Saturday, 17 May 2014

ERA rally update

So where has our 1966 Jaguar 3.8 ltr S type got to you may wonder?

( monday afternoon, 19th of May 2014) they are now at the Etosha Pan in Namibia, tommorrow is a lay day?

Now this is a heck of a long way from Cape Town and on day 17 they still have a long way to go before they return and through Namibia!


My thanks to Wikipedia for the information below.

My last fill up of LRP (lead replacement petrol) was done in our village of Hout Bay and on the way to Cape Towns, Salt River to hand the car over, look where the car is now!

Sunday, 18th May 2014, they have now crossed into Namibia and can be found in the Caprivi Strip town of Mukwe, thats quite some drive out of Botswana.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Map of the delta

NASA view of Okavango Delta, with national borders added.

Typical region in the Okavango Delta, with free canals and lakes, swamps and islands
The Okavango Delta (or Okavango Grassland) in Botswana is a very large inland delta formed where the Okavango Riverreaches a tectonic trough in the central part of the endorheic basin of the Kalahari. All the water reaching the Delta is ultimately evaporated and transpired, and does not flow into any sea or ocean. Each year approximately 11 cubic kilometres of water spreads over the 6,000-15,000 km² area. Some flood-waters drain into Lake Ngami.[1] The Moremi Game Reserve, aNational Park, is on the eastern side of the Delta. This statistical significance helped the Okavango Delta secure a position as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, which were officially declared on February 11, 2013 in ArushaTanzania.[2]
The area was once part of Lake Makgadikgadi, an ancient lake that mostly dried up by the early Holocene. Although the Okavango Delta is widely believed to be the world's largest inland delta, it is not. In Africa alone there are two larger similar geological features: the Sudd on the Nile in South Sudan, and the Inner Niger Delta in Mali.[3]

Friday, 16 May 2014

Looking for a Hillman Imp or similar?

I am looking for a new Imp project to follow the one I am working on now.

Do you know of a Hillman Imp or one of its re branded names anywhere in the Western Cape area of South Africa. Other areas considered but transport may be expensive?

For sale or trade and in a better condition than this GPO phone box.

What can I say, the car needs a little work I know but with panels now re manufactured we can fix most things!
We have doors and a roof in stock anyway. Roy

The Hillman Imp Motor Car launch magazines

Back in 1963 it was very rare for a car magazine to make a new car the main subject of most of the issue.

Sporting Motorist did just that, it was the May 1963 issue and at just three Shillings a good price.

I have that magazine here, as I do the Autocar May 1963 issue.

The cars and the magazines are now fifty (50) years old, Autocar still exists, I wonder does Sporting Motorist?

The Imps still of course still exist and I drive mine as many times each week as is possible!

How easy can that be?


This was a third British magazine doing a front page story on the Hillman Imp, there were also French and Dutch magazines doing the same thing, looks like Rootes we good at promotions. This issue I do not have , does anyone have one for me I wonder?

Such was the excitement and press coverage that Rootes covered an entire car with them!

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Spray dodger roof cover

This may happen for a client who has his spray dodger in place already, we supplied the bending plywood for that construction and now the owner asks about making an extension over the cockpit and steering position?

For that application  we can supply the builders jig off the normal hard dodgers kit, plus the plywoods and epoxy. The roof becomes a light weight plywood section, with very light 8mm  Superform bending plywood in as a core and okoume 4mm marine ply on both faces, when bonded together with thin laminating epoxy, a stiff but strong roof section is the result.


Sunday, 11 May 2014

Packing our kits for export

We have now been selling computer cut boat kits around twelve years, enquiries and orders being recieved from around the world we had to ensure that these valued orders arrived at their destination intact and undamaged.

This was a Cape Henry 21 kit we shipped to Seattle in the USA, note the heavy steel drop keel plate, we used various off cuts of material to hold it in place before closing the packing crate off and then steel band strapping it.

With a Didi Mini Transat Mk3 ready for shipping, we will be packing that next week in a similar manner.

More information here at this link