AVCMC  FanMail

May 2018



From The Driver's Seat

By Joe Janssens

The annual Bathurst Agricultural Show attracts an important number of visitors both local and from outlying areas. This is the main event that gives us the opportunity to show-off our classics. A meagre 11 cars were on show. The bad condition of the road was the reason for the East London Mercedes Benz Club members, who promised to join us, to pull out.

Last week’s picnic at Norbert Drager’s home was well attended by our local as well as numerous Grahamstown members. Many thanks to Norbert for organising this.

Our event organising members put in a lot of effort in planning these shows and other outings. I once again appeal to all our members to show them that we appreciate their efforts by attending those events in great numbers. Your suggestions are also needed. Some of the future events which are planned are another bowling day, the Bathurst Country Affaire, Bonnets UP…

Congratulations to Peter Viner who completed the restoration of his 1946 Wolseley. Well done.

Ron Gush has under taken to update the members car register, let's help him to complete this task by supplying him with the info required.




Through The Windscreen

(This is what lies ahead)



For Your Diary

Local Events

Thursday 3 May - 5 to 8pm - Supper at the noggin
Food will be sold on the first Thursday of each month
It might be hot dogs or hamburgers.

Thursday 10 May - 5 to 8pm - Motoring DVD during the noggin

Thursday 17 May - 5 to 8pm - Supper Night
Lasagne supper will be offered at R30 / head at 6pm.
Please bring your own plates and cutlery.

Saturday 26 May - 9am to noon - AVCMC Museum

May - Bowls / Croquet
Watch your phone - details will follow by SMS

Sunday 10 June - Bonnets Up
Diarise the date. The event will count towards the Restoration of the Year.
See the Criteria below

Thursday 19 July - AGM and Supper Night
Nominations for committee members are called for. See the note below

Saturday 11 August - Bathurst Country Affaire

Events Further Afield

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

8 - 11 August - Magnum Rally - Mpumalanga area
This will be the SAVVA National Rally - the 50th anniversary.



Birthday Congratulations


1  Gerda Kartenberg
18  Bruce Yendall
22  George Galbraith
24  Neville Koch
27  Mike Webber
29  Daphne McNeill



Nominations For Committee - AGM on Thursday 19 July

Please consider possible candidates.

The following committee members will be standing down and are not available for re-election:
Ron Gush, Rob Wallis and Keith Schroeder

Standing down but available for re-election are:   
Shirley Martin and Joe Janssens (from Chairman but available as a committee member).

Standing for re-election: 
Norbert Drager, Peter Viner and Roger Darkes.  

Edits / writes the newsletter. The job does require a little computer savvy. Guidance will be given in the use of MailChimp, but the new scribe might choose a different format. 
(As agreed at the last AGM, it is time for me to step down. The Club needs fresh ideas and I'm running on empty. It has been a fun portfolio which I have enjoyed for nearly 7 years. Long enough! Many thanks to past committees and all those who have supplied articles and photos, covered events and generally made the FanMail editors job a pleasure. Ron)



Restoration of the Year Criteria


Restoration has to be completed AFTER July the previous year and BEFORE the Bonnets Up of the present year.

The car or motorcycle must be on display at the Bonnets-Up venue.

The vehicle must be kept as original as possible for that period. If a Ford product has a pre-cross flow engine, the restorer must stick to it.

Wheels and other accessories must also stick to the period.

Is it a “Nuts and Bolts” restoration or a partial restoration like a re-spray or a good clean-up?

Photographs of the vehicle’s progress must be produced.

The vehicle must be licensed.

50% of the work done has to be personal hands-on.

The Chairman’s Committee has final say in choosing the Restoration of the Year winner.



The Dashboard

(This is going on right now)




"Here with whitened hair, he drank to Life, to all it had been, to what it would be."
Sean O'Casey



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.

If you pay by EFT or bank deposit, please remember to reference your payment with your name.



MGB GT For Sale

 Contact Ricky Cooper at
 Asking R65 000. Thought to be a 1972 model                                                         1/3


The Rear View Mirror

(Past Events)



Bathurst Agricultural Show - Saturday 7 April

by David Dicken

Good weather for a 9.30 a.m. start from the Club House car park.

Eventually 13 cars were assembled in the designated area. A fair amount of interest was shown in our static display, and the procession of cars certainly sparked a lively response from the young and old as we drove through the show ground both before and after lunch. The Morgan Roadstar attracted a lot of interest and the owner, Charles Castle, gave a very knowledgeable account of its history, albeit a recent 2005 model.

The Bathurst Show certainly demonstrates the real depth and expertise of South African agriculture and related industries and was well supported by an appreciative public.

Certain Club members were waylaid by the delights of the "Pig and Whitsle" on the return journey. A good outgoing for the faithful few !

(Many thanks to David and Christiane for covering this event in my absence. Ron)



Picnic at Norbert Dragers Home, Grahamstown - Sunday 22 April

by Ron Gush

8 cars assembled at the Civic Centre for departure at 11h30. A few more must have caught up with the convoy on the way to Grahamstown. Bill and Shirley led the way in their Morris Eight and that made it a very enjoyable trundle - the tar road from Blaaukrantz to Stones Hill is very rough and broken up. We won't speak about the pot holes in Grahamstown save to say that the Port Alfred residents must now think quite highly of Ndlambe.

On arrival at 6 St Aidans Avenue we were directed to a vacant plot some 20 metres further on where we parked. Norbert had very kindly employed his gardener to look after our cars for the day. Already parked there were 4 Grahamstown cars:

MG TC belonging to Peter Benyon
MG TC belonging to George Euvrard - Norberts neighbour
Citroen Light Fifteen belonging to Graham Samuel
Toyota Corolla (1986 model so it counts) which Neville and Sue Koch have owned from new.
And some modern cars too.

It was a perfect day for a picnic in Norbert's beautiful garden and verandah. Norbert supplied several platters of snacks which were devoured hungrily by the intrepid travelers from the coast. It was great to re-connect with members from Grahamstown as well as visitors and the party soon settled into groups on the lawn and the long verandah.

Later Norbert took some of us round to Johan Nel's home to see his collection of vintage fuel and oil pumps, spark plugs, bumper badges, fire extinguishers, air pressure gauges and hand tyre pumps. All beautifully displayed and all restored to working order. A truly amazing collection of motoring memorabilia.

Other members visited Graham Samuel's home where he is restoring a car for Bruce Yendall.

Many thanks to Norbert for arranging the visit and for preparing and opening his home to receive the 35 or so guests that were present. It was a most enjoyable outing.

Neville Koch, Peter Benyon, Graham Samuel and Daphne McNeill.

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In The Boot

(Useful Baggage and Tools for the trip. And some accumulated junk)



SAVVA Technical Tip No 131 – Over fuelling (part2)

As discussed previously, over fuelling appears to be a common problem with many early cars, especially where replacement or more modern fuel pumps and/or carburettors have been fitted. 

Recently we had two examples: 

Firstly, a chap had a piston which was badly scored and he was wondering what caused it. 

We have a suspicion the problem was with the carburettor which was seriously over fuelling and basically washing the oil off the piston. Could this be more prevalent with the older long stroke engines?

Secondly, another club member had recently purchased a very early Chrysler 6 and was complaining about its poor fuel consumption, something like 30 litres 100 kilos. Looking at his car we found it was fitted with a later model Ball & Ball carb with an adjustable main jet which was wide open. Where and when possible one should use an exhaust analyser to set these carbs up properly. The danger is not only the high fuel consumption, but the damage to the pistons and the dilution of the oil through over fuelling. 

Another problem with early carbs is the needle and seat. Often more modern fuel pumps, even electric ones are fitted that run at a higher pressure than the originals. We also tend to set the float level whilst the car is standing still or idling, however, once on the road with road vibrations a higher pressure fuel pump tends to push the fuel passed the needle and seat allowing copious amounts of fuel into the fuel bowl. This could be the cause of serious over fuelling.

In the US it is common practise to fit a fuel line pressure regulator between the pump and carburettor especially when an older carb is used with a modern electric pump. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find a local source of these regulators and they are expensive to import. Can anyone help with a supplier?



Mission Impossible

Sent in byJoe Janssens

An 80-year-old man is having his annual check-up. The doctor asks him how he's feeling. "I've never been better!" he replies. "I've got an 18-year-old bride who's pregnant and having my child! What do you think about that?" The doctor considers this for a moment, then says, "Well, let me tell you a story. I know a guy who's an avid hunter. He never misses a season. But one day he's in a bit of a hurry and he accidentally grabs his umbrella instead of his gun. "So, he's in the woods, and suddenly a grizzly bear appears in front of him! He raises up his umbrella, points it at the bear, and squeezes the handle. The bear drops dead in front of him."
"That's impossible! Someone else must have shot that bear" says the old man. 



Diesel car polish

by Ron Gush

Some of you might know of the difficulty I've had polishing my 1934 Austin. Some parts polish up very nicely using modern liquid car polish. But there are some maroon areas which always end up with a whitish haze, which no amount of buffing will remove. No one seemed to have an answer / solution. Until now.

Last December I got chatting to an guy in Alexandria. Regrettably I never caught his name. The car was there and the subject of "whitening car polish" came up. He looked at it and said, "Meneer" (Sir - this was all in Afrikaans) you probably won't believe me, but try this. I said, I'm listening. He said that old car paint is oil based and you need to feed it. Try using a thin oil, like diesel. I was still listening. He said: Wash the car normally, dry it and then wipe it down with a cloth soaked lightly in diesel. Leave it overnight and then wash it again with Sunlight liquid solution, rinse and dry. You will be amazed. He went on, perhaps I was looking skeptical, to say that modern polish takes some paint off - the cloth comes away with some colour from the paint. I agreed, it does. With diesel it won't, he said. I agreed to try a small patch. He had worked for a panel beater for over 20 years, he said, and that was where he learned the trick. We chatted some more then I had to go.

Well, I did try a smallish patch and it looked good. No colour came off on the cloth.

Now I have done the whole car and it looks stunning! I didn't use Sunlight soap. This was my procedure:

Wash 'n dry
Wipe with diesel - all paint and chrome, not rubber components. (There is no plastic on that car)
Leave it for an hour or two - 50ppm diesel is not smelly and evaporates slowly.
Wipe down with a damp cloth soaked in car wash solution. (The surfaces remained faintly streaky)
Next day, lightly buff with a dry micro-fibre cloth.
Amazing result! (And far less effort than car polish)

Then I had to polish the wire wheels because they looked so dull!




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.



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