Man, Landy live to tell af­ter 60 years

District Mail - - ALGEMEEN GENERAL -

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,”

Evans said.

“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

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