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.
12 Jan 2019
- Anniversary brunch at Rob and Maggie Mears in Bathurst
Meet at Civic Centre at 11 am
24 February 2019
Bring and braai at Lloyd Timm's cottage at Riet River
Meet at Civic Centre at 11 am
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
- 14 June 2019
50th Milligan Rally
- 18 August 2019
Magnum Rally in Mpumalanga. Open to vehicles built before 1998
December / January
The Rear View Mirror
came across this interesting story of a man in the United
Swift: Born - 1908 - Died 2010
This man owned
and drove the same car for 82 years.
imagine even having the same car for 82 years?
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.
1,070,000 miles on it, still runs like a Swiss watch,
dead silent at any speed and is in perfect cosmetic
82 years -
That's approximately 13,048 miles per year (1087 per
that's miles not kilometres.
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
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
as these spares must be valuable to some body who is looking for
Harold Allen 083 320 7341
For Sale - Ford A Sport Roadster,
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
I could make available a multiple
picture folder through "Google Drive"
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.
Sports Car Insurance Placements
Drive Classic Cars”
insure them with Great Care.
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
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
If you pay by EFT or bank deposit, please remember to reference your
payment with your name.
information on tyre markings
P indicates that the tyre
is for passenger use.
The width of the tyre from sidewall
edge to sidewall edge in millimeters.
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.
R indicates that the tyre is of Radial
The diameter of the wheel rim given in
The load index for the tyre. This
index is not always shown.
The speed rating denotes the maximum
speed at which the tyre should be used for extended periods. †
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.
M+S or M/S
indicates that the tyre has been
designed with some capability for mud and snow.
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.
Wear rate indicator. A tyre rated at
400 for example, will last twice as long as a tyre rated at 200.
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.
The maximum load which can be carried
by the tyre.
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.
The maximum inflation pressure for the
tyre. This pressure should not be used for normal driving.
Speed mph / kph
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
'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
'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.
046 624 3552 or 072 825 9258
Rob Houston 046
624 2530 078 112 5435
Secretary / Treasurer:
071 675 4570
046 622 6282 or 072 765 6448
Armstrong 072 347 0924
046 624 2639 083 265 8381
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
(contact via George Armstrong for web content)