Father’s day special

On June 19th, the increasingly popular Fathers’ Day Special will take place at the museum. An exciting programme of events is being planned for the day including driving demonstrations around the museum’s quadrant. To facilitate all visitors having the opportunity to enjoy and participate in the various happenings being presented, attendance will take place in three time slots, namely:

09h00-10h00: Car club members
09h00-13h00: Patrons for the first events session
13h00-16h00: Patrons for the second events session.

Some 45 vehicles will be paraded at 5-minute intervals and cover models built from 1900 up to 2010 and including three grand prix cars, 1937 Maserati 6CM, 1954 Maserati 250F and 1974 Tyrrell 007 F1. From tiny veterans such as the Le Zebra, Ford Model T and Bugatti Tipo 35B through to the majestic Lorraine Dietrich and Mercedes-Benz S-Type, and post-war classics featuring examples of Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar and Porsche amongst many others, an exciting show (weather permitting of course) is guaranteed, with all the sights, sounds and smells everyone will take pleasure in. Six unusual 4×4 off-roaders will also be part of the show.

Also on display will be a collection of fine art prints by famous UK motoring artist Nicholas Watts, many of which are signed limited editions sold with a letter of authenticity. Of special interest will be the artist’s portrait of local racing hero Sarel van der Merwe driving the Porsche entered 962C in the 1988 Le Mans 24-Hour. A large selection of greetings cards featuring Watts’ paintings – a popular purchase at FMM for some time – together with a new range of affordable, signed ‘mini mounts’, will be on sale along with a range of scale model cars.

Five food and refreshment stalls will be set up on the lawn on the far end of the museum’s quadrant. FMM’s Deli will only be serving coffee and tea.

On the day, admission to FMM and the L’Ormarins Estate is by tickets only, which are already available on Webticket (logon to www.webticket.co.za for more details). Fathers will get free admittance while the other charges are adults R60, children under-12 R30, pensioners and motor club members (with membership ID) R50. However, in order to control visitor flow, the total number of tickets is limited to 1 800. In the event of all the tickets not being sold beforehand, on the day Webticket will have a stand at the museum’s reception hall. Patrons with a ticket purchased for either of the morning sessions can stay on the Estate for the rest of the day. However, a ticket purchased for the 13h00-16h00 time slot will not allow access to the Estate before 13h00.

Gates will open at 09h00 and close at 16h00. The museum closes at 17h00. This is one of FMM’s most popular annual visitor attractions and should not be missed. MM

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