09 January 2008

Y is yellow cars and petrol pumps

This week I want to have a look at a couple of yellow cars I have come across in my travels. I like yellow cars.


On one of my outings with Ethan ,my grandson (he can be seen in the back of my bakkie*), this beautifully restored VW bus pulled up behind us the beach front. I was not able to get any details, but judging from the split wind screen and the hinged side door, I imagine it would be a late 1950's model.


We came across this old Renault at the museum in Matjiesfontein, a historical village in the Karoo, a fews years ago. Matjiesfontein is about 240 kilometres north of Cape Town on the N1. The village is in fact a declared national monument and a must see destination.


The local filling station with the old and new petrol pumps. Who knows, but these two cars could well have been filled up at these old pumps at some stage.

* For the unenlightened a bakkie is the South African term for a small truck, a van or a ute, depending on which part of the world you are from. A bakkie is also the Afrikaans term for a small bowl.

21 comments:

Oswegan said...

I love these photos.

Funny how quaint things look there, despite your and suzi's reports on all of the violent crime in South Africa.

The yellow bus reminds me of the late eighties, when I owned a 1971 VW camper van. Those were some fun times.

~Oswegan

dot said...

Nice looking vehicles and I love the colors. At one time my first husband and I had a Renault. We lived in Maine and it never would crank in the mornings. He would have to use that hand crank and it still wouldn't at times. We later had a red VW bug and then later a VW bus. The VW bus was an ideal way to go.

Anna said...

And someone here is not giving up on blogging, beautiful set of yellow colors, and other things. Anna :)

RUTH said...

Good to hear you are on the mend. Love your yellows...reminds me that Spring will soon be here in the UK...I hope!
Rx

RuneE said...

Yellow cars and yellow gas-stations, all a a bit "yellowed" but well kept!

Very good!

Neva said...

Good yellows! We had a VW bus like this in the very early 60's so I guess your guess is pretty accurate!

Mike said...

I love VW campers. If I had room for one I'd buy one.

MedaM said...

Nice series of yellow cars and a yellow pump. Cool color!

Ackworth Born said...

I had a yellow car once - a Datsun Bluebird automatic - not one of my better choices.

glad to hear your heart is doing well.

Peter M said...

Nice photos, like the VW peace wagon

mrsnesbitt said...

One of our ABC bloggers has a VW van, Kai from Ohio! She will love this!

kml said...

Very colorful house and cars!

Digital Flower Pictures said...

I work with a guy who is VW nut. He would love this and be able to disassemble and put it back together since he is always repairing his fleet.

I used to have a yellow car and at first I didn't think I would like it but it definitely grew on me.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Great 'Y' post.. love both the vehicals.

Peter Parrott said...

Hello Max
Wom Tigley is showing me how to post a comment today and laughing at how I type.
Thank you for visiting my picture blog. I do not know when I will be able to call back here again so Thank you very much for supporting me.

Andrea said...

Nice YELLOW pictures for "Y" day.

NYCindividual said...

Great Y photos! Yellow is a great Y word, isn't it! And I love your photos! Old cars make great pics!

KaiBlueCreations said...

love the splittie, the 21 window ones are really hard to find now.. That one is from the 1960's looking at the tail lights, and headlights..
They are a labour of love :)
PEace, Kai

Max-e said...

Hi all, thanks for the comments.
The old cars do look quaint, but oh so uncomfortable and so much work. I will just enjoy looking at them and leave the maintenance to the fanatics

Moi said...

i love yellow cars too...would love to own a mini cooper in yewllow some day...the VW van reminds me of Little mIss sunshine..the movie :)

Merisi said...

My parents owned a Volkswagen like the one in the photo, in Avocado Green. They needed it for their eight kids. :-)
I like your photos, amazing what these little camera can do, isn't it?