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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.]

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