became a reality when the first…

Anniversary of Enzo Ferrari

Anniversary of Enzo FerrariFerrari Remembrance August 14 marked the tenth anniversary of Enzo Ferrari’s death in Maranello, Italy. Born in 1898 in Modena, Enzo became famous as a motor racing driver and entrepreneur, and was the founder of Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team, and in 1947 of the Ferrari automobile marque. He was widely known as...

On yer bike: 1925/6 Triumph Model P

On yer bike: 1925/6 Triumph Model P

FMM curator Wayne Harley is a self-confessed motorcycle enthusiast and this month he ‘goes forth on a Triumph…’   The subject for this month’s column, a 1925/6 Triumph Model P, has been quite an interesting one to research because I just can’t put an exact date on it. This is due to the fact there…

Memorabilia: Invention of the wheel part 2

Memorabilia: Invention of the wheel part 2

FMM assistant curator Cheslynne Ruiters takes a look at the stories behind some of the items in FMM’s collection of artefacts and motoring memorabilia in general. This month he rolls with part 2 of the invention of the wheel   The world today is heavily dependent on wheels; without them it would metaphorically come to…

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