Tuesday, October 02, 2012

How not to treat a vehicle

So I’ve been sitting on this post for almost two months. Reason being is that I’ve been very busy, and… well, I just didn’t get around to it. So the first part of the post will be reminiscing about the RIP-ing Avanza, and the next an introduction to the new one.

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So, Monday, last week, I had an interesting start to my day. As I was on my way to shoot for  JET Club Mag in Hout Bay, I was accidently displaced from the second lane to the sidewalk by another vehicle. Before I continue, may I say it was completely unintentional by the other  driver, who is also minus a vehicle now and most apologetic.

Basically it was a case of traffic slowing down suddenly and the driver behind me changing lanes at that very moment, and looking back over his shoulder to his blind-spot. His car hit mine and my car rolled. I was not hurt at all, neither was my equipment damaged, despite ending up on the grass behind the car. Thank you ThinkTank Photo for making decent bags.

Now, all that needs to be said is that my car is a write-off, and no one was hurt. Thank God for that. But, I thought this would be a good time to remember some good times with my Toyota Avanza.

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How my Avanza carried my gear.

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A view I often had coming back from a shoot in the winelands.

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Probably sitting in slow-traffic and bored.

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Some more views over my dashboard. En route to Robertson, maybe?

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Some rather startling dashboard views of me.

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Shooting with Catapult Advertising in the Swartland winelands. On this day I amazed the winemaker with how far up mountain dirt tracks my car could go where he barely made it with his 4x4.

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Parked at the studio. Before I got the signage decals.

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Probably coming from a shoot at Llandudno.

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And we drove up and down Blaauwberg Beach Road many times.

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En route to the studio like many times before.

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Shooting in Franschhoek with Ginkco Spa.

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Working late…

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Alsways looking back. The last thing I would see in that mirror is Table Mountain upside down.

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My kids loved my car too for trips to Grams.

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Working late some more.

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Van Rhynsdorp, en route to Namibia… for JET mag. A rather less eventful trip.

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Getting a windscreen cleaned in Bitterfontein. Quite a way to go for a clean windscreen.

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The road less travelled. Thus, we decided not to travel it. Back onto the N7.

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At Ronnie’s Sex Shop en route to Calitzdorp. I had him 2 days then. Brand new still.

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Somewhere around Kamieskroon, Northern Cape.

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50 meters inside Namibia at Noordoewer/Viooldrift.

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Myself, my brother and the late Avanza in Namibia.

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Next to the Orange River….

And I don’t have all the pics on hand of my car and I at shoots in Gansbaai, Lambert’s Bay, Clanwilliam, Malmesbury, Darling, Mossel Bay, Calitzdorp, Barrydale, the Winelands on so many occasions, Worcester, Robertson, Table Mountain, Cape Point, etc. He served me well.  The first ever car I bought brand new. And took all the punishment on himself when the accident came, and left none on me. What I won’t miss is the darn instalment every month!

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And how it ended.

But now it’s time to create some memories with my new van. The Dan-Van II.

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