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Back in the groove

Back in the groove

The popular FMM Slot Car Championship gets under way on February 6 with races taking place on the existing two-lane track. A new four-lane circuit was assembled and tried out at the end of last year but in the event proved to be not ideal and so is being re-jigged to provide the best possible…

Collection in action: DeSoto Suburban

Collection in action: DeSoto Suburban

Mike Monk goes back 70 years and samples Suburban life in a multi-purpose vehicle that is part crossover SUV, part limousine, part people carrier and goes on safari… Founded by Walter Chrysler in 1928, De Soto’s model offerings served as a lower priced version of the other Chrysler Corporation products. Just prior to WWII, aside…

Memorabilia – Pantheon

Memorabilia – PantheonFMM assistant curator Cheslynne Ruiters visits the Pantheon and looks at some kidneys...   Automotive grilles have taken on many different shapes and designs through the years, the first of these appearing in 1903. The principal function of the grille is to admit cooling air to the radiator, but as one of the main visual...

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…

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