AVCMC Fanmail
October 2016



From The Driver's Seat

By Joe Janssens

This month’s fun run was a Photo Run which ended with a braai in Bathurst at the Ploughman.

Judging from the participants comments, it was a real fun event which was again well attended with 13 cars starting on Sunday morning from the Museum. Thank you Rob for organising it. I did unfortunately not attend this events as I was In Johannesburg representing the club at the SAVVA AGM.

The 3rd Thursday Hamburger evening was certainly successful once again. Our resident cook Rob couldn’t keep up with supplying the large hungry contingent of members and their spouses with his legendry Burgers. All his stock was depleted..

Maggie spoiled us once again with her delicious chocolate brownies.

Believe it or not but Christmas is again around the corner and the committee is in the process of planning your Christmas treat.




Through The Windscreen

(This is what lies ahead)



For Your Diary

Thursday 13 Oct - 5 to 8pm - Motoring DVD at the Noggin
Joe Janssens presents a motoring DVD

Thursday 20 Oct -
5 to 8pm - Supper night
Menu to be advised

Saturday 29 Oct - 9 to 12noon - AVCMC Museum
Bring your friends and old cars and see the next item for the lunch plan

Saturday 29 Oct - 12noon - Outing to Stanleys for lunch
Depart immediately after the Museum closes at 12 noon.
Going to Stanleys, about 3km from Kenton on the Salem road. Go straight there if you prefer, to be there by 12h30ish. Bring about R75 for lunch plus cash for drinks. I hear that Rodney is offering a bottle of Scotch to raffle.

Sunday 27 Nov - morning - Breakfast at Fish River Sun
Eat as much as you like. R150 per person plus a tip. Spend the day on the beach or walking about. This will be our Christmas event.



SUBS are Overdue

Subs were due by the AGM in July. Regrettably some members have still not paid up. Please check with Shirley if you think you have paid. R150 for full members and R60 for Associates. There has been no increase for a few years now.



Birthday Congratulations - October

3  Shirley Martin
7  Charles Devenish
10  George Guest
13  Dax Wilmot
16  Hennie Nel
19  Dean Samuel
22  Patrick Schreiber
24  Peter Viner
30  Mike Legg



Kowie Brake & Clutch

Kowie Brake and Clutch still caters for all your braking, hydraulic and clutch requirements.
We now also have an engineering workshop in which we can manufacture a range of to spec items. We also build trailers, bowling green polishers and cricket pitch rollers.
For these latest products visit
Contact us on: 046 636 1156



The Dashboard

(This is going on right now)


2017 Calendar

Rob Wallis has agreed to put together a Club Calendar.

Here is what YOU have to do, if you want your car included:

Please email a picture of your car to Rob as soon as possible. It does not have to be very high resolution but the picture must be sharp and clear. If you, or your friends, are unable to do that, please contact Rob and arrange a time and place for him to photograph your car. Include the owner or family as you like - as long as the car is the main feature. 

Please do this ASAP as the end of the year is nigh.




Rob Wallis has found his car polishing kit - you will recall that it was advertised in this newsletter a few months ago, with no response from the unknown member thought to have borrowed it. Indeed, it was found when he was tidying up so as to get his son's double cab into his garage. Many thanks to the member who managed to slip past his security system and bury it under a pile of kit......




“Love is shown more in deeds than in words.” 
― Ignatius of Loyola



On The Lighter Side

Sent in by Mike Newlands

Only An Aussie Can Make You Feel Like A Woman.

A plane passed through a severe storm. The turbulence was awful, and things went from bad to worse when one wing was struck by lightning. One woman lost it completely. She stood up in the front of the plane and screamed, 'I'm too young to die,' she cried. Then she yelled, 'If I'm going to die, I want my last minutes on earth to be memorable! Is there anyone on this plane who can make me feel like a WOMAN?' 

For a moment, there was silence. Everyone stared at the desperate woman in the front of the plane. Then the man from Australia stood up in the rear of the plane. He was handsome, tall, well built, with dark brown hair and hazel eyes. Slowly, he started to walk up the aisle, unbuttoning his shirt as he went, one button at a time.

No one moved. He removed his shirt. Muscles rippled across his chest.

She gasped...

Then, he spoke...

'Iron this -- and then get me a beer' 



The Rear View Mirror

(Past Events)



Fun Run To Bathurst

by Ron Gush

It was a lovely day to take out the old cars. We got away from Kenton a bit late but made it to the Museum in just under 20 minutes. The little Spitfire is going very nicely but I am not about to print what the speedo was reading!

It was good to see Des and Joy Hill at the start, even if it was only for a few minutes.

There was a very good turn out at the pre-briefing: 13 teams entered, 10 of them in old cars. Rob handed out 3 sheets of colour photos and 3 road maps with routes highlighted. 

Competitors were required to mark the positions of the 29 photos on the maps. It was, at first sight, quite daunting trying to memorise (some of us can't even spell that, let alone do it!) 29 pictures. But as we progressed and applied the odd grey cell here and there, things began to take shape. There was a bit of back tracking - "Ah, didn't we see that pic back there?". There was no time limit, other than your impending thirst.

Everyone ended up at The Ploughman and there was much discussion and ragging over a beer or two. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed the event.

Results were announced:
Keith and Barbara won getting 24 pictures right.
Ron and Pam second with 23 - not bad considering that the Spitfire provides us with a worm's eye view of the world!
Alastair and Christine third with 21 and I can't recall the rest and anyway nobody seemed particularly concerned.

Braaiing got under way rather slowly. Huge logs on the fire burned and produced coals at an agricultural rate. That was until Roger took over and gingered things up with some thinner wood which got things going nicely. (Did we burn all of the kindling?)

Well done and many thanks to Rob Wallis and his son Simon for organising a really fun event. This type of event takes a lot of preparation and this is greatly appreciated. It was a most enjoyable day.

Two beauties at the start: MGA belonging to Mike and Doreen Legg and MGTD belonging to Dave and Delene Hawkins


George and Mike at the start                                         Simon and Rob scoring the results

Shirley, Bill, George, Maggie, Britney, Dave, Jackie and Peter
at The Ploughman



In The Boot

(Useful Baggage and Tools that we need for the trip)



Hey Members!

Are you dudes aware of this veritable mine of information?
SAVVA Technical Tips
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SAVVA Technical Tip 01 Fire Extinguishers

SAVVA Technical Tip 02 Voltage Change

SAVVA Technical Tip 03 Exhausts

SAVVA Technical Tip 04 Wheel Spanners

SAVVA Technical Tip 05 Tail Lights

SAVVA Technical Tip 06 Indicator Lights

SAVVA Technical Tip 07 Air Filters

SAVVA Technical Tip 08 Fuses

SAVVA Technical Tip 09 Overheating - A possible fix

SAVVA Technical Tip 10 Coils

SAVVA Technical Tip 11 Fuel Pumps

SAVVA Technical Tip 12 Radios

SAVVA Technical Tip 13 Battery Polarity

SAVVA Technical Tip 14 Batteries

SAVVA Technical Tip 15 Overheating

SAVVA Technical Tip 16 Tyres

SAVVA Technical Tip 17 Bakelite

SAVVA Technical Tip 18 Wheel Rims

SAVVA Technical Tip 19 Diodes

SAVVA Technical Tip 20 Radiator Fans

SAVVA Technical Tip 21 Light Bulbs

SAVVA Technical Tip 22 Batteries - Availability

SAVVA Technical Tip 23 Radiator Cooling

SAVVA Technical Tip 24 Water additives 1

SAVVA Technical Tip 25 Water additives 2

SAVVA Technical Tip 26 Water Corrosion Inhibitors

SAVVA Technical Tip 27 Plastics

SAVVA Technical Tip 28 Unused Vehicles

SAVVA Technical Tip 29 Valve Caps

SAVVA Technical Tip 30 Vacuum Advance

SAVVA Technical Tip 31 Jacks

SAVVA Technical Tip 32 Radiator Caps

SAVVA Technical Tip 33 Hydraulic Brake Hoses

SAVVA Technical Tip 34 Paint Stripes

SAVVA Technical Tip 35 Braided Hoses

SAVVA Technical Tip 36 Headlight Bulbs

SAVVA Technical Tip 37 Correct Oils

SAVVA Technical Tip 38 Clutch Shudder

SAVVA Technical Tip 39 Battery Chargers

SAVVA Technical Tip 40 Rear Axels

SAVVA Technical Tip 41 Fuels

SAVVA Technical Tip 42 Austenitic Valves

SAVVA Technical Tip 43 Auto Transmissions

SAVVA Technical Tip 44 Oils

SAVVA Technical Tip 45 Rust Penetrants

SAVVA Technical Tip 46 Starting Up

SAVVA Technical Tip 47 Electric Fuel Pumps

SAVVA Technical Tip 48 Electronic Ignition

SAVVA Technical Tip 49 Flashers

SAVVA Technical Tip 50 LEDs

SAVVA Technical Tip 51 6 Volt Fuel Pumps

SAVVA Technical Tip 52 Lead Replacement

SAVVA Technical Tip 53 Car Clocks

SAVVA Technical Tip 54 Wedding and Function Cars

SAVVA Technical Tip 55 Headlight Reflectors

SAVVA Technical Tip 56 Importing Parts

SAVVA Technical Tip 57 Overheating Problems

SAVVA Technical Tip 58 Dirty Fuel Tanks

SAVVA Technical Tip 59 Fitting Electrical Fans

SAVVA Technical Tip 60 Electric Water Pumps

SAVVA Technical Tip 61 Battery Isolator Switches

SAVVA Technical Tip 62 Headlight Relays

SAVVA Technical Tip 63 Gearbox Oils

SAVVA Technical Tip 64 Tail Lights

SAVVA Technical Tip 65 Servicing Radiators

SAVVA Technical Tip 66 Radiator Blockages

SAVVA Technical Tip 67 Waterless Radiator Chemicals

SAVVA Technical Tip 68 Fire Extinguishers

SAVVA Technical Tip 69 Door Handles

SAVVA Technical Tip 70 Power Tools

SAVVA Technical Tip 71 Fan Belts

SAVVA Technical Tip 72 Replacing Brake Fluid

SAVVA Technical Tip 73 Silicone Brake Fluids

SAVVA Technical Tip 74 Repairing Cylinder Heads

SAVVA Technical Tip 75 Saving Fuel

SAVVA Technical Tip 76 Ignition Coils

SAVVA Technical Tip 77 Joint Packing

SAVVA Technical Tip 78 Water hose clearance

SAVVA Technical Tip 79 Electric Fans

SAVVA Technical Tip 80 A very special tool

SAVVA Technical Tip 81 Earth Straps

SAVVA Technical Tip 82 Dirty Bulbs

SAVVA Technical Tip 83 Fire Extinguishers

SAVVA Technical Tip 84 Spray Painting

SAVVA Technical Tip 85 Axle Stands

SAVVA Technical Tip 86 Glass fuses

SAVVA Technical Tip 87 6-12 volt conversion

SAVVA Technical Tip 88 Electronic Ignition

SAVVA Technical Tip 89 Electronic Ignition for 6 volt cars

SAVVA Technical Tip 90 Refurbishing Bakelite

SAVVA Technical Tip 91 Wheel spanners

SAVVA Technical Tip 92 Fuel pump cut-offs

SAVVA Technical Tip 93 SU Electric Fuel Pumps

SAVVA Technical Tip 94 Spray Paints

SAVVA Technical Tip 95 Painting under windscreen rubber

SAVVA Technical Tip 96 Work Benches

SAVVA Technical Tip 97 O-Rings

SAVVA Technical Tip 98 Motorcycle side stand

SAVVA Technical Tip 99 - Model T reverse pedal

SAVVA Technical Tip 100 - Fuel hoses

SAVVA Technical Tip 101 - Changing brake fluid

SAVVA Technical Tip 102 - Modern fuel filters

SAVVA Technical Tip 103 - Plugs, Points and Condensers

SAVVA Technical Tip 104 - Duct tape

SAVVA Technical Tip 105 - Polishing chrome

SAVVA Technical Tip 106 - Cylinder head bolts

SAVVA Technical Tip 107 - Stopping Model Ts

SAVVA Technical Tip 108 - Ford Model T Safety Device

SAVVA Technical Tip 109 - Cold starting

SAVVA Technical Tip 110 - Home made tools

SAVVA Technical Tip 111 - Flasher units

SAVVA Technical Tip 112 - Tyre inflators

Classic & Sports Car Insurance Placements
“We Drive Classic Cars”
We insure them with Great Care.
Tel: 031 701 0226 l Cell: 082 781 4410
A Division of Smythe Financial Services cc Authorised FSP No. 16054



Austin Cambridge for sale

1960. Non-runner. In Pretoria. R5000 or nearest offer.
Contact Bill Martin on 071 509 0169 or click here to email him.         2/3



Repairs to Starters and Generators

Keith Schroeder is an expert on starter motors, generators, regulators and alternators and is offering to help members with any problems they may have.
Contact him on  082 412 3778.                                                              3/3



Car Magazines

Dave Hawkins has several boxes of old Car Magazines. Any member interested can collect them from Dave - otherwise they will be advertised for sale.
Click here to email Dave or phone him on 082 453 2618.                                      3/3




Chairman:                                 Joe Janssens      083 235 1101               
and Events Co-ordinator:          Rob Wallis           082 334 0354        
Secretary / Treasurer:               Shirley Martin      071 675 4570
Clubhouse Manager:                Peter Viner          046 624 3552 or 082 831 5769
Grahamstown Rep:                   Norbert Drager    046 622 6282 or 072 765 6448
Fanmail Editor:                          Ron Gush            046 648 3186 or 083 272 1961
Members:                                  Keith Schroeder  046 624 4114 or 082 412 3378
                                                  Roger Darkes      046 624 2874 or 082 373 8181

Other portfolio holders:
OD Inggs Co-ordinator:             George Armstrong 072 347 0924
SAVVA rep and Vehicle Dating: Des Hill               083 228 6774
assisted by:                                Dave Hawkins    046 624 2215 or 082 453 2618
Webmaster:                               John Austin-Williams (contact via Ron Gush for web content)



Tailpipe - My Feel Good Thursday

by Ron Gush

While we were away, I got an email from Derek Elliott (Owner of Speedyquip in PE) to say that one of his customers had a 1936 Morris 10 engine, gearbox and diff. Derek was on the Milligan with us and thought the parts might fit my car. I replied that my car is an Austin and he responded that it might be an Austin, but he was not sure. I contacted Gerrie and some confusion ensued as to whether it was an Austin or a Morris. But he was going to dump it if no-one wanted it. No way!

On Thursday, a day after we got back from Joburg, I hot-footed down to PE to check out this engine. These things are mighty scarce and a spare engine, gearbox and diff would be a wonderful find. Well, it turned out to be for a Morris 10, which was disappointing. But Gerrie was only too happy for me to take it off him and clear space in his back yard. 

Pam viewed this lump of rusty metal in the bakkie with some concern and trepidation. She was wondering, for how long would this remain a feature in our garden?

The same Thursday, I was at the club noggin and spoke to Mike Legg, thinking that, as chief trader in all things Morris, he was the most likely guy to know of a home for these parts. But Rob Mears overheard our chat and was amazed to hear that I had a Morris 10 engine in my bakkie outside. He said that it is almost identical to the MG TD engine, and he is currently rebuilding a TD. We went out to the bakkie and he confirmed that it is the same engine. Only the manifolds are different and there are slight mods to the head. We arranged that I deliver it to Rob on the morrow.

So I never even unloaded it at home. Thus some useful parts were salvaged from the scrap yard and I made three happy chappies. Three? Pam was relieved that it never even came close to featuring in our garden!

Just to cap the intrigue, this newsletter has been advertising that same engine for the past 3 months, with pictures, although I didn't figure that until I saw it.

Our contact details are:
PO Box 2057, Port Alfred 6170


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