Quickfire Q&A with John Smit
Defender or Discovery? Both. Favourite African country to visit? Mozambique. Signature dish? Spaghetti Bolognaise or braai. Best tip when off-roading with kids? iPads. Currently on your iPod? Jeremy Loops.
How did your partnership with Land Rover Durban come about? Jaguar Land Rover’s dealer principal Andre Schrenk and his sales manager, Sue-Anne, helped me purchase my first Range Rover Sport in 2006, and we’ve become great friends ever since. I truly believe Landy people make great friends. I love the fact that every time I step into one of my Defenders, I am greeted and can greet other Defender drivers as we wade through life as mates in cars we care about together. Andre and Sue-Anne understand my crazy passion about Land Rover and they just laugh every time I come to them with another new ‘project’! Plus, they’ve got great coffee at their dealership. Be honest, have you ever had to do a bit of DIY maintenance while out off-roading in the bush? The closest I’ve got is when I duct taped a radiator pipe in Mozambique to get home. Which other rugby players are big Land Rover fans? Plenty of my mates are Landy fans. Every morning, as I drive into GrowthPoint Kings Park, I pass four Defenders, two Discoveries and a Freelander vehicle, all belonging to our players and team management. Dale Chadwick in particular, is good with rebuilding Series I and up, so I get a few tips from him.