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Gently in the Bentley

Gently in the Bentley

The Centenary Vintage Bentley Tour had over 20 cars entered that represented a large portion of the early cars that are still in SA. The Franschhoek Motor Museum is always busy around this time of year but could not pass up the opportunity of sending a car along to celebrate an important milestone in the…

Memorabilia: Horn / Hooter

Memorabilia: Horn / Hooter

This month FMM assistant curator Cheslynne Ruiters huffs and puffs and blows his own trumpet describing the early days of the horn… Long before the days of freeways, back-up cameras and drive-throughs, motorists made use of warning devices to alert other road users to their approach or possible danger, most common of which was the…

Memorabilia: Dinky Toys, Corgi Toys, Matchbox Toys and Hot Wheels

Memorabilia: Dinky Toys, Corgi Toys, Matchbox Toys and Hot Wheels

FMM assistant curator Cheslynne Ruiters scales down to look at the brief history of Dinky Toys, Corgi Toys, Matchbox Toys and Hot Wheels…   Small in design but big in imagination, these metal vehicles were big in the 1950s and 1960s. Their popularity has endured not only because of the wonderful craftsmanship of the toys…

Sentimetal Run

Sentimetal Run

FMM recently took part in a slightly off the wall ‘Sentimetal Run’ organised by Hannes Oosthuizen, former CAR magazine editor and now Customer Experience Manager of cars.co.za. The initiative brought together people from all walks of life with their prized four-wheeled possessions. FMM curator Wayne Harley used the run to exercise the museum’s Alfa Romeo…

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…

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