Saturday, 2 November 2013

Hillman Imp arrives for restoration

I doubt we will ever see the likes of this offer again, the car has been in dry storage at least twelve years as far as I know.  The car is a 1971 car but first registered in the UK January 01 1973, I have the cars original V5 papers with the car.

The floor pan is untouched, I can not see even a dent in it when looking underneath with a lead light, possibly I may find some marks when the car is rolled over on that turning jig you can see next week?  As you can see the body panels are straight and this far I see no signs of any accident damage.

For sale and to your specification , standard to what ever you want.


News in today from Richard one of the ARCC historians:

Roy ref your car , you probably not aware but I've got the production figures for the 13 years of imp production. your Imp is 413 694501 .
From the start of "G" year series on 10-07-1970 Chassis numbers started from 602002 and ran consecutively until the end of "3" year series in 5-10-1973 where they stopped at 863837 and then "4" year series restarted at 100000 and ran consecutively (in the case of IMP production  until 09-02-1976.)
your chassis number  694501 fits into the production date of 24-09-1971. hope this helps as Bob checks all the dates with me , if you want any others dated let me know . All production prior to "G" year series is itemised on a model basis. 


Much asking of the forum people has come up with an original paint colour for me, Chrysler Electric Blue. I found evidence of it in small patches, then a very large area when the under dash panels were removed, it looks like the blue in the engine bay below.

I then matched that to a Samcor shade as found on the Ford Focus and named Aquarius Blue.

This works for me, strange that the 1971 Hillman Imp Deluxe is now 42 years old but Ford are still using paint shades from that era!

Friday, 1 November 2013

ERA African Rally car preparation

After ownership for over three decades of a 1966 Jaguar 3.8ltr S type, I have sold the car and while its left my place today, it will be returning for some changes and to get the car for a rally around Southern Africa in May 2014.

The first part of the rally preparation will be best done when the car is on a four post car lift, to this end the car was sent by special trailer to Clive who is a top mechanic and  does this kind of thing.

26 Days:

The 5th Classic Safari Challenge


1st - 26th  May, 2014

Check the link out to find the route, it takes 26 days I think.

The car will be away some weeks while various specialist work their magic on the car, one will be Alan fitting an under dash air conditioner.

Does your car need sorting for the same rally, why not let me sort out your needs here in Cape Town for you?

Watch this space for updates as they happen.

Talking of space, the floor area that the Jaguar has used all these years will not be vacant for long, in fact a 1971 Hillman Imp will take its place there in the morning!   Then another Imp restoration starts then on monday.


Thursday, 31 October 2013

Shear Tenacity in the Pacific Islands

Rod and Mary left Hout Bay on their Dix designed Shearwater 39 some years back, they are now well into the Pacific and have just stopped in American Samoa.

En route to Tonga....if you look really closely you can just see the island
Thankfully, the weather for our 340 mile leg to Tonga was nothing like predicted! A bit rough on day one, we still managed 150 miles, and another 160miles on day 2 in more manageable seas. We knocked off the last 30 miles in good time, and were able to anchor in Port Maurelle by about 15.30h, after a dry, fast, and good sail. As a bonus, I boated a nice Wahoo on the run in to Tonga.
Cruising on your own yacht, the good life indeed!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

A history of the Royal Cape Yacht Club

I was an RCYC member when Bill Rabinowitz had his volume published, it was a short run and its possible most were pre orders?

Bill was at the club the evening the volume was released, with my order ready for me I was fortunate to get my copy signed that evening.

What luck!


I was asked by a blog viewer in Austria recently about finding a copy and I know the RCYC itself was trying to locate a spare copy last year, are they now collectable?

David raises his Didi Mini Transat mast!

We sent David quite a complete kit, even the deck gear, stainless fittings and alloy stations, push and pulpit.

What a nice calm day to raise a mast.

Good day Roy

            I have finished the Yacht mast up all is good, some photos. I will be testing her next week will send photos and a performance report.


It looks like the crane was in use here but that's not the case.
David is in the Freemantle area, Australia.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Mariquita on lake Attersee

You may wonder how some of this stuff comes to me so do I sometimes!

What a glorious picture, click on it to see a larger image.

Lake Attersee is in Austria.

My thanks to Micheal for the picture.

Mariquita is of course a 30 square design and a regular Lipton Cup winner here in South Africa, Durban was her home port. Did she win Lipton seven times?


Sunday, 27 October 2013

Zeeslangs new home

Where would that be you may ask?

How about Attersee Marina in Austria!

My she does look nice!

Dear Roy,

attached please find a picture of Zeeslang at her new home.

Micheal contacted me about send him a Toylander kit to Austria and mentioned that Zeeslang was on a lake there now.


I asked about shipping?

Dear roy,

 just in case you are interested:

 Zeeslang loaded on the cargo vessel

 on the cradle in Hamburg

lifted onto a brand-new custom made trailer.
I am asked does anyone know where the original plans may be, Van DerStadt yacht design does not seem
to have them.


Wien, 29. October 2013

Drawings for Zeeslang

Dear Roy,

As discussed the other day, I have bought Zeeslang a few years ago and upon our return to Europe she was shipped to Austria.
We are trying to collect everything pertaining to her history, especially pictures and, quite important, we are looking for the original plans as work needs to be done from time to time. Cliffie, who has bought Zeeslang from KeesBruynzeel, told us that Kees  the time didn’t want to give him the plans. Reason being that  Cliffie paid less for Zeeslang than Kees had paid for the plans alone. We obtained a copy of plans from van de Stadt, but the drawings seem to have been altered as the set shows different dimensions for the same “piece” between the different sheets. Furthermore, at least a few sheets show a date years after Zeeslang was built.

Can anyone fill in on the history of this very important sailing boat?

This came in from Ray who knew the original owner.

Hi Roy,

Zeeslang is still a breath-catching sight... many thanks for the pics.

The plans are probably among B’s papers at one of his son’s homes, or his daughter who lives in Cape Town.

Black Soo, as you will know, is a very close copy, only slightly smaller in beam.

Unhappily, boats can’t get the authentic treatment expected with Vintage cars. So if there’s any tinkering to be done to keep Zeeslang fit & sailing -- so be it.

Sorry I can’t be of more help.

Stay well!