Oily Rag Run 2017 – Time to oil those rags

TIME TO OIL THOSE RAGS… One of the country’s most original classic car events, the annual Oily Rag Run 2017, will take place on Sunday 22 October. The brainchild of FMM’s consultant engineer Dickon Daggitt and co-sponsored by FMM and classic car specialists Crossley & Webb, the run is for pre-1967 unrestored cars and will start at the museum and take in a scenic route of 125 km to C&W’s showrooms in the Gardens, Cape Town. The event always manages to attract an eclectic mix of vehicles and usually one or two ‘never been seen before’ entries.

After a coffee and croissant breakfast, entrants will depart FMM at 09h30 and follow a schedule taking the vehicles across the Cape through the Perdeberg to the West Coast towards Milnerton, then along the coastline into Cape Town. Lunch will be served at Crossley & Webb to the accompaniment of some live, big band melodies, followed by a prizegiving. Apart from the FMM prize for the most original car taking part, the C&W Skorokoro Shield will be awarded to the ‘most oily rag car’ (ie, the tattiest…) as voted for by the competitors.

Entries received at the time of writing include a 1934 Ford Fordor, 1947 MG TC, 1949 Hillman Minx, 1950 Morris MM, 1951 Riley 2,5, 1953 Austin Champ and a 1964 Volvo 122S.

Adding to the Oily Rags will be Glad Rags – entrants will be encouraged to dress up in some swing era costumes, clothes that were popular during the big band jazz period from 1935 to 1946.

Cost is R300 for the car, driver and navigator, which covers refreshments at FMM and lunch. Additional passengers can take part at R150/head. Non-competitors can also join in the before and after activities but only if registered through an entry. Costs are R60/head at the start (included breakfast) and R100/head at the finish (includes lunch).

This year a new feature will be a cruise bus provided by RockStarCars. The classic 35-seater Bedford will collect VIP guests at C&W, transport them to FMM for breakfast and the start, follow the route and return to C&W for lunch and the prizegiving. Cost for this VIP travel option is R200/person.

Application for entry forms can be obtained from Brian James on 082 552 0586 or e-mailing brian@brabek.co.za.