Just hold the may­on­naise

Comic Kurt Schoonraad can mostly be found in Ob­ser­va­tory but oc­ca­sion­ally he heads north to mus­cle car ter­ri­tory

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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’.”

PIC­TURE: TRACEY ADAMS

HOLD­ING HIS OWN: Kurt Schoonraad at his fa­vorite han­gout in Old Mill Road, Parow, where he checks out the clas­sic cars.

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