Apologies for the late distribution of this edition, but I was asked to withhold it so that we could report
on the National Rally.
A very hearty welcome to our new members:
Morne Nel of Mooikloof Ridge in Pretoria has joined the Club. He is busy restoring a sage green
’57 2 door British assembled "1000”.
Christiaan Esterhuizen comes from Pomona in Kempton Park and is in the process of restoring a ’62 2 door "1000”.
His Minor is painted in the unusual colour of pepper white with a black roof.
After searching for Archie Campbell for some time, it transpires that he sold his Minor to Paul Horn. We hope
Paul joins the Club.
We hope your membership brings you and your families a wonderful and rewarding experience with us.
Please remember that you are not obliged to arrive at outings in your Minor. If it is being repaired or restored,
please join us in "modern tin” and enjoy the friendship of our Club members.
At this time, 128 members have paid up for 2009/2010.
Connie Viljoen had to undergo quite a serious operation last month. Fortunately, she recovered well
enough to endure the long trip down to Worcester and back for the Nationals.
On his way to the outing at Que’ Sera in his new acquisition, Chris du Plessis was involved in a freak accident,
described in the events section below. His hand was seriously injured, to the extent that he underwent an
operation the next day to stitch up cut nerves on two of his fingers. Chris is well on the way to recovery and
is having daily therapy on his hand to stimulate movement and use of the two fingers. We wish both of them a
Colleen Edgar was seen at the Cullinan Minor Steam Run event and seems to have recovered quite well from her
Vincent Felgate reports that his wife, Nina had a bad fall. We hope that she has recovered by now.
Thankfully, both ‘Lin & Rosemary Barratt have recovered from their ordeal, which was reported in the last edition.
We had a late withdrawal from the National Rally when Lawson Flint had to undergo an emergency hernia operation.
We missed him and Rosemary Dippenaar.
ANNUAL RENEWAL OF SUBSCRIPTIONS!
You are all advised hereby that the Committee will propose that the Club subs be raised for the first time in
3 years to R 150.00 to cover inflation, postage and magazine costs for the forthcoming year (May 2010 to April
2011). This will be confirmed at the next AGM to be held on 29 May 2010. The subs are to be paid by the end of
April 2010. Renewal forms are included in the envelope. Please forward or hand them in to your Committee member
or to Tommy Smith, COMPLETED IN FULL. Members are please asked not to rely on the fact that they may have
previously given information on their cars. Often, information like the body number or assembly number has been
omitted or only have the numbers without the letters on the original application form. The information is very
important for the accuracy of the national database. I repeat, COMPLETED IN FULL! Those paying late will be
subject to a re-joining fee of R 50.00.
Account holder: Morris Minor Owners’ Club (JHB)
Branch Code 016342 – Account No-427928567-
Name –Standard Bank - Greenstone
Reference: Your Name & Surname
It is with regret that we have learnt of the untimely death of an ex member, Colin Dettmer.
Our deepest sympathies go to his family.
OWNERS ON THE MOVE! (i.e. MEMBERS GETTING AROUND)
If you move from your present address, or change your contact details in any way,
PLEASE contact Harry Meintjes on (011) 827 5168 (h) or (082) 420 5950 or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org
or Tommy Smith on 083 308 9840 or email him at email@example.com to advise your new details.
In October 2009, Heather and John Lawton had a whirlwind overseas trip, visiting Dubai (U.A.E.), Dublin (Ireland)
and then off for a short break across in the UK. In the UK they visited York, London and Scotland, staying just
They went to York primarily to see York Minister, England's largest medieval cathedral and Yorkshire's most
important historic building, built mainly from 1220 to 1480. Their time in London was spent in the inner city,
visiting places not seen on their previous trips and to pick up a 3.5 kg parcel of Morris Minor parts John had
ordered. This parcel necessitated the purchase of another suitcase to bring them and other goodies safely back.
Of particular interest, they have family in Scotland who, some years ago inherited various motoring parts from
an uncle, some of which they thought John might like to have. The old man was employed by BMC before he retired
and he left behind a BMC Drivers’ Club Membership badge and his (unused) little BMC Drivers’ Club notebook, a
Duckhams Motor Oil key ring and a green leather key fob he got with a new 195? Austin A30 he bought from a
Scottish garage. All these items are still in superb condition in spite of them being stored in open crates in
various garages over a period of some 50 years.
Chris and Liz Spinks have just returned from a trip overseas.
We hear that Mike Dickenson is preparing to emigrate to Australia and take his Minor with him. What a pity to
have another Minor leave the country.
Yours truly has been fortunate enough to experience a skiing trip for the first time to Livigno in
northern Italy, with a group of his hockey friends and others. What a wonderful experience it was.
Congratulations to Neil and Tammy Bulley on the birth of their first child, a daughter named Mackenzie,
who was born last month. Both Tammy and the baby are in good health. Let’s hope you get some sleep!
MINORS ON THE MOVE!
You may recall the edition some time ago which featured a tattoo on a lady’s shoulder. Sara Harper reports that;
"my sister Jane (the daughter of John du Toit with the beautiful Morris tattoo on her shoulder dedicated to
our dad) has decided to join the Morris family and has bought a 1959 cream four door with Marie biscuit coloured
seats. She purchased the car, which she has named Gorgie from Paul, vice events co-ordinator for the
Western Cape branch. There are not too many sisters in the world who each own and drive cute Minors!”
The following Minors are at Mike Del Frate’s workshop in Benoni.
Minor parts are being re-fitted to Karol & Pauline Jarozynski’s Minor and Marius van Tubbergh’s ‘57 2 door 1000
has been delivered.
Dave Taylor’s ‘60 2 door Minor has also been collected.
Work on Mike Dickenson’s ’59 4 door "1000” is progressing. The brakes and rear shock absorbers are next in line
for Mike’s attention.
Evidently, Lawson Flint has bought the 1949 lowlight from Hottie of Benoni.
Piet van der Merwe’s 1957/8 "1000” 4 door is undergoing a major refurbishment.
It is sad to report that Rusty Clover forgot to close the bonnet on his Minor before returning from the
Cullinan Minor Steam Run. This resulted in the bonnet flying open and causing severe damage to it and other parts.
The bonnet was written off and resulted in Mike having to spend a few days to frantically re-craft a bonnet
to fit Rusty’s Minor so that it could be ready for the National Rally.
Mike is still working on the two Alfas which are being converted for classic car racing.
Charles Gardiner’s yellow 2 door "1000” has been delivered, after having the bodywork re-done.
"You meet the nicest people in a Morris Minor!”
BREAKFAST AT QUE’ SERA – 31 JANUARY 2010
The first outing for 2010 was a very well supported event, with at least 50 members, family and friends present.
The outing was held at a country restaurant called Que’ Sera which is situated near Bapsfontein, on the R25
to the south east of Pretoria.
The venue caters for a flock of motor cyclists who descend on the place in droves. It is a country restaurant set
in amongst trees and has a large covered area for the motor cyclists. Due to the large contingent of Morris Minor
enthusiasts, tables were set out for us on the lawns to one side.
We all enjoyed a full breakfast at a most reasonable price and were able to park our cars next to where we sat.
It was a lovely day and a meaningful drive for all of our Minors. As usual, much time was spent discussing our
treasured Minors with fellow members and other motoring enthusiasts visiting the place.
Yours truly asked the members present to celebrate with him in hitting the big 6 earlier in the month and cake
was served! Fortunately and despite such a large turnout, there was enough cake to go around.
New members, family, or those seldom seen included Francois and Celeste Burger with their son Steven,
Theo van Niekerk’s daughter, Willie van Zyl & Japie van Rooyen, Paul and Linda Watmough, John Willcock and
Ben and Sue Calitz. Ben is very enthusiastic about Minors and some of the members will be attending the outing
to his bass farm on 26 April.
In a most unfortunate incident, new members Chris and Linda du Plessis, were travelling with a friend in his
newly acquired 1959 Morris Minor which he bought from John Tonkin. They were on their way to meet
Marius van Biljon and Lydia Richter.
As they joined the N1 highway from Zambezi Road going south, a car travelling in the opposite direction on the N1
lost control and crashed into the barrier dividing the two highways from each other. One of the upright tar poles
that support the barrier broke off and was flung across the road into the oncoming traffic. Unfortunately, Chris
in his Morris was in the way. The pole smashed into the upright pillar on the right hand side of the Morris and
went through the front windscreen, hitting Chris on his right hand and landed across his arms. Chris was able to
stay calm and pulled over. Fortunately, Linda and their friend only had minor cuts from the glass, but nothing
The Morris is currently at a panel beater in Pretoria and should be mobile and ready for the Nationals next month.
Our thanks go to the organiser of the event, Terence Redmond. Everyone who made it on the day seemed to have
THE CULLINAN MINOR STEAM RUN – 7 MARCH 2010
It was a lovely summer’s day for a fun-filled event and hard to imagine that this was the 4th time the
Club has held the event.
Rusty Clover and his team produced another fabulous outing, which attracted about 480 people who travelled to
Cullinan and back on the steam train. Together with those arriving in their Morris Minors (19 of them) and
2 other modified Minors was a strong contingent from the Studebaker Car Club, plus other pre 1971 marques.
This time, there were a number of Studebaker models from the 1930s, which were most impressive. Also to be seen
were the folk who dressed in their ‘Great Gatsby’ attire and very well turned out they were.
Rusty reports: We had a very nervous start, as we changed the date of the event three times to accommodate our
Nationals and a good thing too, because we could not have had better weather in which to hold the
fourth ‘Cullinan Minor Steam Run’.
Amongst the Studs (the four wheeled type, ladies) we had the honour and privilege of seeing Detlev’s
(chairman of the Studebaker Car Club) recent acquisition from America, a 1929 President State Victoria
Studebaker on its first outing in South Africa. This added a lot of prestige to our convoy, which was led at an
enjoyable and leisurely pace by Robert’s 1932 red Chevrolet bakkie and Charles’ green 1928 open topped Chevrolet;
a great mix of old cars.
As usual, the gardens of Sinoville and Magalieskruin were in prime condition, but unfortunately we were too early
for the Cosmos flowers this year.
The car judges were total strangers to the clubs; Grant Sim (a national racing marshal), Trevor Phillips,
(who used to race Minors) and our very own Lenette Klopper, to give a lady’s touch to the proceedings.
John Webb’s split screen took the Morris diamond award (ladies, for a beer or more, maybe John can be convinced
to give it up).
The steam train guys did more than their fair share, but we only managed to sell 480 tickets. Unfortunately,
the steam train was delayed at the siding in Hermanstad due to an SAR worker sleeping on the job and not manning
the shunting hardware. I know some of the hooligans who said the train trip was very enjoyable, especially on
the trip back in the watering hole carriage.
Cullinan was very busy with visitors, who enjoyed all the heritage cars on display, the quaint village with
corrugated iron roofs and the steam train etc. This year, the mine provided additional toilet facilities,
which eased the pressure on the overworked cafes and restaurants. A big thank you to the mine for its contribution.
Cullinan Diamonds (nominated as a "Friend of the Morris Minor”) is a good contact to have for those wanting to
buy diamonds/jewellery. This world renowned diamond mine donated generously for the Stake Your Claim competition.
The diamond given for first prize was worth over R 3 500 and in total, over R 8 000 worth of diamonds and
vouchers were awarded to the contestants. Heide-Marie, of Motorheads fame kindly donated five of their very
interesting Motorheads diaries.
The Cullinan Hotel once again hosted the 'Great Gatsby' competition and also came up with a number of prizes.
Our future chairman, Joshua Harper won the best dressed junior and Rusty the best dressed gentleman (Mr Fines
Master, you must be shocked). (Believe that if you will!!!!! Ed)
Overall, the day went well and our Club handed out five "Friends of the Morris Minor” certificates to very good
friends of our special Club. Our thanks go to John Lawton, who created and had the certificates printed, plus
events cards that we put on our windscreens and the email invitations and to Chris Grant, who organised the
frames for the certificates and contacted the local newspapers and radio stations to advertise the event.
The "Friends of the Morris Minor” awards were presented to:
1) Gordon Webb of Cullinan Diamonds.
2) Arno Victor, of Friends of the Rail.
3) Hardus Koekemoer, fellow founder and Cullinan motivator.
4) Sonja Hayden, info organiser and co-ordinator in Cullinan.
5) The Cullinan Hotel, always supportive of the event and the ‘Great Gatsby’ dress competition.
Sharon Cloete received a diamond for being our most enthusiastic member. She, Jozua and family made numerous
little artefacts and an amazing brochure on the steam train and the Morris Minor, which they sold at the
station and in Cullinan. She donated the proceeds thereof, (R 831) to the Club, for which we are most grateful.
Of course, our appreciation goes to Sharon Smith, Noeleen Redmond, Norma Del Frate and Dawn Clover, for arriving
early in Cullinan and for selling the Stake Your Claim tickets. They raised R 1 500, which has been donated to a
local charity. Our thanks also go to Tommy Smith, Terence Redmond and Mike Del Frate for helping and to
Terence for bringing his Disco and being the M C for the day. But of course, in true Morris fashion,
everyone who attended was willing to assist us.
Attendees for the day were (it’s always a little risky to state the names, as we are sure to leave someone out,
especially with my poor memory, so please, if any names have been left out, it is quite unintentional):
Terence and Noeleen, Tommy and Sharon, Clive, Mike and Norma, John and Sharon, John Webb, Francois and Celeste
Burger, Charles, Lennette Kloppers and Charlie’s Angels, Ben de Goederen, John Lawton, Sharon and Jozua, John and
Colleen, Chris Grant, Frederick Wilson, Sara, Paul, Adam and Joshua, Willie van Zyl and Japie van Rooyen,
John Willcock, Dennis and Colleen, Lauren and a lucky new beau, Shawn Spaan and his brave dad who made the
trip on a bicycle, legend Lawry Bartle, Keisha Nel and Rachelle, Marius and Lydia, and Rusty and Dawn.
Ken and Gerda Hardwick and family and Andre and Lorraine Beetge went by train.
(Thanks to Rusty)
THE MMOC NATIONAL RALLY – 21 TO 25 MARCH 2010
For those of you who don’t already know about the event which takes place every two years, 153 delegates from
all over South Africa attended the National Rally of Morris Minor enthusiasts, which was held at the
Goudini Spa near Worcester in the Western Cape. Yes, 49 of our Johannesburg Club members in 22 Minors all
took the long drive down to the Cape for this much anticipated event on the South African calendar.
The National Rally, hosted by the Western Cape Branch of the Club, was held from Sunday, 21st March until
Thursday, 24th March, 2010. Most of the Johannesburg/Pretoria contingent travelled down in two separated
convoys. One convoy travelled via Kimberley, meeting the other convoy which had left Johannesburg a day later,
at Three Sisters.
On Sunday the twenty one cars travelled south in random groups to avoid traffic problems.
The accommodation arranged at the overnight stops was very comfortable and friendships were renewed or
Arriving at our destination, we received the customary "Goodies Bag” and were directed to "Registration”
which required a first gear climb for the cars and a further flight of stairs for the participants. Having
received our gaily coloured shirts and full instructions, we found our accommodation in a series of well-planned
chalets around a central Lapa. The hosting Club provided the essential provisions for our stay and all our meals
were catered for, either in the Resort Restaurant or on the daily outings. We were given an overview of the
planned Rally activities during the first evening meal and it was clear that we were all in for an enjoyable Rally.
The first morning was devoted to the Concours, in which ten Morris Minor vehicles of varying models were
scrutinised by the team of judges, under Chief Judge Dave Smith. The condition and presentation of all the
cars on show was of a very high standard. However, mention must be made of "Twinkle – GP”, the superbly
presented black Minor 1000, following its extensive restoration by Willie van Zyl and Japie van Rooyen.
During the judging, the lady participants were invited to attend a presentation on "Flower Arrangements”,
whilst those not involved in any direct activity relaxed, swam in the pool and enjoyed morning refreshments.
The entire party then travelled to Worcester for a luncheon at the Dros Restaurant. The sight of all the
Morris’s diagonally parked in front of the building was impressive as was the music played by the Pipe Band
which counter-marched in front of the buildings. The afternoon was given over to the meeting of the National
Committee, whilst participants with car problems attended to the needs of their vehicles. This is always an
interesting activity, as each enthusiast suggests his or her own solution to the variety of mainly "minor”
problems. Help was always at hand for those with major hassles.
The evening meal in the Restaurant was a noisy affair, as the theme of the Fancy Dress was quite
naturally "World Cup 2010”. Live music was provided by a very versatile player of a variety of instruments,
together with a drummer, whilst a number of vuvuzelas added to the general mayhem and enjoyment of a great
evening. The fancy dress outfits were unusual to say the least. All together, this was an evening of fun and
games well up to the standard of similar occasions in the past.
Tuesday was "Fun Run Day”. Cars were dispatched at two minute intervals, having been given all the necessary
written instructions and cryptic clues. Leaving the resort, we travelled via Bains Kloof to Wellington and Paarl.
The weather was quite perfect and the mountain scenery utterly superb, making the task of finding answers to the
clues quite difficult. Leaving Paarl we travelled through Stellenbosch to the Asara Estate, a newly established
super luxury Wine Farm and Hotel, for a wine-tasting session. That done, the convoy travelled towards Belleville
for a Fish Lunch, after which the cars returned to Goudini using a variety of different routes, some with more
success than others. The route via the FranschHoek Pass and Villiersdorp was especially picturesque and enjoyable.
In the evening, after dinner, Bingo was the entertainment on offer.
Wednesday was another day of perfect weather and entertaining activity. We were arranged in several convoys for
a drive to Ceres, where we were to view the Basil Wesson Car Collection. Arriving in Ceres, we found the
Main Street empty, but ready for our cars to parallel park on both sides of the road under the supervision of
the local traffic officers. Our first commitment was "Tea with the Mayor” in the Town Hall. After several
speeches of thanks to the Club for the visit, we were taken across the road to the buildings housing some of
the vehicles, a variety of mainly English models such as M G’s, Jaguars and many others too numerous to recall.
We were then informed that this was only a portion of the collection, so we then drove under escort to another
sight where the incredible collection of mainly American models was packed into a range of warehouses.
The overall condition of the cars was good, but the numbers were too great for a proper appreciation of
this amazing historical extravaganza. This was followed by lunch at the Ceres Golf Club, after which we
returned home by different routes, some taking the opportunity of visiting Tulbagh, the small country town
that suffered serious earthquake damage more than thirty years ago. It was pleasing to see that the renovated
dwellings in Kerk Street were being well maintained. The village of Wolseley did not present as favourable an
The special Prize-giving Dinner was another most enjoyable feast and a happy occasion for prize-winners and
spectators alike. Steve Leibbrandt, the Club Chairman and Master of Ceremonies for the evening, was in
particularly good form when introducing his hard-working Committee members and their long-suffering spouses.
Prior to the distribution of prizes, Steve invited Josh Harper to sing for his supper, unaccompanied and he was
followed by Chris Spinks, who explained the ins and outs of the various classes into which the cars fell for
judging purposes. There was the usual array of prizes for, inter alia, "The Car needing most TLC” and "Hard Luck”
to "Concours d’Etat” and "Prix d’Honneur”. Very appropriately, the evening closed with a spirited
singing of "Auld Langsyne”.
And so ended the fun and games, as everyone prepared their plans for the return journey in the morning.
Whilst some parties intended to return home directly, others took the opportunity of visiting family or
friends in the Cape or along the Garden Route. From 4 o’clock the next morning, the familiar exhaust note of
departing Morris’s could be heard, whilst many drivers slept in to prepare for more leisurely trips.
Whilst there have been reports of several Minors suffering either major or minor problems or breakdowns,
it will be agreed that this National Rally was a huge success, maintaining the high standard that has been
achieved by the Host Branch at previous rallies. Our well-loved cars have proved themselves once again and most
of them will be ready to undertake the journey to our next National Rally to be hosted by the Port Elizabeth
Club in 2012.
(1) CAR NEEDING MOST T.L.C. :
NARENDRA NAIDOO (W Cape)
(2) HARD LUCK :
CHARLES GARDINER (Jhb)
(3) FURTHEST TRAVELLED (in a Morris) :
BOB & ROSE SCHEEPERS (Dbn)
(4) FURTHEST TRAVELLED :
Lord & Lady RICHARD GWYNNE-EVANS & (U.K.)
WILL & CAROLINE DICKENSON (U.K.)
(5) FUN RUN :
First : BRIAN CLARKE (P.E.)
Second : RICHARD & JOY GWYNNE-EVANS (W Cape)
Joint-Third : CHRIS du PLESSIS (Jhb) & PAUL de KLERK (Dbn)
(6) DRIVING SKILLS :
FIRST : STEVE LEIBBRANDT (W Cape)
SECOND : DON WHEELRIGHT (Dbn)
THIRD : QUINTON WHEELRIGHT (Dbn)
(7) PEOPLE’S CHOICE :
FIRST : SARA HARPER (Jhb)
SECOND : JACQUES le ROUX (P.E.)
(8) TOPS :
FIRST : SARA HARPER (Jhb)
SECOND : MIKE DEL FRATE (Jhb)
(9) MODIFIED :
FIRST : DAVE GERSTNER (W Cape)
SECOND : JACQUES le ROUX (P.E.)
THIRD : DON WHEELRIGHT (Dbn)
(10) CONCOURS d’ETAT :
FIRST : WILLIE van ZYL (Jhb)
SECOND : DAVE SMITH (Jhb)
(11) MOST ORIGINAL : Judged from all cars attending the Rally
SANTINA HARRISON (W Cape)
(12) PRIX d’HONNEUR :
JOHN LAWTON (Jhb)
(13) OVERALL WINNER :
WILLIE van ZYL (Jhb)
In closing, here are a few statistics of the writer’s "Daisy” that may be of interest:-
1. The Total Distance Travelled including a brief stay in Cape Town was 2,265 miles or 3,645 kms
2. The Total Petrol used was 62 Gallons or 235 Litres
3. The overall Petrol Consumption was therefore 36.5 m.p.g. or 15.5 kms per litre
4. The only problem was when the Ignition Coil worked loose and caused an intermittent misfire. This was quickly rectified
VERY WELL DONE TO THE WESTERN CAPE BRANCH OF THE MORRIS MINOR OWNERS’ CLUB. (Craig Stacey)
Chris Grant in particular and others had their share of misfortunes, either in getting to the Rally,
or at the Rally, or on the return journey. This will be covered in the next edition.
Our MMOC Committee extends to all members and their families and friends, a cordial invitation to attend
all our outings, especially driving your Morris Minor!
If your Minor is under repair, please join us at our outings in "modern tin” instead of staying at home.
We would love to see you there.
Dates have been provisionally set aside for our Club outings, but inevitably some last minute changes might
have to be made. If this happens, our Events Co-ordinator, Rusty Clover, will try his best to contact members.
Please contact Rusty on (012) 347 8291 (h) or 083 264 6240, or Alex Berry on 072 446 9736, or one of our
Committee members before the outings, to make 100% sure of the details.
Our Planned MMOC Outings for the next few months are as follows:
Sun. 21 Mar – Thur. 25 March – National Rally Worcester
Sun. 26 Apr – ‘Oppie Koppie’ Bass Farm - Picnic
Sat. 29 May – AGM and Bring & Braai at Piston Ring Club
Sun. 27 Jun – Tea & Scones at Barefoot Days in Benoni
Sun. 25 Jul - Dop & Chop at the Benoni Village
Sun. 29 Aug – Loch Vaal Picnic
End Sep – Weekend away
OTHER EVENTS OF INTEREST:
Sun. 4 Apr - Angela’s Picnic – Delta Park
Sun. 1 May - Benoni Heritage Club's "Cars at the Race Track"
Sat 16 May to 17 May Durban Dash, Midmar Meander & Cars in the Park Pietermaritzburg
SCHEDULED EVENTS AT THE PISTON RING CLUB:
Sun. 18 Apr – Spotlight on American Cars
Sat. 16 May – Military Machines & Commercial Transporters
Sun. 20 Jun – Concours & Spotlight on British Cars
Sun. 18 Jul – Toyota Show
SCHEDULED MMOC COMMITTEE MEETINGS AT THE PISTON RING CLUB:
Sun. 09 May at 14H00 Sat. 06 June at 15H00 AGM
Sun. 11 Jul at 14H00 Sun. 12 Sep at 14H00
Sun. 07 Nov at 14H00
Any opinions and suggestions presented in our MMOC magazine "Minor Headlines” do not necessarily reflect
the views of the Editor or the MMOC Committee. Each reader is requested to weigh up for themselves the pros
and cons of the material presented and to make their own educated decisions thereafter. We cannot hold ourselves
responsible in any way for the consequences of these suggestions. This applies in particular to the Minor Helpline below and any other information or suggestions in the magazine. The names of the listed service providers have been forwarded by various members or contacts who have had good experiences with a particular service provider.
MORRIS MINOR OWNERS’ CLUB OF JOHANNESBURG’S WEBSITE
Updates to our Club’s website are progressing well, thanks to Frederick Wilson our Website Master.
He has added more information and pictures for your benefit and those without website access would be well
advised to ask someone with a connection to view it sometime so you can see what you have been missing.
Please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any suggestions for the website.
We have just received another compliment from a former member to congratulate us on an excellent website.
We had 682 unique visitors who visited our website 1180 times in January and 690 unique visitors who visited
our website 1129 times in February. The stats continue to rise. So please contact Chris Grant on
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. if you can help them obtain sponsorship for the Club
through advertising in the magazine and/or the website. Please also support our advertisers.
Please ensure that the information provided on your application or renewal of membership form CLEARLY indicates
what Minors you own. Chris Spinks’ database has grown from 702 to 710 Morris Minors in South Africa since
the last edition.
If you are not a member for any reason, kindly advise the details of your Minor for the national database.
If you do not have Chris Spinks’ e-mail address, please forward the info to Harry Meintjes, the Membership
Manager on email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com and this will be passed on to Chris.
The charity organisation chosen to be supported by our Club is Cotlands. Please give Purity baby food or your
contribution to John Bedford so that he can pass them on to Cotlands.
MORRIS MINOR OWNERS’ CLUB AFFILIATION TO SAVVA
Below, you will find the reasons why our Club is affiliated to the South African Veteran & Vintage Association
By definition, the MMOC is partaking in Motor Sport and this is internationally governed by FIA. It is therefore
necessary that the MMOC be affiliated to them, directly or indirectly.
MSA - Motor Sport South Africa, an organisation which is the governing body of all motor sport in
Southern Africa and which is affiliated to FIA. This includes SAVVA members/affiliated clubs with their
affiliation to MSA and FIA.
Insurances on vehicles in excess of 20 years of age and tailored to suite the individual needs and
Coverage of the various clubs’ activities.
To be recognised and participate in all events organised or arranged by clubs which are members of SAVVA.
To represent the recognised clubs and liaise with the NDoT – National Department of Transport regarding
new legislation for vehicles in excess of 20 years of age.
Correspondence received from SAVVA on 14/01/2010
Dear Chairmen / Enthusiasts,
We would like take this opportunity of thanking the clubs affiliated to SAVVA for their contributions and
suggestions that they would like to have addressed with Government: -
A meeting was held on Monday 12th October in Durban, where we have taken all the
recommendations / suggestions and gone through them to compile a comprehensive list for Jack Clough to present
to NDoT for their agenda - the meeting was planned for 28th November 2009. Due to unforeseen circumstances the
meeting had to be cancelled and has been arranged for February 2010.
In the meantime, SAMCA has completed a similar investigation with their members and between the issues from
SAVVA and SAMCA, Jack Clough has tentatively arranged for us to meet with the Chairperson of NDoT to discuss
the proposed issues and suggestions which is to be placed on the Agenda at the next meeting. You will note
that we refer to our vehicles as Heritage Vehicles as in Government circles the wording of Heritage is more
acceptable, so it is felt that we should use this terminology.
There are a number of Clauses within the Act that already cover a range of concerns e.g. Roadworthy to period
of vehicle, exemption of Safety Belts, Indicators, Reflectors and motorcycles lights etc. However the
recommendations that were received from the SAVVA Clubs are as follows:-
The issue of ‘Special Licence ‘S’ may fall away in some of the Provinces and should this be the case,
it is imperative that we make recommendations to address this portion of the Act. It has been suggested that in
place of an ‘S’ licence, we try and have a ‘H’ licence – Heritage Vehicles or ‘C’ licence – Collector vehicles.
The other problem seems to be that each Province has a different charge for the present ‘S’ licence. E.g. Gauteng
on average is R81.00, KZN on average R128.00.
We would like to suggest that the original act be re-visited as per the exemption when Vintage vehicles 40 years
and older were eligible for a FREE licence. Should this not be possible, at the very least a minimum fee be
charged across the board on a National level.
To raise the awareness of the roadworthiness of vehicles should the MOT be instituted; to suggest that
additional inspectors be trained. Perhaps this could be arranged through SETA which would increase the awareness
of Heritage Vehicles and their operation as per the date of the particular vehicle. A suggestion has been initiated
that vehicles 40 years and older be exempt in respect of roadworthiness. Vehicle testing must still be in
accordance to the year of manufacture as is presently the case.
Number plates – there is an act that has been passed to change number plates to a regulated size
of 500 cm. This will be a problem for many of our Heritage Vehicles as there is no place for this length of
plate on the body, so we wish to make an application giving exemption to the vehicles prior to 1980.
The process of registering a Heritage Vehicle onto the system can take anything from 7 days to 2 years.
This process needs to be given priority within the Government Department and Heritage Vehicles should not be
classified the same as stolen vehicles. The situation of restored and/or refurbished Heritage Vehicles should
be separated from stolen or rebuilt vehicles.
The Police Clearance Certification is another area that needs to be rectified. On the whole, a number
of previous issues have been sorted, but we now have concerns with the re-registering of a vehicle, as often
numbers seem to be duplicated with another vehicle - resulting in additional / new numbers being given to the
Heritage Vehicles. In certain instances, SAPs has been accommodating in that they will allow you to add a brass
or aluminium plate on which they stamp the new number which can be affixed to the vehicle. This is not happening
in all Provinces and once again needs to be addressed.
It has also been suggested that in negotiations, the duties on imported tyres for the older Heritage
Vehicles be considered to be scrapped, or a considerably lower duty be levied. This however may need to be
referred to another of the Government Departments, namely Customs.
The above items are what we hope to discuss with NDoT as soon as possible in order to move things along and make
the situation easy flowing between individuals, institutions and Government. Should there be any other
developments, we will keep the Chairpersons of the Clubs informed of the progress or lack thereof.
Thank you to those individuals and clubs who did supply information, if you have any additional info you wish to
pass onto us, please don’t hesitate to contact any one of the SAVVA - Registration Sub-Committee members below.
Peter Hall – Vice Chairman SAVVA Jack Clough – KZN
Dave Alexander – Cape Koos de Beer – Free State.
MORRIS MINOR VEHICLE SPECIFICATIONS BOOK
Piet Pretorius of the Western Cape branch has produced a number of books called "The Morris Minor 1000
South African Specifications Manual”. These are comprised of one for 948 cc 2 door and 4 door saloons, another
for the Traveller and the third for the Pick Up and Panel Vans. He has kindly donated one of each of his books
to each of the branches in the country and if any Club Member wants to buy one, he will have them delivered at
R 50.00 per book. The purpose of the books is to enlighten new and existing members of the details pertaining to
You can contact Tommy Smith, our Chairman, should you require a copy and he will collate the orders.
Any comments about the manuals should be formally sent to him and he will pass this on to Piet.
I can’t remember where I saw this, but saved it for this edition. I note that the Morris Minor Car Club of
Queensland also used this piece, so it has been around the world, but is so true.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL MY FRIENDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE:
1940's, 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's !
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in
houses made of asbestos. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed
meat, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer. Then after that trauma, our baby
cribs were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets
or shoes, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking!!! As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts
or air bags.
Riding in the back of a Bakkie on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle. Take away food was limited to fish and chips;
no pizza shops, McDonalds, KFC, Steers, Nandos. Even though all the shops closed at 6.00 pm and didn't open
on the weekends, somehow we didn't starve to death!
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO-ONE actually died from this. We could collect
old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy Chappies, Wilson's Toffees, Wicks Bubble Gum and
some crackers to blow up frogs with. We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with
sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because......
WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot
to fit brakes. We built tree houses and cubby houses and played in river beds with matchbox cars.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on DSTV, no video
tape movies, no surround sound, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet
chat rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
Only girls had pierced ears! We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us
forever. You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time.......no really!
We were given pellet guns and we carried the lead pellets under our tongue for hours at a time! We got
catties for our 10th birthdays! We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or
rang the bell, or just yelled for them!
Mum didn't have to go to work to help dad make ends meet! RUGBY and CRICKET had tryouts and not everyone
made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the
team was based on MERIT AND NOT DUE TO BLACKMAIL, THREATS AND GUILT FROM THE PAST..... strange but true!
Our teachers used to belt us with big sticks and leather straps and bullies always ruled the playground at
school. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with
Our parents didn't invent stupid names for their kids like 'Kiora' and 'Blade' and 'Ridge' and 'Vanilla'.
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever! The past 70
years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We did not have child psychologists or mentors and
we coped without them. We did not need Ritalin and ADD was not the reason for lively, active children.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!
And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!
You might want to share this with others who have had the good fortune to grow up as kids, before the lawyers
and the government regulated our lives for our own good. And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so
they will know how brave their parents were.
PS -The bold type is because your eyes are not too good at your age anymore.
We look forward to seeing you at all of our outings.
Yours in a Morris,
Clive Surtees (Editor)
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