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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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