South Africa

Yellow and Blue | Day five

While digging through my picture archives, I became aware of having many pictures that have one thing in common: matching color schemes. It really is interesting how some color combinations can be found whichever country you go to. This week I’m going to feature a selection of pictures containing the bright colors Yellow & Blue.

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Yellow and Blue | Day three

While digging through my picture archives, I became aware of having many pictures that have one thing in common: matching color schemes. It really is interesting how some color combinations can be found whichever country you go to. This week I’m going to feature a selection of pictures containing the bright colors Yellow & Blue.

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Yellow and Blue | Day two

While digging through my picture archives, I became aware of having many pictures that have one thing in common: matching color schemes. It really is interesting how some color combinations can be found whichever country you go to. This week I’m going to feature a selection of pictures containing the bright colors Yellow & Blue.

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Color Week Yellow and Blue | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Yellow and Blue | Day one

While digging through my picture archives, I became aware of having many pictures that have one thing in common: matching color schemes. It really is interesting how some color combinations can be found whichever country you go to. This week I’m going to feature a selection of pictures containing the bright colors Yellow & Blue.

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Classic Car Dealership Somerset West ZA | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Just a couple of minutes…

Flag South AfricaBefore writing anything meaningful about the pictures you see here, I must apologize for the bad quality. The pictures have been taken with an old compact camera, not really suitable to night-time shooting without utilizing a tripod. The area itself was a bit dodgy after sunset, so we didn’t waste any time digging out the better cam. Actually, I didn’t even look at the cars on display then and there. All in all it took no more than a couple of minutes to snap those pictures. Quite a nice display, I must admit. Would have been nice to drive stop by during opening hours.

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Nissan Skyline GT-R 34 Durban | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

Nissan Skyline GT-R | Top Secret R34

Flag South AfricaWhile leaving Durban on our way back towards Johannesburg, I spotted this neat Nissan Skyline GT-R 34 drift car. The Volk Racing TE-37‘s looked perfect on it and the overall condition was excellent. Must be fun to drift this incredible machine through the canyon roads up to the Kloof.

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Chevrolet Impala 4-door Hardtop Capetown | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2007)

1966 Chevrolet Impala | Lions’ fast food

Flag South AfricaThe Aepyceros melampus is so common in South Africa, that it is actually called lions’ fast food. The antelopes’ heavyweight namesake immigrated from Detroit in 1966 – and is a rather rare species by now. I found this two-tone painted Chevrolet Impala 4-Door Hardtop in Camps Bay, Capetown. The late afternoon light was glorious, again! You can even see a glimpse of the Table Mountain in the background of the second picture.

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Jaguar Mk2 Pilgrims Rest | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2007)

Jaguar Mk2 | A red cat purring in the mountains

Flag South AfricaThere might be tales about mountain lions in the area around Pilgrims Rest, South Africa. However, the biggest feline beauty we found was this red cat: a classic Jaguar Mk2. Overall, it was in great condition and purring like new. However, a wee bit of patina on some parts made it look alive and told a few stories of it’s past adventures.

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BMW 7-Series E32 Stretchlimo | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

BMW E32 | Beaufort West Limo Service?

Flag South AfricaSometimes location and subject don’t really match. I would have never expected to find a BMW 7-Series E32 stretch limousine in South Africa – let alone in Beaufort West, of all places. But hey, I guess there is demand for a limo service even in rather remote places.

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Livestock Trailer | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2007)

Have a ding dong day!

Flag South AfricaOn the way from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein we found a couple of new livestock trailers parked at a service station. Looked like one of the animals just loved the motto on the DairyBelle delivery truck and enjoyed a ding dong day. Sometimes, advertising really does reach an audience 😉

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Datsun 1200 GX | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2007)

Datsun 1200 GX | A vintage petrol pump with a matching car

Flag South AfricaIt just happens sometimes, that you are in the right spot at the right time. Imagine walking past a vintage Shell petrol pump that is blocked by a boring new car, thinking you mustn’t forget to take a picture of it on the way back. And as you walk back an hour later after a cup of baie lekker hot chocolate and a biscuit, there is a matching vehicle parked right next to it. In this case a yellow Datsun 1200 GX with beautiful patina. A couple of minutes later it was gone again. This really happened in Pilgrims Rest, back in 2007 – imagine the smile it put on my face! 🙂

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Massey Ferguson 165 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2007)

Pilgrims Rest – where a sticker from Germany rests

Flag South AfricaA sunny weekend at the Blyde River Canyon. We took a little detour to visit the provincial heritage site Pilgrims Rest in the Mpumalanga region. A tranquil little town that dates back to the Transvaal gold rush in 1873. The Massey Ferguson 165 tractor we found resting there wasn’t quite that old. While taking pictures of it, I had a look at the side facing the corrugated iron shed. And… surprise! The hood featured a sticker from a German Opel dealership! Auto Thielmann in Aerzen. Ever since then I’ve been wondering how the sticker ended up on a tractor in a rather remote part of South Africa. The dealership still exists today, but has a different phone number.

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Mercedes-Benz W126 Hearse | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2007)

Mercedes-Benz W126 | Limousine hearse with six wheels

Flag South AfricaConsidering the name of this blog and the nature of the subject pictured here, it really wasn’t easy to find a suitable title and words to describe this unusual vehicle I spotted in Barberton, South Africa. Let’s just look at it from a technical point of view, shall we? The base vehicle is a short wheelbase W126 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The chassis has been stretched and a third axle has been added. The wagon body is covered with vinyl and utilizes W124 taillights and probably a few other bits and pieces of the same donor vehicle.

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Triumph 2500TC Capetown | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Triumph 2500 | Kirstenbosch blossom

Flag South AfricaVisiting the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in Capetown sure was an awesome experience. Beautiful plants and trees, the Table Mountain in the background and the perfect weather and light for taking pictures. While leaving the venue and turning onto the main road, I spotted a rare classic Triumph 2500 sporting a rather modern touch. Quite tastefully done, actually.

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Mercedes-Benz SK Trucks | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Mercedes-Benz NG | The New Generation is (re)tired now

Flag South AfricaSomewhere in the Free State, south of Bloemfontein. We are on our way from Capetown to Johannesburg on the N1, being treated to a stunning sunset in the beautiful landscape. The road ahead is straight and smooth. We stop at a little rest area under a bridge and find a pair of tired looking Mercedes-Benz trucks, sitting peacefully on a flatbed trailer and enjoying the warm light of the low sun.
Mind you, the lorries of the New Generation are considered classics by now in Germany and eligible to wear Historic license plates.

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Ford F-250 4x4 Rusty But Trusty | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2007)

Ford F-250 4×4 | Rusty But Trusty

Flag South AfricaSodwana Bay is a famous fishing and diving spot in South Africa. The beach is accessible for all wheel drive vehicles and boats are launched directly from the beach without a concrete slip. The salty water from the sea and the heat add quite a nice patina over time. This rusty but trusty Ford F-250 4×4 has apparently seen many seasons launching boats…

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Ford Cortina Bakkie Tow Truck Conversion | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2007)

Ford Cortina Bakkie Tow Truck

Flag South AfricaIn December 2007, we decided to spend a weekend in Swaziland. For a more adventurous feeling, we decided to take the scenic route and enter the country via the Bulembu border post. We refueled the car at a Caltex station in Barberton, where I found this bright blue Ford Cortina Bakkie. The tow truck conversion was neatly executed and the vehicle looked to be in good shape, despite it’s obvious age. The owner was wondering why on earth I would like to take pictures of his old bakkie, but granted his approval. Thank you, sir.

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Cars parked under trees in South Africa

Flag South AfricaSometimes, coincidences are funny. While finishing this blog post for publication, a friend sent me a link to an article over at speedhunters.com. Keith Charvonia wrote a great piece about finding project cars in the local neighborhoods of Tuscon, Arizona. I really love the article, because it described exactly what I’ve been doing for the last decade and a half: taking pictures of cars found along the roadside, without actually getting out of the car. Here is what I found during a one-week trip in South Africa. Albeit shot in various locations, all the pictures have one thing in common: the cars are parked under a tree.

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Ford Mustang 1965 Franshoek | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

1965 Ford Mustang | A bright red pony in Franshoek

Flag South AfricaThe day we visited Franshoek featured rather dull colors, due to low hanging clouds and the odd rain shower. The whole town seemed to be muted. We unsuspectingly walked around a corner – and found  a bright red pony! A rare one, too – being right hand drive. I’m not sure whether or not this 1965 Ford Mustang came from the factory like that. Might as well be a right hand drive (RHD) conversion, possibly from Desert Classic Mustangs.

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Toyota Hiace Siyaya Taxi | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

Toyota Hiace Siyaya Taxi | Rainbow nation transportation

Flag South AfricaTaxis in South Africa. They may not always adhere to the street code of conduct and find make their own way around traffic jams. They may not always yield to somebody that has the right of way or cut in front of you. But – they do provide (more or less) reliable transportation for many people, who can’t afford to own a vehicle. I especially like the colorful and well kept ones in Durban. The old-school Toyota Hiace Siyaya is my favorite body style, even though the newer models have more safety features and are equipped with air-conditioning. I found these two beautiful Siyaya Taxis in Durban, near the uShaka marine world.

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