August - Durban Early Car Club
DURBAN EARLY CAR CLUB COMMITTEE
PRESIDENT ... Ken Tilly
(h) 031 8112967
(c) 083 7835752
(h) 031 7652556
(c) 083 3517284
VICE-CHAIRMAN... Jack Kalil
(h) 031 5621395
(c) 083 4579852
SECRETARY... Elsabe Nell
(h) 031 4640030
(c) 083 7946400
TREASURER... Nita Ryan
(b) 031 7024817
(c) 084 5051525
NEWSLETTER... RIchard & Shirley Palmer(h) 031 2668058
(c) 082 4002377
(c) 083 236 4492
EVENTS... Steve & Elsabe Nell
DATING OFFICER... Peter Gillitt
(h) 031 4640030
(c) 083 6920682
SAVVA REP... Ken Tilly
(h) 031 8112967
(c) 083 7835752
(h) 031 7656176
BANKING DETAILS DECC - ABSA
BANK ACCOUNT NO. 4048096534
Branch No. 505626 Pinetown
All correspondence to be addressed to: The Secretary, Durban Early Car
Club P.O. Box 183 - SARNIA 3615
BANKING DETAILS DECC PROWL ONLYABSA BANK ACCOUNT NO. 4080276497
Branch No. 505626 Pinetown
The opinions in this newsletter are not necessarily those of the Early Car Club, it’s members or the editor.
I can hardly believe that here we are, already in August, and the
excitement is mounting for our annual Prowl. A lot has been planned
and we are praying for better weather than last year when we were
all held up in the snow. I think last year’s Prowl will be the most
remembered of all with all the snow drama and road blocks etc.
which nearly caused it to be cancelled, and then, it turned out to be
one of the best ever! PLEASE don’t forget, all prowlers, we need
your indemnities and driver and medical info handed in BEFORE we
leave, so please get cracking and get all that stuff filled in now and
have it ready to avoid delays. These are SAVVA requirements. Many
thanks to all those who have contributed with prizes and assisted with
extra items . This all adds to the whole atmosphere and excitement
of the Prowl. Please check your cars and carry a fire extinguisher.
Ken, our President, is still trying to get a flight back, so I hope he
makes it in time!
Finally, the Scottburgh car show is already behind us and went down
very well. Well done to Peter Fielding for organizing such a good
event which is growing every year. This one was without a doubt, the
biggest and best so far. DECC had a good turnout. The date of this
event also did not clash with any other club activities this time, so it
opened it up for greater participation for all. I have featured some
photos in this edition.
Hi Guys, it would appear that a good AGM was had by one and all
and lovely to see the committee has some new members aboard.
Congrats to all of you. I’m sure you will all do a wonderful job and
hope you stay on the committee for many years. Once again,
Well Eileen and I are still in the U.K. and having a lovely time visiting
car museums, old country houses and friends and relatives. We
went up to the Peak District last week via Chesterfield, which is a
town just past Sheffield and the focal point is the church spire that
is twisted through about 45 deg. But is still fairly upright and it is
thought that the reason for the twist is the 600 ton weight of LEAD
tiles being supported by wooden timbers that were still green when
the spire was erected sometime in the 18th century. Fascinating.
We stopped in at a little town called Matlock and they have a cable
car going from the outskirts of the town then across the town centre
and the river and up to the top of a fair sized hill. Lot’s to see and do
there as well because it used to be a lead mine. Then it was back to
Birmingham to drop off Eileen with our friend Olive where E is going
to look after her for a while as she is not well at all. She has been
suffering with flu since just after we arrived and as she is 84 and as
her and E.T. have been friends for over 40 years it was decided that
Harvey will care for her until she is better as her daughter works
from 6.30 to 6.30 every day.
Anyway, enough of that. Today I had lunch with a friend from SA,
that is over here promoting Rovos Rail, which is claimed to be the
world’s most luxurious railway. I asked if they did tours of the main
terminus and was advised that it could be arranged if we had enough
members interested. All we have to do is make up a group, find
some accommodation in or near Pretoria, send him our proposed
dates and he would set it up. Check out the website on Google
under Rovos Rail and let me know what you think. A lot of people
are donating their late partners’ memorabilia to them so a lovely
museum is building up aswell. As much as I have tried I have been
unable to visit the Haynes Museum down in the bottom left hand
corner of England. I was actually on the way there one day but
exited left to the Aviation Museum on the way and then the Sammy
Miller Motorcycle Museum. I even met Sammy Miller himself when
he was outside his workshop and running up a twin cylinder bike
the make of which I couldn’t see as it had no petrol tank fitted,
only a bottle of petrol. He was revving it up to about 12,000 by the
sound of it. That was an education in itself and I spent so much time
wandering in and out, and in and out again, there that there was no
way I was going to get to Haynes Museum as well that day. Oh well,
next time maybe? Sorry Barbs!
On the way back to my son’s house I also stopped off in Gosport
where they had a Submarine Museum where I went on the last
of the WW II subs and had a guided tour by the chap who was a
chef on the same boat so he could show us his own bunk, kitchen
etc. Unreal. I also took the family down to Portsmouth to see the
remains of the Mary Rose, King Henry VIII’s personal warship, that
sank in about 1560 and was only raised about 450 years later and
has been preserved in the condition that it would have been in when
it sank. It wasn’t damaged at all because it just capsized due to the
terrific weight of the upper deck cannons when it tried to turn around
and it lay on it’s side sinking deeper and deeper into the mud that
preserved it for all those years so only one side of the ship remains.
Looks like you all enjoyed the Emoyeni, Scottburgh Classic Car
Show and Vryheid Car Show events. Next up is the Heritage Prowl
and as I now have an air ticket for July 29th I can rest easy that I
know I will be there. All the best until then.
SOUTH AFRICAN ADVERTS
THE SCOTTBURGH RUN DOWN THE SOUTH COAST
A BLESSING IN
The run down the south coast on Sunday 21st July to the Scottburgh
car show began with a bit of a damper, when Peter and Alison’s
magnificent Studebaker Daytona had a fanbelt problem. On closer
inspection we noticed that the front part of the pulley on the alternator
had completely sheered off! This was a freak incident that I must admit
I had never seen before and took everyone by surprise. The car could
not be driven as the belt drives the waterpump and the alternator. Sadly,
it was decided to have the car taken back on a flatbed immediately, as
one cannot leave a car like this in unknown hands. Although Pete and
Alison missed the show, we felt this was a bit of a blessing in disguise as
it would have been a lot more serious if it had happened on the Prowl.
The rest of us continued on to the show where we saw a huge
variety of different vehicles. It was Jaguar day and we viewed some
very fine examples of this marque, including Tom’s spotless Mk
1 2.4 and Steves beautiful E- Type. Some highlights were Peter
Fielding’s XK 140, A Magnificent replica SS100 and a C type.
Besides the Jags there was so much more to see, from motor
cycles, vintages, modern cars, street rods to blow your mind , kids
paradise play area, plenty to eat, including a full lunch at the Country
club if you so desired., and even a mini steam train running around
the entire area for kids rides. There were also model car stands
and prizes galore! All in all, a very well put together function with
proceeds going to various charities making it all the more worthwhile.
Annual general meeting 14 july 2013
The AGM went very
well and we were
pleased to welcome
our new chairman,
Alan Evans and Steve
& Elsabe Nel as events
The AGM was a huge success with some new committee members being
voted in. We are pleased to welcome Alan Evans as our new Chairman
and Clare who will be helping on Events. Steve and Elsabe Nell will be on
Events which is great news. Congratulations to all and welcome aboard.
Jack remains Vice chairman and Nita, Treasurer. Elsabe will also be
Secretary. I will continue to do the newsletter with Shirley’s help while
I will also take on the “Greetings” panel and try to live up to the high
standard set by Tim which leaves me rather busy with some big boots to
fill.. Thanks to all those who help on the committee in the background as
SCOTTBURGH CAR SHOW 21 JULY 2013
One set of brand new hub caps for 1928 Dodge. What reasonable
offers? Phone DAVE on 082 4562341, or swap for 1929 hub caps.
Set ‘softline mag wheels, suitable for Tazz or Uno.
R800 for set of 4, includes badges and wheel lock. 5.5 jx 13ET 38- 4
Stud. Phone Richard at 031 2668058 or email, [email protected]
MORRIS MINOR FOR SALE.
Parts missing, needs restoration or use for spares. What Offers?
Contact: Peter Halgreen – Tel 074 2186577• Email : [email protected]
A reader asked about using unleaded petrol in his totally original,
low mileage Triumph Herald. Answer below.
Using a lead replacement additive is an acceptable way to
protect your Herald’s head, however, valve seat recession is a
slow burning problem that only happens over high mileages. So
given the light use your car receives, it’ll take DECADES for any
negative effects to occur. So why not run without additives, save
the cash you would have spent and have the hardened valve
seats installed later when you HAVE to take the head off!
July 2013 Practical Classics
SOME OF AMERICA’S MOST INNOVATIVE CARS
Two major advances set Cadillac apart from the rest in 1912 by
inventing the self starter and electric lamps. The self starter eliminated
the labour and dangerous task involved with crank starting. This
now opened the door wide for women drivers who until now, had
little desire to fuss with manual starting.
Using the Delco system, electric starters and electric lamp systems
were fitted to every Cadillac for the first time complete with an
electric tail lamp. Within a couple of years though, all other major
makes had followed and made these standard features. Cadillac
were aware this would happen and quickly introduced their new V8
engine, the first V8 to be successfully mass produced.
SOME OF AMERICA’S MOST INNOVATIVE CARS
Although not a new idea, Cord introduced their successful front
wheel drive car in 1929, the L-29. Built on experience gained from
Indianapolis 500, it offered less weight, with a lower centre of gravity
and superior handling. The concept was brilliant, but the timing was
bad as the stock market crashed around this time and unfortunately
killed its production in 1932
1934 CHRYSLER AIRFLOW
Probably one of the most significant cars built, when it comes to
technical innovation. It was the first mass produced car to employ
a unit-body platform, welded to a steel cage, making it a single
integral unit. The futuristic aerodynamic lines were ahead of their
time though, and not well received, and sadly, production ceased
in 1937. Ironically, it is one of the most sought after collector’s cars
9-12th AUGUST 2013
Well guys....it is here at last!!
We are meeting at East Coast Cruisers at 07.30am for photos and
coffee with the last car leaving at 08.30am. Please remember to
bring your Driver’s declaration/medical forms (if you have’t handed
them in already) blue club shirts and plenty of warm clothes.
See you there!! 8th September 2013
SOUTH COAST RUN
Scottsburgh Country Club fabulous 3 course roast lunch
for only R70pp. Meet at the old airport turnoff at 11am.
Deadline for booking & payment Friday 30th August.
Please let Nita know if you are coming.
13th October 2013
Diarise this date for another super event!
10th November 2013
Don’t miss this one either!
Please let Steve Nell know of any prospective lunch venue
that you can recommend - it must be a place with plenty of
safe parking please.
We wish Jean Jay a speedy recovery from her operation.
Our condolences to Martha on the passing away of her
The Heritage Prowl 2013
(Bring your driver declaration & medical forms!)
Fri 9th - Mon 12th August 2013
East Coast Cruisers
082 921 4156 / 082 566 7897
081 325 1507
email [email protected]
Our Showroom/Workshop is located at 70, Main Road, Knysna
We buy and sell all classic, sports and vintage cars. Consignment sales welcome.
1991 Ferrari 348TS (4 000 kms) R980 000
1964 Jaguar 3.8S
1938 Buick Special
1934 Chev Master Sedan R140 000
2002 Mercedes 500SL
1955 Triumph TR2
1924 Model T Ford
1962 Porsche 356B
1958 Ford Fairlane 500
1936 Ford Roadster
1983 Mercedes 500SL
2007 Jaguar XK
1930 Model A Ford
1964 VW Beetle 1300
1974 Volvo 164… 1989 Bentley Turbo R-1… 1929 Chev Phaeton… 1986 Porsche 924… 1932 Plymouth 4 door…
1940 Packard 110 Touring Sedan… 1930 Chevrolet… 1930 Plymouth… 1973 Triumph GT6… 1918 Ford Model T…
1930 Chevrolet Sedan… 2002 BMW 330CI… 1948 Chevrolet Fleetline… 1978 Mercedes 450Sl… 2003 Lexus LX470…
Austin Healeys… 1972 Peugeot 504 Cabriolet… 1929 Chevrolet Phaeton… 1948 Nash Ambassador… Fiat 500…
1909 Ford Model T… 2001 Toyota MR2… 1928 Ford Model A Phaeton.. 1948 Studebaker…
Plus.. Plus.. Plus.