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November 2018



From The Driver's Seat

By Peter Viner

Jackie and I set out from Port Alfred on Sunday 14th October on a long road trip to Zambia to see our eldest son who is currently living in Lusaka with his family. We arrived in Lusaka on Monday 22nd having spent 3 nights in Chobe and 2 nights in Livingstone with a total journey of 2,900 kilometres. We start the long journey back home on Monday!

In last month’s Fanmail we mentioned the pre-Christmas Bring and Braai to be held at our house in November - little did we know at the time that the date clashed with the Vintage Motor Racing event to be held in East London so our event will be held on Sunday 18th November instead. Please make a note in your diaries!

Our monthly supper evening was once again a great success - a special thank you to Paulette for supporting us in this way! We really appreciate it.

Bettine Hattingh is making good progress in her recovery from the stroke she suffered - she has taken her first few steps albeit with the aid of a walker and we all wish her continued progress. Dave MacNeil is also making good progress in his recovery from major open heart surgery - we all wish you well Dave!




For Your Diary

Local Events

Thursday 8 November
- 5 to 8pm - Motoring DVD during the noggin

Sunday 18 November
Xmas lunch - Bring and braai at Peter Viner's house

Sat 12 January 2019
Anniversary breakfast at Rob Mears' house

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

14 - 18 August 2019
Magnum Rally in Mpumalanga. Open to vehicles built before 1998




 Historic Grand Prix Festival

 25th November 2018 to 2nd December 2018.
This event will kick-off with 30’s era Grand Prix cars racing at the East London GP Circuit on Sunday 25th November and end off with a Garden Party with display & demo at the Val de Vie Estate in Franschoek.

Over twenty cars will be present including Rileys, Bugattis, Alfa Romeo Tipo BP3, Aston Martin Ulster, and MGs, including the very car driven by Dick Seaman in the 1934 event. Of particular interest to us is a Riley driven in the 1930's by Buller Meyer, grandfather of Colin Meyer who will drive it at this event. Colin, although not a member of our club, is well known to us as the frequent winner of our OD Inggs event.

Tickets to the East London event ar priced at R250-00. Details are available on

Pictured below is the Riley with Colin's grandfather at the wheel.



New members

Full member - Brian White
Associate members - Helen Engelbrecht
                                   Maggie Mears



Birthday Congratulations


                               Daan de Lange                       4 November
                               Schalk van der Merwe           9 November
                               Margaret Buchner                 11 November
                               David Pohl                             11 November
                               Vivian Jordan                         13 November
                               Charles Pellew                       30 November




Best Wishes

Charles Pellew has undergone surgery on his shoulder. He is fairly immobile at present but should be in working order within a month or so.





The Rear View Mirror

Quite far back in the mirror this month. Norbert Drager describes a very interesting event in which he participated in 2000 in Tuscany, Italy.


Clockwise from top left
Stirling Moss driving a Mercedes,
Norbert on the Grossglockner Pass
Porsche Spyder
Cooling the Mercedes 300SL



For Sale                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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 information.

Russell Moore 

0828108704                                   3/3


For Sale :  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
1972 Citroen GS Station Wagon – Reasonable condition: R20000-00
1958 Peugeot 403 Sedan – Good running condition with spares: R60000-00
1960 Peugeot Station Wagon (Project vehicle): R20000-00
1958 Citroen ID 19  2nd owner. Sought after car with spares: R75000-00
Citroen D23 Pallas: Rust needs attention. Any offer considered.         3/3




A DVD of the DSTV programme an MG is Born.
Contact Ian Storer    072 727 7382 or 046 624 1836                                        2/3



Old Ford spares - possibly Model T

Complete speedometer (oval) in working condition and very nice
Dim and bright switch (oval) also in working condition 
Gear box parts - gear selector 
                        - idler gear etc etc ,all wrapped up 
Set of headlights complete !
Being an Old car enthusiast I thought of contacting your good selves 
as these spares must be valuable to some body who is looking for them .
Harold Allen  083 320 7341                                                                              1/3



 For Sale - Ford A Sport Roadster, October 1931:

This is a rare model A, developed and built by Ford Canada. To my knowledge only a few cars of this type are running in SA.

Most striking features: Folding windshield, 2 spare wheels in front fenders, full bumper at rear end.

Good running condition. Goes with spares,tools, small hydraulic workshop crane, motor stand, and many more items.

R 290.000 ono. If anyone is interested, please contact me under my
E-Mail <> I could make available a multiple
picture folder through "Google Drive"                                                                                          1/3                                                     




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.

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



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.



Given the excessive number of years that most of us have logged, the following will strike a chord.
As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his cellphone rang. Answering, he heard his wife's voice urgently warning him, "Herman, I just heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way on the N2 highway. Please be careful!"
"Hell," said Herman, "It's not just one car. It's hundreds of them!"





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
Grahamstown Rep:                    Norbert Drager     046 622 6282 or 072 765 6448
Fanmail Editor:                          
George Armstrong 072 347 0924
Events                                       Alf Steck              046 624 2639  083 265 8381
Members:                                   Keith Schroeder   046 624 4114 or 082 412 3378   and    Joe Janssens       083 235 1101  
OD Inggs Co-ordinator:             Bill Martin assisted by Peter Viner
Other portfolio holders: 

SAVVA rep and Vehicle Dating:  Dave Hawkins     046 624 2214 or 082 453 2618
Webmaster:                                John Austin-Williams
                                                   (contact via George Armstrong for web content)

Our contact details are:
PO Box 2057, Port Alfred 6170


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