Sad to hear about the passing at the age of 88, of Sir John Arthur ‘Jack’ Brabham, OBE, aged 84, one of the most distinguished drivers of the post-war era. He was F1 champion in 1959, 1960 and 1966, was the founder of the Brabham...

FMM was recently visited by two large contingents of modern-car enthusiasts belonging to clubs with iconic names – Mini and Golf. Over 30 immaculate Issigonis Minis arrived and they made quite a feature in the parking area. The Mini Owners Club was welcomed with coffee...

Dickon Daggitt has confirmed that the Oily Rag Run for pre-1960 unrestored cars will take place on Sunday 14 September, starting early/mid-morning in central Cape Town and ending early afternoon with lunch at Franschhoek. Entries so far include a 1932 Lagonda, 1934 Ford and a...

Just after getting back from the rejuvenated Knysna Simola Hillclimb, which now has a three-year Jaguar sponsorship, while sorting out a gift of old racing memorabilia this fascinating photo emerged taken at the May 1930 Muldersdrift Hillclimb. Certainly looks a far cry from the Knysna...

Franschhoek Motor Museum’s ex-Bertie Bester supercharged straight-eight 1936 Auburn 852 Speedster, one of the last of the brand to be built, is back on the road again following a mechanical refurbishment after the block became porous with resultant unwelcome mixing of oil and water. Locating...

Currently on view at the Franschhoek Motor Museum is a new display in Hall B consisting of a varied selection of German cars from down the years. Ranging from a tiny Messerschmitt bubble car to the magnificent 1928 Mercedes-Benz Type-S, the display features many favourites...

The museum has been the delighted recipient of a Churchill automotive test and tuning bench that was designed for workshop use in the mid 1940s. The unit was donated by Charles Van der Spuy of Darling, and is in excellent condition – a real time...

As mentioned in the last newsletter, visitors to L’Ormarins and the Anthonij Rupert estates can now experience a touch of nostalgia with a ride in one of FMM’s custom-built ‘trams’, a form of public transport popular in South Africa a century ago. The new versions...

FMM has appointed a new senior Front of House Manager, Magdaleen Wepener, who hails from Newcastle in KwaZulu Natal but has been living in Cape Town for the last nine years. Her key roles involve coordinating all of FMM’s hospitality functions as well as inter-estate...

In a tribute to Roger Bannister conquering the mile in less than four minutes – the ‘dream mile’ – 50 years ago, the museum was invited to parade a few classic cars at the Street Mile Festival held in Stellenbosch on March 12. Hosted by...