Mpumalanga’s Castlebridge Motor Museum – CAR Magazine

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Picture: Kumbi Mtshakazi


Picture: Kumbi Mtshakazi


Picture: Kumbi Mtshakazi


Picture: Kumbi Mtshakazi


Picture: Kumbi Mtshakazi


Picture: Kumbi Mtshakazi


Castlebridge Motor Museum in Mpumalanga

Our media colleague Kumbirai Mtshakazi spent the day at Castlebridge Motor Museum with Ford South Africa in White River Mpumalanga to get to spend time with some golden oldies. 

Established over 25 years in the past by an automotive fanatic, Louis van der Merwe, who mentioned, “I promote furnishings and different issues right here. I needed a spot the place wives might store and their husbands might come and have a look at the automobiles with out dashing their wives”.

Louis, who additionally owns over 15 automobiles within the Castlebridge Motor Museum, together with a Mannequin A and a Mannequin T, says he gathered everybody to take their automobiles out of their garages in order that they might be displayed on the centre.

Some automobiles, that are over 100 years outdated, are owned by worldwide visitors in addition to some native visitors. He notes that the museum is solely free to guests and depends solely on donations to maintain the place operating. Automobiles are additionally began and dusted regularly to maintain them clear and operating whereas some are offered for those who handle to persuade a few of their house owners. The museum regularly hosts automobile exhibits the place visitors from everywhere in the world flock to see a few of the most elegant golden oldies. In a single weekend alone, Louis claims that the museum can entice over 5 hundred individuals and this was virtually the case once we visited the museum.

We additionally received to view the 1957 Ford Skyliner Fairlane V8 which is rumoured to be one in all solely two fashions within the nation and marvelled at simply how superbly stored the piece was. With know-how having superior a lot, the outdated masterpiece took about 1 minute 30 seconds to open its prime in what’s an intricate course of. One thing which we are able to snigger about now contemplating simply how briskly these convertibles take away their covers.

One other automobile that stole our hearts was the Ford Capri MK1 which was in mint situation.

The museum has two sections to it and the opposite part homes single-seater race automobiles in addition to different fashions that additionally participate within the well-known Simola hill climb traditional automobile Fridays. If you’re round White River, the museum is open all through the week.

Written by Kumbi Mtshakazi

Castlebridge Museum with Ford