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Sentimetal Bastille Day Run

We joined the Cars.co.za Sentimetal Bastille day run out to the Franschhoek Motor Museum this past Sunday with our 1981 Porsche 930 Turbo, 1970 Lotus Europa and 1989 Audi Quattro that are all coming up for sale soon.

A stunning turnout of over 120 cars gathered at the Engen 1 stop on the N1 but even more impressive was the diversity of the cars on the run. Everything from a Classic Peugeot 404 to a couple of Dodge Vipers and a 1959 Cadillac versus a Ferrari 365 Boxer.

After a spirited commute to the Franschhoek Motor Museum the like minded group motor enthusiasts parked their cars in the court yard for a photo opportunity and topped up their caffeine reserves.

All three of our cars performed well, but it was the Lotus Europa (the first rear engine Lotus produced by Colin Chapman) that surprised us the most. This example has had its powerplant upgraded to a Toyota Twincam VVTI unit producing 160 BHP (almost double that of its original Renault). The ultra responsive modern engine has unlocked the potential of this chassis which delivers telepathic handling.

Well done to the team at Cars.co.za for an enjoyable event

Ferrari 458 Speciale

New arrival – Ferrari 458 Speciale – 2015 – 2100km

It is not often that special series Ferrari’s of this calibre come onto the market. Ferrari saves its engineering and performance magic for these special series cars at the end of production runs and the Speciale follows the tradition of it’s predecessors the 360 Challenge Stradale and 430 Scuderia with reduced weight and increased power.

However, this model is even more sought after by collectors as it is the last naturally aspirated special series V8 Ferrari with a purer driving experience, 597 BHP 4.5l V8 and 9000 rpm redline. This is the ultimate non turbo V8 Ferrari.


Find out more about the actual car on offer at the link below:

Ferrari 458 Speciale – 2015 – R 8 599 950

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CIAO Club – Giro Dei Vigneti – Meet and greet morning – Franschhoek Motor Museum

The Franschhoek Motor Museum recently  hosted the start of the Giro Dei Vigneti organised by  The CIAO club (Classic Italian Auto Owners). Cape based owners of interesting Italian cars were invited to meet and greet the CIAO club members participating on the run who were mostly based in Gauteng with a view to forming a Cape branch.

We took along a very rare Detomaso Mangusta which is the only example in African and once belonged to Motorcycle World Champion Jim Redman as well as the only GTC spec Ferrari 575 Maranello in South Africa, both of which are for sale at Crossley & Webb.

Franschhoek Motor Museum curator Wayne Harley treated the guests to a “Under the Bonnet” tour which explored the rich history of the cars at the museum after which the week long Giro Dei Vigneti run kicked off

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The 5th Annual Oily Rag Run – Oct 2018

The fifth annual Oily Rag Run was held on the 21st of October 2018 and reverted to the original route from Crossley & Webb in Gardens Cape Town to the Franschhoek Motor Museum via various stops to collect items for a picnic lunch to be held on the FMM lawns.

This run is for unrestored cars older than 50 years and is growing in popularity each year with many new entrants in 2018 such as the 1948 Dodge of the Long family (who won the “Skoroskoro prize” for the “tatiest” most original car), the 1958 Karmann Ghia of Toy De Meillon, the Sunbeam Alpine of Adrian Morris, the Wolseley of Pat Coyne, the Austin 110 of Michael Solomon, the Ford Model A of Viv James, the Bentley MK 6  of Tim Reddell, the Mercedes Benz 190 Ponton of Peter Lamond, Jean Viljoen in his magnificent 1958 VW Samba bus and a beautiful Porsche 356 C Coupe of Susan Reutter who must have set a new speed record for the Oily Rag Run.

The reappearance of Oily Rag regulars was welcomed with Dave Alexander featuring in his 1932 Lagonda for the first time since 2014, Jason Furness in his 1958 VW Split screen bus (which was celebrating its 60th birthday) and “Mordecai” the 1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster (no 8) driven by Harvey Metcalf with Prof. Peter Spargo (the second owner who used it regularly until 1986 ….and who’s father purchased Mordecai new ) along for the ride.

Wayne Harley of the Franschhoek Motor Museum took the overall win on his 1922 AJS motorcycle based on criteria set by Oily Rag “oracle” Dickon Daggitt

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The Simola Hill Climb record breaker

We’re proud to be associated with Andre Bezuidenhout in the 2018 Simola Hill Climb. His intention was to break his previous record set in 2017 with his 1989 Dallara F189 Formula 1 car. Knowing that Andre doesn’t do anything in half measures, we knew that we needed to get behind him this year. Andre achieved his goal with a 35.528 second over his previous record of 37.807 seconds!

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