Gerhard du Toit of Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape says his KB bakkie has clocked more than 1,7 million kilometres.
The 74-year-old says he has used the bakkie (which he's dubbed “Roadrunner”) for his courier business for the past 15 years. His brother bought the vehicle in 1997 as a demo with 7 000 km on the clock.
“You have to understand that I treat my bakkie very well and talk to my bakkie every day. I ask the bakkie to drive nicely and tell the bakkie that I rely on it, to get me where I need to be,” said Du Toit.
Du Toit uses the vehicle to travel between Oudtshoorn and George twice a day.
“I stop and start the bakkie between 80 to 100 times per day. This is as I drop off the parcels or pick up parcels at my various clients in the two towns. I have had to replace my front seat covers twice already, but I think Roadrunner may still outlive me one day,” he said.
Du Toit added he has never missed a service.
“You do not miss that 10 000 km service for anything. Other than the oil and filter changes, wheel alignment and so on, there is never any major problems when I take the bakkie for its service,” he said.
Ryan has spent most of his career in online media, writing about everything from sport to politics and other forms of crime. But his true passion – reignited by a 1971 Austin Mini Mk3 still tucked lifeless in a dark corner of his garage – is of the automotive variety.