Monday, 22 March 2010

Car Crossing Moodies Drift

Nick Baalbergen Writes

Thought the attached photo may be of interest. It is of a span of oxen about to 'assist' a car across the Moodie's Drift crossing on the Sabi River.

This is a photo obtained from the Archives in Salisbury in the 70's.
The annotation reads........."Car crossing Moodies Drift. (National Archives Salisbury No 15836)". No date is given, but the fact that the Drift was still in use, would suggest that it pre-dates the construction of Birchenough Bridge, therefore pre 1933 - the vehicle looks like a 20's model.

Thanks to Nick Baalbergen for sharing his memories with ORAFs.



At 23 March 2010 at 14:39 , Blogger Rhodesia Remembered said...

Mike Hopkins Writes:-

I can positively identify the car in the photo as a 1930/31 Ford Model A. This confirms that the photo could well have been taken circa 1932/33.

At 23 March 2010 at 14:40 , Blogger Rhodesia Remembered said...

Alan McKay Writes:-

Rather suspicious looking parcel on the back of the car ?????? I wonder if it was intended to be "dumped" in the river. A classic mystery of "The missing gardener".

At 23 March 2010 at 14:42 , Blogger Rhodesia Remembered said...

Skatie Fourie Writes:-

The old car being towed is a 1930/31 Ford Model 'A' open tourer. Reason its not crossing under its own steam, the motor will stall, usually dampness in the distributor.


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