October 2017



From The Driver's Seat

By Joe Janssens

Believe it or not, but time has come to make bookings for our Christmas Lunch again. This means that another year is passed.

But before we say goodbye to 2017, I trust that you will be numerous to attend the 3 last club events mentioned in this FanMail. We will be able to stretch the legs of our classics at two of these events. We need the participation of as many members as possible at these events. Keep in mind that your participation in the events that are arranged is vital to the success of your club!

Sadly the boat trip on the river outing had to be cancelled due to lack of support.

I am please to announce that our new home is coming  to completion and that the official opening is scheduled for the 19th October.

Until then cheers




Through The Windscreen

(This is what lies ahead)



For Your Diary

Thursday 12 October - 5 to 8pm - Motoring DVD at the weekly noggin in the Clubhouse

Thursday 19 October -
5 to 8pm - Supper Night
at The New Clubhouse - The Official Opening - be there!!
Don't miss this big event in our Club History.
Bring and Braai. Don't forget to bring your own drinks.
Fire, table and lights will be arranged outside. 

Sunday 22 October - 11h30 - Fun Run to Mike Legg's farm
Departing from the Municipality at 11h30 sharp-sharp.
Ending at Mike's farm for a bring and braai. Further details will be circulated.

Saturday 28 October - 9am to noon - AVCMC Museum
Only R20 per visitor. 

Sunday 26 November - Christmas Lunch at Mpekweni
About R135/head. Watch this space for more details.

Remember to wear your Name Badge to all future club events. Like hearing aids etc, they are of no use left in your cupboard! And if you forget, be prepared to pay a small fine!



Nite Bowls

We are invited to make up a team (or teams) to participate in the Nite Bowls competition. Teams comprise one bowler and 3 non-bowlers. The bowler may NOT be the skip. Starting Friday 13 October and runs for 8 weeks. Bring and Braai after each Friday's play. The bar will be open. Make up your team and let Roger Darkes know by 6 Oct. Phone Roger for more details: 046 624 2874 or 082 373 8181



Birthday Congratulations


3  Shirley Martin
10  George Guest
12  Alf Steck
13 Dax Wilmot
16  Hennie Nel
22  Patrick Schreiber
24 Peter Viner
30  Colin McIntosh
30  Mike Legg



The Dashboard

(This is going on right now)




We regret to report that Joe Staats, vice chairman of the Border Vintage and Classic Car Club has passed away after a long battle with cancer. We offer our condolences to his family and club in their loss.

Sigrid Drews remains in our thoughts and prayers.



Subs Were Due on 30 June

by Ron Gush

26 members have not yet paid.  
This is disturbing. As we all know, costs have escalated considerably with the closure of the "Lee" clubhouse. This was not a surprise and the committee has taken the most appropriate approach to the issue, having spent a lot of time and effort considering the suggestions from several members.

Shirley has performed some kind of a magic trick to balance the budget for this year and has come out with a minuscule positive balance. Well done, Shirley. Given the new expenses of clubhouse rental and renovations, this is a truly amazing feat. But, we need your membership fees to achieve this!

If you are not sure if you have paid or not, please check with our Treasurer Shirley on 
071 675 4570.

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

Bank details:
Standard Bank
Port Alfred Branch code: 051001
Account name: Albany Vintage and Classic Motor Club
Account no: 284059188 
Reference: Your name



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 is looking for an alternative supplier for Club shirts. The original supplier seems unable to replicate our club badge on the cloth.



1969 Sunbeam Fastback Rapier for sale

Very reliable, has done two trips to Knysna, perfect mechanical condition, has had a complete thorough respray, new mats, electronic ignition, has the standard mechanical fuel pump and switch operated electric fuel pump for backup.

Asking R60,000                                                                        1/3
Contact Abie Fullard

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



Jaguar 3.8 Mk2 -  *SOLD*



Thought For The Day

sent in by Joe Janssens

Wife: "How would you describe me?"
Wife: "What does that mean?"
Husband: "Adorable, beautiful, cute, delightful, elegant, fashionable, gorgeous and hot"
Wife: "Aw, thank you, but what about IJK?"
Husband: "I'm just kidding!"



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 <>                                                           2/3



1964 MGB Cylinder Head - WANTED

Please phone Rodger Kaiser if you can help
046 622 2781or 082 655 6696                                                 2/3


The Rear View Mirror

(Past Events)



Recollections of Motor Sport in the Fifties and Sixties - part 3

by Bob Duggan

Club Race Meetings normally featured six or seven races either scratch or handicap and could be considered Sprints although Sprints were different and much the same as Hillclimbs but on the flat, over a series of corners rather than a complete lap. Saloon cars had their own races as did specials such as Austin 750 cc or Ford 1172cc derived cars. Production sports cars likewise competed against one another.

National designated meetings were rather different catering for all comers from Grand Prix vehicles to purpose built sports racing cars in different classes, usually up to 1100cc or unlimited engine capacity. The smaller capacity was invariably dominated by Coventry Climax equipped Lotus 11, Lolas, Kieft or one off specials. Unlimited by D or C Type Jaguars and other Jaguar engined cars, Cooper, HWM, Lagonda, Aston Martin, Listers Lotus and others. Production Sports cars again featured as did Lotus Cortinas, Mark 2 Jaguars as well as Mini Coopers.


It was not unusual for a current F1 driver to compete at these meetings switching from a Jag Mark 2 in the morning to a Cooper Monaco, Lotus Monte Carlo or other later in the day. Handicap races were inappropriate at National or International events which would entail heats and finals all squashed into the same day. Practice sessions as a rule taking place on the preceding day. That was great for it created an opportunity to meet up with all sorts of people in the Pub or hotel. One evening prior to race day I said hi to a guy in the hotel and got talking. I enquired whether he was driving the next day. This he confirmed telling me that he was appearing with a Cooper Maserati and a JBW Ferrari.( That being in fact a F1 Cooper with altered bodywork). I felt duly chastened having to admit that I had a Morgan. My new found friend the following year gained a fifth place in the F1 Italian Grand Prix with the JBW Cooper Maserati.

One couldn’t help but meet a lot of fascinating people and I well remember a lot of them. Innes Ireland a character in a million being one. Also Chris Lawrence who at the time was the man to beat in production sports car racing, his Morgan Plus Four indecently quick took time off to re jet my 42 DCOE carbs to his satisfaction even though we were competing one against the other. He went on to win the 2 litre class at Le Mans 24 hour race. I became friendly with Peter Morgan, son of HFS Morgan the founder of the company which bears his name. By this time Peter Morgan was the boss of the company but totally down to earth and I think in his own way nurtured any driver of one of ‘his’ cars.

I must touch upon the cost of all this. During my four years campaigning a Morgan I got through three cylinder heads, no problems with the original but I decided to change from a TR2 breathed upon version to a larger ported TR3 head. A banana type exhaust manifold and high lift racing camshaft were purchased and on the way HS6 SU carbs were used prior to getting my hands on a pair of 42 DCOE Webers with of course inlet manifolds to suit. Alloy pushrods seemed to be a good idea so those were used in conjunction with the racing cam. Must have been other things which I can’t remember. Oh yes, in 1962 I replaced the internals, wet cylinder liners and pistons with the larger bore 2136cc which had become standard with the TR3 A and TR4. The expense would have been worse had I not done all the work myself but even so it was a killer. I made a point of posting off my cheques in payment a few days prior to payday hoping that none would be presented until I had received my salary. I remained on the bread line but somehow survived.


To be continued.....



In The Boot

(Useful Baggage and Tools for the trip)



Auxiliary Fans

Sent in by Joe Janssens

For those of us who drive our classics regularly, reliability means more than just starting easily and stopping well. One major part of this reliability is a robust cooling system. The good news is that for many cars, just having things right will keep temperatures where they need to be. However, there are times when adding an electric fan may help keep the system cool under pressure.

Before deciding your car needs an electric fan, you may want to do some basic troubleshooting. If you suspect problems, first determine is whether your car is truly overheating, or just running hot. Our definition of overheating is when the cooling system boils over or the temperature of the coolant goes above 110  ( 240 F ) degrees C.  You should be concerned if temperatures frequently go over 95 ( 200) on the street, but worrying every time the gauge goes above 95 ( 180 ) isn’t worth it.

Here are some steps to ensure the fan will solve a problem and not  just treating symptoms caused by another problem.  First, check that there are no leaks in the system and that it is full of the proper coolant mixture. Next, make sure that the radiator has a uniform distribution of heat. This can done by moving a hand (or better yet, an infrared thermometer) slowly across the front of the radiator at a safe distance so as not to be burned or caught in any moving parts. If there are spots more than about 8 to 10 degrees cooler than other spots, it's probably time for a radiator repair or a new unit. Then, ensure the thermostat is working as expected (again, an infrared thermometer helps) and the proper cap is on the system. After these cooling system tests are done, look at the tuning of the engine. A poor state of tune can affect operating temperatures. Overly retarded or advanced timing may be the culprit, as can improper carburetor mixtures or stuck chokes.

If the car is still running hot or actually overheating, the last consideration is what conditions cause the problem. If the engine is hot when the car isn't moving very fast (or standing), it's likely a fan-related airflow issue. If the car is hot at speed, it still may be an airflow issue, but another fan may not solve it — it could be that ducting needs to be changed on the inlet side or that the air cannot adequately exit. 

One last factor for decision making may be packaging on a modified car. If an engine-driven fan just won't fit, an electric is the only choice.

When buying an electric fan, find the largest and most powerful unit from a reputable source. There are a lot of cheap units available that just won't move enough air to make them worthwhile. 

Mounting an electric fan is usually straightforward. If possible, it should mount behind the radiator instead of in front so it blocks less incoming airflow. Most fans come with a tie-wrap mounting system, threading the ties through the radiator fins. More sophisticated metal mounts can be fabricated or sometimes purchased as well. Most fans also use a thermostatically controlled switch to run the fan only when it’s needed.

Wiring the fan is as important as mounting it. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and have wiring and switching that can handle the amperage requirements of the fan. Failure to properly wire the fan so may not only result in overheating, but an electrical fire.

Hopefully, these tips will give you the information you need to keep your classic’s temperature where you can stop worrying about overheating and enjoy the ride.




by Ron Gush

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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 2214 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.



Tailpipe - snippets from an overseas trip

by Ron Gush

Ireland: Touring the beautiful Connemara district I was intrigued by the blanket 100km/h speed limit. This was not reduced for sharp corners, narrow single lane bridges etc. In SA we would kill ourselves on such roads because we expect to drive at 10% over the limit at all times. Our newspapers would scream about such a hazardous road. In Ireland, and UK generally, you drive according to the road conditions and might get up to the speed limit on a nice straight stretch.

Two Citroen Light Fifteens pulled up for petrol near the cafe where we were lunching in Cong. They were part of a touring group. I thought, what a pleasure to drive an old car along these beautiful winding roads - where drivers show consideration for other road users.

Beaulieu International Autojumble: Wow! At the George Motor show there might be half a dozen stalls selling used classic car parts. There might be more at Modderfontein but I have not been there. At Beaulieu there were over 2000 stalls. It was completely overwhelming. I found the bits I was looking for. It was well worth the visit.

There were NO Austin Tens on show at Beaulieu.

Cobham Heritage Day: A bit like the Bathurst Show on steroids. There were TWO Austin Tens on show! Chatted to the owner of one. I had bought rubber running board covers and was interested in how other Ten owners edged the rubber.

Tresco island (Scilly): The Abbey Gardens were exquisite. The sea beautifully clear azure. The 6 metre tide difference was astounding - you could stand on the beach and watch the sea level rising. A great few days there with good friends.

Beer: My ancestors came from Beer in Devon. A quaint and very pretty village. We visited the Beer Quarry Caves - which supplied high quality stone for many of England's historical buildings. Some of my ancestors were quarrymen, the lowest workers in the pecking order. The appalling conditions under which they laboured must have made emigration in 1820 a relatively simple decision. When I introduced myself, I was greeted with enthusiasm and "welcomed home" !

Hybrid Vehicles: We rode on a hybrid bus. Really weird to pull away silently and the engine only started a 100 yards down the street. They also have hydrogen powered buses. Fuel cell or IC engines?

A friend is considering buying a Tesla Model 3 - the entry level fully electric car. Seems horribly priced at $35 000. But consider that petrol would have cost around half a million Rand over 10 years and the price of the electric car doesn't seem so bad. They claim to be able to recharge the battery to 80% in 20 minutes.

£5 for a beer: Quite a shock when you convert that to Rands

Family and Friends: We were there to visit family and friends and those were very special times spent together.

Flying Home: When we crossed the coast of north Africa over Cap Bourgaroun it almost felt like we were getting close to home! You know, like when you drive back from Joburg and you get past Cradock....

I wondered, as we flew over the Sahara, if the jumbled landscape shown on the flight simulator map was just an artist's brush strokes or if it was realistic. But then over Botswana, we flew directly over Orapa, where we lived for 6 years and got to know the area rather well in our battered old Land Rover. The Okavango, salt pans, Boteti river and even roads and fence cut lines were all visible if you zoomed in closely. It was a very pleasant trip down memory lane.

It's good to be back - even if it did take an hour to get our luggage onto/from the carousel at 11pm. 

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


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