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43 I worked for an automotive business for more than 40 years, most of the time in a senior capacity. At the same time, I was a motorsport manager in KwaZulu-Natal. The aim of our company was to provide service to its members, and had TWK Toyota Standerton’s Ina Steyn been in our employ, she would have been number one. Cars have always been my passion and in my blood. Over the years I have owned many vehicles: one of the first was a Corolla 1.6, and after retirement, a single-cab Hilux 2.7 and two Fortuners. The second Fortuner was a 4×4 which took me places I never thought possible. None of these gave any trouble whatsoever, and I would never trade them for another brand. Late last year, we holidayed in Ballito in KZN, and at the time I already knew that an all-new, 2016 model Fortuner was on the cards. One afternoon, we got stuck in traffic and had to travel 10km in first gear. Then and there I decided I wanted a vehicle with automatic ‘box, and I set off to McCarthy Toyota Ballito, where I was informed the new model would indeed make its appearance around February. 1 April. I also spoke to Finance and Insurance Manager and Toyota Knight André Trollip, from whom I bought my previous Fortuner, and arranged all finance, insurance and the installation of a tracker. That done, I simply had to wait. I paid Ina a visit on a weekly basis. She was always patient and friendly with me. Later, Dealer Principal Pierre le Grange also came into the picture, but never did I get the impression that I made a burden of myself. The first of April eventually arrived, with the formal unveiling of the asking me to make my way to the dealership – there was a problem relating to my purchase. Apparently the wrong car had been delivered to fulfil my purchase order and now I would have to wait until the next shipment. I asked my snooker buddy, Hans Badenhorst, to drive me to the dealership, understandably quite upset that I had to wait even longer for my new car. Arriving at the dealership, I hurriedly made my way to the entrance where my eye caught my name on a poster. Immediately catching on to what was transpiring, I called Hans to come have a look. What had been happening behind my back was this: earlier in the month, my wife Anneline had become involved in the buying of the new car. She phoned Ina to say she had to do something as I was phoning all the Toyota dealerships within a hundred kilometres to enquire if they had stock of the new Fortuner. Ina assured Anneline that the Fortuner had indeed arrived at the dealership and that she was in the process of fitting all the extras I had requested. Anneline asked Ina not to divulge a word to me and suggested they play a bit of a cat and mouse game to make the event an even bigger surprise. The car was to be parked on the showroom floor with a large red bow and a notice stating my name. When Hans and I walked onto the floor, I was presented with my new Fortuner. Of course, I was very excited, as it was the first time I had seen it with all its garb. Suddenly Anneline appeared from out of thin air shouting “April fool!” Then I learnt of all the work that had taken place behind the scenes. Eventually I got my new Fortuner, all thanks to everyone at TWK Toyota Standerton. Well done to Pierre and his team, as well as André and Ina. OPPOSITE: Proud Fortuner owner Johan Smith and wife Anneline, one of the first couples in the country to acquire the 2016 model. BELOW: TWK Toyota Standerton Sales Executive Ina Steyn. "ANNELINE ASKED INA NOT TO DIVULGE A WORD TO ME AND SUGGESTED THEY PLAY A BIT OF A CAT AND MOUSE GAME TO MAKE THE EVENT AN EVEN BIGGER SURPRISE" new Fortuner scheduled for 16 April. Ina kept assuring me I was number one on the list and that I had nothing to worry about. At that stage, I could test drive the demo Fortuner on the floor, but I didn't realise it was not a 4×4 model. I also happened to note the presence of another Fortuner in the workshop, but when I mentioned this to Ina, she said it was a 4×2 derivative. Every afternoon, I enjoy a game of snooker, and during a game on Wednesday 13 April, I received a call from Ina Back in our hometown of Standerton, I went to TWK Toyota Standerton and met with new car Sales Executive Ina Steyn, whom I’ve known for years. I explained that I wanted a new Fortuner, come hell or high water. I couldn’t – and wouldn’t – understand that the new models would only be available from


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