AVCMC Fanmail
September 2017



From The Driver's Seat

By Joe Janssens

The bad weather has unfortunately upset all of our scheduled events for this past month.

The outing to the Bathurst Country Fair on the 6th August was the first casualty, followed by our 3rd Thursday  bring and braai at the Glenís Den which was replaced by a Pizza and Fish and Chips evening. Surprisingly many members braved the weather and enjoyed a pleasant evening.

Letís hope that the Kowie River Boat Ride scheduled for the 24th September will be blessed with better weather. Remember to book your attendance.

Since we have limited braai facilities at our new clubhouse, we have arranged, thanks to Bob Duggan, that the Glenís Den will host our 3 rd Thursdays supper nights until further notice.

The new clubhouse is fast taking shape, the walls are up and painted and so is the floor. Rob has informed us that the ceiling will be installed by Wednesday 30th August. 



Peter and Keith hard at work painting the new club house
Much appreciated!



Through The Windscreen

(This is what lies ahead)



For Your Diary

Local Stuff:

Thursday 14 September - 5 to 8pm - Motoring DVD at the weekly noggin in the Clubhouse

Thursday 21 September -
5 to 8pm - Supper Night at Glen's Den until further notice
Bring and Braai. Buy drinks from the bar please

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 him.
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.

Saturday 28 September - 9am to noon - AVCMC Museum
Only R20 per visitor. Bring all of your friends soon, before the price increase

Further Afield:

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 
Renť Greenland or phone her on 0733080827 or you can download them yourself from Free State Veteran Car Club



Birthday Congratulations


2  Mike Newlands
6  Derek Bowker
10  Des Hill
16  Bob Duggan
16  Susan Webber
24  Joy Hill
25  Sigrid Drews



The Dashboard

(This is going on right now)




We remember Sigrid Drews in these difficult times. She is at home receiving 24/7 care. We trust that she will enjoy a memorable birthday on 25 September.



Subs Were Due on 30 June

by Ron Gush

29 members have not yet paid.      Many thanks to the faithful who have paid

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 any confusion.

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.



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.

Classic & Sports Car Insurance Placements
ďWe Drive Classic CarsĒ
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



Jaguar 3.8 Mk2 - FOR SALE



1965 Jaguar Mk2 3.8 - been in storage last 15 years.
Requires mechanical repairs and re commissioning.
Bodywork and interior excellent, license and docs in order.
email Simon Garfath : for details and to view in Kenton.
R85000 or nearest offer                                                                              1/3

(I have a longer email of info for anyone interested.
Ron Gush)



1981 Mini  1275E - FOR SALE

Blue Colour, 69572 kilometres 
4 new tyres, all rust has been removed,
completely re-sprayed.
For  R22.000
Can be viewed at 14 Cradock street Bedford 

Phone John Joubert at 046 685 1346 or Cell 0847277366 or email <>                                                           1/3



1964 MGB Cylinder Head - WANTED

Please phone Rodger Kaiser if you can help
046 622 2781or 082 655 6696


The Rear View Mirror

(Past Events)



Recollections of Motor Sport in the Fifties and Sixties - part 2

by Bob Duggan

Iíve driven at most British circuits and have driven around the old Nurburg Ring, Spa in Belgium as well as Zandvoort in Holland. No big deal, just pay the money and off you go!


Silverstone was a prime example of an ex World War II airfield. Certain corners being demarcated by empty drums. Run off areas hadnít been thought of although air field circuits by their nature had plenty of natural escape routes, one just kept on going. No gravel traps, no safety cars, simply stacks of old tyres or straw bales dotted here and there. Snetterton, also once an airfield had similar characteristics but totally flat and dull, nothing whatsoever to capture those inclined to overdo their own capability or test the laws of physics. Goodwood on the other hand, even though constructed on a former Fighter Command airstrip, was a challenge having at one spot a series of left and right handers. Tricky in the sense that a good line entering the first corner meant an unsatisfactory line through the last resulting in a slow exit. Not at all a great idea. Tracks such as Mallory Park, Brands Hatch, Oulton Park were purpose built road circuits in all but name, hills, dips, lakes, trees and so on. I well recall Geoff Duke, the World Champion motor cyclist, losing it at Mallory and landing up in the lake. Iíve fond memories of Malloryís uphill hairpin corner. Such corners usually following a long straight can be deceptive as I found out when one day I lost it half way around nearly collecting a following Cooper Ė Maserati Monacco. No harm done, and two young ladies who had been watching from the embankment by chance recognised me the next day in Hereford. Iíd never met them previously so that dumb incident turned into a genuine blind date. 

Corners had always had a name unlike today where they are identified by calling them Turn 1, Turn 2 etc. How uninspiring. Who could forget doing something nicely, or not so nice, at Woodcote, Copse, Maggots or Knickers Brook at Oulton. One can only conjecture as to how the latter became so named.

Motor Racing is dangerous is stated on every entry ticket ever issued. We all knew that was the case but no one ever considered anything unpleasant happening to one's self. Being young and naive we must have thought we were fireproof. Race organisers simply accepted a circuit for what it was, for instance I never saw a dedicated ambulance. Only major races had medical staff available, marshals were issued with a batch of coloured flags but had received no first aid or fire fighting training. Their efforts were appreciated but the fact remained that their capability was limited. I do recollect that medical rooms at which one had to present oneself prior to a National or International race were in all probability rooms which no one else wanted. No equipment worthy of the name and, I think, that provided a driver could see well enough to locate the room, heíd be cleared to drive.

Seat harnesses for open racing cars were only introduced in 1965 following overall safety campaigns initiated by Jackie Stewart. Closed vehicles were however so fitted even though I donít think they were compulsory. There was much debate at the time whether it was preferable to stay with a doomed car or to be ejected. I know of a Lister Jaguar driver when it became apparent that there was nothing to be done to avoid a big accident,, raised himself as far as he could on the seat placing his feet on the instrument panel. When the Lister came to an inevitable sudden stop he was catapulted over the nose and walked away from his three point landing. Had he been secured by a harness, who knows ?

(To be continued)



1912 Rolls

sent in by Joe Janssens

Sold recently for $4.7million! A real beauty! 
The detail is truly amazing. This car has 29 bevel glass windows....



In The Boot

(Useful Baggage and Tools for the trip)




by Ron Gush

Do you know of a supplier who has done good work for you? Or for some one else? Let me know and I can record the contact details for the use of other members. 

Take a look at what's there already: Click
You can always find it on our website on the Articles page




Sent in byJoe Janssens

I would have given him 100%! Each answer is absolutely logically correct and funny too. The teacher has no sense of humor.

Q1: In which battle did Napoleon die?
       - his last battle.

Q2: Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
       - at the bottom of the page.

Q3: River Ravi flows in which state?
       - liquid.

Q4: What is the main reason for divorce?
       - marriage.

Q5: What is the main reason for failure?
       - exams.

Q6: What can you never eat for breakfast?
       - lunch & dinner.

Q7: What looks like half an apple?
       - the other half.

Q8: If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what will it become?
       - wet.

Q9: How can a man go eight days without sleeping?
       - no problem, he sleeps at night. 

Q10: How can you lift an elephant with one hand?
         - you will never find an elephant that has one hand

Q11: If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in other hand, what would you have?
         - very large hands

Q12: If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build it?
         - no time at all, the wall is already built

Q13: How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?
         - any way you want, concrete floors are very hard to crack.




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:  Vacant
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.



Tailpipe - why are there so many monkeys on the road?

by Ron Gush

I wonder. Have I written about this topic before? Never mind. In my experience, it happens that when you first voice a new idea, nobody pays the slightest attention. The idea is sometimes rejected out of hand. The second time you raise the topic, some folk sit up and say, Hmmm, they have heard that one before. The third time you voice the topic, they all agree that it is a fine plan and was in fact their own idea in the first place! Thus, with a little persistence, you just might get what you wanted.....

OK so this is what I was wondering about, possibly for the second time:

We are all annoyed by monkeys along our roads and have heard of friends cars being severely damaged by collision with these cute primates. Some of us, on spotting monkeys near the road, even commit the SD words (Slow Down!) - heaven forbid!

Driving along the R72, and indeed many of our major roads, I wonder if the number of monkeys along the roadsides are representative of the population in the countryside as a whole? I suspect that there are far more monkeys along the road than out in the open veld. When I drive on minor country roads, the sort that are eroded, sometimes corrugated, poorly maintained and not much used, I do not see the numbers of monkeys that I regularly see on major / tarred roads. Do you?

Why would this be?

I have a theory that humans attract monkeys to the roads. They come to eat the trash that motorists toss out of cars / trucks. Of course we don't toss out beer cans, plastic or glass bottles, empty polystyrene pannetjies and so on because those things are just too disgusting. (Don't ask me how those items actually land up next to the road.) But many folk toss out the odd apple core, banana skin perhaps, chicken bone and possibly the odd crust of a stale sandwich, thinking that these things are biodegradable and will be compost in a few days.....

Not so, says Mr Monkey, who now lives along these roads with his troop. And another troop a few km further along. I bet these monkeys have quite high cholesterol levels from eating our junk food. 

Clearly, the action plan is to

Toss NOTHING out of your car

Snapped on the wall in an Irish pub

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