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NEWSLETTER July 2011

Rain on parade Photo by Thamba Tabvuma

Father's Day is the FMM's longest running special event and has established a traditional following for itself not only from members of the public but from motor clubs too, the GSM enthusiasts being particularly supportive. Everything was geared up for a bumper attendance this year until Mother Nature pulled a rather nasty surprise on the fathers. The entire week leading up to the Sunday 19 June event was glorious and Saturday was an awesome Indian summer's day, so we were all holding thumbs that the Sunday would offer the same sunny weather. Some exotic cars were sent out including a Lamborghini Gallardo, Lotus Evora and the new Bentley GT Speed, so a great day was expected. But the day dawned windy, cold and very, very wet with the Cape winter deciding to descend all at once. Rain bucketed down creating deep puddles and rivulets everywhere you looked and at one point I was convinced it was even raining inside the museum... We resigned ourselves to a total washout but boys will be boys, or rather dads will be boys, and surprisingly we had a rather good turnout considering the adverse conditions. And when there was an occasional break in the weather, the demonstrations and classic rides took place so those who braved the storm still managed to have some fun. WH

Dux call A surprise visitor to FMM in June was Graham Duxbury, once one of South Africa's top racing drivers who, along with Sarel van der Merwe and Tony Martin, won the 1984 Daytona 24-hour sports car race in a March-Porsche 83G. After a stint as Supersport's F1 anchor man, Graham withdrew from the motor sport scene but could not resist climbing into the Rothman's Porsche 956 currently on show at FMM, the first time he had sat in a racing car for many years. Suffice to say memories came flooding back... Incidentally, check out July CAR magazine for a feature story on FMM's 956 and the similar car of Franz Pretorius that was previewed in the February newsletter. MM

Crankhandlers Some 15 cars and 31 members of the Crankhandle Club, one of the country's oldest motor clubs, paid a visit to FMM in early June at the conclusion of a three-day run that took in Saldanha, Vredenburg, Riebeek West/Kasteel and Franschhoek. Club chairman Hans Zwets reported that light refreshments and a tour of the museum's exhibits successfully concluded a thoroughly enjoyable tour.


Treasure hunt The Lions Club of Franschhoek hosted a Treasure Hunt to raise funds for the purchasing of an electrocardiogram machine (ECG) for the Franschhoek community. Teams of four entered the hunt that took place in and around the Franschhoek Valley, stretching from Vrede en Lust through to Chamonix. The challenge at FMM consisted of four different tasks and each team member had to pick one to perform, after first doing a wine tasting... The tasks were to count how many red cars there were on display (we had the half red/half green Rembrandt Chevrolet on display!), what type of vehicle had the name of a famous painter on it (everybody came running in calling it a Rembrandt...) and to change the two front wheels of an MG. The fourth challenge was to name first the oldest and secondly the most modern vehicle on display, with their top speeds. It was a cold and rainy day and participants got soaked having to run from hall to hall. Times were recorded for each leg of the race, which were used to calculate the winning team. After the challenge, participants were sent off with a scrumptious snack pack and their clue to the next destination. This was a fun experience not only for the participants but for the hosts as well. Well done Lions Club! LR The PINK team

FMM's Back Seat Drivers: The people behind the scenes Front of house is the face of the company, and at FMM it is Liesel Rahn who is usually first to greet visitors. Liesel joined the company a couple of months after the museum opened, initially combining duties with L'Ormarins wine tasting but soon concentrating solely on FMM responsibilities. Liesel lists meeting people as both the best and worst aspects of her job (“some can be very difficult,” she says), but always has a welcoming smile. Her favourite FMM car? The Mercedes-Benz Gullwing. MM

Exhaust Blips 15 July 1908 sees the first Model T to be sold. Museum and L’Ormarins go on display at Cavendish Square from the 5th July. 16 July: Bastille day along with the Citroën display in the town centre of Franschhoek. For more info phone Karin on 021 8749020


Newsletter July 2011