Saturday, 3 January 2015

A holiday in Hout Bay near Cape Town, South Africa?

Its posted that we Cape Town residents do not need a holiday as we live a life of holidays every day?

This is the sea side village of Hout Bay and as we can see its a real tourist attraction, the big red bus makes regular stops in Hout Bay.

Benches and sun umbrellas are brought out for the waiting riders when its really busy.
I asked the management of the red bus company about the service, next they will erect gazebos!

Friday, 2 January 2015

Hillman Imp wanted in South Africa

The 1967 Singer Chamois we have owned for over twenty (20) years has been sold and will travel to the North in a month or so, I am busy preparing the car by removal of the upgraded parts and taking it back to standard specification. These include re fitting of the 12"steel rims and higher profile tires, re fitting the front drum brakes over the Ford KA disc brakes now fitted, taking off the Monte Carlo lower competition road springs and re fitting the engine that matches the cars licence papers. There is more also but I can talk about that another day?

So I need another similar car for my next Imp based car restoration project.

The move back to an  'As Standard'   car is interesting, as the 1971 Hillman Imp Deluxe I restored last year went to an owner who wanted an upgraded but otherwise standard car. The special parts on this Singer Chamois will be re used by myself and possibly on the 1967 Hillman Californian coupe I am re building right now?

Does anyone own or know where I can find one in Southern Africa? a bare shell can also be considered as my parts stash includes many body panels, front bonnet and rear engine cover, suspensions and engines etc etc.


Wednesday, 31 December 2014

South African Sailing C.O.F safety check

The annual S.A.S check was done yesterday, to save the survey guy time all safety gear was hauled out and placed on display, just look at all the gear we have to have.

Keith the surveyor asked the questions.

I was informed that class C which covers a vessel to fifteen miles offshore now needs a life raft for sailing at night! Seems we pay but get more restrictions than we ever had before?