AVCMC Fanmail
November 2016



From The Driver's Seat

By Rob Wallis


Hi. Despite the absence of our chairman and the clubhouse manager the club has survived.

Many thanks to all the members who helped me during their absence.

The Saturday lunch went very well, but I will leave the reporting to Ron Gush, but many thanks to Rodney and Dot at Stanley’s for a really great lunch. Our next event is the Christmas Breakfast at The Fish River Sun, please let me have your booking as soon as possible.

By the time this newsletter goes to print the 2017 Club Calendar will be available for sale at R20 each. Yes that’s no miss-print. Please let’s make sure we sell them all. If you want your car to feature in future calendars please let me have your photographs in good time. You have the whole year to make your plans.

Regards to you all



Through The Windscreen

(This is what lies ahead)



For Your Diary

Wednesday 9 Nov - 150th anniversary of Sir Herbert Austin's birthday
I think I'll take my Ten out for a memorial coffee. Coming?

Thursday 10 Nov - 5 to 8pm - Motoring DVD at the Noggin
Joe Janssens presents a motoring DVD

Monday 14 Nov - evening - "Supermoon"
The full moon will be 16500 km closer to earth than average. It will appear about 16% bigger than normal. The next such event will be in 2034 - so most of us will miss it. Or you might have a real close up, depending on your point of view.

So remember your youth, take a friend, a bottle of wine, some cheese and a few biscuits and a blanket - drive out to a nice dark spot and enjoy the moon.....

Thursday 17 Nov -
5 to 8pm - Supper night
We will be ordering Fish and Chips and / or Pizzas. Bring some cash.

Saturday 26 Nov - 9 to 12noon - AVCMC Museum
Bring your friends and old cars

Sunday 27 Nov - morning - Breakfast at Fish River Sun
This will be our Christmas event.
Meet at the Civic Centre at 10am to drive out in convoy.
R150 per person plus a tip plus drinks. Eat as much as you like.
Spend the day on the beach, bird watching, walking or just lazing about.
RSVP to Rob Wallis 082 334 0354 or click here to email him.

Thursday 15 Dec - 5 to 8pm - Supper night
Last noggin for 2016.

Thursday 12 Jan - 5 to 8pm
First noggin for 2017

Saturday 14 Jan - am - Club Anniversary breakfast
Diarise the date! Details to follow

18 to 19 March 2017 - OD Inggs rally

30 April to 4 May 2017 - Milligan rally (proposed dates)

Our last anniversary breakfast was a bit of a shambles. That was no fault of the Golf Club, who actually pulled out all of the stops to try and fix the mess. The problem was that a whole lot of members, some bringing friends, pitched up without to the Events Co-ordinator beforehand. As a result, the Golf Club had to run around finding extra tables and food and we, who had politely RSVP..ed, had to share our bacon and eggs with those who had not. So, you know who you are, consider yourselves duly rapped over the knuckles.



Birthday Congratulations - November

4  Daan De Lange
9  Schalk Van Der Merwe
11  David Pohl
13  Viv Jordaan
30  Charles Pellew



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)


Welcome to New Members

We heartily welcome two new members:

Ian Hattingh and his wife Bettine live in Port Alfred and own a 1984 Mercedes 230E.

Alf Steck and his partner Mercia have bought Guy Mears's 1968 MGBGT - nice to keep it in the club and remember Guy too!

Both members are already familiar faces at the Club noggins and we hope that you will enjoy long and active membership.



On The Lighter Side

A teenage granddaughter comes downstairs for her date wearing  a see-through blouse and no bra. Her grandmother has a fit when she sees this and tells her not to go out like that. The teenager tells her, "Don't tell me what to do. Things have changed since your day. You've got to let your rosebuds show."
The next day the teenager comes downstairs and her grandmother is sitting there with no top on. The teenager wants to die with embarrassment. She explains to her grandmother that she has friends coming over and dressing like that is simply inappropriate. The grandmother says, "Look dearie, if you can show off your rosebuds, then surely I can display my hanging baskets?"




We cannot all be heroes and thrill a hemisphere
With some great daring venture, some deed that mocks at fear
But we can fill a lifetime with kindly acts and true,
There's always noble service for noble souls to do.
(Tanjong Katong Girls School song)



The Rear View Mirror

(Past Events)

It is with deep regret that we report that Pat Lee passed away on 29 September. Pat was one of our first Honourary Members - bestowed for her very generous hosting of our clubhouse and in memory of Don and his immense contribution to the Club. Our thoughts and sympathy are with her family.



Fun Run to Stanley's - Sat 29 October

by Ron Gush

The morning was grey and drizzly. Not ideal for an old car outing. Wondered how many folk would simply come in their modern cars - but then that is not the point of an old car outing, is it?

Put the hood on the Spitfire and headed to Port Alfred. Just for fun, carried a GPS to check the speedo - which turned out to be way out and highly variable. The electronic (not original) rev counter is good and indicated 3000rpm at a tad over 45mph. 4000 at 62mph which feels much faster when your butt is 10 inches off the tar!

Only Dave, George and Charles were at the Museum. Dave was planning to take his maroon Magnette to Stanley's but it leaked petrol from one of the carbs and he and George were wondering how to fix it. A diaphragm under, and attached to, the main jet was perished and holed. An arrangement that none of us had seen on an SU carb. Not fixable today.

The three wise men pondering the Magnette's carburettors

Early birds at the Museum


At noon we left for Kenton and met Norbert and the McNeills at Robbies. When all 10 old cars had assembled we drove through the village and around the Kenton Primary School playing field. The School was holding a fund raising day with a soap box derby as the main event. There were also many other stalls and activities on the go. Quite a buzz. Our convoy of old cars was very well received and we were asked to go around again!

It rained buckets on the short drive up to Stanley's. But it cleared quickly, more or less, and we were able to enjoy the magnificent view of the Kariega river as it winds it's way to the sea.  

The turn out of 10 old cars was a very pleasant surprise, given the weather. Well done to all who braved the elements! They were, in no particular order:

Ian Hattingh - Mercedes 
Bob Duggan - MGB GT
Dave and Daphne McNeill - Triumph TR3
Norbert Drager - Porsche
Mike and Doreen Legg - MGA
Mike Newlands - Alfa Romeo
Eden Bradfield - BMW
Bruce and Yvonne Yendall - Chevrolet
Bill and Shirley Martin - Morris 8
Ron and Pam Gush - Triumph Spitfire

A few beers, good company, a nice lunch all made it a very pleasant outing. 

Many thanks to Rob Wallis for organising.

Charles Pellew snapped this while his brother Bill was visiting recently. 
2015 Mini Countryman and 1983 Mini Clubman. Sorry Bill, but I prefer Charles's Mini! The new one looks just a little - um, bloated? The old one has attitude - gritting it's determined little teeth! Lovely comparison pic. Thanks Charles.



In The Boot

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



AVCMC Museum

by Ron Gush

Have you been to our museum recently? I had not been for a while and was pleasantly surprised. Here are a few pics of recent additions to the collection:
(Oh and by the way there is also a collection of cars and bikes!)

A lathe bought from the Inggs Family of Grahamstown and restored by George Armstrong. Almost in working condition, but for a few missing gear teeth! It dates back to around 1890

Knife sharpener. A most fascinating arrangement of leather "flaps", no doubt impregnated with grinding paste, are all intact inside.


A "bath" chair dating back to 1850 and drill press restored but missing a flywheel?

Also from the Inggs Family. A collection of old tools, restored and mounted for display by Dave Hawkins

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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.         3/3



104-year-old Silver Ghost Rolls Royce

Sent in by David Cunningham


Sold for a world-record price of almost $ 5 million after a furious bidding war. The lengthy auction saw two enthusiasts dueling for the pristine car as the bidding went up in increments of $100,000. 

The six-cylinder, 7.3-litre car comes with perfect provenance and is still purring smoothly, doing about 15 miles to the gallon. What it lacks in gadgetry, the British-made classic more than compensates for with an extraordinary level of luxury that leaves its modern-day counterparts looking a little unsophisticated. Its gleaming interior fittings are made of silver and ivory, while the door panels are embroidered silk, with brocade tassels attached to silk window shades for privacy.

The car was commissioned by Rolls Royce connoisseur John M. Stephens, who also has the first Silver Ghost the luxury car-maker produced. The body was built by former royal carriage-maker Barker's of Mayfair, which had previously built coaches for King George III and Queen Victoria.

The sale took place at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex on July 12th  2012.



Buick straight 8 parts wanted

I am in search of a wheel and fender wheel well for my 1932 Buick straight 8 restoration project.

Can anyone assist please?                                           1/3

Mitch McAllister
Tel: +2713 752 3570
Fax: +2713 752 4703




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 -

by Ron Gush

There are advantages in being a "classic car widow".

The other day Pam was facing her specialist physician during her routine annual MOT - I mean check up - and listening to him discuss various test results and their implications, flags, pointers and so forth. He is an exceptionally bright and thorough physician and leaves no stone unturned. 

Afterwards, we were discussing the above and then she said to me, "You know, old cars have certainly taught me a most useful life skill. A few years ago I would have glazed over within 5 minutes of his discourse. But years of listening to detailed accounts of ailing carburettors or strange suspension configurations have taught me to sit up and look bright eyed and intelligent without having a clue!"

Nice to feel useful....

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


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