Adrian Zaugg is one of South Africa’s hidden driving talents. The 26 year-old has already competed and succeeded in several forms of single-seater racing.
The former karting champion current resides in Switzerland from where he launched his racing career. He has raced in Formula BMW, Formula Renault Cup, Renault World Series, GP2 and A1GP, where he scored three wins for Team RSA. The one time Red Bull Junior Team member still has hopes of making it to Formula One, so that he can compete against some of the drivers he outpaced in junior formulae once more...
I’m a 28 year old engineering graduate with an addiction for anything on four wheels. The seed was planted by my father who has owned more than a dozen cars in the past 3 decades. I have a quiet and reserved nature, somewhat shy. That is countered by my keyboard and of course my love for motoring.
Andrew Solomon spends his free time racing cars, playing soccer, exploring outer space and directing his Sims family - all from the comfort of his own living room. Andrew is interested in a wide variety of things, mostly with the words computer, Xbox or fun in them.
A not-so-typical Free State girl who, after jumping into a moving combi to spend 7 days covering the solar race (in a single set of clothes), was awarded the SA Guild of Motoring Journalists’ bursarship. Now she spends a month at a time at various motoring publications, driving test cars and showing up late for meetings because she’s been tailing another R8/Maserati/XKRS/Anything-with-wheels-that-grunts. She’s got a degree or two, a poodle that goes on road trips, and an insatiable appetite for raunchy cars with big bonnets. Follow her on twitter: Anzetdp or check out the Zetsaid site to find out what the next adventure will be.
A 33 year old graphic designer, and drummer, who has ferocious opinions on cars, specifically relating to design. Always has something to say and is not afraid to move away from trends.
He is currently re-building a 1957 VW beetle in his spare time, a car he has been looking for since he could drive. He has never built a car before…
Barry was born in England, but raised in Australia, before he returned to England and joined Sussex Police, perhaps explaining his perpetual state of confusion. After thirty years of service in the parallel universe that was the British Police, working in departments such as uniform, Vice, Criminal Investigation, Intelligence and Special Branch, he retired and began another life as a freelance auto journalist, writing for publications in the UK, USA, Australia and South Africa. “Car” magazine was one of his first outlets, back in the 1990s and he has contributed during the years, mostly on the subject of classic cars. His own classic is a 2cv he has owned for twenty years.
In 1961 Cedric Wright started his job as Editor on CAR at the young age of 35. He position as Editor lasted just over two decades until 1983. He started his career as a motoring journalist by writing for the Cape Times and is currently based in Brisbane, Australia.
Charl Bosch is second year NDip Journalsim student at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Since the age of five, after watching a round of the British Touring Car Championship, he became hooked on cars for the rest of his life.
I currently go to Cannons Creek High School and I spent 2 days job shadowing at CAR magazine. Journalism is definitely something I could pursue one day, and I enjoyed the experience to much that I wrote two humorous poems for CAR magazine’s blog. Thank you again staff of CAR and I hope to see you again soon.
Chris Moerdyk is the former head of Strategic Planning and Public Affairs for BMW South Africa and was listed in a recent Markinor corporate survey as one of South Africa's top marketing thought leaders. In September 2002 he was appointed by The State President to the inaugural board of the Media Development and Diversity Agency and 2001 he was awarded a prestigious Fellowship of The Institute of Marketing Management.
Chris is marketing strategy advisor to Optimal Energy (Pty) Ltd., developers of Joule, South Africa's first electric car.
He is non-executive chairman of Bizcommunity Publishing SA (Pty). You can follow him on Twitter at @chrismoerdyk
Fascinated with the dynamics, mechanics and lifestyle attachted to cars. Project Manager for Cartel Management which specialize in custom and exotic car hire.
This is a personal blog of my journey, opinion and thoughts on automotive world. Feel free to contact me with feedback and suggestions.
Daantjie Badenhorst has been lifelong motoring enthusiast. He has worked at Beeld as a sub-editor, and nowadays he is a freelance copywriter and content editor of the website www.dinamiet.co.za. He has also read CAR magazine all his life and has a comprehensive collection of magazines from the 1960’s to date.
Daniël is a native Capetonian with a severe lack of proper automotive, or even journalist, credentials apart from being opinionated. Professionally entrenched in the software business for almost a decade and counting. His car knowledge stems from staring at his dad’s complete CAR magazine collection for way too long over the years, staring at Auto Data Digest issues, knowing friends with season tickets to Killarney and generally driving aggressively. He is deeply saddened by tragic losses like the prevalence of petrol engines, the rotary engine, the 2-stroke engine, the beautiful BMW straight six and the increasingly extinct nature of rear wheel drive models.
I've been involved in the automotive industry for over 18 years now.
I'm an entrepreneur, qualified auto electrician, web developer,
photographer, ex cart-racer, car enthusiast, chocolate lover and all
around nice guy. Maybe just "busy-body" could have summed this up.
David is a photojournalist by trade and adores anything to do with
motoring. He has a soft spot for French hatchbacks and the art of
driving. Having contributed to a motoring magazine as well helping run
the public relations machine of the Johannesburg International Motor
Show, David has experience in both sides of the motoring industry. Now
based in the Cape and with over 200 cars driven and photographed,
David is looking for new challenges. You can follow him on Twitter
@Davethecarguy and check out his photography at
Divesh is a fan of anything with wheels and some sort of propulsion system. You will usually find him watching motor racing, of any description, on the weekend: F1, MotoGP, WRC, Superbikes, you name it. He was diagnosed with a severe case of Schumi-itis in 1994, and has never really recovered since. Its reoccurrence in 2010 has led to him running his own F1 themed blog at f1maniac.net.
With interests stretching from F1 to political philosophy, heroes that include the likes of Beethoven, Bob Dylan and Ayrton Senna, and loves that range from Raquel Welch to cats, it is no wonder that Egmont Sippel’s writing is so colourful. This five-time winner of the SA Motoring Journalist of the Year title is the motoring editor of Rapport and Playboy.
Hans Krygsman (73) has worked for over 40 years, mostly as regional manager, for railway construction and maintenance companies. He has a diploma in mechanical engineering. In addition to South Africa, he has work in a number of African countries and also spent time in Europa researching various machines for the companies. A large variety of highly sophisticated and powerful engines are used in the rail track machines, from single cylinder to V12 and bigger also including petrol, diesel and two stroke, etc. After retiring in 2004, he was involved in training machine staff in the RSA and various African countries. In addition to work experience he has always been interested in cars and engines and has restored number of cars. Some of his more exotic restoration projects include a BMW Isetta 300 (1958) and a 700 cc Moto Guzzi (1969).
I love driving! I've lost count of exactly how many car I've driven in the 13 years I've worked at Car magazine, but I know how many of those experiences have stood out as absolute highlights. Having the opportunity to drive a car with my name on it (literally) has defintely been one.
I started working at Car as an assistant photographer, then a photojournalist, and currently I'm an associate editor.
Ivo Vegter is a columnist who in over 15 years of journalism has written about tanzanite, beef farming, microchip architecture, Austrian-school economics, species extinction, hitmen, the history of computers, football, dye-sublimation printers, nuclear power stations, accounting rules, batmen living on the moon, global warming, several criminal CEOs and a king. He is easily bored.
James Siddall is a freelance motoring journalist and media consultant, and has been since his last formal job as deputy editor of Playboy SA. James is also a flaming hypocrite and while he worries incessantly about the dwindling oil supply and environmental degradation, loves V8s and other fruits of industrialisation. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Having spent several years developing marketing strategies across digital and traditional media, John Beale found his passion on the social side of digital and is now a digital strategist at Cerebra Communications (www.cerebra.co.za). His days are spent developing social media strategy and campaigns for clients and nurturing an unhealthy passion for cars. He blogs at jtbeale.com, talks everything motoring on the ZACarShow podcast (www.zacarshow.co.za) and tweets as @jtbeale on Twitter.
As a very young child, Karl’s insane fascination with cars saw him sporadically indulge in the very bizarre, like mimicking the action of the rev counter / speedometer arrangement with his index fingers… While he has grown up a bit since then – editing for entertainment website IKAPA LIVE, studio producing for the daily live youth show Hectic Nine-9 and studying journalism on the side – his comical cravings for the sound of a six-cylinder motor, the smell of a good leather interior and the visual delight of a bi-xenon headlamp remain.
Kelly Lodewyks is a journalist for CAR magazine. She is the bringer of awesomeness and, along with colleague Juliet McGuire, she makes the CAR office look and smell nice. You can follow her on Twitter at @KellyL_CARmag
Kian Eriksen is a photographer for CAR magazine. He is also known as ‘camera’ and uses things like lights and locations to make shiny things look cool. As a Twitter denialist, you will not be able to follow him.
Kiran Gopal, 24-year old accounting graduate with an extreme passion for cars. It began paging through my dad's CAR magazines as a child. Years later I am still hooked on CAR magazine. I am passionate about all cars especially the luxury segment. I am a life-long Mercedes-Benz fan though any executive sedan has my attention. I simply love large automatics.
Kyle Kock only just obtained his license, the Super License on Gran Turismo 5 that is. Kyle is also of the PlayStation generation, and therefore believes that Forza sucks. Also mildly interested in motorsport, only because he believes there shouldn't be limits to performance...
Kyle is a Specialist in Converged Technologies for Vodacom South Africa but has a love for all things Mechanical or Electrical. Funny, Witty and Passionate he keeps up to date with the motoring and electronic world via the Internet and of course CAR Magazine. As a huge Mercedes-Benz fan he tries not to be biased and appreciates all good designs and triumphs in the motoring world. Some people see things
as they are and wonder why, others see things as they could be and say why
not! You can follow him on Twitter (@Calasite)
Part-time wordsmith | Full-time petrolhead | Free thinker | Hot hatch championer | Aspiring lazy Amercian V8 owner | Catagorically against buying a car with my head | Favourite quote: "I feel like I am diagonally parked in a parallel universe" – Author Unknown | Follow Luke on twitter @TheUrbanDriver.
Mark Tomlinson is the founder and ECD at HelloComputer, one of SA's leading digital marketing agencies. He started his career in digital in 1998, working with such clients as Alfa Romeo, YDE and Sony, and more recently has contributed to some of the leading digital campaigns in the automotive sector for BP, VW and FMM.co.za. He is a self confessed gear head, who has an undying passion for that which is low and fast. He is currently building a family of smaller gear heads and does this with the love and support of his wife Jeannine.
A self-confessed opinionated car lover slash rock star, Matt Black is the leader of the Asphalt Crew and blogger on Car-Life. Growing up, he identified a love for cars in his early years, maturing through the hooligan stage to become a thought leader on petrolhead lifestyle.
Find Matt's thoughts on his blog Car-Life and on Twitter. @MattBlackZA
Matthew San Giorgio is a dedicated motoring enthusiast, who participates in the CapeSTOwners and Lumina Owners car clubs and specializes in vehicular graphics and decals. He is also a hardcore gamer and usually reviews driving simulators and games. He is currently an IT Technician and is planning to study a three year course in Graphic Design in 2013.
Maurice Hamilton is an internationally-acclaimed full-time F1 reporter and author. A CAR contributor since 1987, he also writes for The Guardian in England and is the F1 commentator for BBC Five Live. Maurice is CAR magazine's official F1 correspondent.
Meyer Benjamin has been successfully active in the South African used-car market for his entire professional life. He was the founder and owner of Rand Stadium Toyota (one of the biggest Toyota dealerships in the country) in 1980 and sold his interests in 1999, but stayed on as managing director until 2006. Currently he owns a new-car dealership and has joined the iPop pre-owned car franchise. He is also CAR magazine's used car market expert and contributes to the magazine on a monthly basis.
Mike Monk has completed two stints working for CAR's publishing house, covering some 20 years of writing about all things motoring. In between he has worked for motor manufacturers and a supplier, so has hands-on experience of the industry from three sides. Now retired, Mike currently spends his time writing about his real passion - classic cars.
I'm the Morning News Anchor for 94.5 KFM - the biggest radio station in the Western Cape with over a million listeners - but am also a sports fanatic!
When I'm not reading the morning news, I write sport blogs and columns for News24 Voices, Nuus24 and JetOnline.
I've worked in broadcasting for the past seven and a bit years and did most of that as a sport reporter and presenter for 94.5 KFM and 567 Cape Talk.
Can hold my own when the conversation turns to rugby, cricket or Formula One!
Written over one hundred columns on Formula 1 racing, radio sports presenter and award winning journo. F1 simulator junkie - to the tune of 1500 laps and counting. You can follow Natalie on Twitter at @nlc27
Nick van der Leek is a prolific photojournalist with a penchant for vividly picturesque and unconventional adventures. His writing and photography has been published in most of SA's mainstream magazines and newspapers.
Nicol Louw is the Technical Editor of CAR magazine. He previously was the senior vehicle integration engineer on Optimal Energy's Joule electric car, and before that had stints with Ford in the UK, Integral Powertrain and CAE. He completed his MSc in mechanical engineering at the University of Stellenbosch in 2004 and obtained UK Chartered Engineering Status in 2009. He's a keen biker and, importantly, also a car nut.
A late in life shift in focus from lawyer to self-taught journalist in the making has been a bi-polar struggle. That I’m here at all means that my car-crazy sub-conscious wins the day. For this rookie it’s a belated kick-off, and being legally-versed can’t hurt my progress. There’s a welcome touch of the back to the future here, which brings a bounce to my step, one which I could never have anticipated.
Pieter was born the son of a car dealer and part-time rally driver in the days when Group B cars still ruled the gravel roads. If he’s not testing or filming the latest cars, he can be found next to a racetrack or rally stage come rain, dust or snow. Having raced karts for a couple of years, his next goal is to get his hands on an authentic 1980’s Nissan Skyline rally car to relive the legend.
Rays first car ever was rear-engined, air cooled and designed by Ferdinand Porsche. Even though it was a Beetle - he still became a motoring genius straight out the blocks. High Schooled in Pretoria at PBHS, with a double major in Media and History at UCT, he’s been test driving and critiquing cars for four and a half years now. He’s currently writing for INK Publishing, Carmagblog.co.za, SACarFan, AutoCirca.com. You’ll find his past work in the Mail and Guardian (since 2007), Top Car, Independent newspapers, OverDrive and GQ… to name but a few.
Ocean lover, TV geek, NSRI volunteer, car enthusiast, natural-born sportswoman and Digital Studio Manager at Saatchi & Saatchi in Cape Town. My love for cars started in the early years when a toy car was given to me daily instead of Barbie and Ken.
5FM’s Sasha Martinengo is the station’s longest-standing DJ. It all began for ‘The Italian Stallion’ in 1994 when he started doing the graveyard shift for two and a half years, finally filling in on the night radio slot in October 1997. The rest, as they say, is history. Having travelled to many F1 GPs, Sasha is a household name in South Africa on the subject of Formula 1 and has been the anchor for F1 on Supersport since 2002. You can visit Sasha's blog at www.f1sasha.com
Shawn is an entrepreneur, addicted to engines and driving cars. Fascinated by what differentiates them he's keen to drive anything. What started with a childhood fascination turned into a adult obsession. If it has 4 wheels and a steering wheel, he wants to drive it!
Sudhir is an Associate Editor for CAR magazine. Frustrated racing driver, Renaissance man and unrepentant motoring aficionado. Known for his love of the finer things in life, Sudhir has an automotive bucket list as long as his wristwatch collection is diverse. He's already attended a few international motor shows including SEMA, a grand prix, the Dakar Rally, a WRC event and the 24 Hours of Le Mans... What's next?
Wayne is a 23 year old IT technician currently studying journalism part-time.
His passion for cars was developed before he could walk properly, all thanks to his dad who owned multiple garages. Spending weekends and afternoons at the garages meant all his toy cars made life-like sounds - Wayne could distinguish between a four-cylinder Beetle and an eight cylinder Ferrari before he could even say "Fellali".
The interest and passion for all cars from Alfa to Zepher never left and grows each day a brand releases a new model whether its my taste or not i am still interested in it from bumper to bumper.
I have been a full-time motoring journalist since 2006 and I have an intense interest in most things regarding cars. I enjoy a fast motorcycle ride now and then. Oh, don't ask me which is the best car I have driven; it is question with at least an hour's answer!
Yolandi Janse van Rensburg is a writer for various online publications including digital marketing platform, Heavy Chef and South African entrepreneurial blog, Ideate .
She is known among friends and peers as the car girl and an opinionated one at that. With a Prada bag in one hand and a Car Magazine in the other, Yolandi has staked her claim with her automotive blog Autofemme (www.autofemme.co.za) ” aimed at female car enthusiasts. You can follow her on Twitter @Yolandi_JvR