Franschhoek Motor Museum,part 2

The Franschhoek Motor Museum offers visitors a special opportunity to look back at more than 100 years of motoring history with its unique and exciting collection of vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia in the magnificent setting of L’Ormarins.Across the length and breadth of Southern Africa, only one place can adequately portray the evolution of the automobile, The Franschhoek Motor Museum. The museum’s collection exceeds 220 vehicles – ranging from a 1898 Beeston motor tricycle to a 2003 Ferrari Enzo supercar – and more than 80 exhibits will be on view at any one time, displayed in four de-humidified halls with a total floor area of 2700 m², and presented in chronological order.
MERCEDES-BENZ

540K CABRIOLET ,1936

Straight 8 engine with selectable supercharging

Vacuum-Assisted hydraulic brakes all round

Unique beige leather dashboard and matching hood

1938 wedding gift from Hitler to Egipt’s King Farouk


Engine supercharged 5 401 cc ,8 cylinders SOHC

Power 86-130kW,3500 r/min

Transmission manual four speed handrat

Max speed 170 km/h

90% of the car is original



CHEVROLET

“SUPERIOR ” PICK UP TRUCK 1926

Following the success of Chevrolets “Superior” passenger car range ,General Motors in 1926 introduced a sturdy  commercial chassis ,using the same mechanical specification as the car .As was the case in those days ,the customer bought the rolling chassis ,installing the load bed and cab according to his requirements.However ,since the success of the Dodge picks – ups of the mid 1920’s,sporting factory built cabs,Chevrolet also offered a closed cab model in their 1926 range .

Four cylinders ,overhead valves ,2803 cm3

35 HP,1900 r/ min

Three speed usynchronized gearbox 



FORD. MODEL A pick up

1930

The model A was available in a pick up form almost immediately after the introduction of the model A sedan.There were two body styles to choose from ,the 76 A, a soft top roadster pick up and the 82A which was the closed cab form of the pick up.The pick up was later followed by an enclosed panel van that was also available in a deluxe model.The production of the model A pick up came to an end in 1931.

Four cylinder L- head design engine 

3286,2 cm3,40HP,2200 r/min

Three speed gearbox

Mechanical brakes on all wheels 



CITROEN “TRACTION AVANT “

1954

The man behind the car was Andre Citroen ,who had within a short period of time become one of France’s major motor manufactures.The Traction ,as the French lovingly called it ,was in production from 1934 to 1956.

By the way – in England it is known as the Light Fifteen after its taxable RAC horspower

Four cylinders ,overhead valves

1911cm3 ,56 HP,4250 r/min

Three speed gearbox .2nd and 3rd gears synchronized,with shift lever on dashboard ,front wheel drive 

Full unit construction 

Hydraulic drum brakes all raund 



BUGATTI

TYPE 23

1925

The type 23 Bugatti is a touring version of the extremely successful Type 13,nicknamed “Bresica” after the resounding 1,2,3,4 victory in the voiturette class of the Italian Grand Prix of 1921.They were indecently fans for their day – even the touring version being able to maintain 120 km/ h all day long .The Bresica  Bugatti and its derivatives were in production from 1922 until 1926 


4 cylinders in line ,single overhead camshaft ,16 valves ,1496 cm3 

40 HP ,3500 r /min 

Top speed 120 km/ h 

4 speed manual transmission 




LA ZEBRE

TYPE A 1909

This French car was designed by Jules  Salomon who later designed the first Citroen .The first 50 cars built in 1909 were manufactured for LE ZEBRE at the Unic factory in Paris .The LE ZEBRE is a car with a musical connection ,as the owner of the factory Jacques Bizet was the son of Georges Bizet composer of the opera Carmen .They were produced from 1909 to 1931.


Single cylinder side valves 

601 cm3 ,5 HP ,1600 r/min

Two speed gearbox ( three speed box optional at extra cost )

Top speed “slightly faster than man running “



CHEVROLET 1925 

SUPERIOR TOURER


Launched in1923 .1925 model known as series K

Built on GM “A”chassis shared with others GM makes 

Electric starter .11″ rear brakes 

Engine 2802 cm3 ,4 cylinders OHV

19,4 kW ,2000r/min 



MERCEDES-BENZ 

540K Cabriolet B 1938″



ROLLS-ROYCE 

20/25  1935

On the effects of the economic depression of the early 1930 was a less formal lifestyle ,even among the very wealthy .Instead of being driven by a chauffeur in a lordly Phanthom .The wealthy person drove himselfe .Further successful businessman and professional people ,who had no experience of any army of servants ,and therefore ,no chauffeurs,preferred a smaller car than the Phantom if they wanted to move upmarket.The Roll- Royce 20/25 successor to the 20 ,was an admirable choice for the owner – driver .As well made as the bigger car ,it was still the epitome of dignified refinement 


Six cylinders ,overhead valves 

3699cm3 

Four speed gearbox with synchromesh on 3 rd and 4 th,shift lever on right 

Servo assisted ,mechanical brakes all round 

One shot central lubrication 


Franschhoek Motor Museum,part 1

The Franschhoek Motor Museum offers visitors a special opportunity to look back at more than 100 years of motoring history with its unique and exciting collection of vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia in the magnificent setting of L’Ormarins.

Across the length and breadth of Southern Africa, only one place can adequately portray the evolution of the automobile, The Franschhoek Motor Museum. The museum’s collection exceeds 220 vehicles – ranging from a 1898 Beeston motor tricycle to a 2003 Ferrari Enzo supercar – and more than 80 exhibits will be on view at any one time, displayed in four de-humidified halls with a total floor area of 2700 m², and presented in chronological order.

MERCEDES -BENZ 280 SE, 1972

Introduced at the Frankfurt Auto show in 1956 the W 108/W109 was seen as the Mercedes- Benz upper class model,available at first in 250 and 300 SEL but later the 250 was replaced by the super reliable 280 S and SE range of  engines .

Gone were fins of is predecessor giving the car a smoother and more refined look,it was also 17 % large with lager windscreen and windows.

The six cylinder fuel- injected delivers 160 HP at 5500 r/min and red lines at 6500 r/ min at top speed of 200 km/ h was no problem for this rather large sedan.

They were available with a four speed manual transmission or automatic AUDI 1000S, 1959

Auto Union was the name of the so -called “German Generel Motors” which came into being in 1932by the merger between Horch,Wanderer.Audi and DKW . In 1959elegant sports coupe called 1000S was edded to the range ,and when introduction of the DKW Junior became imminent,the bigger DKW’s were renamed Auto Union

Three cylinders in line ,water cooled ,two stroke 980 cm3,55 ps at 4500 r/min.

Four speed gearbox with shift lever on steering columnFront wheel drive with freewheel

Independent front suspension with transverse half elliptical leaf spring and wishbones .


BMW 502, 1953

Big and sturdy machines ,the 500 series were BMW’s mainstay from 1951 until 1964.They were nicknamed “Batoque Angels”because flowing lines reminded people  of the carven wooden figures of the baroque period.

The 502 was Germany’s first 8 cylinder car since the War and was known for its speed and acceleration.

8- cylinder normally aspirated engine 

49,4 kW ,4800 r/min

4 speed manual transmission .rear weel drive 

Top speed  159,3 km/h



MERCEDES-BENZ

300-SEDAN 1952

This model ,nicknamed “Adenauer” after Konrad Adenauer ,the German Chancellor at that time ,was the most expensive German sedan produced at the time ,being the preferred vehicle for high ranking Goverment officials and diplomats.

Six cylinders in line ,single overhead camshaft ,two Solex carburetors

2996 cm3, 115 PS ,4600 r/min.

Four speed manual gearbox,gear shift lever on steering column.

X frame oval section chassis,independent front suspension with coil springs and wishbones,independent rear suspension with wing axel and coil springs .Electrically operated torsion bar leveling device at the rear .


OPEL OLYMPIA 1950

Technologically,German’s automobile industry led the rest during the late 1930’S.

German’s cars had independent suspension at a time when most of the British and French cars were cart -sprung.and Germany were also at the forefront of design.A typical example is the Opel Olympia,which had debuted in 1935,sporting independent front suspension and a unit body.

Four cylinders in line ,Opel Carter carburetor 

1488 cm3,37 PS,3500r/min

Three speed gearbox,shift lever on steering column

Monocoque body construction

Hydraulic brakes on all 4 wheels


MERCEDES-BENZ. 170D,1948

It is almost impossible to picture the devastation in Germany following World War ||.The Allied bombs flattened entire factories and the tolling that existed was totally inappropriate for civilian production.Component suppliers were in the same boat and the modest production that rolled out of those factories was a miracle indeed.Mercedes was fortunate in that the only passenger car  built in those troubled times .The 170D was the only diesel -engined car available at that time and technologically far ahead of the cars in its class.

Four cylinders in line ,water cooled,overhead valves,diesel

1697 cm3,32 PS,3200r/min

Four speed gearbox with shift lever on floor

Hydraulic brakes 


BMW 328, 1938

Six cylinder,1971 cm3,80HP,5000r/min with triple Solex carburetors 

Normally aspirated,four manual transmission 

Top speed 150 km/h


MERCEDES-BENZ 

130 H  TWO -DOOR. 1935

The 130H with his engine at the rear ,made its debut in 1934.It was first Mercedes -Benz with a central tubular frame .Like the 170 ,it had independent suspension all round and hydraulic drakes on all four wheels.Sels were disappointingly low and production was terminated in 1936.

Four cylinders ,side valves,water cooled,engine mounted at the rear

1299 cm3,26PS,3400r/min

Four speed  forward,fourth gear overdrive .Engine,differential and gearbox bolted together as the unit.

Foot operated one shot chassis lubrication system

Top speed 80 km/h

Only 4298 were made 

Rotorway helicopters

In 1961, RotorWay’s founder, B.J. Schramm, tested the company’s first prototype, the Javelin. The Javelin used a 40 hp (30 kW) motorcycle engine, and was the forerunner of RotorWay’s first production helicopter, the Scorpion, which was offered in 1967.

The Scorpion, priced at $6,300 (not including the cost of the engine), was the first real kit helicopter on the market that flew. The Scorpion was intended for the sport-flying public, rather than the commercial market and this dictated the cost and weight of the aircraft. Originally, costs were intended to be under $10,000, but inflation changed that. The original Scorpion weighed between 1200 and 1300 pounds. It featured a standard gear reduction drive, a semi-articulated two-bladed rotor system, and a one-person capacity.

1970-1979 

An improved version of the Scorpion was introduced in 1971. Among the modifications in the new version were all-aluminum rotor blades, a 115 hp (86 kW) OMC 2-cycle engine (Evinrude Vulcan V-4 outboard motor) and a heavier drive system (shafts and bearings).

In 1971, the Scorpion II was introduced with an OMC 125 hp (93 kW), 2-cycle engine which provided enough power to fly two lightweight people, unlike previous versions.

In 1974, the company eliminated the 2-cycle engine and, unable to find a manufacturer to make their 4-cycle engine suitable for the helicopter, began production of their own engine. This engine, called the RotorWay RW133, was a 4-cycle engine that was able to provide a cruise speed of 80 mph (130 km/h) with a range of 120 miles (193 km) and a useful load of 420 pounds.

The RW 133 engine was installed in the Scorpion II, which was renamed the Scorpion 133. The Scorpion 133 had a list price of $13,500, a gross weight of 1,235 lb (560 kg), and a range of 130 nautical miles (79 nautical miles (146 km) with two people).

1980-1989 

In 1980, RotorWay introduced the RW145 engine, and the Exec helicopter. This was the first helicopter produced by RotorWay that strived to get away from the “kit helicopter” look. Unlike previous helicopters, the Exec did not have an exposed frame or exposed engine and far more attention was given to the aesthetics of the aircraft.

1982 marked the introduction of the asymmetrical rotor blade, enabling the craft to climb to higher altitudes and making the blade resistant to erosion, but with a risk of losing the aircraft if the engine quit.

The Exec helicopter was designed during the late 1980s, and had a 152 hp (113 kW) engine with a maximum payload of 400 pounds, cruise speed of 113 mph (182 km/h) and maximum airspeed of 130 mph (210 km/h). After selling just three Exec helicopters, the company succumbed to financial challenges and was purchased by a former customer, John Netherwood, and stopped production of the Exec helicopter due to design hurdles and financial constraints on the company.

The RW152 engine was manufactured in 1984.

1990-present 

In 1990 RotorWay Aircraft underwent reorganization and changed its name to RotorWay International.

The design and production of the Exec series helicopters began in the early 1990s, starting with the Exec 90. The Exec 90 contained the RI 162 engine, and, unlike previous helicopter kits, much of the assembly, including the welding, was done at the factory. The Exec 90 was followed by the Exec 162F in 1994.

The Exec 162F, with some improvements to the FADEC system and the ACIS, is still being produced and sold by RotorWay.

In July 2007, RotorWay announced the development of the A600 Talon. The A600 Talon features an updated FADEC system, an all-glass cockpit, a cog-belt replacing the primary drive chain, and a larger landing gear, among other features.

In February 2009, RotorWay purchased PMC Machining and Manufacturing, a Phoenix-based builder of helicopter parts. The CEO of PMC, Mark Porter, became president and COO of RotorWay as part of the acquisition.[4] The company also announced plans to certify a two-seat turbine helicopter using the Rolls-Royce RR300 engine and said that acquiring PMC will make that possible.

In July 2015 the company introduced the RotorWay RW7 model.

(Wikipedia)

Sport Helicopters – Waterfront Cape Town 

Sport Helicopters was founded by the late Mr Ernest Macdonald and his son Robert in 1990, and is today Sport Helicopters is owned and managed by Robert. Mr Macdonald, fondly known as “ELVIS”, pioneered scenic flights for tourists around the Cape Peninsula and Winelands during the mid 1980’s using single and multi engine aircraft.Sport Helicopters realized the need to provide a helicopter service to foreign visitors, tour operators and corporates, Mr Macdonald established Sport Helicopters at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront with a single Bell Jetranger

Today Sport Helicopters owns and operates two 4 seat Bell Jetrangers, a 6 seat Bell Longranger, and an authentic ex Vietnam Huey Helicopter, located at the V&A Waterfront Cape Town

During the last 17 years, Sport Helicopters has become the preferred service provider to numerous 5 star Hotels, Inbound Tour Operators, Corporates and high profile individuals.

Sport Helicopters strives to remain the leading helicopter service provider through high standards of operations, maintenance and passenger satisfaction.

Table mountains ,Cape Town 

Table Mountain is South Africa’s best-known landmark, but what many don’t know is that it is also a hiker’s paradise with numerous trails, amazing views and plenty of interesting facts to learn. Oh, and it’s part of a national park. And all this in the heart of the Mother City.Table Mountain, probably the most photographed landmark in South Africa, is now one of the New7Wonders of Nature.

South Africa’s most famous landmark, Table Mountain, is more than just a pile of rock in the bay. A protected national park, it has some remarkable features that make it a great destination for nature-lovers, deserving of more than just a quick cable car ride to see the view from the top.

The mountain forms part of Table Mountain National Park, which is globally recognised for its biodiversity, and contains truly unique fauna and flora. The park encompasses the Table Mountain chain stretching from Signal Hill in the north to Cape Point in the south and the seas and coastline of the peninsula.

It is primarily an open-access park with only a few points where conservation fees are payable including Cape Point, Boulders (where you’ll see penguins), the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Silvermine.

The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway was the solution to the arduous walk and climb to the top. Since its opening in 1929, more than 22 million people have taken the trip to the top of Table Mountain. The new cableway was upgraded and officially reopened on 4 October 1997.

At the upper cable station you will find a restaurant and a curio shop as well as a network of footpaths to explore the table top.

There are plenty of hiking trails from the Camps Bay side of the mountain, as well as from the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and even from the city centre itself.

You can walk or climb the mountain, or even abseil down it, depending on your expertise and fitness levels, but be warned. Although the mountain may look tame on any given day, each year it claims lives as people set off under-prepared for a sudden change in weather. Always hike in a group and carry water and warm clothing with you. Better still, hire a guide or ask an experienced hiker to take you along.