On 4 December the entire staff compliment of L’Ormarins, Drakenstein Stud, Anthonij Rupert wines, FMM and invited guests all squeezed into one of the FMM display halls for the group’s annual year-end function. Johann and Gaynor Rupert were in attendance and in his speech, Mr...

In readiness of the year-end influx of visitors, there is a new display of convertibles in Hall C. The roadsters being put on display are: 1927 Buick Standard, 1929 Hupmobile, 1929 Marquette, 1930 Chrysler, 1930 DeSoto, 1931 Ford, 1932 Ford V8, 1937 Buick, 1938 Chevrolet,...

Late in October FMM was graced with a visit from a mouth-watering gathering of one-make British automobile aristocracy as the 8th International Vintage Bentley Tour of South Africa stopped by for a picnic lunch and tour of the museum. The tour attracted 16 vintage and...

Amongst the varied collection of vehicles that form the FMM collection are a number of historic racing cars that, along with all the others, are systematically given a run to blow away any cobwebs. By their very nature, it is not simply a case of...

This year’s Oil Rag Run took place on Sunday 20 September and was another great success for this brainchild of Crankhandler and FMM consultant engineer Dickon Daggitt. Co-sponsored by the Franschhoek Motor Museum and Cape Town classic car emporium Crossley and Webb, the event for...

This year’s Oily Rag Run will take place on Sunday 20 September, starting at the museum at 11h00 (cars will be on view from 10h00) and finishing at Crossley & Webb’s showrooms in Solan Street in the Gardens. Organised by FMM’s consultant engineer Dickon Daggitt,...

An alphabetical series of short driving impressions of some of the museum’s car collection. This month we follow Hollywood movie star Morgan Freeman behind the wheel of a Hudson Commodore. Befitting its name, the Commodore was the flagship of the fleet in Hudson’s model line-up. Built...

Housed above the Franschhoek Motor Museum’s main reception/delicatessen/wine display and tasting area is one of the facility’s lesser known attributes – the library. The core of collection came from FMM’s antecedent, the Heidelberg Transport Museum, which has been supplemented by numerous individuals donating either individual...

Crankhandle Club historian Derek Stuart-Findlay has just launched a book on the pioneering years of South African motoring from 1897 up to the 1942 Abyssinian Campaign. Titled Our Intrepid Cape Motoring Pioneers, this 183-page A4-sized hard cover contains 70 stories divided into 10 chapters on...

Such was the popularity and success of FMM’s engineering consultant Dickon Daggitt’s inaugural Oily Rag Run last year that a second running has been scheduled for 20 September 2015 based at the museum. No details are available just yet, but if you have an unrestored...