Weekend Post Explorer – Saturday, September 24, 2011. Written by Helen Crooks
Motoring museum puts dorpie on the map
STEYTLERVILLE itself is a bit of a surprise. It’s clean, it’s neat, but really its a one horse town on the way, I am sure, to somewhere. But there is something that sets Steytlerville aside from those Karoo dorpies that offer travellers sustenance and that’s the Pegasus Early Motoring Museum which is a real boys’ (and some girls’) paradise.
Tucked away behind the Verandah Ccoffee Sshop where ladies might lunch on the stoep on a hot summer’s day, or inside when the Karoo chills set in, this motor museum is a respite in the wilderness for anyone who has any interest whatsoever in the history of the motor car.
First off there’s impeccably restored – and still being restored – cars with a varying degree of scarcity. There’s a 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 which is still in perfect running order and a being restored from scrap 1955 Willy’s Overland.
But the most rare is the Ford Model C which is one of only two of the vehicles in the country. Built during the 1930’s this car is being lovingly restored by museum owners Michele and Jurie Prinsloo to its original condition – including the restoration of its floor and ceiling wood.
Then there’s the original 1967 Ford Corsair GT, with its original chrome trimmings and, coming soon, specially for the sports enthusiast, a Ford GT 40 which costs R1,2-million to build.
But, as they say in the adverts, that is not all. Every nook and cranny of this interesting museum is crammed full of motoring memorabilia from books to models of cars and an old diagnostic machine which preceded today’s computerised testers.
Added to this that’s its an animals paradise where the kids can while away a half hour playing with the Prinsloo’s many pets and you have the perfect stopover for all the family.
The R10 entry to the museum will definitely keep the boys entertained while mom enjoys coffee and cake and the kids get to stretch their legs and play with the animals, making this a must do stopover for anyone visiting or passing through Steytlerville.
For lovers of old - timer motoring this small museum is situated on the same premises as the Verahnda Coffee Shop. It is home to a collection of vintage, classic, & classic race cars, and early motoring memorabilia that will take you back in time. The museum contains a personal collection of early motoring items such as enamel signboards, road signs, accessories, spare parts, toys and much more. Vehicles on display consists of models ranging from a rare 1937 Ford Model C to an AC Cobra used in drag racing to a Le Mans winning Ford GT40 with other models in between than will make you say ’My dad had one of these!!!’
The museum contains a personal collection of early motoring items such as enamel signboards, road signs, accessories, spare parts, toys and much more. Vehicles on display consists of models ranging from a rare 1937 Ford Model C to an AC Cobra used in drag racing to a Le Mans winning Ford GT40 with other models in between than will make you say ’My dad had one of these! Contact Michele on 073 315 0290 for more information.
Available every Saturday night. Package includes: Accommodation, Sundown Cocktail with Snacks, A delectable three course Candlelight Dinner, Cabaret Show - "The Steytlerville Follies", Cheese assortment, a Cape Ruby & Coffee, Sunday's Buffet Breakfast.
R1 560.00 per couple in a Standard Room (Double Bed)
R1 680.00 per couple in a Standard Room (Twin Beds)
R1 860.00 per couple in a Superior Room (Queen Bed)
R1 980.00 per couple in a Superior Room (Twin Beds)
R1 080.00 Single Rate in a Standard Room