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 Club for early Ford enthusiasts
 Chairman Malcolm Leech
 Secretary Cheryl Cowley
 Treasurer Mari Caddick
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 In May 1967, a group of four Model A Ford enthusiasts, motivated by Bob Saddler, got together and decided to form an old motor car club exclusively for the restoration of Ford cars.

On the 7 May of that year the birth of the Model A Ford and Post Vintage Club was registered (to be changed later to the Early Ford Car Club of SA), and the first official meeting took place at the D.F. Malan Airport on that Sunday, attended by about six found­er members: John Roderick, Frans Delhez, Bob Saddler, John Home, John Rhoode, and Ray de Bruyn.

This became the monthly venue for some time, and those were the days when parking was no problem at the airport and tea and scones cost 10c.

The club got off to a slow start as it originally catered for Ford cars only. A club em­blem was top priority, and I was given the task of having one designed. Having no artistic talents, I just took a front end photograph of my own Model A Ford and bribed the com­pany artist to design something around it. The resultant design was unanimously accepted by the Committee, and this is still the Club emblem today.

Right from its inception the Ford Club en­couraged family participation in Club events, and this aspect of Club policy was largely responsible for the success of the EFCC and above all, the happy atmosphere and cameraderie for which the Club is known.

Regular monthly meetings were held, the venue later being changed to the Hohenort Hotel in Constantia where, on the second Sunday of the month, tea and scones and old car chatter were enjoyed by members. Any member who came without his family was im­mediately asked for an explanation!

Fun runs and treasure hunts were organised, and these were always great fun and well attended, so much so that the member­ship was increasing so rapidly that the Hohenort Hotel was unable to cater for us any more and alternative arrangements had to be made.

One of our Committee members had some influence in the right circles and we now en­joy excellent Clubhouse facilities at the Cape Showgrounds for a nominal fee - our ladies providing an excellent tea and sometimes catering for up to 200 people.

In July 1975, it was decided to change the Club name to The Early Ford Car Club of SA, as it was felt that the old name was too much of a mouthful and also gave the impres­sion of catering only for the period 1928 to­1940.

On 14 June 1973, the Club became a Member of SAVVA whom we still en­thusiastically support as we were quick to rea­lise, like I am sure all other vintage car clubs, the enormous advantage of belonging to such an organisation.

Although the Club started off as a one make club, we quickly found that this was not practical, as many of our own members owned a variety of makes, and although the name still gives the impression of us being a one make Club, we do in fact welcome all makes of cars.

Club newsletters were and still are sent out on a monthly basis - the very first ones being written by the Chairman himself on a sheet of foolscap paper. This was continued for some years, and it was only in January 1982 that our newsletter in its present attrac­tive format was designed, and we find it a most acceptable means of keeping our mem­bers, particularly country members, advised of Club activities. Main functions of the year have become an­nual events and are always extremely well at­tended.

As a result of the Club's popularity, a Chap­ter was formed in Durban a few years ago and more recently in Beaufort West. In fact, so enthusiastic were the Beaufort West mem­bers that they invited us there for a weekend - certainly an ambitious effort on behalf of the eleven EFCC cars that tackled the long drive - what a weekend! They in turn have visited us on numerous occasions, as well as members from the Durban Chapter.

One of the Club's greatest triumphs was when we hosted the 1985 Total National Vintage Tour. The enthusiasm with which the organising Committee tackled this project surpassed all expectations. Although the event is now histo­ry, letters of appreciation are still coming in, all bearing the same message: "Thanks for one of the best organised tours I have ever attended". Many of these letters came from veteran rallyists.

To sum up, I would say that the success of the EFCC lies in the fact that there is complete co-operation between Committee and members.

Raymond de Bruyn

(This early history of the EFCC was written by Raymond de Bruyn especially for the 1988 Total Post-45 National Tour brochure. Ed)

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