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TOYOTA CONNECT


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iving on a farm near Stellenbosch, you’d expect Behrens to love soaking up the beauty and atmosphere of Cape Town and the


winelands. Instead, he spends as much time as possible on the road. “I love the size of this country. I love


roads you can drive on for hours and hours without coming across traffic. Some people might call them boring, but they make me very happy,” says the recent retiree from Bremen, Germany. “The only thing that bothers me is that wherever I go, people stop me and ask if they can buy my car. What do they expect me to do – strap on my rucksack, climb on my mountain bike and start pedalling!?” he asks. The former display artist came


to SA in 1969 and, essentially, lived here until the end of the Eighties. He then returned to Germany with his partner and her children, but almost immediately began his swallow’s life. In 1995, Behrens bought a


1977 Toyota Corolla Deluxe from a Franschhoek farmer. “It had over 500 000km on the


clock and, since then, I’ve put on nearly another 400 000... at least, I think so, because it ticks over every time it gets to 99 999,” he says. Behrens paid R4 000 for the car, but admits he’s spent much more on it over the years. “Never on anything major, though, other than reconditioning the engine a few years ago,” he adds. “I’ve had very few problems with the bodywork.


BEHIND THE SCENES CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT GERD BEHRENS’ TRAVELS


FROM CAPE TOWN TO NAMIBIA IN HIS 1977 TOYOTA COROLLA DELUXE.


GERD BEHRENS IS A 75-YEAR-OLD


“SWALLOW”, SPENDING MOST OF THE YEAR IN HIS EUROPEAN HOMELAND BEFORE WINGING TO SA FOR THE SUMMER


FREE-


WHEELING SWALLOW


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WORDS & PHOTOGRAPHS: JIM FREEMAN/LESLEY STONES


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