Mr Hoi used to be the principal of the high school that I attended many years ago in Pretoria. This educator, even at his ripe old age, could not pronounce the Afrikaans word hoor properly (hence the nickname). What has Mr Hoi got to do with CAR magazine, you ask? Not much, but he taught us one very valuable lesson in that he also often used the following phrase: “As jy weet hoe ’n ding werk, sal jy weet hoe om met hom te werk.” Translated, this means: “If you know how something works, you will know how to work with it.” The latter brings me to the point that I want to touch on, and that has to do with appreciation.
I received my December 2017 issue of CAR and it struck me that it has now been more than a year since I was afforded the absolute pleasure of doing the 60th-year road trip in my old Auto Union with Steve, Nicol and Kian of CAR magazine. Since this trip, I have had a completely new outlook on what it takes to compile a magazine of this nature.
During the four days of the trip, we had a driver and vehicle swap every two hours, which meant that lots could be discussed in leisure as we negotiated our way to Cape Town.
During these sessions, Steve would handle the editorial questions in detail, Nicol would handle the technical stuff and Kian would ll in the photography part.
This brings me back to Mr Hoi, in that I do understand the workings of handling a magazine so much better and can only say: well done to CAR and its staff for doing a wonderful job of having this magazine on the shelf every month. I now have a much better understanding of what it takes to create each article and road test.
Last, but not least, many thanks once again for offering me this experience which will remain in my memory for a very long to come. DICK DE BRUYN Tzaneen
[Oom Dick! Great to hear from you and thank you for your kind words. What great memories that trip brings back. It’s without doubt one of my automotive highlights since I’ve started working here at CAR – editor.]