The Southern Cape Old Car Club Heritage Tour 2019 pays tribute to the partaking Borgward

GEORGE – The annual Heritage Tour of the Southern Cape Old Car Club (SCOCC), proudly supported by ReCollection Rides, takes place on 20 to 24 September.

SCOCC members hail from George, Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn, but also has members and representatives as far as Beaufort West and Victoria West.

Borgward 

Japie and Willie van Rooyen acquired their Borgward Isabella on 30 August 2004 and have been very happy with it since.

Dr Carel Borgward was one of the last independent manufacturers who realised his dream of creating his own vehicles.  The company was founded in 1929 and existed until it was controversially declared insolvent in 1961.

The brand was revived in the 21st century, with the Stuttgart-based Borgward Group AG designing and marketing cars manufactured in China.

Borgward was based in Bremen, Germany.  Although the factory was bombed to the ground during World War 2, it was rebuilt largely due to the owner’s single-minded determined.

The Company built vehicles of four brands; Hansa, Goliath, Lloyd and Borgward’s Isabella named after the Spanish version of the owner’s wife’s name, Elizabeth.

Production of the Borgward Isabella Coupé began in 1954 and the car made its commercial debut in 1957.  This low, short-roofed coupé is generally considered to be Borgward’s masterpiece.  Four models were hand-built, one of which was a gift to his wife who drove it well into her eighties.

The company made a foray into motor-racing with a line of 16-valve, 1500 cc sports cars in the late 1950’s.  These engines were successfully used by some Formula One privateers until 1961.

Although the company pioneered a number of technical innovations like automatic transmissions and air suspension, it had trouble competing with the rising mega-companies like Opel and Volkswagen.  Borgward never paid much attention to cost-cutting measures and when they began experiencing quality problems, the writing was on the wall.

For example, the Lloyd Arabella was a water-cooled boxer engine with front wheel drive, innovative for its time; but it suffered from water-leakage issues and gearbox glitches even though it was more expensive that its competitors.

The company was forced into liquidation by its creditors in 1961.  Until his death in 1963, Dr Carl Borgward insisted that the company had been solvent, accusing his competitors of a corporate hit job orchestrated through the press.

This assertion was given credence by the fact that all his creditors were paid in full and that there was in excess of 4.5 million Marks left in the business at his death.

Visit the Heritage Tour page on the SCOCC website at www.SCOCC.co.za or contact Pierre Olivier at 082 8726456 for more information.


Die Suid-Kaap Oumotorklub Erfenistoer 2019

GEORGE – Die Suid-Kaap Oumotorklub se jaarlikse Erfenistoer, trots ondersteun deur ReCollection Rides, vind vanjaar van 20 tot 24 September plaas.

Die SKOMK sluit George, Mosselbaai en Oudtshoorn in, maar het lede en verteenwoordigers so ver as Beaufort-Wes en Victoria Wes.

Borgward

Japie en Willie van Rooyen het hul Borgward Isabella op 30 Augustus 2004 aangeskaf en is sedertdien baie gelukkig daarmee.

Dr Carel Borgward was een van die laaste onafhanklike vervaardigers wat sy droom om sy eie voertuie te skep, verwesenlik het. Die maatskappy is in 1890 gestig en het bestaan ​​totdat dit in 1961 op kontroversieel wyse insolvent verklaar is.

Die handelsmerk is in die 21ste eeu herleef, en die Borgward Group AG, wat op Stuttgart gebaseer is, het motors ontwerp en bemark wat in China vervaardig is.

Borgward was gebaseer in Bremen, Duitsland. Alhoewel die fabriek tydens die Tweede Wêreldoorlog tot op die grond gebombardeer is, is dit herbou, hoofsaaklik as gevolg van die vasberadenheid van die eienaar.

Die maatskappy het voertuie van vier handelsmerke gebou; Hansa, Goliath, Lloyd en Borgward se Isabella vernoem na die Spaanse weergawe van die eienaar se vrou, Elizabeth.

Die produksie van die Borgward Isabella Coupé is in 1954 begin en die motor het in 1957 sy kommersiële buiging gemaak. Hierdie lae, kort dakkoepee word oor die algemeen beskou as die meesterstuk van Borgward. Vier modelle is met die hand gebou, waarvan een ‘n geskenk aan sy vrou was wie dit tot in haar tagtigerjare bestuur het.

Die maatskappy het in die laat vyftigerjare motorsport betree met ‘n reeks 16 klep, 1500 cc sportmotors. Hierdie enjins is tot 1961 suksesvol deur sommige privaat Formule Een spanne gebruik.

Alhoewel die maatskappy ‘n aantal tegniese innovasies soos outomatiese transmissies en lugvering gepioneer het, was dit moeilik om met die stygende mega-ondernemings soos Opel en Volkswagen mee te ding. Borgward het nooit baie aandag geskenk aan besparingsmaatreëls nie en toe hulle gehalteprobleme ondervind, was die skrif aan die muur.

Die Lloyd Arabella was byvoorbeeld ‘n watergekoelde boksermotor met voorwielaandrywing, innoverend vir sy tyd; maar dit het probleme ondervind met waterlekkasies en foute met die ratkas, al was dit duurder as sy mededingers.

Die maatskappy is in 1961 deur sy krediteure tot likwidasie gedwing. Tot sy dood in 1963 het dr Carl Borgward daarop aangedring dat die maatskappy solvent was, en sy mededingers van ‘n korporatiewe sabotasie wat deur die pers georkestreer is, beskuldig.

Hierdie bewering het geloofwaardigheid gekry deurdat al sy krediteure ten volle betaal is en dat daar by sy dood meer as 4,5 miljoen Deutschemarks in die besigheid oor was.

Besoek die Erfenistoer-webblad op die webblad van die Suid-Kaap Oumotorskou www.SCOCC.co.za en klik op Heritage Tour.

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