AVCMC Fanmail
April 2016



From The Driver's Seat

By Joe Janssen

Thank you to the members who attended the Pineapple Tournament.

A great thank you to Bill and Shirley and their team for organising once again a great 19th O.D. Inggs Memorial rally.

I enjoyed the run which was different from previous years. The longer stretches and less through village driving went down very well with all the competitors.

There were quite a few challenges for the drivers ( including myself ) to keep their horses on speed. After doing very well until the last control of day 1, where we had to do some creative time recording ( where we subtracted instead of adding time ) we had to say goodbye to a first place.

Neville and Susan Koch took first place in their 1975 Alfa Spyder, in second place came Colin and Anne Meyer, from East London, in their 1975 Mercedes 220s

Third place was taken by Dave and Daphne McNeill in their Triumph TR3, in fourth place was Bruce Yendall and Peter Owen-Smith in their 1941 Chev Coupe and in fifth place Ron and Pam Gush in their 1934 Austin 10.

Thanks to them the AVCMC is keeping the Club Trophy.

Nice to see that all starters finished. No work for Dave and Christiane who were the sweep crew.

Thank you to all our sponsors and competitors, without them we would have no rally.

See you at the Bathurst Agricultural show




Through The Windscreen

This is what lies ahead

Saturday 2 April - Bathurst Agricultural Show
Meet at our museum at 08h30 to drive in convoy to the Bathurst Showgrounds. Probably entering at the bottom gate. Display our old cars have a good natter. Dave is negotiating a good location but regrettably paying customers do get higher priority.

Thursday 14 April - 5 to 8pm - Motoring DVD at the Noggin
Joe Janssens presents a motoring DVD

Thursday 21 April - 5 to 8pm - Supper night
Fishaways and Debonairs pizza. Bring some cash, your friends and lovers

Saturday 30 April - 9 to 12noon - AVCMC Museum
Bring your friends and old cars

Sunday 1 May - Knysna Motor Show
Go if you are in the area. Click here for more info.
Followed by the Jaguar Simola Hill Climb from 6 to 8 May.
For the serious petrol heads, make a week of it!

12 - 16 June - Milligan Vintage Trial and Tour
Mossel Bay area. Newsletters and Entry Forms are available from Hannes Geyer - click here. Closing date is 15 May but do not delay as the number of entries is restricted to a maximum of 25 cars.



Birthday Congratulations - April


02nd    Brian Sparg

05th     Peter Benyon
09th     John Pringle
10th     Glen Pellew
15th     Joe Janssens
16th     George Armstrong
17th     Trevor Hoole
17th      Patrick Smythe
21st      Ron Gush
23rd     Dave Hawkins
27th     Glenn McCreath
29th     Juergen Kartenberg



The Dashboard

(This is going on right now)



Social Concerns

Pat Lee has been diagnosed with serious illness. While Pat is not actually a member, we hold her close to our hearts as we remember that we enjoy her hospitality for our Club House. We are mindful of all that Don did for AVCMC. Keep Pat in your prayers. 

Des Hill has had a fall and is bruised and shaken (not stirred?). Remember Des and go visit him. It was great to see him at the OD Inggs start.



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Thoughts For The Day

A young man enters a book store, “Do you have a book called, "Husband – the Master of the House"?
Sales Girl : “Sir, Fiction and Comics are on the 1st floor!”.
(Pinched, with thanks, from the MG newsletter)

I've learned....
That being kind is more important than being right.(Sent in by Shirley Martin)

I can't remember where I found this:

There was a young student from Boston,
Who drove around town in an Austin.
There was room for his ass
and a gallon of gas.
But his balls hung outside and he lost 'em.



The Rear View Mirror

(Past Events)



OD Inggs 19th Memorial Run

by David Dicken



As we write this report it is a grey, wet, miserable Monday morning. How lucky we were to have had two nearly perfect days of weather for our rally. Scrutineering ably taken care of, 15 vehicles set off in fine style after a brief appearance of the unique toy Fiat delivery van for good luck. The “borrowed” MG was a welcome reminder of a lost friend.


At the start, Top: Rodney and Ruth Idris in their 1951 Morris Minor
L to R: Bruce Yendall's Chev, Dave McNeill's TR3, Trevor Hoole's 3Ton Chev

The scenery after Grahamstown was beautiful, one of the most scenic in this part of the world. A number of baboons were seen as we went along and having passed through Adelaide, which appeared to be in good condition, we arrived for lunch in a delightful Tea Garden restaurant on the outskirts of Bedford. There we saw a remarkable collection of wooden furniture, vintage hand tools and indigenous timbers. Whilst admiring the Citroën DS 23 belonging to John Pringle, it was noticed that it was supplied new in 1961 to Ryce Motors in Nairobi, Kenya. By complete chance I lived nearby the Ryce family during the seventies. John showed us the original delivery invoice in the grand total of 900 Pounds, inclusive of shipping costs, etc.


From there, the 114 kilometers leg to Grahamstown via Carlisle Bridge was a real test of skill which caused many navigators to run somewhat ahead of themselves. There appeared to be some confusion regarding the location of the Marshall who was waiting patiently for the tail-end Charlies to hand in their STC sheets. All is well that ends well, as the saying goes. Then back at leisure (some via the Pig and Whistle) to the Ski Boat Club and a well earned supper later that evening.

Day 1 results were food for thought.


Above: The A Team (Class) about to leave Bedford.   Roger and navigator Sharné


With all the signboards of the previous day having been handed over, Don Johnson set off into the Bundu. An early start at 8.30 saw the entrants leave again but regrettably Roger Darkes’ navigator Sue was not able to continue the rally. Fortunately he found a “younger lady” to assist him.

The route took us along the well known road to Alexandria passing Marshall No. 1 at Kenton Eco Estate. Arriving in Alexandria we took the turning to Salem but the route schedule required a U-turn outside the impressive Kikuyu Game Lodge. This winding and heavily wooded road through game country was new territory even for some locals.

Having returned to Alexandria, we were confronted by serious road works which caused delays. Bill and Shirley had made a plan to take care of this problem. At the end of the lengthy road works we made our Tea stop at the Tam’Jazi and STC sheets were duly collected. A new arrangement for the Start Board had been made which meant that the competitors had to negotiate their own way through the road works problems and to park as best as they could on the verge of a very busy R72, with trucks careering by in both directions. It was a credit to the drivers that they managed to leave safely and on time. With “God Commands” well noted, all the entrants made their way back without mishap to the Ski Boat Club.

For the Sweeper and his Assistant, this had been a very smooth and interesting rally. Comfortably seated in the Club people were able to relax with their drinks before going into lunch.

At this point the final results were posted on the wall and everybody looked eagerly for their names on the list. With very little surprise we discovered that Neville and Susan Koch had done it again in their faithful Alpha Romeo Spider. A very good lunch was enjoyed by all and the prize giving was received with much applause for the winners and gratitude to Bill and Shirley Martin together with Mike Newlands and their team of helpers for a rally very well organised in every respect.


Above: Cars at the Ski Boat Club for lunch.   Neville, Sue and the winning Alfa

We regret that the photos of the prize winners did not come out well - for some reason technology got the better of us and the pictures were fuzzy. Congratulations to the prize winners:
First Place:                   Neville and Sue Koch
First Navigator:             Sue Koch
First Lady Competitor:  Sue Koch
Second Place:              Colin and Anne Meyer
Third Place:                  Dave and Daphne McNeill
Club Trophy:                 AVCMC
Oldest Car:                   Ron and Pam Gush - 1934 Austin Ten

(Editors Note: Many thanks to David, ably assisted by Christiane Dicken, for producing this excellent report.)



Pineapple Tournament Golden Oldies Night

by Ron Gush

It was sad to see only 8 cars arrive at the clubhouse for the drive around and display. In 2014 we had no less than 17. What happened in 2015? There was no report in Fanmail - was the Scribe away perhaps? Well done to the faithful stalwarts who did turn up:
Mike Newlands    - Alfa
Joe Janssens      - Merc
Robin Duggan     - Cobra - nice to see a car in super concourse condition!
Mike Legg           - MGA
and                     - Morris driven by George Galbraith
Bruce Yendall      - Chev
Roger Darkes      - Jaguar
Ron Gush            - Austin

Golden Oldies Night is the event where all past players over age 60 are invited and remembered. It was good to see old friends and members who had not brought old cars.

As usual there was a lot of interest shown in the old cars

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Chairman:                                 Joe Janssens      083 235 1101
Vice Chairman:                         Rob Wallis           082 334 0354
Secretary / Treasurer:               Shirley Martin      071 675 4570
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Tailpipe - Ackermann steering geometry

Extracted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia

(Editors Note: Further to an interesting discussion during a noggin a short while ago, I thought this might interest our readers. I also found out why my Spittie steering geometry seems so "badly" set up. It is designed for racing, not puttering around - so I am going to have learn how to drift into a parking bay! See the last paragraph below)

Ackermann steering geometry is a geometric arrangement of linkages in the steering of a car or other vehicle designed to solve the problem of wheels on the inside and outside of a turn needing to trace out circles of different radii.

It was invented by the German carriage builder Georg Lankensperger in Munich in 1817, then patented by his agent in England, Rudolph Ackermann (1764–1834) in 1818 for horse-drawn carriages. Erasmus Darwin may have a prior claim as the inventor dating from 1758.


The intention of Ackermann geometry is to avoid the need for tyres to slip sideways when following the path around a curve. The geometrical solution to this is for all wheels to have their axles arranged as radii of circles with a common centre point. As the rear wheels are fixed, this centre point must be on a line extended from the rear axle. Intersecting the axes of the front wheels on this line as well requires that the inside front wheel is turned, when steering, through a greater angle than the outside wheel.

Rather than the preceding "turntable" steering, where both front wheels turned around a common pivot, each wheel gained its own pivot, close to its own hub. While more complex, this arrangement enhances controllability by avoiding large inputs from road surface variations being applied to the end of a long lever arm, as well as greatly reducing the fore-and-aft travel of the steered wheels. A linkage between these hubs pivots the two wheels together, and by careful arrangement of the linkage dimensions the Ackermann geometry could be approximated. This was achieved by making the linkage not a simple parallelogram, but by making the length of the track rod (the moving link between the hubs) shorter than that of the axle, so that the steering arms of the hubs appeared to "toe out". As the steering moved, the wheels turned according to Ackermann, with the inner wheel turning further. If the track rod is placed ahead of the axle, it should instead be longer in comparison, thus preserving this same "toe out".

A simple approximation to perfect Ackermann steering geometry may be generated by moving the steering pivot points inward so as to lie on a line drawn between the steering kingpins and the centre of the rear axle. The steering pivot points are joined by a rigid bar called the tie rod which can also be part of the steering mechanism, in the form of a rack and pinion for instance. With perfect Ackermann, at any angle of steering, the centre point of all of the circles traced by all wheels will lie at a common point. Note that this may be difficult to arrange in practice with simple linkages, and designers are advised to draw or analyze their steering systems over the full range of steering angles.

Modern cars do not use pure Ackermann steering, partly because it ignores important dynamic and compliant effects, but the principle is sound for low-speed manoeuvres. Some race cars use reverse Ackermann geometry to compensate for the large difference in slip angle between the inner and outer front tyres while cornering at high speed. The use of such geometry helps reduce tyre temperatures during high-speed cornering but compromises performance in low-speed maneuvers.


Erasmus Darwin's Improved Design for Steering Carriages by Desmond King-Hele , 2002,The Royal Society, London. Accessed April 2008.

Norris, William (1906). "Steering". Modern Steam Road Wagons. Longmans. pp. 63–67.

Milliken, William F, and Milliken, Douglas L: "Race Car Vehicle Dynamics", Page 715. SAE 1995.

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