South Africa

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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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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Jeep Wrangler Kallies Quarry | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

Jeep Wrangler | Playtime at Kallie’s Quarry

Flag South AfricaKallies Quarry. A four wheel drive playground that features very steep tracks in some places, with deep ruts and a pond that requires wading through. This bone stock Jeep Wrangler did it without problems. A Jeep actually going offroad is a rather rare sight in South Africa, because most 4x4ers prefer either Toyota or Land Rover. This actually reminded me of the fun we had with Jeeps when I was living in Texas/USA, many years ago.

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Ford Cortina Bakkie 4x4 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2007)

Ford Cortina Bakkie 4×4

Flag South AfricaFrequent readers might remember the Ford Cortina Bakkie based tow truck featured here at Drive-by Snapshots earlier this year. There is more variety to this topic, though. On my way to Bloemfontein, I found this Ford Cortina Bakkie 4×4 for sale at a used car dealership. Admittedly a nicely executed four wheel drive conversion in mint condition. Actually, I wouldn’t mind at all owning something like that. Pure early 80’s style & function!

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Yellow Elephant South Africa | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2007)

The big five. Plus one.

Flag South AfricaThe goal of most tourists coming to South Africa and visiting game parks, like the Kruger National Park, is seeing the Big Five: lions, African elephants, Cape buffalos, leopards, and rhinoceros. As a rule of thumb, you must always look very carefully to spot the various animals in the bush. Take a look at the first picture and try to spot the big five hiding there. Do not scroll down yet, as it would spoil the fun! Take your time…

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Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint Veloce | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2007)

Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint Veloce | Alfasudafrica

Flag South AfricaOn our way from Johannesburg to Swaziland, we spent a night in Kapshehoop. We enjoyed very nice accommodation in a tranquil and peaceful little town. No fences, no locks on the doors and not a single security patrol car anywhere. On the next morning, after packing our stuff in the car and heading out of town, we found something unexpected in South Africa. An Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint Veloce, which quite nicely matched the “building” it was parked in front of. Mustn’t be easy to find spare parts for it in this remote part of the continent.

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Mercedes-Benz MB Trac Sodwana Bay | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2007)

Mercedes-Benz MB Trac | How to launch a big boat

Flag South AfricaSmall boats may be launched by hand.
Medium size boats may be launched by a rusty bakkie.
Big boats need something a bit more substantial in weight an power…

This is where the mighty Mercedes-Benz MB Trac comes in handy. This being a highly sought after machine even in Europe, you can imagine how surprised I was to find such a brute at the remote beach of Sodwana Bay in South Africa. To be honest, it was spectacular how the MB Trac launched catapulted the boat into the sea!

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Land Rover Series III Sodwana Bay | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2007)

Land Rover Series III | Alive at the beach

Flag South AfricaDiving in Sodwana Bay always means getting up very early, before sunrise. The boats, divers and their equipment are shuttled from the diving base near the dune to the waterfront. A tough job in sun, sand and salt. Most diving companies use late model bakkies or 4x4s. Ocean Divers Pretoria still uses a Series III Land Rover, which has been rebuilt a couple of years ago. The vehicle is in good overall shape with lovely patina, but rust caused by the saltwater is already visible again on the drivetrain and suspension components. Thank you for keeping the old Landy alive!

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Toyota Hilux | How to apply what you can’t order

Flag South AfricaLet’s suppose you just bought a brand new Toyota Hilux 4×4. It’s as bright and shiny as it came from the factory. No scratch, no dent, hardly any kilometers on the odometer. Everybody is admiring the beautiful black paint and chrome plated accessories, but you think there is something missing. You scratch your head and wonder which box you forgot to tick when you ordered the vehicle. Surely, something is missing. To find out, you head over to the FWDCSA Base4 club grounds and talk to the experts.

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Toyota LandCruiser Clay 4x4 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2007)

Toyota ClayCruiser VX

Flag South AfricaWhile staying at the famous Blue Sky Mining Backpackers just south ofDurban, I had the chance to snap a few pictures of their Toyota LandCruiser VX clay model. The model was excellently detailed to the smallest possible detail! Hella auxiliary lights, badges, wipers, a surfboard rack and even a set of mudguards – fantastic 🙂
Unfortunately it was rather big and heavy and therefore I couldn’t possibly buy it and take it back to Germany. Luggage weight restrictions on airplanes be damned…

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