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December 2018 / January 2019



From The Driver's Seat

By Peter Viner

Yet another month is drawing to a close and the end of the year is in sight – the older I get the faster the time appears to go. It feels like it was just 2 weeks ago when I was in Lusaka writing this opening part of Fanmail but Jackie assures me that it was 4 weeks ago and a lot has happened since then.
We had an early celebration of Christmas by way of a Bring and Braai at our house and it was very well attended with 45 people taking part – the bottom half of our garden has never seen so many cars. We had 3 Webers burning away with 7 tables set out to seat everyone. I only had one minor complaint and that was from Christiane who called round to the house 2 days later and asked what was in the punch – she had a headache for 24 hours following the Bring and Braai which she blamed on the Pimms I had served up. Confession time – it proved so popular that the 2 bottles I had purchased were fast running out so I ‘watered’ down the second bottle of Pimms with some gin! It certainly got the celebrations off to a fine start. A big, big thank you to all those who helped with the salads and puddings – especially to Paulette who despite being unable to attend insisted on providing cheese and biscuits. The support was not just from the ladies either – Roger Darkes produced an excellent trifle and George Armstrong produced two cheesecakes – both vanished before I could get to either. Hidden talents!
December is generally a quiet month for our club and this year is no different – our clubroom will be open for the usual Noggin on the first 2 Thursdays in December and then we will resume activities in January. Ron and Maggie Mears have once again kindly offered to host the anniversary get-together at their house and I would urge you to try to be there – it’s one of the highlights of our year and is always well supported. Full details of our immediate programme are below.
On behalf of the committee I would like to wish you all a great Christmas, enjoy yourselves and have a wonderful, prosperous and above all, healthy 2019




For Your Diary

Please note that the last noggin for the year will be on Thursday 13 Dec and that the club will be closed until the first noggin of the new year on 10 Jan 2019.

Local Events

Saturday 12 Jan 2019
- Anniversary brunch at Rob and Maggie Mears in Bathurst
  Meet at Civic Centre at 11 am

Sunday 24 February 2019
Bring and braai at Lloyd Timm's cottage at Riet River
 Meet at Civic Centre at 11 am

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

9 / 10 February 2019
George Old Car Show

9 - 14 June 2019
50th Milligan Rally

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




Birthday Congratulations

December / January

                                Keith Schroeder                                    4 Dec
                                Rob Mears                                            27 Dec
                                Steve Harris                                          2 Jan
                                Ian Hattingh                                          5 Jan
                                Rob Wallis                                            11 Jan
                                Pam Gush                                            20 Jan
                                Fred Pittaway                                       22 Jan
                                Rob Houston                                        25 Jan
                                Hugo Nel                                              26 Jan





The Rear View Mirror


Ian Storer came across this interesting story of a man in the United States 

Mr. Allen Swift:  Born - 1908 - Died  2010
This man owned and drove the same car for 82 years.

Can you imagine even having the same car for 82 years?
Mr. Allen Swift ( Springfield , Massachusetts ) received this 1928 Rolls-Royce Roadster from his father,
brand new - as a graduation gift in 1928.
He drove it up until his death in 2009... At the age of 102.
He was the oldest living owner of a car that was purchased new.                                                                                                
It was donated to a Springfield museum after his death.
It has 1,070,000 miles on it, still runs like a Swiss watch, dead silent at any speed and is in perfect cosmetic condition.
82 years - That's approximately 13,048 miles per year (1087 per month).

1,070,000 that's miles not kilometres.
That's British engineering of a bygone era. 
I don't think they make them like this anymore..







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



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                                                                              2/3



 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"                                                                                         2/3                                                     




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.



Technical Stuff

Useful information on tyre markings

1. P
indicates that the tyre is for passenger use.
2. The width of the tyre from sidewall edge to sidewall edge in millimeters.
3. The aspect ratio, also known as profile, gives the sidewall height as a percentage of the tread width. If the tread width is 205 mm, and the aspect ratio is 50, the sidewall height is102 mm.
4. R indicates that the tyre is of Radial ply construction.
5. The diameter of the wheel rim given in inches.
6. The load index for the tyre. This index is not always shown.
7. The speed rating denotes the maximum speed at which the tyre should be used for extended periods. †
8. Tyre manufacturing standard information, which can be used for tyre recalls and other checking processes. Most of this information relates to the manufacturer, place of manufacture etc. The last four numbers are the date of manufacture. For example, if the number was 3116, the tyre was made in the 31st week of 2016.
9. M+S or M/S indicates that the tyre has been designed with some capability for mud and snow.
10. The number of plies in both the tread area, and the sidewall area, indicates how many layers of rubber coated material make up the structure of the tyre. Information is also provided on the type of materials used.
11. Wear rate indicator. A tyre rated at 400 for example, will last twice as long as a tyre rated at 200.
12. The traction rating grades a tyre's performance when stopping on a wet road surface. The higher the grade the better the braking performance. The grades from highest to lowest are, AA, A, B, and C.
13. The maximum load which can be carried by the tyre.
14. Heat resistance grading. The tyres resistance to heat is grade A, B, or C, with A indicating the greatest resistance to heat.
This grading is provided for a correctly inflated tyre, which is being used within its speed and loading limits.
15. The maximum inflation pressure for the tyre. This pressure should not be used for normal driving.
† Speed ratings
Rating Speed mph / kph




Given the excessive number of years that most of us have logged, the following will strike a chord.

A group of pensioners (probably AVCMC members) were discussing their medical problems at the Day Centre coffee morning.

'Do you realise,' said one, 'My arm is so weak I can hardly hold this coffee cup.'

'Yes, I know.' replied the second, 'My cataracts are so bad I can't see to pour the coffee.'

'I can't turn my head,' rejoined the third, 'because of the arthritis in my neck.'

'My blood pressure pills make my dizzy,' commented the fourth, adding, 'I guess that's the price we pay for getting old.'

'Well, it's not all bad.' piped up the first, 'We should be thankful that we can still drive.'





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
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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
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