Museum Curator – Franschhoek Motor Museum Promoting, managing and administering a fleet of over 300 museum vehicles a 2000 pieces of memorabilia
Owner of Coys of Kensington, one of the largest classic car auction houses in Europe, Chris is a 20 year veteran of the rare, classic and collectible motorcar arena. With appearances on the Grand Tour on Amazon and a presenter of The Classic Car Show on SABC, Sky Auction and For the Love of Cars, broadcast in the UK, Chris, with a world of expertise and knowledge is an invaluable contributor to the Concours event.
Keith, who is a Chartered Accountant, is a long standing car and motorsport aficionado. He has won numerous SEFAC (Ferrari Club) Concours awards and regularly writes for the Club’s magazine. He was previously a Non Executive Director of Motorsport South Africa. He has a number of cars in his collection, including an ex Michael Schumacher/Riccardo Patrese Benetton B193B Formula 1 car.
Dave has been exposed to the Classic Car movement since the age of two when his Father purchased a 1934 Rolls Royce. Other cars followed, and by natural progression the interest and collection grew. Dave has been Collecting and Restoring Vintage and Classic Cars full time for the past ten years, and has a collection of thirty odd Classic and Race Cars and many projects in the pipeline. An ex-Chairman and later President of the Cape Town based Crankhandle Club, co-editor of the Chronicle Magazine, past contributor to the Classic Car Africa and other magazines, and immediate past Chairman of SAVVA (South African Veteran and Vintage Association), he has amassed a considerable general knowledge of Vintage and Classic Cars. A Member of the UK Bentley Drivers Club and organiser of two International Bentley Tours has given International exposure to the passion.
Marius has been involved in the motor industry for more than 20 years, acquiring his first 911 Porsche before the age of 30. An accountant by day and a self-taught motor engineer by night Marius has, over the years, repaired and restored vehicles ranging from vintage Austins, 2nd world war Harley Davidsons, Porsche 356’s and 911’s, Ferrari 330 GT, Ferrari Dino, E-type Jags, Aston Martins, Old Citroens, Mercedes SL’s, Lamborghini’s to Vespa and Lambretta scooters. Previously the MD of Lamborghini Johannesburg for ten years, Marius now owns a successful audit and accounting practice.
Robert Coucher is a founding editor of the internationally renowned magazine, Octane, based in the UK. A Capetonian, educated at Bishops and UCT, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the SADF. He initially pursued a career in advertising with Ogilvy Mather and JWT agencies. Moving to London he became a motoring journalist thanks to his love of cars, nurtured when growing up in Constantia. His first car was a wrecked 1953 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT which his father gave him to restore. He then drove a number of classic Alfas and a Porsche 356C which he shipped to London and competed with for years on many great motoring events in the UK and throughout Europe. Robert was previously the editor of Your Classic, Thoroughbred & Classic Cars, motoring editor of the Bentley magazine, freelance contributor to the Daily Telegraph newspaper and numerous Porsche and other specialist motoring magazines. He was the founding editor Octane in 2003 (editing the magazine for eight years, now international editor) and over the years has been a concourse judge at numerous events including Pebble Beach in the USA and Salon Prive in the UK. He is currently on the selection committee of the Concours of Elegance in the UK. Based in London, Robert enjoys a very well sorted 1955 Jaguar XK140 FHC as his daily driver. He does not own a modern car.
Publishing editor at Classic Car Africa magazine Having grown up in the world of classic cars Stuart Grant is no stranger to Concours events, historic racing and preservation of our motoring heritage. Stuart began working at Classic Car Africa in 2005 while the publication was part of the Action Publications group and took over the editorship in 2006. Since then the magazine has grown to a 100 page high-gloss publication and evolved from a bi-monthly offering to a monthly. While his personal collection revolves around 4-door saloons and South African built race specials he is no one-trick pony with an appreciation for supercars and cutting edge engineering masterpieces from all decades. Custom built cars, motorcycles, bicycles, classic tools and motoring art also make his list of desirables. He’s a firm believer in preserving cars and as a result has judged numerous club Concours competitions over the years and has also been on hand at shows to award best of show prizes.
Derek has been involved in the classic car movement since the early 1970’s. His first “proper” classic being a 1960 MGA 1600, this was followed by numerous big Healey’s & Sprite’s. Derek was a founder member of the Cape branch of the Austin Healey Club of SA & served on the committee for sometime, around this time I was also instrumental in starting classic car racing at Killarney and served on the committee for several years. Derek also raced the following cars in classics until recently, Healey 3000, Sprite, Lotus Cortina, MGB GT, Chevron B8, BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile & MGA 1600. Previously Derek was a Judge at, concours level, for the Healey club and is a senior member (not by age but by membership term!), of the Crankhandle Club. Derek has also Assisted the Franschhoek Motor Museum on several events over the years at which he is an accredited driver. Currently busy with a total restoration of his 1973 BMW 3.0 CSI which he has owned since 1985.
Collector (hoarder?) enthusiast, petrol head. Since 1948, Louis collects dinky cars, hub caps, dust and occasionally a vehicle or three, he currently has 300 plus vehicles in his collection. ‘Since his childhood days Louis was fascinated by motor cars. He started collecting cars in the early 80’s. His private collection consists of various fabrics of the late 50’s 60’s up to 80’s. Louis was Chairman of the Central Region of the Mercedes Benz Club of SA for a few years and is presently a member of a number of other car clubs.
Mike Monk is a freelance motoring journalist currently writing for Classic Car Africa, Motor and AA Traveller magazines as well as handling media and related work for the Franschhoek Motor Museum. After emigrating to SA in 1970, Mike’s writing career began with Technicar and CAR magazines before entering the motor industry by joining Leyland Product Development. He later moved to Ford Product Development before establishing an automotive trim division for a textile company. Mike returned to CAR in 1994 and was Senior Associate Editor when he reached compulsory retirement age in 2011. He has since variously freelanced for CAR, TopCar and Classic Car Africa as well as editing the Retail Motor Industry’s magazine, Automobil. Mike has been a concours judge for FMM, the Cape Town Porsche Club and the Knysna Motor Show.