Just hold the mayonnaise
Comic Kurt Schoonraad can mostly be found in Observatory but occasionally he heads north to muscle car territory
very serious grown-up answers from Schoonraad.
It’s no secret he’s crazy about anything to do with the 1950s. You just have to look at his hairstyle and sideburns for a clue. Cars in particular get his motor running (sorry), and Schoonraad has four classics in his stable – a 1970 Camaro, two Chevy Belairs (1955 and 1957) and a 1965 Oldsmobile. “I’ve been collecting this kind of car ever since I could afford to buy them,” he says.
So perhaps it’s no big surprise that one of his favourite places to hang out is Old Mill Rod & Custom in Parow Industria.
“It’s a warehouse owned by a friend of mine, Simon, where they restore muscle cars like the Mustang and Camaro,” says Schoonraad. “I make a point of popping by every few weeks to have a look at any new cars being worked on. Hanging out there is like being at museum for automobiles.”
While he’s out there, Schoonraad likes to trawl the antique stores along Voortrekker Road between Bellville and Parow. “You are bound to find the most retro furniture at a fraction of the cost compared to the CBD.”
A die-hard citizen of Observatory, Schoonraad can often be found in his ’hood eating sashimi, nigiri, fashion sandwiches and everything else, as long as it has no mayonnaise, at 1980 Sushi House & Grill. “It has the best sushi this side of town. The owner and staff are extremely friendly and their service is simply fantastic – truly value for money.”
Schoonraad’s hot spots may show his more normal side, but he will always see the world in his delightfully off-centre way. Of his show, which runs until November 23, he says: “Basically the show is a summary of what’s been going on inside my head for the past year, trying to come to terms with getting older, what’s been going on society these days, etc.
“Honorable mention has to be made of my star politician Julius Malema – he writes most of my material. You know what they say: ‘If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and blame a politician’.”
HOLDING HIS OWN: Kurt Schoonraad at his favorite hangout in Old Mill Road, Parow, where he checks out the classic cars.