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Dusty Rebels and the Bombshells – Rockabilly festival 2014, Cape Town, South Africa

{documentary} ‘Dress It Up, Better Have It All’. {Said in my Rockabilly voice…} The ginchiest cats and dolls dressed up in their fanciest threads and peepers last weekend at the Dusty Rebels and the Bombshells – Rockabilly festival. It was simply radioactive. Read more about it on Mercedes-Benz Life.

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Best driver’s car shootout for the December issue of TopCar

{automotive} I had such a cool time with the guys from TopCar last month. We drove these three beasts  all over Cape Town for two days. I’m talking about the BMW M4, the Toyota 86 limited edition and the Alfa 4C. The idea behind the story with these three very differently priced cars was to compare them from a driver’s point-of-view. The cherry on the cake was when a professional driver took me around the Killarney in the M4 and drifted the last turn of the track, unbelievable! Thanks guys, I loved it!

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Speedweek 2014, Hakskeenpan, South Africa

{automotive} Last weekend I (Desmond) went to Speedweek while Antonia went to Switzerland (two slightly different places). I loved it! It started off on Friday morning at 3AM where I pointed the nose of my Africa Twin in a northern direction with a couple of other mates. One hour later my bike had an engine failure and retired in a garage on the West-Coast where I waited for a friend (Tyrone Bradley) to pick me up. We eventually arrived at Speedweek the next day at 2AM.

The next morning when I zipped open my tent and I had my first look over this salt pan it blew me away. It took me an hour or two to get to terms with all the V8’s and Porsches around me. A cool thing was that I didn’t go there for an assignment. This meant that I could shoot for ME with my own style. Loved it.

Dust clouds hanging in the air everywhere as the guys drift around.

 

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The next few pics was taken with the camera on a tri-pod and everytime something interesting came past I released the trigger while sipping on my beer. Yes, that is a flat tyre on this merc. Drifting is fun.

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This is my mate Michael, he built this bike, a Honda CB400F 1975 especially for the weekend and his goal was to reach the 160km/h (100miles/h). he reached 89km/h due to a faulty carburettors.

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I simply love this Porsche, the two guys who drove it where also awesome!

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The beloved Porsche broke down more than five times…
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Oom Fanie was such a character. Every now and then he would join our camp for a beer and tell us some stories. His bakkie (Ford F250) broke down right in front of us. 5 minutes later a fan belt was replaced and off he went.

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If there was a prize to win for the guy with the best suitable lifestyle for Speedweek, this dude would would have won. His name is Deon and he is crazy! He had a flathead V8 tow-truck and was dressed in a old overhaul with black oily hands.

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The 12 photos that won me motoring photographer of the year 2014

{news} Here are the twelve pictures I (Desmond) entered to the SAGMJ (South African Guild of Motoring Journalists) competition. We won! I say we because this was a team effort between me and Toni! I also want to thank all my friends who supported me – you know who you are. Of course a massive thanks goes out to all the magazines and clients we work with!

The rules of the competition were strict but simple. Nine of the twelve photos must have been published or used by an ad agency in 2013. Then I could add another three photos with no rules.

Unfortunately I could not attend the prize giving last night in Johannesburg as I’m currently in Germany. Thank you SAGMJ for this wonderful prize! I feel honoured.

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Mercedes-Benz S500 and longtermers shoot for the June issue of TopCar

{automotive} Last month I was very busy with the guys from TopCar. We went out to the high court in Cape Town one morning eeeearly to shoot a Mercedes S500. The car worked so well in this setting. I also love the colours, it gives it a black and white feel but it’s not. The texture of the building also came out nicely. I also joined Ray, Angus and Aaron with their new longtermers, I had loads of fun guys, thanks!

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