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March 2018



From The Driver's Seat

By Joe Janssens

Our Events Organisers Roger and Rob have inundated us with quite a few events for February and March. By supporting them you will motivate the organisers to prepare more of them. See the “Events Calendar”.

The monthly bring and braai noggin was once again so well attended that we ran out of burgers and sausages.

We encourage members to support this regular event as it generates a well needed revenue for the running of the clubhouse.

The Pre OD Inggs Fun Run was very well attended and followed with a enjoyable picnic under the trees at Cannon Rocks anchor.

Remember to enter the OD Inggs Memorial Rally to make this year’s event a record entries.

The final touches to the completion of the clubhouse are well under way and will be completed before the OD Inggs participants welcome supper.

Members who have received but not paid for Club Shirts are asked to make payment ASAP.




Through The Windscreen

(This is what lies ahead)



For Your Diary

Local Events

Thursday 1 March - from 4pm - Blastech at the Noggin
These guys offer a metal cleaning service in East London. Basically a shot blasting process in water. They had a stall at the George Motor Show. Come and hear more and ask questions. Thanks to Dave Hawkins for inviting them to AVCMC.

Monday 5 March - 5.30pm - Pineapple Cricket Festival
We are invited to drive around the field and display our cars and buy a beer.
Meet at the Club House at 5.30pm

Thursday 8 March - Motoring DVD

Thursday 15 March - NO supper night
Come to the OD welcome supper 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. R50 / head will be charged - towards club funds. 
Please RSVP to Peter Viner 072 825 9258 so as to give an idea of numbers.
Bring your own drinks, plates and cutlery
Members, please bring a few chairs!

Sat/Sun 24 - 25 March - OD Inggs Memorial Run
Starting at 09h30 from Rosehill Mall.
Application forms are available on our web site. 

Saturday 31 March - 9am to noon - AVCMC Museum

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
Meet at the Civic Centre at 11h30 to drive in convoy to Grahamstown.

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

Sunday 29 April - Knysna Motor Show

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

10 - 14 June - Milligan - run by EPVCC - Oudtshoorn area

9 - 11 August - Magnum Rally - Mpumalanga area



Birthday Congratulations


21  Mike Knight
27  Rodger Kaiser
28  Koela Coetzer



The Dashboard

(This is going on right now)




A wise man has something to say.    A fool has to say something.



Club Regaila

Club shirts.

If you have not paid for your shirt, received a while ago, please do so now - to Shirley, call her on 071 675 4570.

Bank Charges

If you deposit cash or a cheque directly to our bank account, please add R50 to cover the bank charges. You can pay cash directly to our Treasurer, Shirley, at no extra cost. But not to the bank. The Club can not afford the bank charges for cash or cheque deposits.



UID - Useful Information Database

by Ron Gush

Find it on our website on the Articles page. 

There are several new entries:

Metal cleaning / restoration service offered in East London by Blastech.
Make your carburetor or other aluminium parts look new again

Lens manufacturer - for plastic tail lights and more

Two (YES TWO) companies offering to manufacture classic car windscreens.



1934 Plymouth 2 door Coupe
Spares Wanted

Windscreen frame and some hub caps

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



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                                                       2/3

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


The Rear View Mirror

(Past Events)



Pre OD Fun Run - Sunday 18 Feb

by Ron Gush

Ten fun runners gathered for the start at Rosehill Mall around 11h30. In alphabetical order:
Austin Westminster - Dave and Daphne McNeill
Fiat 124 - Rob Mears and Jimmy Kamffer
Mercedes Benz 280SL - Joe and Paulette Janssens
MGB GT - Alf Steck and Mercia Kruger
MG Magnette - David and Christian Dicken
Morris 8 - Bill and Shirley Martin
Peugeot 404 - Charles and Myrna Pellew
Rolls Royce - Dave and Delene Hawkins
Triumph Spitfire - Ron and Pam Gush
Something Modern - Mike and Dagmar - friends of McNeills
And a Rover P6 - George Armstrong - organiser

George and Roger Darkes handed out route schedules and we were free to go, in our own time.
It was a pleasant run out to Kenton, a little tour around the houses, then on to Cannon Rocks to finish at the cannon monument. Nobody found "Evven on Erf" in Kenton, because the sign had been removed by builders a day or 2 ago. We found that out on our way home! And snapped this picture:

The mood, as we set up our picnics under the trees, was jovial and we were all deemed to be winners. George did tell us what we should have "scored" and everyone was happy. A very pleasant outing indeed.

Many thanks to George Armstrong and Roger Darkes for organizing it.

The early birds: Charles, Des, Pam, Myrna and Joy

Christian, David and Marge at the start

The Organisers: George and Roger

The sunlight was all wrong for frontal shots so, I'm afraid, this bum shot will have to do. But then our cars look great even from behind

Picnic under the trees at Canon Rocks

Mike, Dagmar, Dave and Daphne showing how a civilised picnic should be done: Table, cloth, wine, knives and forks etc



Croquet and Bowls - Sunday 25 Feb

Cancelled due to the wonderful rains!



In The Boot

(Useful Baggage and Tools for the trip)




Chairman:                                  Joe Janssens       083 235 1101               

& Clubhouse Manager              
Peter Viner           046 624 3552 or 072 825 9258
Events:                                       Roger Darkes       046 624 2874 or 082 373 8181
Secretary / Treasurer:                Shirley Martin       071 675 4570
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 072 825 9258
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 - 2018 George Motor Show 

by Ron Gush

On Friday, driving down to George, there must have been at least 10 classic and muscle cars filling up with petrol and / or coffee at Storms River Bridge. The raw smell of petrol (from leaky carburetors?) and growling engines was wonderful. 

The show was great. Lovely overcast day. Spent the weekend with Pam, Philip and Shirley. Met lots of old friends at the show.

The pre 1930 cars were the highlight of the show. Fifty two of them, 38 being Model T Fords, had taken part in a tour from Wilderness to Oudtshoorn, Meirings Poort and back to George.

Let the pictures tell the story:

Brian Spargs very neat Riley One Point Five.

1907 (yes 111 years old!) Ford Model N

Neville and Sue Koch in their Ford Model A pickup on the drive by

Len Ward, driving this Austin Six said, "It's not a Ferrari and it's not a Rolls Royce. It's just a very nice car!"

1913 Bullnose Morris Oxford

Another immaculate beauty.
It seems that my album is a bit short of the "ordinary" cars of the fifties and sixties. But then, I suppose, that matronly types do not often feature on the centre fold..... We can only dream.

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PO Box 2057, Port Alfred 6170


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