EMBRACE THE HISTORY OF THE AUTOMOBILE WITH ENTHUSIAST LOUIS VAN DER MERWE
Take a trip to Mpumalanga to explore White River’s history and motor museum with car enthusiast Louis van der Merwe.
Like many hobbyists, Louis van der Merwe’s love for classic cars began at a young age. While still at school he purchased a pair of Panhard Dyna Z’s, a lightweight motor car produced in France in the 1950’s. Ever since he’s continued to explore his passion and build his collection – a pastime that includes restoring older models back to their former glory.
Louis is the owner of The Motor Museum at Casterbridge, which is a must do for petrol heads visiting the area. It forms part of the White River Local History Museum situated at Casterbridge Centre just outside White River.
It’s one of the few places in South Africa where Car Hobbyists are able to get a first hand look at beautiful machines from a by-gone era.
The oldest vehicles on display date back to 1911, not long after automobiles or horseless carriages as they were then known, were first introduced. They include the Willys Overland, the Swift and the celebrated Model T Ford. Other draw cards are the 1929 Austin Seven, various MGs and the 1936 Jaguar SS100.