Classic Cars

HTN 178 - 1907 International Harvester Model B Farmer's Auto

Sandstone Heritage Trust - News

24th January 2007

2007 is the year that we bring our classic cars, military vehicles, vintage cars, and old commercial vehicles out of retirement and into the sunlight.
Our completely original 1907 International is in running order and simply needs a good service.

Sadly it is too modern for the London to Brighton Run.

Sandstone Heritage Trust hosts MG Car Club at Hogsville

Heritage - News

6th December 2007

The Sandstone Heritage Trust maintains a collection of vintage tractors and some classic cars on an associated property between Johannesburg and Pretoria.  On this property is a fully restored 1930's Service Station which is completely authentic in all respects. 

We were recently privileged to host the MG Car Club on one of their regular outings on 11th November.  The Club has kindly provided the following pictures which give a good account of the day's activities.  The highlight for many was to drive a number of the many Sandstone Heritage Trust vintage tractors and also to acquaint themselves with our Sentinel S4 Steam Truck.


Vintage Car News

Heritage - News

25th February 2008

This is a well known photograph but we have a copy of it in our archives. We asked Ralph Montagu of the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu UK who it is... and he came back immediately.

The car is a Bugatti Cordon Bleu driven by Raymond Mays in about 1923.

So much more interesting than Formula One in our opinion.


Sandstone Heritage Trust participates in 2009 London-Brighton Veteran Car Run

Wilfred and Tamara Mole were the guests of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in the UK for this year's event. The Sandstone team had the privilege of driving a 1903 De Dion Bouton car that had been resident at the Beaulieu Estate since it was new. It is a very cherished and much loved icon within this magnificent car collection. After a trial run on Wednesday before the event through the New Forest in beautiful sunny weather the day of the event dawned. Skies were grey when the cars assembled along the Serpentine in Hyde Park at 06h30. Shortly after 07h00 we were off and for the first hour or so the rain stayed away. We whipped along in merry fashion through Westminster, past Buckingham Palace, and then out into the London suburbs. By the time we got to Croydon we weren't being subjected to just rain; we were being subjected to rain and weather of almost hurricane like proportions. It came down in bucket loads and we reconciled ourselves to the fact that we were going to be soaked for the rest of the trip.


Apart from some minor issues the car performed magnificently. This is a 6 hp, 500 cc car with two speeds. However, this little car had great spirit which is a testament to the fine French automotive engineering of the time.

By the time we reached Crawley the weather was starting to improve and shortly thereafter it stopped raining and the last hour and a half of the run through open countryside to Brighton was a delight. Unfortunately due to the fact that we were so wet we could not linger in Brighton for the celebrations.

Although the weather was inclement and apparently one of the worse days in the history of the run in terms of disagreeable weather conditions, we felt that it was a wonderful challenge and it was very satisfying to have completed the run in fine style.

Our sincere thanks to Doug Hill, Ian Stanfield and the fine team at Beaulieu for all their support and for ensuring that at no stage was any detail left unattended to.