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February 2018



From The Driver's Seat

By Joe Janssens

Yes 2017 is something of the past and we are well into January 2018. I trust that you all had a great festive season.

We started the year with our 14th Club Anniversary Lunch which was once again kindly hosted by Maggie and Rob Mears. It was very well attended and most enjoyable.

Arrangements for various events for this year have started. We are endeavouring to keep all the events interesting.

Thank you to Daphne and Pam for their interesting talk for Beginner Navigators.

Sadly Sigrid Drews passed away on the 1st January.




Through The Windscreen

(This is what lies ahead)



For Your Diary

Local Events

Thursday 8 February - Motoring DVD

Thursday 15 February -
5 to 8pm - Supper Night
Hamburgers and / or hot dogs will be on sale.

Sunday 18 Feb - 11h00 - Pre OD Fun Run
Meet at Rosehill Mall parking area. Brush up your rally skills. End with a picnic somewhere - bring your own stuff.

Saturday 24 February - 9am to noon - AVCMC Museum

Sunday 25 February - 12 noon - Croquet / Bowls

At the Port Alfred Bowls club. Pay R20 / person green fees. Please buy all drinks from the club bar. Bring and braai lunch.

Thursday 15 March - NO supper night
Come to the OD welcome braai next Friday

Friday 23 March - 6 pm - Welcome to OD Inggs participants
All welcome at the Club House - in Alfred Rd, Port Alfred, next to The Red Leaf Nursery (visitors please note that the Club House has moved!)
Lasagne and salads will be provided. Donations towards club funds will be welcome. 
Please RSVP to Peter Viner 082 831 5769 so as to give an idea of numbers.
Bring your own drinks, plates and cutlery

Sat/Sun 24 - 25 March - OD Inggs Memorial Run
Application forms will be available shortly. 

Saturday 7 April - Bathurst Agricultural Show
Display your old car. Drive around, hoot at your buddies

Sunday 22 April - Picnic On The Lawn, at Norbert Drager's home in Grahamstown
Note the date - not Saturday as previously diarised.

Sunday 10 June - Bonnets Up
Diarise the date, but be a bit flexible as it might change. The event will count towards the Restoration of the Year.

Events Further Afield

Sat/Sun 10 - 11 February - George Old Car Show

Sunday 29 April - Knysna Motor Show

7 -10 May - SAVVA 50th Anniversary Tour - Houw Hoek

11 - 14 June - Milligan



Birthday Congratulations


6  Hazel Schreiber
11  Carel Buchner
25  Tersia Wienand
25  Matthew Gouws



The Dashboard

(This is going on right now)




We are deeply saddened to report that Sigrid Drews passed away on 1 January after a long illness. Sigrid was our oldest member and was very active in the club until a few months ago. Sigrid is remembered as a remarkable lady. She will be missed.


1934 Plymouth 2 door Coupe
Spares Wanted

Windscreen frame and some hub caps

Contact Cyril Adkins, Bethlehem, Free State, cell 0836051546                        2/3
 or email



1949 Singer Roadster - Restoration Project

Almost all parts are included. Motor complete with spare gearbox. Some woodwork needs to be re-done, plus all wiring and upholstery. Lovely project for old car enthusiast. R50 000.00
Tel: Dave Hawkins 082 453 2618
Eastern Cape                                                         1/3

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



1937 Morris 8 For Sale

The car is complete and running.
Comes with a spare engine, gearbox and a trunk full of spares.
No papers.  R70 000

Contact Joe Janssens 083 235 1101                                                       1/3



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                               3/3



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      3/3



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. Roger Darkes still has 2 medium and 1 large shirts for sale. Contact him on 046 624 2874 and pay R260 each. 
If you have not paid for your shirt, received a while ago, please do so now - to Shirley Martin, call her on 071 675 4570.



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 bits 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         3/3



The Rear View Mirror

(Past Events)



Club Anniversary Brunch - Saturday 13 January

by Ron Gush. Pictures by Rob Wallis

47 members and guests pitched up for the 14th annual brunch hosted by Rob and Maggie Mears at their home in Bathurst. It was a peachy day for an outing in the old cars.

It was a "bring your own drinks" event and the food was outstanding and plentiful. 

Joe welcomed everyone and ran through a list of the club highlights during the past year:

1) The clubhouse moved from the late Don and Pat Lee's home to our new premises in the Museum at Hawkins Industrial Park

2) The OD Inggs Memorial Run was well supported with 25 entries

3) Name badges were procured for club members and spouses

4) Club shirts were sourced and samples acquired for members to order

In memory: Eden Bradfield and Sigrid Drews passed away and were sadly remembered as stalwart members.

Daphne McNeill thanked the committee for all of their hard work during the past year.

Joe thanked all members who had helped in the running of the club over the past year. In particular he thanked Rob and Maggie for hosting this brunch and for those who organised the event and contributed food.

Yvonne and Bruce Yendall

Des Hill and Charles Pellew


Left: Joe Janssens welcoming all.                       Right: The feast



In The Boot

(Useful Baggage and Tools for the trip)



Three little boys were comparing how far back they could remember.
One said he could remember being in nappies at age 2.
The second said he could remember cutting his first tooth before he was one.
The third said he could remember going on a picnic with his father and coming home with his mother.



Knight Sleeve Valve Engine

by Ron Gush

My brother-in-law, Philip (who has participated in an OD Inggs rally and is thus known to some of you), told me about a car running around in Cape Town fitted with this type of engine. I was intrigued. My late father once mentioned how quiet these engines were. Philip gave me a photocopy of the cutaway engine but it was difficult to follow the sequence of it's 2 concentric mobile sleeves cranked by a "cam" shaft. The piston runs in the inner mobile sleeve....

So I googled and found this picture. Also very confusing:


So I googled some more and found this animation of the engine: Click here to watch the working demo model.

There is a cutaway model of this engine in the Crankhandle Clubhouse, that you can crank and view it's operation. Fascinating stuff indeed.



Picture copied from an article titled "Early Motoring in the Cape" in the Cape Odyssey Feb/March 2006:

What is it about this picture that makes me think that I am not driving my Ten to its full potential? Look closely to see the driver leaning well into the passenger seat - no doubt mindful that this car has a mere 3 foot 9 inch track. Awesome picture! Ron




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 - 

sent in by Jen Hume

My wife just stopped and said, "You weren't even listening were you?"
I thought.... "that's a pretty weird way to start a conversation."

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PO Box 2057, Port Alfred 6170


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