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October 2018



From The Driver's Seat

By Peter Viner

All of us were deeply saddened at the sudden passing of one of our most popular members, Bruce Yendall, earlier this month, aged 84 years. Bruce was a former chairman of our club and was active until the very end; indeed we were due to have attended a bring and braai at his seaside cottage at Riet River on 23rd September.
This photograph of Bruce was taken last month when he took part in the Damant Lodge event – he was driving his beloved Chevrolet which had been recently restored by Graham Samuels – Bruce was so proud of the car following the painstaking restoration by Graham and it was quite fitting that Graham should drive the car to the memorial service held at Clumber Church where his car was parked at the entrance to the church. Over 400 people attended the memorial service – a true reflection of just how popular Bruce was to people from so many walks of life. 17 of our cars were lined up at the church in his honour and I would like to thank those members who were able to attend the service – in particular our members from Grahamstown.
There are so many stories one could tell about Bruce but I think one of my favourites relates to a classic car event at Queenstown that he and Mike Legg took part in – they had a sign on the back of their car which read, “Over 160 year’s experience!” We shall certainly miss Bruce that’s for sure.
On the third Thursday of each month we try to encourage our ladies to join us at our clubroom – this month we enjoyed a great meal prepared by Mercia Kruger with the support of Sue Darkes – my thanks to both of you – we really appreciated the meal! Do try to attend these evenings – we will send out an SMS as a reminder.





Museum and clubhouse

All of our members should be proud of our clubhouse and museum as this is fast becoming a valued tourist attraction and a place where we can relax, chat and plan events to be enjoyed by all our members and friends.

While the building is owned by Dave Hawkins and he has a number of cars and bikes on display, this is not his museum. It belongs to the club and we encourage fellow members who would like to store or display their vehicles to do so. Dave is quite willing to move some of his cars into his other warehouse, as this will have two benefits for the club. Firstly, the monthly rental of R150.00 per vehicle helps the club financially and secondly, it allows us to keep changing the displays.

People will notice that the floor has been painted and a clear plastic ceiling installed in an effort to keep out the dust. By re-arranging the cars, more open spaces have been created. The paraphernalia that collected at the back of the museum is being sorted and the idea is to take some of the better items to car shows or ‘swop meets’ with any proceeds going into the club’s coffers.

We need to constantly expand the memorabilia aspect of the museum and to this end we are looking for volunteers to prepare displays to put up on the walls. Old spanners, badges, number plates and spoked wheels have been put up, but there are hub caps, lamps, horns, and other items that would add to the atmosphere. Anyone willing to spend a few hours preparing one of these displays should contact our Chairman, Peter.

At the recent bin auction, organised by the Kowie Museum, as a fund raiser, Malcolm Christie kindly bought a bin now mounted outside the museum. On behalf of the AVCMC we thank Malcolm for this gesture, notwithstanding the fact that he was coerced into putting up the bid by Dave.

Finally, we need more display information stands. There is wood available we just need someone to make up four new stands as per the existing, except that they may need to be painted instead of being varnished.

A bus load of 60 children from Mdantsane, EL, came to look at the museum, being the schools second visit. This income covered one months electricity usage, hence we should like to see many more schools enjoying a guided tour around our lovely facility.

 Our open days at the end of the month are enjoyed by a few ardent members, who welcome the opportunity to show people around and to talk cars or bikes or whatever.  We urge you to spread the word amongst your friends as so few local people know about our museum or remember when to come and visit. As happened last year we expect to be extremely busy during the Christmas holiday season and will need more fellow members to assist in showing our visitors around. 



For Your Diary

Local Events

Thursday 11 October
- 5 to 8pm - Motoring DVD during the noggin

Thursday 18 October
- Supper Night
A meal will be provided  for a small charge.

The monthly outing for October is yet to be finalised and members will be advised by SMS

The Xmas function will be a bring and braai at Peter Viner's house in late November and the anniversary breakfast will be a bring and braai at Rob Mears' house in January.

16-17 March 2019 OD Inggs - An appeal to all members to enter next year's Inggs.
We have struggled get a decent field for the last few years and would dearly love to have more entrants next year. Please reserve the dates and enter.

Events Further Afield

11 to 14 November 2018 - Fairest Cape Tour.  Entries close 15 October. Please contact Shirley Martin or George Armstrong for more info and entry forms.

9 - 14 June 2019 - 50th Milligan Rally



Birthday Congratulations



Shirley Martin      3 October
George Guest        10 October
Alf Steck       12 October
Hennie Nel       16 October
Pat Schreiber        22 October
Peter Viner      24 October
Mike Legg        30 October



Best Wishes

Dave McNeill has undergone surgery recently and is recovering at home.





The Rear View Mirror

Daphne McNeill  -  An outing with the PE Triumph, MG and Morris Club on 19 August

Twenty-five cars attended this event which started with a visit to the aircraft museum at PE Airport. It was most interesting and well worth visiting with exhibits dating from World War One to today.

Braai fires were then lit. Afterwards, when all were suitably refreshed, an interesting competition was held.
A beer mug was filled (with water of course) and drivers had to complete a slalom course while holding the mug out of the window with one hand and steering the car with the other. Results were calculated by measuring the time taken and the amount of water left in the mug on completion. Easier in a modern car with power steering but not so easy considering the  heavy steering in our  TR4.

All in all a fun day was enjoyed by the participants.





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More engineering history

by George Armstrong

A German engineer called Robert Bosch (presumably the founder of the famous company of that name) invented the magneto in 1897 and so made the first spark ignition engine possible. Before that a system called tube ignition was used. It had been used for many years on stationary engines and was used on early vehicles. A bit of research on Google produced  an explanation as to how it actually worked and, for those interested in such things, here it is.

There was a tube attached to each cylinder, typically about 6 inches long and projecting outwards, sealed on the outer end and at the cylinder joint  but open inside the cylinder. Underneath the tube there was a burning wick of the type found in paraffin lamps which produced a red hot spot in the tube. The whole contraption was enclosed in a sort of chimney and, on more sophisticated designs the flame could be moved along the length of the tube which had the effect of advancing or retarding the ignition. 
Within the cylinder, after the completion of the exhaust stroke, the tube remained full of exhaust gases as these were not cleared out by the action of the piston and were at, more or less, atmospheric pressure. The induction stroke the filled the cylinder with fuel mixture. As the compression stroke  progressed the pressure rose, compressing the exhaust gases in the tube until the fuel mixture reached the red hot spot at which point combustion occurred. Ingenious but I doubt that a precise detonation point was achievable and you had to light the wicks and get the hot spots going before even thinking about starting the engine. Sounds a long way from computerised engine management. 




Roger Darkes has found a supplier of very nice caps, embroidered with our AVCMC logo which we are offering for R100. Exceptionally good value. Numbers are limited.
Place your orders with Shirley Martin.
No cash (or preferably eft) No cap.

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




by Ron Gush

We were standing around my Spitfire the other day discussing this and that. I'd opened the bonnet because, well, that is where classic cars really become interesting. And also, I thought my engine was quite presentable. Not too many oil leaks, for a British car.

I mentioned that I intended to cut the fan diameter down. By about 20mm. Why? Did somebody gasp? Go buy a smaller fan, they are cheap, said another. Well, to answer Why, I thought it would make the car quieter, the fan is too big for the car – it is (now was) only millimetres from fouling the underside of the bonnet, and finally, it might use a bit less fuel. I hope I didn't thrust my jaw out a bit.

How? I thought I'd take the fan out, mount it into some sort of mandrill, fit the contraption to my power drill (clamped in the vise) and attack the spinning fan with an angle grinder. Silence. Then George asked why I would not just start the engine and apply the angle grinder. Silence again. I thought he was joking. (Editor's note - he was)

Well, today was the day. I collected a few tools, opened the bonnet and tried to remove the fan with the radiator in place. I could feel the bolt heads. But no way get a spanner to them. Remove the radiator? – drain it, catch the anti freeze, replace the radiator incorrectly and do it all again? This car is like a Meccano set, there are several bolt holes to choose from and I always choose the wrong holes first. What did George suggest? It was starting to make sense.

I marked the 8 fan blades with a carpenters mitre gauge and cut the ends off with a jig saw. That didn't look too bad. Put a coarse sanding disc on my angle grinder, started the car and left the choke out a bit for a smooth fast idle. Be aware that a slip with the angle grinder will send it through the radiator and my little fan will suddenly be a very expensive little fan. So gently does it. Goggles on. The bits of yellow plastic flew everywhere! When the thrumming was steady, I gauged that all the blades were the same length. Tidied up the ends with a bastard file. The whole job took less than half an hour. I'll open my bonnet again anytime!

And I think it is a bit quieter too.

Thanks George!



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.




Chairman:                                  Peter Viner           046 624 3552 or 072 825 9258
Vice chairman                           
Bill Martin              071 509 0169           
Clubhouse Manager                  Rob Houston        046 624 2530  078 112 5435
Secretary / Treasurer:                Shirley Martin       071 675 4570
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OD Inggs Co-ordinator:             Bill Martin assisted by Peter Viner
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