Man, Landy live to tell after 60 years
A local classic car and 4x4 enthusiast celebrated his 80th birthday on Saturday 10 October by hosting a classic car “drive-in”, where close friends and like-minded individuals gathered to enjoy the day.
David Evans has been driving his
1950 Land Rover for more than 60 years. He bought it from a elderly woman in 1958 for R325.
More than 60 years later the Land Rover is mostly unrestored, intact and still on the road – and is now worth almost half a million rand.
“It was the first privately owned Land Rover in Somerset West at the time,”
“I just love the car and took it all over the area, up the mountains, and I explored various terrains with it.”
He said some of his highlights consist mainly of adventures all over the country and continent, the most recent driving in a convoy of 4x4s stretching 7 km with the well-known South African explorer, humanitarian and author Kingsley Holgate.
Evans related that the mileage on his trusty 4x4 stopped at 88 000 about 30 years ago, and admitted he doesn’t drive it much anymore, but does take it to car shows and for the occasional spin around the city.
Asked if he would sell, Evans said without hesitation: “Never. This car is not on the market. It’s my baby”.
Friends and family gathered at Absolute Classics at Somerset West Business Park, where they congratulated Evans on his birthday and shared in the joy of viewing the classic cars on display.
David Evans with his 1950 Land Rover – the first privately owned 4x4 in Somerset West.
Imke and Bill McClatchey
Leon de Villers (Absolute Classics) and Lindsay Curran (Mustang Club)
Piet and Mia van Rensburg with Laurie Claassen.
David Evans with his granddaughters Leah and Lucy Marais.
David Evans and Mariana Opperman
Jerry Gilbert, Magson Dick, David Evans and Marlize Burger.
Altus Viljoen and Gustav Pienaar