CARS AND FAM­ILY

Car (South Africa) - - MAIL -

I am 26, a chef and an avid CAR reader. My pas­sion for cars started long be­fore I could even read and write, with my dad who was an auc­tion­eer and liq­uida­tor (auc­tions have al­ways been a large part of our life). We of­ten saw pe­cu­liar cases like a golden BMW E46 M3 with ni­tro in the boot, and even an S500 Merc with sand in the gas tank. The owner could not make pay­ments so he fled to Mozam­bique where we man­aged to track him down four months later.

I re­mem­ber how my fa­ther and I would ex­am­ine all the ve­hi­cles be­fore they would go on auc­tion. We would dis­cuss them at length and some­times it was hard not to buy them our­selves. We bought so many of our fam­ily ve­hi­cles from auc­tions, such as a Land Rover Dis­cov­ery 1, of which we had to have the en­gine re­placed three times. Not even this was enough to put my fa­ther off buy­ing Land Rovers. Shortly af­ter, he bought a metal­lic sage-green Dis­cov­ery 3 and it was slightly bet­ter, but re­sale value was pretty poor.

Some of the finest mem­o­ries I have of my fa­ther are wo­ven in with cars and our shared in­ter­est in all things au­to­mo­tive. Sadly, my fa­ther passed away in 2009.

KONRAD STRAUSS Twee Riviere

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