An alphabetical series of short driving impressions of some of the museum’s car collection. This month we downsize to an Austin in disguise and its place in a Cooper’s tale. Without doubt, the Mini ranks as one of the world’s most influential cars. Not simply...

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,...

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...

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...

The annual Knysna Speed Festival featuring the Knysna Motor Show and the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb were both held in mild weather and each attracted record crowds. The motor show maintained its high standards of organisation and the classics on view including some exceptional vehicles. Sep...

On 27 January I was privileged to be involved in the filming of a 5th Gear programme for the BBC’s North-One television channel. Theme of the episode was the museum and its collection of South African cars. The Protea, GSM Dart and the Ford Capri...

FMM’s Valentine’s Day ‘two for the price of one’ promotion was a great success. A big and varied line-up of the collection’s red-painted cars greeted a bumper group of visitors. The offer of rides around the quadrant was taken up by no less than 56...

On Saturday 25 October the museum was invited to the Eikestad Mercedes-Benz dealership, which offers free inspections and advice – along with some coffee and snacks – to owners of classic and collectable Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Robert, one of M-B’s own technicians, is at hand to...