KAREN VAN DER MERVE 1911 MODEL T

In 1980 my late father, Mark Edwards together with his lifetime friend Alistair McDonald went to Ermelo with Alistair's 8 ton truck to fetch a pile of Model T parts comprising chassis, front and rear axles, engine blocks, transmissions, steering columns and many other bits. Unfortunately the seller had substituted later era spares for those originally negotiated which resulted in a major confrontation and a renegotiated deal.

As they were both doing house renovations the project was put on hold until 1994, although they had in the meantime been sourcing missing parts from across the globe. The engine block for Alistair's car was found in Riebeek Kasteel in the Cape and the ignition switch in New Zealand. Other parts including lamps, tyres and body parts, came from America.

Dad & Ali built the red twins together, side by side from the same pile of parts plus whatever could be found from wherever at the time, and more stuff that came home with me from America, which is where I was currently living, each year in my luggage including a set of tyres. The cars were completed in 2003. I inherited Dad's car after his death in November 2010. Since taking her over I have had to learn a few mechanical lessons like replacing valves, adjusting bands and timing, fixing radiator leaks, but thanks to the "T" Boys, help is never too far away. I have participated with her in the George 200 Long Distance Tour (2011), the 2012 Kalk Bay Veteran run, the 2012 SAVVA Edwardian & Veteran Tour, the 2013 Kalk Bay Veteran Run, the 2013 SAVVA Edwardian & Veteran Tour as well as every club run that is organised. I will also be travelling to Durban for the Diamond Jubilee Run in May this year. My father was a founding member of the Veteran & Vintage Car Club of South Africa in Kloof and I will be taking his car back home for the VCC's Diamond Jubilee. I love this car with a passion & drive her with immense pride, with the old man on my shoulder whispering in my ear every step of the way.

Karen Van Der Merwe 1911 Model T
Karen Van Der Merwe 1911 Model T