As mentioned in a previous newsletter, following on from my attendance at the annual Schloss Dyck ‘Das Klassiker und Motorfestival’, two of my goals while in Europe was to visit the Abarth Museum situated near Antwerp (reported on in last month’s newsletter) and the Louwman...

Coincidentally, thanks to the kind offices of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles SA group, FMM currently has an Abarth 500C 1.4T 595 Turismo on short term loan and I recently had the privilege of using the car for a return trip from Cape Town to Port...

Following on from Wayne’s Working Wanderings in the August newsletter, FMM’s curator convinced Chris Routledge to go with him to the small town of Lier, which is about 16 km outside of Antwerp in Belgium, to visit the Abarth Works Museum owned and run by...

The first Motor Movie Festival @ Franschhoek Motor Museum (film night) will be held on 22 and 23 October. Few places other than Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s L’Ormarins estate allow for the friendly meeting of cars and wine, and at MMF@FMM car lovers and movie fans...

Before Dakar there was the Safari, a rally that tested man and machine against the clock in some of the harshest conditions East Africa can provide. Naturally there are many tales to tell of the glory years from 1953 to 1972, and a book recently...

The beginning of August was a busy time for FMM’s curator Wayne Harley as he had a busman’s holiday in Germany as a working guest of renowned international auctioneer house, Coys of London. Wayne was invited by the CEO of Coys, Chris Routledge, to help...

No, not the children’s book character, but Heidi Hetzer, a 77-year-old former mechanic, automobile dealer and rally driver who is driving around the world in a 1930 Hudson. Diminutive Heidi is more or less following in the tracks of German woman Clärenore Stinnes, who made a...

The latest change to the museum’s exhibits is in Hall B where 10 of FMMs Italian collection have been placed on view. The cars are a 1922 Isotta Fraschini  Tipo 8, 1939 Fiat Topolino, 1947 Lancia Aprilia, 1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Berlinetta, 1955...

Now that Ford’s new Mustang is on sale in South Africa, a specialist conversion operation has been launched here that makes available one of the most iconic performance car partnerships that has ever existed during the last 50 years. Two of this country’s leading performance...

Earlier in June, FMM had an unexpected visit from ex-SA Driver Champion Neville Lederle and his wife, Norma. Born in Theunissen in the Free State, Neville, now 77, had a short but notably successful racing career including taking part in the 9th SA Grand Prix...