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
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
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
5 to 8pm - Motoring DVD during the noggin
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.
- 14 June 2019 - 50th Milligan Rally
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
Dave McNeill has undergone surgery recently and is
recovering at home.
The Rear View Mirror
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
All in all a fun day was enjoyed by the participants.
Austin 10, 1934 Chrome Rad for sale.
Restoration project. With majority of the parts. Engine, gearbox
and all body parts present. Priced at R55000. The car can be
viewed in Port Elizabeth. Please contact for more photos and
: Collectable Citroens and Peugeots
All enquires to be
directed to John Pringle. Vehicles are in East London. All
offers will be considered. His contact details are:-
Cell Phone : 082 718 5870, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Citroen GS Station Wagon – Reasonable
Peugeot 403 Sedan – Good running
condition with spares:
Peugeot Station Wagon (Project
Citroen ID 19 2nd
owner. Sought after car with spares: R75000-00
D23 Pallas: Rust needs attention. Any
offer considered. 2/3
A DVD of the DSTV
programme an MG is Born.
Contact Ian Storer 072 727 7382 or 046 624
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
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
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.