89 YEARS AGO TODAY AMY COMPLETED A 17600 KM JOURNEY FROM ENGLAND TO AUSTRALIA IN AN OPEN COCKPIT GYPSY MOTH
Amy Johnson was born in England in 1903 just after the end of the Boer War. When she was in her early 20’s she bought a De Havilland Gypsy Moth plane. The plane was named Jason after her father’s business name.
The plane’s id name was G – AAAH. Amy left England on 5th May 1930 on a solo flight to Darwin up in the North of Australia. The distance is 17600 km and it took Amy 19 days to make the journey. When she landed on 24th May 1930 She was the first Woman to fly solo from the UK to Australia.Kerrie en Rys Stalletjie Pannekoek Stalletjie
In another escapade she broke the record for flying from London to Cape town. The record was held by her husband!
Amy Johnson’s plane is on display in the British Science Museum in South Kensington
Amy died in a flying accident in 1941 which was during World War II. Even today there is contention about how she died. Theories from running out of fuel to being shot down by ‘friendly fire” are among the theories.
Two new cars were launched that year – a British car – The Singer Junior 2 – seater and an American car – The Viking. The Viking was actually an Oldsmobile under different badging. General Motors were doing that with most of their brands. The Viking was only made for two years after which the name was dropped by General Motors.
You may not have a plane, a Viking or a Singer, but if you have a vintage, veteran or classic car or a street custom hot rod Super LDV or Motorbike we hope you will sign up to be with us on 31 August 2019 – Westrand Awesome Classic Car Show
The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.
Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.
The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School.
Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG TOT ‘N KOMPETERENDE KLAS, MOET VOERTUIE VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 1999 OF VROEËR GEBOU OF GEREGISTREER WORD. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hieronder en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.
Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.
Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind is dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.Competition Classes Enter Your Vehicle
IMAGE INFORMATION –
Amy Johnson Portrait – Andy Dingley [Public domain]
de Havilland DH.60 Gipsy Moth G-AAAH – British Science Museum
1930 Viking – Ian Kirk from Broadstone, Dorset, UK [CC BY 2.0]
1930 Singer Junior 2 seater – Steve Glover [CC BY 2.0]