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HTN 178 - 1907 International Harvester Model B Farmer's Auto

24th January 2007

2007 is the year that we bring our classic cars, military vehicles, vintage cars, and old commercial vehicles out of retirement and into the sunlight.
Our completely original 1907 International is in running order and simply needs a good service.

Sadly it is too modern for the London to Brighton Run.

At the beginning of this new century, one of the most popular cars is the 'all purpose vehicle,' one that can carry the groceries, the lumber for weekend projects, and take the family on an outing. In 1907, the International Harvester Company introduced an earlier version of the 'one car to do everything' - the Auto-Wagon. With the rear seat removed, the Auto-Wagon could participate in daily work around the farm, and on Sunday with the rear seat in place, it could also carry the family to church in style. Sold through International dealers that traditionally handled farm equipment, and built purposely to look as much like a buggy as possible, these 'high-wheelers' had solid rubber tires and large wheels to allow for high clearance on the unpaved country roads.

More background information on these earlier International records would be appreciated.
1907 International Harvester Model B Farmer's Auto

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HTN 185 - The Sandstone Heritage Trust doesn't just operate at Sandstone Estates

21st February 2007

The Sandstone Heritage Trust doesn't just operate at Sandstone Estates in the Eastern Free State. It has another property between Johannesburg and Pretoria where a number of interesting items are maintained and restored.

The emphasis at Hogsville is more on vintage tractors and classic vehicles.

The garage illustrated in these photographs was recently revamped by Wilfred Mole and Charles Viljoen over a two day period.
The centrepiece is a restored 1937 Filling Station, which used to be on the Krugersdorp to Pretoria Road. It is currently being used as the centre for classic car maintenance and has a relaxing ambience which is unashamedly time warped.
The oldest operating vehicle in the collection is a 1908 International Harvester Farmer's Buggy. Unfortunately it is too old to be an entrant in the London to Brighton Run, so we are trying to work out where else to take it for a drive. Note the interesting and varied collection of original oil cans and other items on display.
Caption for 091: The other regular inhabitant of the garage is a 1947 MGTC which has been in the collection since 1968.
There are many beautifully restored items, such as this wall mounted drill. The bulk of the restorations were carried out by Neville Botha, who also has a magnificent collection of relevant motoring items at home. Our thanks go to Neville for the wonderful work that he has done for us.
Over the years we have collected a number of these chariots which are very symbolic of a long forgotten age of motoring. Once again, our thanks to Neville for restoring these items so beautifully.
We are fortunate in having many dedicated individuals who look after our assets. Beatus, our security guard, is never far away.
A wonderful set of shelves from an old haberdashery store provide us with an ability to store unlimited amount of spares in orderly fashion.

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Sandstone Heritage Trust hosts MG Car Club at Hogsville

6th December 2007

The Sandstone Heritage Trust maintains a collection of vintage tractors and some classic cars on an associated property between Johannesburg and Pretoria.  On this property is a fully restored 1930's Service Station which is completely authentic in all respects. 

We were recently privileged to host the MG Car Club on one of their regular outings on 11th November.  The Club has kindly provided the following pictures which give a good account of the day's activities.  The highlight for many was to drive a number of the many Sandstone Heritage Trust vintage tractors and also to acquaint themselves with our Sentinel S4 Steam Truck.




















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Vintage Car News

25th February 2008

This is a well known photograph but we have a copy of it in our archives. We asked Ralph Montagu of the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu UK who it is... and he came back immediately.

The car is a Bugatti Cordon Bleu driven by Raymond Mays in about 1923.

So much more interesting than Formula One in our opinion.


Wilfred and Tamara Mole were the guests of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in the UK for this year's event. The Sandstone team had the privilege of driving a 1903 De Dion Bouton car that had been resident at the Beaulieu Estate since it was new. It is a very cherished and much loved icon within this magnificent car collection. After a trial run on Wednesday before the event through the New Forest in beautiful sunny weather the day of the event dawned. Skies were grey when the cars assembled along the Serpentine in Hyde Park at 06h30. Shortly after 07h00 we were off and for the first hour or so the rain stayed away. We whipped along in merry fashion through Westminster, past Buckingham Palace, and then out into the London suburbs. By the time we got to Croydon we weren't being subjected to just rain; we were being subjected to rain and weather of almost hurricane like proportions. It came down in bucket loads and we reconciled ourselves to the fact that we were going to be soaked for the rest of the trip.

Apart from some minor issues the car performed magnificently. This is a 6 hp, 500 cc car with two speeds. However, this little car had great spirit which is a testament to the fine French automotive engineering of the time.

By the time we reached Crawley the weather was starting to improve and shortly thereafter it stopped raining and the last hour and a half of the run through open countryside to Brighton was a delight. Unfortunately due to the fact that we were so wet we could not linger in Brighton for the celebrations.

Although the weather was inclement and apparently one of the worse days in the history of the run in terms of disagreeable weather conditions, we felt that it was a wonderful challenge and it was very satisfying to have completed the run in fine style.

Our sincere thanks to Doug Hill, Ian Stanfield and the fine team at Beaulieu for all their support and for ensuring that at no stage was any detail left unattended to.

Finally, we would like to thank Ralph Montagu, a great friend of Sandstone's, for the invitation. We have been able to host Ralph to Sandstone on quite a number of occasions and we were delighted to be able to accept his invitation to participate in this wonderful event. From the Sandstone standpoint it is an outstanding example of close cooperation between likeminded Preservation groups and is an example of living Preservation at its best.


Waiting for the starting signal at Hyde Park

At the start

London at dawn

Lovely Autumn conditions before the rain

Note the Penny Farthing

In the thick of it in London

Left to right: Peter Lemmey, Wilfred Mole, Tamara Webster, and Ralph Montagu who graciously gave us the opportunity to drive in the event

Guess who was in the car alongside us - STIRLING MOSS!



On the road

At Pease Pottage Services – weather conditions are looking up

On the seafront at Brighton – wet but unbowed.