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45 1 2 3 LEFT: Hettie Vos with the family’s 1993 Camry. It has been all over Southern Africa and has more than 600 000km on the clock. TOP OF THIS PAGE: The other Toyotas in the family: Bertus Jnr and Leo’s Fortuners. / 1. Retha’s Yaris. / 2. Jacob’s Camry. / 4. Retha’s Etios. I n 1993, Roodepoort residents Bertus and Hettie Vos bought their metallic blue Camry 220 SEi from Monument Toyota in their hometown and with it, they took on the world. From a young age, both enjoyed travel and used every opportunity to do just that. There’s probably not a single road in the country they have not driven, but the arrival of the Camry was the start of a new era in their adventures. Their kids have all grown up and left the nest, which allows them ample time for themselves. Thanks to Bertus’ great driving abilities and the unflappable Camry, they took on roads where even hardcore off-roaders dared not tread – Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and the length and breadth of South Africa were on the Camry’s checklist. No wonder the car became known as the ’Blue Legend‘. Eventually the two retirees, now 75, settled in the Little Karoo town of Montagu, where Hettie still works and keeps fit by walking to the local school where she works as a librarian. Bertus was a former logistics manager at Technikon SA and now enjoys photography as a hobby. Each Sunday, they travel 150km to Worcester and back, where they attend a church service. Only once has the Camry, which has more than 600 000km on the odo, failed them. On their way back from Worcester one Sunday, the car called it quits as they re-entered Montagu. The problem was traced to a faulty alternator and, after a quick fix, the Camry – which has been meticulously cared for by Bertus from day one – was as good as new.


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