November 2017



From The Driver's Seat

By Joe Janssens

The year end is once again approaching fast.

The planning and booking for the Christmas Lunch at Mpekweni Beach Resort is well on track. 44 bookings have been received.

Late bookings can still be taken, If you snooze, you loose !! 

The main function this month was the official opening of our new clubhouse where 30 plus guests enjoyed finger snacks and wine.

On this note I wish to thank all the members who have contributed and helped to the building of OUR clubhouse. A fair amount of financial contributions have been collected on the opening evening.  

Our last Fun Run and Braai to Mike and Doreen Legg’s farm was well attended. The weather was at its best.

Club Shirts will be ready for ordering soon. Watch this space. 

A few members projects are in full swing. Bill’s Jag, Keith’s Singer, Dave’s Rolls, Bruce’s Chev, Peter’s Austin, George’s Singer, Mike’s Morris Transporter and more are making progress.




Through The Windscreen

(This is what lies ahead)



For Your Diary


Thursday 9 November - 5 to 8pm - Motoring DVD at the weekly noggin

Thursday 16 November -
5 to 8pm - Supper Night
Bring and Braai

Saturday 25 November - 9am to noon - AVCMC Museum
Only R20 per visitor. Wear your name badge to get in free.

Sunday 26 November - Christmas Lunch at Mpekweni
R135/head. You will already have paid a deposit. We depart from the Civic Centre at 11am. Please be there a bit early to say hello and be sociable.
Bring a R50 present per individual or couple (if you are a couple, bring one. If you are on your own, bring one) wrapped for the "American" auction. It was fun last year.

For your long term diary

Thursday 14 December - Last Noggin for 2017

Saturday 30 December - 9am to noon - AVCMC Museum

Thursday 11 January - First noggin for 2018

Saturday 13 January - Anniversary Brunch at Rob & Maggie Mears place in Bathurst
Please RSVP ASAP (but by the very latest 6 Jan) to Roger Darkes 082 373 8181 or Rob Wallis 082 334 0354
Bring R60/head. Get there around 12 noon.
Directions: Turn towards the Toposcope. Cross the railway line and turn right. Find the venue on your left.

Thursday 18 January - 4pm - 
Navigation for Beginners - at the Clubhouse
This short talk and question session is aimed at all rally navigators and drivers. Be there if you plan to enter the OD Inggs Memorial Run. Especially if you are new to the game. 
The talk will be held in the Clubhouse while the committee will meet in the museum. All welcome.
Followed by Supper Night from 5pm

Saturday 24 February - Croquet / Bowls
Save the date

Sat/Sun 24 - 25 March 2018 - OD Inggs Memorial Run
Go to the Navigation for Beginners talk on 27 Jan. It is all good fun and no rocket science involved

7 -10 May 2018 - SAVVA 50th Anniversary Tour - Houw Hoek
Wouldn't it be great to take part in this prestigious event in another beautiful part of the country? (We live in a beautiful part of the country)



Birthday Congratulations


4  Daan De Lange
9  Schalk Van Der Merwe
11  David Pohl
13  Viv Jordan
27  Johan Lombaard
30  Charles Pellew

Belated congratulations to Sue Darkes whose birthday was on 16 September. Sorry Sue! My omission entirely. No excuses - perhaps your scribe's pencil is not as sharp as it used to be!



The Dashboard

(This is going on right now)




John Pringle is recovering nicely from an operation in which part of his foot was amputated. He is feeling much better and is able to walk and drive. We wish him all of the best.



New Clubhouse Official Opening

by Ron Gush

The new clubhouse was opened at the supper night noggin on 19 October. A very pleasant clubhouse has been created adjacent to the Museum at Hawkins Industrial Park on Alfred Road in Port Alfred.

Rob Wallis thanked those members who put in a great deal of work to create the clubhouse. He also thanked Dave Hawkins for making the space available to the Club. Rob noted that the club is financially stressed and that funds need to be raised.

The bar was well supported - remember to bring your own drinks!

Snacks were generously provided and enjoyed by all.



Fund Raising and Other Club Issues

We are not going to meet our budget this year and have to raise funds somehow. This is mostly due to the number of members who have not paid their subscriptions. They are being approached individually. Any suggestions / contributions are welcome.

There will be a box on the bar for voluntary contributions of R10 or R5 each time members attend a noggin.

If you forget to wear your name badge to a club event, the box might be offered to you for your additional contribution.

The above is intended in good spirit and it is hoped that it will be accepted that way.

The committee has agreed that our new Clubhouse should be a No Smoking area. We respectfully ask members to smoke outside.



Request for Old Items of Interest

Dave Hawkins has put in a lot of effort into tastefully displaying old items of interest in the Museum. These small items add a lot of character to our museum. Members who might have old number plates, tail lights or head lights - in any condition - lying around, are asked to contribute them to the Museum. Members are reminded that we do have an asset register and that any contributions will be recorded. 

Below is a small example of the number plate display. There is a lot of blank wall that could be utilized...



For Sale - 1960 Peugeot 403 Station Wagon

Not many of these cars around any more. Restoration project. In East London.
Asking R15 000.
Contact John Pringle 043 726 8530 or 082 718 5870                               1/3



Parts Wanted for 1973 Peugeot 404.

(1) Windscreen washer plastic container. Size: height 130mm X width 80mm X breadth 100mm
(2) Rear number plate light fitting or lens.  

Contact Charles Pellew on 046 624 4563 or 076 8490549      1/3



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                                                                    2/3
Contact Abie Fullard



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.

Club shirts in several sizes are arriving soon and will be available for you to try on at the Clubhouse. Roger Darkes is your contact man. Pay about R250 and place your order.

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



For Sale - Two Early Ford V8s

These cars are in very good condition and the current owner has already spent a lot of money starting the restoration / replacement process.

Needs a new carburettor and a fuel pump and it will run smoothly again.
In time it will require new rear window rubbers and window channel kits.
The owner has purchased some new parts such as a complete new set of window glass, some window channel hits and rubbers etc.
The owner also has some spares for this vehicle.
The owner has already spent some money on redoing the upholstery, tyres and some window rubbers.
Some of the chrome work has been redone at great expense.
Recently he has also had the radiator refurbished.
The owner also has some spares for this vehicle which he will sell with the vehicle.

Contact Mike at         1/3



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 <>                                                           3/3



1964 MGB Cylinder Head - WANTED

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


The Rear View Mirror

(Past Events)



Fun Run to Mike Leggs Farm

by Ron Gush

In perfect weather, ten entrants gathered at the Civic Centre for departure at 11h30. Roger Darkes briefed the participants and handed out "route schedules". Roger then scurried off to play croquet. The idea was to follow a route, find certain clues, correlate the numbers found to the alphabet and figure out the name of a car. Sounds more complicated than it actually was. But finding the clues was challenging and fun and seemed to be enjoyed by all.

There was much very slow driving and even backing and forthing along the route, somewhat to the amusement of local residents. Seven of the ten participants handed in their results when we reached Mike's Farm. Rob Wallis checked the answers and announced that three were correct: Dave and Daphne McNeill, Charles and Myrna Pellew and Ron and Pam Gush. Paulette was asked to draw one lucky winner - Ron and Pam - for which they received a very nice bottle of wine.

Rob thanked Mike and Doreen for hosting the braai and Roger for organizing the event. A good fun day indeed.


Top: Left: Roger - man of the day!                    Right: Two beauts at the start
Bottom: Left: Jocelyn, Doreen and Jenny.        Right: Maggie and Rob


Top: Left: Maggie, Joy, Charles, Myrna, Des, Bill, Shirley. Right: Bob, Bettine, Ian, Mike N
Bottom: Left: Guys at the braai.   Right: Jenny and Maggie



Recollections of Motor Sport in the Fifties and Sixties - part 4

by Bob Duggan

British Production Car and GT club and National events catered for the familiar sports cars as seen on the roads. Unlimited modifications were acceptable unlike International events for which FIA homologation papers were a prerequisite. A given number of identical cars had to have been produced and competition cars had in all respects to comply with this paper work. Failure to do so resulted in disqualification a fate which befell the Monte Carl Rally winning Mini Cooper when at post race scrutineering it was found to have uprated headlamp bulbs, The factory by oversight not having included the option in it's submission. Let me in passing say that a GT was a Grand Touring car, a two seater either being a fixed head coupe or open sports car plus detachable hard top. Unlike today when many a tin can bears meaningless GT stickers.

Apart from my Rallying efforts I was primarily actively involved in Sports Car / GT motor racing so I'll confine my reflections accordingly. The mainstay of Production Car events were the various Triumph TR models, Morgan Plus 4, MGA and Twin Cam, Austin Healey 100 and the AC Ace. International races might include some of these together with Ferrari, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Lotus, AC Cobra, TVR, Porsche etc. I've competed against all but usually in the up to 2litre class not knowing much about the big guns. The TR s , Morgans, Austin Healeys, AC Ace and MGA all had engines originally designed for passenger cars, or dare I say it, Tractors. Such ancestry hampered development and to improve upon 95 to 100bhp output took some effort.MGA with it's inefficient inlet porting even more so. I've mentioned that which could be done to TR engines so no need to dwell upon it here. The MGA suffered from a lack of cubic inches compared to the others although substituting a HRG or Derrington alloy cross flow head made it go nicely. Less said about the Twin cam the better. It should have been a success but marketed before being fully sorted. The Austin Healey 100 was breathed upon by the Donald Healey Company becoming the 100M and then the all alloy bodied 100S which with other mods became a very hot ship. All using twin SU carbs. The AC Ace six cylinder motor was long in the tooth but having a single overhead cam and ( I think) triple SU s could perform well although having a tendency to brake tappets when pushed. When equipped with the optional ( at a cost ) D2 Bristol engine developing 120bhp ruled supreme for some time.

This engine, derived from the old BMW 328 had been successfully adopted by Cooper's in it's front engined F1 car and had proved it's worth with Lister, Kieft, Arnot, Frazer Nash and others. It boasted hemi combustion chambers fed by triple down draft Solex carbs but a friend of mine not being satisfied converted to triple twin choke Webbers.

Nothing unusual in chassis or suspension design throughout other than for the AC which employed transverse leaf springs allowing all round independent suspension. Morgans remaining faithful to the 1911 three wheeler front end sliding pillar independent arrangement. Simplicity itself, hub movement controlled by upper and lower small diameter short coils. Only hassle being the necessity to replace the phosphor bronze hub bushes which despite being lubricated by means of a valve in line with the engine oil pump quickly wore under the stresses imposed by racing.

Braking was in all cases by drums until the TR s went over to front disks, the other makes following suit with with either Lockheed or Girling . Austin Healey 100 S and MGA Twin Cam went one better fitting disks all round, No servos in those days which was good for one's leg muscles I suppose. No power steering so no wonder steering wheels were of a largish diameter and closer to ones chest than we have these days grown accustomed,


To be continued.....



In The Boot

(Useful Baggage and Tools for the trip)



SAVVA Technical Tip 124 

Priming Carburettors 

Priming carbs after a car has been standing for some time has always been a problem. A solution often used is to fit an electric fuel pump to prime the system. However, on very early cars this can be difficult especially if they have a six volt system or an early carb with a needle and seat of dubious quality. 

A solution has been forwarded by Ian Otridge – it’s so simple. To quote Ian: 

“I got around the problem of priming the carb on my 1929 Chev by fitting a rubber bulb, the same as fitted to outboard motors. I fitted it between the tank and fuel pump. I now just squeeze it until it gets firm and the car starts at the first turn. It was cheap, simple to install and easy to hide, and works like a dream.” 

Many thanks Ian. 

For those of you who haven’t owned outboard motors - 

You have a petrol tank which stands somewhere in the boat and is connected to the engine with a length of flexible rubber hose. To prime the system there is a “squeezy” rubber bulb in the line. One simply squeezes the bulb which sucks petrol from the tank and in turn pushes it into the carb. When the carb is full the bulb becomes firm. Basically, it is a rubber bulb with a non-return valve much the same as fitted to a mechanical fuel pump. It does the same job but without having to crank the engine.




by Ron Gush

Do you know how to find our website?

Go to Google, type in AVCMC and enter.
On my pc the first four entries are for our club.

The fifth entry is for the Albany Vintage and Classic Motorcycle Club in Australia. I did contact them a few years ago and we emailed back and forth a few times.



The oldest motor car in the world that still runs 

sent in by Joan Davis

It was built one year before Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler invented the internal combustion engine.

It has been sold at auction for an astonishing $4.62 million (R36.5-million), more than double the pre-sale estimate, as two bidders chased the price up in a three-minute bidding war.

The 1884 De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout drew a standing ovation as it was driven up onto the stage at Friday's RM Auction in Hershey, Pennsylvania - to prove that this 127-year-old car really does run! - and attracted a starting bid of
$500 000, which was immediately doubled to $1 million. Encouraged by the applauding crowd, the bidding went swiftly up to $4.2 million (R33 million) - 4.62 million (R36.5 million) including the 10 percent commission - before the car was knocked down to an unnamed buyer. 

The Dos-a-Dos (Back-to-Back) Steam Runabout was built in 1884 by George Bouton and Charles-Armand Trepardoux for French entrepreneur Count de Dion, who named it 'La Marquise' after his mother. 

In 1887, with De Dion at the tiller, it won the world's first ever motor race (it was the only entrant to make the start line!) covering the 32km from the Pont de Neuilly in Paris to Versailles and back in one hour and 14 minutes (an average of 25.9km/h) and, according to contemporary reports, hitting a breathtaking 60km/h on the straights. 

La Marquise has only had four owners, remaining in one family for 81 years, and has been restored twice, once by the Doriol family and again by British collector Tom Moore in the early 1990's. Since then, it has taken part in four London-to-Brighton runs and collected a double gold at the 1997 Pebble Beach 'd'Elegance in California'.




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 - 

by Ron Gush

So I bust my Spittie crankshaft. Trundling along the R72 at a respectable 90km/h. Honestly. Pam was with me.

I heard a rumour that Spitfires have weak cranks. So I googled and asked around. Well, apparently they do give trouble if you persistently rev them above 7000rpm. Google says that the 1500 engine can't be revved like the smaller 1100 and 1300 motors. A reliable buddy in the PE Triumph Club tells me that mine is the only crank he knows about that has broken. Ever. So that puts the rumour to bed. (Was it spread by an MG driver, perhaps?)

And my Spittie is good for 6500rpm!

I got lucky and spotted an ad in the Triumph club newsletter: For sale, a Spitfire Mk3 rusted far beyond restoration. The grass and weeds were growing right through the body when I first saw it. But it had the same series 1300 engine as my car, so I bought it, trailered it home hoping that the crank would be good and that there might be some other useful bits and pieces too. The crank is perfect and there are lots of useful spares. The recycle guys have already taken the rusty scrap away. Happy days!

I was very grateful to the lady who sold the car to me. Her late husband bought it over 15 years ago as a restoration project, and it stood outside in PE for all those years. It was not easy for her to part with it.

New standard bearings and my engine will be good as new!


Above: The Problem and the Solution

I did something completely new, for me, anyway. Mind you, at my age, there aren't many events like this.
How do you get a bush out of a blind hole?

I'd read somewhere that you fill the bush with grease and insert a snug fitting mandrel. Smack the mandrel with a hammer and the hydraulic pressure pops the bush out. I had a mandrel that I'd made for centering the clutch plate so I proceeded as instructed. Wrapped a rag around the assembly because, I suspected, the grease would squirt out, and  get me in the eye. Tapped the mandrel with a hammer and out popped the bush! No squirt, no fuss. I was quite excited!

And finally:

Brummie: I'd like a potato clock please.
Jeweller: I've never heard of one, sir. We sell cuckoo clocks, grandfather clocks, wall clocks, but not potato clocks. Are you sure that's what you need?
Brummie: Definitely. I start a new job tomorrow at nine o'clock, and my wife said, you'd better get a potato clock.

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PO Box 2057, Port Alfred 6170


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