Latest poster…

Here is the next in the series of pictures I am editing to have printed and framed… I have found really sweet aluminium frames for a great price recently, so the photos should look even better up on the wall in these frames…

This one is A1 in size (just had to make the most epic picture of my grandparents as big as possible… 841mm x 594mm… And this one come out even better than the first one! ๐Ÿ˜€

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My new poster project…

So, I recently decided I wanted to start editing some of the photos that I have of my grandparents, have them printed in either A1 or A2 sizes and make custom frames to mount them on the walls of my room and the garage… Pretty neat idea in my mind. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is the first “prototype” photo just after being printed and cut to size… The dimensions of the photo are 594mm x 420mm… And it looks great!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Now all that is left to do is make a fitting frame for the photo…

Ewold van Bergen: 1966 Monte Carlo Rally Preview

Here is a small preview of the main post to come on my grandfathers participation in the 1966 Monte Carlo Rally. Trying to get the main post to be something special…

The above car was the practice car used by my grandfather and his co-driver Rex Wakely-Smith, then the South African rally champions of 1965.

You will notice the damage on the left front fender and left rear quarter panel. This was a direct result of a dramatic escape when the brakes failed suddenly and completely, as they were going down a mountain pass. It was so steep and slippery that even dropping to first gear and switching off the engine did not stop the car…

Grazing a truck scraped the one side of the car and bouncing off a bank bent the left rear quarter panel but helped keep the car on the road. My grandfather finally stopped by deliberately spinning the car in a hairpin bend with an unguarded edge. The car would have gone over that edge and precipice had he not spun.

I am sure you will agree with me that this is quite a lot of drama to go through before the start of such a gruelling rally!

Never before seen EVB photos…

Today I stumbled across three very cool photos of my grandfather that I had yet to see before… Amazing how that can happen even in today’s internet crazy world!

One of these photos will be the lead to a post that is soon to come. Vote in the poll at the bottom of the post and see if you guessed correctly tomorrow when said post is uploaded…

Total Rally 1962:

Monte Carlo Rally 1966:

Beira International Rally 1967:

Thank you for voting!

Ewold van Bergen Trophy Cabinet

As a little follow up post, here is a photograph of my grandfathers trophy cabinet that I was sent by my father. It is quite the collection eh?

This entire collection is now in it’s own dedicated room at the Franschoek Motor Museum in the Western Cape, South Africa. It is open the public most of the time.