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A whole new display line-up

A whole new display line-upNow that all the display halls have been upgraded with a new humidifier and air-conditioning systems along with redecorating and memorabilia exhibits, a whole new chronological display line-up has been introduced. Starting with Hall A, the 20 vehicles on show start with a 1903 Ford Model A and move through to a 1934 Mercedes-Benz 21-200....

Trip to SASOL

Trip to SASOL

FMM is currently preparing for display a Yamaha FZR1000 that was used by local fuel and energy giant Sasol to develop racing fuels and which, incidentally, has only 11 km recorded on the odometer! Adding to the excitement, plans are afoot to have a Hart 3,5-litre V10 engine as used by the Sasol Jordan F1…

SAGP Book

SAGP Book

Following is a short synopsis of a new book that has just been released titled Off the circuit: A small South African town makes Grand Prix history.  The book was written by Glenn Hollands and is available at the Franschhoek Motor Museum, price R320.   When the SA Historic Grand Prix Festival took place late…

Memorabilia: the history of road signs

Memorabilia: the history of road signs

FMM assistant curator Cheslynne Ruiters looks at the history of road signs… Road signs are erected at the side of or above roads to give instructions or provide information to road users. The history of road signs starts with the history of roads. The Roman Empire was the first civilization to construct roads, the first…

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…

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