AVCMC Fanmail
August 2017



From The Driver's Seat

By Joe Janssens

The main event this month was the AGM which took place at Glens Den and was well attended by 27 paid up members. The following main points were addressed: election of committee members, new clubhouse relocation, announcement of Club and Chairman trophies and regalia. Once again the snacks organised by Mike Newlands were a great success. 

Since 7 members of the previous committee have accepted to continue to serve for the next year, a seamless transition will help the path into the future. This commitment can only be beneficial to the success of our club and all it's members.

As per the club’s constitution a committee meeting was held during which the office bearers were assigned their portfolios, which are shown in this newsletter.

The constitution allows the Chairman to serve for two years, it is also stated in the constitution that the committee can extend the Chairman’ s mandate for a third year.

It is therefore an honour for me to accept to serve for another year as Chairman of this great club. I would like to remind everyone that the success of a club is made by the personal contribution of each club member.

I trust that the event managers are already hard at work and that some interesting and fun events will come out of their hats and that they will be well supported by all members.

The establishment of the new clubhouse is well on its way and should be fully operational before end of September.

Joe Janssens



Through The Windscreen

(This is what lies ahead)



For Your Diary

Thursday 10 August - 5 to 8pm - Motoring DVD at the Noggin

Thursday 17 August -
5 to 8pm - Supper Night
Bring and Braai at Glens Den. Please buy all drinks from the bar

Saturday 26 August - 9am to noon - AVCMC Museum
Only R20 per visitor. Bring all of your friends

Sunday 3 to Thursday 7 September - SAVVA National Rally
Golden Gate Hotel will be the base. Cars up to 1997 are eligible.
Entry forms etc are available from 
René Greenland or phone her on 0733080827 or you can download them yourself from Free State Veteran Car Club

Sunday 24 September - 3.30pm - Kowie River Boat Ride
The boat leaves at 4pm. R50 per head. There are only 50 passengers permitted so book your place now.
 RSVP to Rob Wallis as soon as possible: 082 334 0354 or email 
Fires will be ready when the boat docks for a Bring and Braai.
Please buy all drinks on the boat or from the Ski Boat Club.



Birthday Congratulations


4  Eden Bradfield
4  Dave McNeill
10  Don Johnston
14  Bill Martin
16  Norbert Drager
24  Len Whittal
26  Hans Van Eck



The Times They Are A Changing!

Sent in by Shirley Martin

Shirley received it from Barry Hugo, investment manager for Hereford Group. The origin is uncertain but may be the CEO of Mercedes Benz? 

Just a few things for us all to ponder, especially the younger ones amongst us.

Did you think back in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on film again? In 1998 Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85 % photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 years and, most people won't see it coming. Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore's law.  So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a time, before it became way superior and became mainstream in only a few short years. It will now happen again with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs.  Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution.  Welcome to the Exponential Age.
Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years. Uber is just a software tool, they don't own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world.                   
Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don't own any properties.

Artificial  Intelligence:  Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go-player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected.
In the US, young lawyers already don't get jobs. Because of IBM's Watson you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds. With 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans. So if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% less lawyers in the future. Only specialists will remain.
Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer,  which is 4 times more accurate than human nurses.

Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 2030 computers will become more intelligent than humans. (NEVER says Albert)           

Autonomous cars: In 2018 the first self-driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020 the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You won't want to own a car anymore.  You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while being driven. Our kids will never need to get a driver's license and will never own a car. It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% less cars for that. We can transform former parking spaces into parks.                       

1.2  million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 60,000 miles (100,000 km), with autonomous driving that will drop to 1 accident in 6 million miles (10 million km). That will save a million lives each year.

Most car companies will probably become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies like Tesla, Apple, Google will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels. Many engineers from Volkswagen and Audi are completely terrified of Tesla.
Insurance companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, the insurance will become 100x cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear.                                
Real Estate will change.  Because if you can work while you commute, people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighbourhood.

Electric cars will become mainstream about 2020.  Cities will be less noisy because all new cars will run on electricity.

Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean. Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can now see the burgeoning impact. Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. Energy companies are desperately trying to limit access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar installations, but that can't last. Technology will take care of that strategy.                               
With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water.   Desalination of salt water now only needs 2kW/h per cubic meter at 0.25 cents). We don't have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for nearly no cost.

Health: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There are companies who will build a medical device (called the " Tricorder " from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and you simply breath into it. It then analyses 54 bio-markers  that will identify nearly any disease.  It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medical analysis, nearly for free. Goodbye medical establishments. 

3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D  printer came down from  $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time, it  became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies have already started 3D printing  shoes. Some spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of spare parts they used to have in the past. At the end of this year, new  smart phones will have 3D scanning possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print  your perfect shoe at home. In China they have already 3D printed and built a complete 6 storey office building.  By 2027 10% of everything that's being produced will be 3D printed.

Business  Opportunities: If you think of a niche you want to go into, first ask yourself, "In the future, do I think we will have that?" If the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner? If it doesn't work with your phone, forget the idea.  And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed to failure in the 21st century. 

Work:   70-80 % of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs in such a short time.  This will require a rethink on wealth distribution.

Agriculture: There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future.  Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all day on their fields.

Aeroponics: Will need much less water. The first Petri dish produced veal, is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows.  Imagine if we don't need that space  anymore.



The Dashboard

(This is going on right now)




Sigrid Drews is at home and receiving 24/7 care. She is very frail. Please remember this remarkable lady, in your prayers.

Our sympathies are with Roger Darkes whose brother passed away in the UK. Roger and Sue will be overseas for 3 weeks or so.



New Member

Welcome to Jackie Viner who has joined as an Associate Member. We wish her all of the very best.



Subs Are Due

by Ron Gush

Actually subs WERE due on 30 June.
About half of our members have paid and we are grateful to them.

At the AGM the new subs were approved: R250 for full membership or R100 for associate membership.

Some members have paid the old subscription rate of R150 for full and R60 for associate membership.

So, if you have not paid, or if you have paid the old rate, we appeal to you to please pay or make up the difference between the old and the new.
Contact Treasurer Shirley on 
071 675 4570 if there is a problem.

Shirley has performed some kind of a magic trick to balance our budget for the coming year and has come out with a minuscule positive balance. Given the new expenses of clubhouse rental and renovations, this is a truly amazing feat. Well done Shirley.

But we can't do it without the support of our membership



Club Regaila

We have a limited number of Club bumper badges and these can be yours for a mere R200 per badge from Shirley Martin. Phone her on 071 675 4570.

Unclaimed name badges are stuck to the fridge in the Club House.

Roger Darkes has sourced very nice Club shirts. Navy blue with the club badge stitched on where the pocket should be. About R250. Roger will be getting 3 different sizes for you to try on and for you to place your order at the next Supper Night (17 Aug). That was the plan. We might have to wait for Roger to get back from the UK....

Classic & Sports Car Insurance Placements
“We Drive Classic Cars”
We insure them with Great Care.

Approved Broker: Mercedes-Benz Club South Africa

Tel: 031 701 0226 l Cell: 082 781 4410


A Division of Smythe Financial Services cc Authorised FSP No. 16054




by Ron Gush

Have you been to our museum lately? Dave and other members have gone to a lot of trouble to acquire and display interesting stuff - old tools and bits and pieces. It's not just a couple of old cars parked under covers because members' garages are full.

Several members are putting a lot of effort into converting a section of the area into a welcoming clubhouse. Joe has found a nice bar at a very reasonable price.

Come along and offer some support and ideas. It's going to be a great facility.

Open to the public on the last Saturday of each month, 9am to noon. Tell your friends.



by Ron Gush

One of the useful items in our website is the Useful Information Database. UID for short. That is a very fancy name for a simple list of service providers who are specifically useful to the owners of old cars. How often have you had a problem and thought, "Now where did I hear about a solution for this?" Most entries have been found or used by our members but some are contacts gleaned from reputable clubs and so on. Take a look. Click



The Rear View Mirror

(Past Events)



SAAFA Day at PAHS - Sat 15 July

by Ron Gush

Twelve old cars assembled at the Civic Centre to drive in convoy up the hill to PAHS. The event was a fundraiser in aid of SAAFA. Visitors were charged R20/person at the gate. Our old cars got us in free.


The old cars attracted quite a bit of attention but far more interest was shown in the display of radio controlled model aircraft. Flying exhibitions were very impressive, and no doubt made more difficult, at least for the more conventional aircraft, due to the gusty wind and presence of rugby posts and spectators. 

Quadcopters flying through the posts and under flag / hoops
were most impressive - even given that the pilots were wearing VR headsets and seeing the view from the on board camera in real time! 

The star of the show was the turbine powered jet aircraft. Powered up, it sounded just like the real thing - which of course it is.  The pilot only taxied it around the rugby field. Apparently the field was too short to land the jet safely (and in one piece).


It was a pleasant morning chatting to friends and eating cup cakes and supporting the lucky parachute drop and so on.



Recollections of Motor Sport in the Fifties and Sixties

by Bob Duggan

My introduction into the sport happened in 1953 when as a youngster I'd visited the Aston Martin London show room. I sat in and crawled all over the most wonderful racing car imaginable, a DB3S which had just won the RAC Tourist Trophy at Dundrod. I still regard the DB3S as the most beautiful sports car of all time. Little could I imagine that some years later I’d be driving  in that event, not at Dundrod but at Goodwood with an ex works Lotus against amongst others, Innes Ireland appearing with an Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato in addition to Roy Salvadori a survivor of Dundrod, he having switched from a DB3S to a lightweight E Type Jaguar. I’m told that boys of my generation usually wanted to become either engine drivers, firemen, pilots or racing drivers. I never fancied being an engine driver, but as fortune favoured me, I, at one time or another, managed to fulfil the other three options.

Racing drivers have always fallen within three distinct categories. The majority being wealthy amateurs some of whom appeared infrequently and quickly disappeared from the scene. The impecunious enthusiast and finally the professionals who were engaged to drive factory prepared and entered cars or alternatively drove for entrants who couldn’t or didn’t wish themselves to compete. During these times and prior to excess officialdom the introduction of dubious safety measures drivers rubbed shoulders with one another, drank in the same Pubs and chased the same girls. The paying public being charged a nominal fee to enter the Paddock and getting as close as they wished to drivers, cars and into the Pits. These structures were aptly described being no more than a couple of concrete walls covered with corrugating sheeting affording minimal protection from inclement weather conditions. Cars receiving anything more than minor attention were attended to in the open air paddock which was no more than a piece of roped off ground.

On the subject of paid and amateur divers one might say that the first named received a contracted wage payment from their entrants as well as a percentage of starting / prize monies. The others, like me, relying upon prize money now and then. Let me say that as far as I know only Stirling Moss made a satisfactory living from racing the others generally accruing additional income from other sources. The situation is very different in today’s world.

There’s always an exception to a rule. I recall that at a Goodwood meeting in the early sixties a character by the name of Weasel James (never did know his real Christian name) having practiced his Brabham Formula Junior on a Friday didn’t show up the next day for the race itself. It transpired that he was a member of the Great Train robbery gang and clearly had a job to do on the quiet. Not a bad way to finance ones hobby providing you don’t get caught as he was.

(To be continued)



Farewell To The Old Bar

by Ron Gush

Those of you who spent many a noggin leaning on the bar can wave it Goodbye! It was sold for R1000 to a good cause and loaded onto a bakkie. Isn't it amazing what you can get onto a Bantam? Thanks to Joe for the picture.



In The Boot

(Useful Baggage and Tools for the trip)




Sent in by Joe Janssens

Whether the wrench fits or not, anyone who has ever had a car break down on the road knows that this sequence of events is startlingly accurate. The car breaks down, then you swear a blue streak. You hate the car, your spouse isn’t crazy about you… it’s not a good situation for anyone.

Now, while anything can happen to a car, particularly a vintage car, that causes it to transition from moving down the road under its own power to coasting to a stop while you hurl a stream of invective at it, most of the time, the things that do break fall into one of six fairly mundane categories (or, as I call them, The Big Six). They are:

The fuel delivery system (the gas tank, fuel lines, fuel pump and pressure regulator, filters and screens, and either the carburettor or the fuel injection system).

The cooling system (the radiator, water pump, thermostat, hoses, heater core, and fan).

The charging system, by which I mean the battery, battery cables, alternator, and voltage regulator.

The ignition system

The belts (typically, on a vintage car, there’s only one, and it runs both the alternator and the water pump).

The ball joints that connect the suspension to the steering.

Note that there is also a zeroth element on the list: the tires—the part of your car that’s so prone to failure, the car comes with a spare one. It’s so ingrained in us that tires fail, but most other things don’t, that we simply call it a “spare,” not a “spare tire and wheel.” I think that most of us know not to motor around on 50-year old, bald, dry-rotted tires. And yet we often don’t think twice about the other old systems in the car until they fail and strand us.

Don’t get me wrong. It is possible for anything to happen to a car, particularly a vintage car. 

And, even excepting metal fatigue and bad superseded designs, it is certainly possible for the vicissitudes of time and decay to catch up to a head gasket on any car.

But these lightning bolts from the blue are less likely than The Big Six. Further, while there are many systems on your car that help you enjoy a comfortable, safe, pleasant ride, most of them are unlikely to fail while you are driving in a way that will cause you to pull the trigger and use your AA membership.

For example, take the suspension. While a fresh suspension is a delight, and seized or blown struts or shocks will certainly cause oxcart-like handling, the suspension’s performance is unlikely to degrade in such a way that drags you to the side of the road. Or the exhaust. It can be grating to ride long distances in a car which has blown a hole in its exhaust, but other than attracting stares and possibly law enforcement’s attention, it’s an annoyance, not a showstopper.

Even the brakes. While, obviously, you want to verify that the brakes are functioning correctly before leaving for a trip, and while it is possible for a car to, say, burst a metal brake line, it is far less likely than a visit from one of The Big Six.

The take-away message is that if, prior to taking your vintage car on a long trip, you look at The Big Six – fuel, ignition, cooling, and charging systems, plus the belts and the ball joints – and prophylactically address any needs you find, you will inoculate yourself with a bolus of reliability. Learn it. Live it. It may save your car, your sanity, your marriage, and your allocation of blue language.



Specialist Shocks

Did I ever publish this ad? Found it in my To Do file. Please let me know if anyone uses them, and the outcome. In the interim I am saving the info on the UID. Ron Gush

Ian Glass
Specialist shockabsorber manufacturer

We manufacture specialised shockabsorbers for any make of vehicle. Our focus is on shocks that are no longer produced by the big shockabsorber companies – e.g. Ford Anglia front cartridges.

 If you are interested to see what we do the best way to check us out is through our website – Take a look at our product range to see if your vehicle features on the list. If it does not, not to worry as we can build shocks from a sample or a sketch. Just e-mail your requirements – address is also on the website.

GT Shocks cc, 6 Berram Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town 7700.
Tel: 021 6855485  cell: 083 4541119




Chairman:                                 Joe Janssens       083 235 1101               
Vice-Chairman:                         Peter Viner           046 624 3552 or 082 831 5769

Events:                                      Roger Darkes       046 624 2874 or 082 373 8181
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
                                                 Rob Wallis           082 334 0354         

Other portfolio holders:
OD Inggs Co-ordinator:             Peter Viner          046 624 3552 or 082 831 5769
SAVVA rep and Vehicle Dating: Dave Hawkins    046 624 2215 or 082 453 2618
Webmaster:                               John Austin-Williams
                                                 (contact via Ron Gush for web content)



Opinions expressed in this newsletter are those of the authors or contributors and are not necessarily those of the AVCMC nor it's committee nor officials nor of any affiliated club.




by Ron Gush

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PO Box 2057, Port Alfred 6170


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