03 Sep Premium The South African car scene

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The South African car scene — does something like a car scene even exist in Africa? If you answered no, you would be wrong, very wrong. Contrary to popular belief, we don’t have lions walking down our main roads or travel to work on ox carriages.

My name is Brandon Powell, I live in Johannesburg, South Africa, and have been burying myself in the South African car scene since before I had a driver’s license.

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Obsessed with fast, loud cars, I bought my first car from the proceeds of a weekend job when I was 17. A 1981 Vw Golf GLS, 17 years ago. The first thing I did when I got it home was strip every ounce of unneeded weight to make my “slower than an old ride-on lawnmower VW” faster.

That car was turned into a race car and was home on the legal and not so legal racing scene. It evolved from there into spending all the money I had into building motors and tuning carburettors so I could be just that 0.5 seconds faster on the 14 mile than my racing buddies.

Since then, I have built many

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