Volkswagen’s automotive museum, AutoPavilion, has recently had an upgrade and one of its new displays is Jan the Beetle. In 1971, VWSA and Wheels magazine held a competition to find the oldest Beetle in South Africa. The winner was David Rubin of Middelburg, who received...

As part of FMM’s maintenance and service programme for its collection, some vehicles require specialist attention and the 1994 McLaren F1 road car’s turn came up in February. The car needed a new clutch and overall thorough inspection and with the factory not proving to...

And now for something completely different. Following on from Curator Wayne’s museum visits last year, newsletter compiler Mike Monk reports on a visit to the Bond In Motion exhibition during a late-2016 UK holiday. No less than 26 movies have been made of Ian Fleming’s secret...

VISITOR ATTENDANCE RECORD Once again, the visitor attendance for December – the museum’s busiest season – surpassed the previous year’s number. Open throughout the month except for Christmas Day, a total of 11 760 visitors, including many overseas tourists, passed through FMM’s display halls during December...

Cars, bikes and now planes. With my overseas trip fast coming to an end there was one more piston-driven fetish I had to fulfil – war planes. WWII fighter planes to be exact. With my trip host and travelling encyclopaedia of British history Chris Routledge,...

At the L’Ormarins year-end function held on November 25, two of FMM’s staff received long-service awards. The beautiful flower decorations that adorn the museum’s premises is just one of the tasks proudly carried out by Susan Bok, who has worked on the L’Ormarins estate in...

South African motor sport legend Sarel van der Merwe recently visited FMM along with fellow racers Etienne van der Linde and Johan Fourie for filming with Doreen Morris for an Afrikaans TV programme Driekuns. The trio were interviewed about their careers, and the show will...

An alphabetical series of short driving impressions of some of the museum’s car collection. This month we pilot an early example of one of the pioneering British makes, Wolseley. The history of Wolseley goes back to 1887, when Dublin-born Frederick York Wolseley established the Wolseley Sheep-Shearing...

FMM’s media consultant Mike Monk received a Highly Commended award at the recent annual South African Guild of Motoring Journalists Motoring Journalist of the Year awards dinner, held at the Birchwood Hotel near the OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg. The award was for articles submitted...

An alphabetical series of short driving impressions of some of the museum’s car collection. This month we show a V for Victory while celebrating the 60th anniversary of a classic Swede. The Volvo 122S – otherwise known as the Amazon – was introduced to the...