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2014-04-29 08:00

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In 1994, petrol cost R1.77 a litre and the hottest cars around were the Volkswagen Jetta, the BMW 3 Series and the Golf. Fast-forward 20 years and a litre of petrol costs R14 and the car of the year is the Merc GLA. Biénne Huisman asked three celebrities about their fondest car memories.

Singer and actor Em oAdams (36) from Mitchells Plain in Cape Town famously collaborated with David Kramer and Taliep Petersen.

What was your family car in 1994?

For the longest time, my dad was a used-car salesman.

He had a different car almost every month, none of which started with a key.

So in 1994 alone we had about a dozen cars, but the one that stands out the most was the Mazda 323.

Opens with any key, starts with any key and the only car returned as much as it was stolen due to the lack of value ... Good times.

Where did you live at the time?

Mitchells Plain, when vibracrete walls were still decorative and not a necessity.

Any memories of family road trips or excursions in the car?

I remember taking my mum to visit my gran. Me, an unlicensed driver at the time, got pulled over by a traffic cop.

As I walked to his bike, I came up with a soppy story about my dad not being home and my gran being sick.

He gets off his bike, walks to the car, chats to my mum for two minutes, and comes back and says: ‘You can go, but it’s the last time.’

When I got back to the car, I came to learn that my mum told him the same story without us even planning for it to be so ... Now if that’s not a family trip, I don’t know what is.

Who drove in this car to the voting station – your mum or dad, or both?

I was too young to vote, so it was only my mum and dad.

What car do you drive today?

Mini Roadster.

What would be your dream vehicle 20 years from now?

Anything family oriented and my Mini Roadster.

Afrikaans zef rapper Jack Parow, born as Zander Tyler (32), recently opened for American rap star Eminem.

What was your family car in 1994?

It was a white Mazda 626 and it was the first car we ever had that was an automatic. It felt like a spaceship and my dad would always play on that and shift into “hyperdrive” or whatever. Good times!

Where did you live at the time?

We lived in Durbanville, where my parents still live till this day. The good old Northern Suburbs.

Any memories of family road trips or excursions in the car?

Toooooo many. From a long mission through the Karoo to holiday trips to Arniston. Me and my two sisters in the back, and mum and dad in the front.

Who drove this car to the voting station – your mum or dad, or both?

That I cannot tell you. I was only 12, but it was probably my dad.

What car do you drive today?

I drive a VW Amarok ... twin turbo, my bru. It eats other cars for breakfast.

What would be your dream car 20 years from now?

Maybe something that can do it all – a car, a submarine, a boat, a plane. All in one. And it also runs on air, so you never have to fill it up ... haha ... that’s what I want, ja.

Television and radio presenter ElanaAfrika (33) recently hosted the 2014 Miss South Africa pageant. Her favourite car memory is of a red FordCortina, the same one her parents still own today.

What was your family car in 1994?

We had two cars at the time. A 1985 FordCortina and the shiniest Mercedes-Benz ever that my dad had upgraded to two years before.

I remember when my dad upgraded to the Merc. It was one of the proudest moments ever.

Driving that car in our town made me realise he worked hard and it was one of the most rewarding things he could have done for our family.

The Cortina is still my favourite. There are so many memories!

Where did you live at the time?

In 1994 we lived in Bellville, De La Haye. It’s the same house my parents live in until this day. Our family home.

We moved towns early on in my high school career and made the move to Bellville from Ravensmead. The red FordCortina followed us.

Any memories of family road trips or excursions in the Cortina?

Our first trip to Joburg was done in that Cortina. Little did I know that many years later, I will be staying here, and working in TV and radio.

We also have family in the Northern Cape. We have done many trips there and back?...?with one condition, of course, that you don’t eat in the car! Not ice cream, not even a sweet.

Who drove this car to the voting station – your mum or dad, or both?

We walked to the voting station. I was too young to vote. Mum doesn’t drive, dad does. And when it comes to the Ford?...?up until this day I have still not driven it.

What car do you drive today?

I drive a Kia. Kia South Africa and I have an amazing relationship.

So between the Koup and the Rio I have a lot of fast days and will upgrade eventually to a bigger version.

What would be your dream car 20 years from now?

The great thing about my job is that I have driven so many great cars that I don’t dream much of having them for longer.

I have had an Aston Martin a few times and that’s the flashiest, but I really learnt how to drive when I did my advance driving course in an Alfa Romeo with a navigator.

Hours behind the wheel with someone telling you what to do. Not nerve-wracking at all!

What were you driving in 1994?

@LOTSMANGP: Bit of a twist. I went and bought the same model car my dad had in 1994. Finding it hard to sell it now. Can’t sell because we both love it. 1994 Jetta 3 VR6

Kydo Pk Bonzai Mongalo: Two toyotaCressidas 2.0Gse and 2.4 GSL 1989 and 1991 models aaaaah Cressida bathong

Lee Muso: My father drove mazda 323, nanana boss

Kgosietsile Lehoke: Datsun nd Toyota corolla

Khoza Lungile Precious:yes ... ma dad have mazda 323 dey cy h bought in 1994 hs stil drivn it evn today

Bethuel Hlongwane: BMW 318i (E30)

Biko Zuma: That year I was driving a BMW 325IS and a Nissan Hardbody bakkie it was interesting those days

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