Greetings from Langebaan SA
At the beginning of October we had our annual Mussel Festival here in Langebaan. This festival attracts thousands of visitors to Langebaan and as with last year, us old car nuts were asked to partake in a procession through the town and to put our cars on show for the public to view. I took my Van while June drove my MG Midget.
A compitition was held whereby the public was asked to vote for, what they considered to be, the most desirable old car of the day. And guess what?........The public overwhelmingly voted my Austin Seven Van as their most desirable car of the show. Second place went to a beautiful 1959 Chevrolet bel Air and third place went to a 1948 Morgan. The prize was a 110 piece set of tools. I attach two photos taken at the Mussel Festival.
The one shows the sponsor handing over the set of tools to me with our chairman standing on my left.
The other one shows the winner, a member of the public, who voted for my Van standing next to the Van next to me.
He won a weekend for four in a local holiday resort. The names of all those who voted for the Austin were put in a hat and a winner drawn. Then this past weekend we attended the Vredendal Variety Festival. the second largest festival of its kind in SA. The town of Vredendal lies about three and a half hour's drive North of Langebaan. I obviously could not drive there in my Austin so I took her on a trailer and trailered her there.
Again we participated in a procession through the town on the Friday and on the Saturday our cars were on display for the public to see. None of us were aware of the Organisers of the festival choosing their old car of the festival with a financial bank sponsoring a prize. I was very surprised when it was announced over the public address system that my Austin was voted as the best old car of the festival. They then handed over to me a cheque for R750-00 as the prize. I attach a photo of me holding the cheque standing next to my Van.
This prize paid for all my petrol and accommodation expenses for the two nights we stayed over in Vredendal plus I had some change left over in my pocket. So, you can see that the little Austin has been very busy.
You can never be too careful with these public shows as you can never always have somebody keeping an eye on the cars. When I got to my Austin on Saturday evening, I noticed that the crank handle was hanging straight down.
I tried to bring it up so that the bolt could slide in the stopper groove and discovered that somebody must have grabbed hold of the crank handle and tried to turn it not realising that it is spring loaded and must be pushed in to enable it to turn. He or she then used tremendous force on the crankhandle, so much so, that the aluminium holder through which the crank handle goes underneath the radiator, was broken with a large piece of aluminium broken off. Fortunately the broken off piece was lying on the chassis and I was able to recover it. This will mean that I have to dismantle the radiator and remove this thing and have the broken piece welded back on. In the meantime my crankhandle is hanging straight down. it is amazing how the public cannot keep their hands off the old cars.
Whoever did this must have used a lot of force to enable that aluminium piece to break off.
On Saturday, 13 November, the Austin Seven Club in and around Cape Town are going on a breakfast run to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Austin Seven Ruby. Hopefully we will be able to get quite a lot of Austin Sevens to partake in this run. Then I must organise a Xmas lunch for all Austin Seven Club members in and around Cape Town. The date and venue must still be determined. The Club will sponsor each member with R60-00 but we have to pay for our partners. This is an annual event and every year the Club sponsors paid up members to the tune of R60-00.