Thursday, September 24, 2020

The day I fell in love with cars

I was at Ditshupo Hall this past weekend, and I had an opportunity to pose and languish in luxurious cars that I could only dream of driving. I have never been a car fanatic, and I went to my first motor show by chance. I have to say it was a very eye opening experience, and I somehow learnt to develop an affinity for cars, which I never thought myself capable of.

I had a traditional upbringing, and my favourite car has always been a bakkie. For me, as long as a car can carry me from one place to another, and remain useful (as in able to carry stuff), it is good enough.

Small cars have always been an unnecessary luxury for me considering that they cannot carry anything, and they are always too small to carry my large family. Also, they cannot go to rough terrain like the lands and the cattle posts. My family loved bakkies, and they used them to transport the innumerable members of my family and produce from the lands. All twenty something of my family members would fit into my uncle’s bakkie, together with water melons, bags of maize meal, sweet reeds and maybe one or two goats. The roads were bumpy and very uncomfortable, but we never seemed to notice, as we were busy chatting away and munching on tried sticks of sweet reeds.
That is why my dream car has always been a Toyota Land Cruiser 4.5, mainly because it is able to traverse rough terrain with ease.

Even when I got to grow up and go to university, I found that the land cruiser was widely respected. For many young folks, it was a sign of prestige and swag to own one. It portrayed the fact that one has money, not only to buy the land cruiser, but also to maintain the high fuel costs.
For me, the land cruiser was the best thing ever. That was before I had a chance to sit behind the steering wheel of a Mercedes Benz AMG E63. The beast.

Marxist Makoba, the sales executive of Mercedes-Benz at Naledi Motors, says the E63 is a fast and vicious machine that can cover 300 kilometres in one hour. Only 3 people in Botswana own it so far. Makoba said that he knows all three because they bought their cars through Naledi Motors.
“This car currently costs 1.2 million and once you see its features you will understand that it’s worth every thebe, “said Makoba.

After my experience with the powerful and expensive cars, I moved onto the Land Rover corner. I was impressed by the outdoors theme in which they presented the cars.
The Land Rover is also one of my favourites, though the prices threw me off balance a bit. I swear I would rather suffer years of debt than let up on buying such a multi-purpose car. Finally, my father and I agree on something.

I was also impressed with the Mitsubishi Triton. It was not really love at first sight, because I have seen the Triton around town.

By the time I left the show, I could count up to five cars that I wanted to buy, and many of them cost an arm and a leg. Cars have won me over.

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