THE VINTAGE & VETERAN CLUB
was established in July 1959 by a group of enthusiasts under the leadership of great people like Jeff Watson (whose sons are still active members) and the full list of founder members can be seen in our hall.
After the Second World War the VVC originally formed part of the Sports Car Club in Johannesburg which consisted mainly of what we now classify as vintage cars i.e. cars built before January 1931.
In the late 1950s the interest spread to later model cars and the Vintage car enthusiasts’ views really didn’t coincide with the plans of the Sports Car Club and so the VVC was formed.
The name was very carefully chosen to lead the way for a wide variety of interests, not only motor vehicles, but to include other collectable items.
Following the Second World War, as with the rest of the world, old vehicle interests increased to bring later model vehicles into the fold. The current VVC constitution recognizes vehicles 20 years of age and older.
Because of their rarity the VVC has always given a special place to the real oldies, i.e. the vintage and veterans which date from the early 1900s until 1930. The oldest vehicle in the club is a 1903 Buchet motorcycle.
One of the highlights on our events calendar each year is the Annual Durban-Johannesburg Run. The DJ Commemorative Rally is a regularity trial for motorcycles made on or before 31 December 1936. The VVC has been the promoter of the event since 1970.
For a comprehensive history of the DJ Run visit www.djrun.co.za
The constitution of the club states its
AIMS & OBJECTIVES
“To promote the restoration, preservation and operation of suitable vehicles, the collection of automobilia and arrange appropriate competitions, outings, exhibitions and other such activities in furtherance of these aims.
- To encourage road courtesy and good driving.
- To hold talks, lectures, debates and similar ventures of interest to motorists.
- To operate by affiliation or otherwise with all or any other bodies institutions or clubs concerned directly or indirectly with motoring or any of its many phases.
- Generally to do all or any of the aforegoing things that may to the Committee hereinafter seem fit.
The Club is run by a committee of volunteers in terms of the Constitution. Details of the current committee are listed elsewhere on this website and in the newsletter which is published once per month.
The VVC meets regularly on Friday evenings, from 5.30 to 8.00 pm., and on the last Sunday of every month, from 9.00 am, at their Clubhouse in Athol Oaklands, see Location, where members display their vehicles. Visitors are most welcome. Please Contact Us for further information.
The Vintage and Veteran Club is affiliated to the Southern African Veteran and Vintage Association (SAVVA)