Skonk’s Valiant up for auction to College old boys

2013-05-03 00:00

ATTENTION Maritzburg College old boys: the dark blue Valiant that was driven by the legendary Skonk Nicholson could be yours.

The car, which Skonk drove for about 15 years until he stopped driving at the age of 92, is to be auctioned off at the annual College Old Boys’ Reunion dinner towards the end of this month. Maritzburg College Old Boys Association president Kevin Trodd told The Witness yesterday that after he died in 2011, Skonk left the car to his daughter Ruth Crouch.

“The family has decided to give the car back to the school, and we will auction it during our Old Boys’ dinner on May 24,” said Trodd.

“The proceeds will be donated to the family,” he said, adding that they were expecting 1 100 people from as far afield as Canada, New Zealand and England to attend the dinner.

The car would be auctioned as it is, including a Witness sticker stuck on the back window. Yesterday, the car was parked outside of the 125-year-old Clark House. It will be at the field for College’s next two home games against Michaelhouse on May 11, and King Edward School on May 18.

He said everyone associated with College knew about Skonk and his beloved dark blue Valiant. Trodd said Skonk originally had a turquoise 1964 Valiant and received the dark blue sedan after chatting to its owner at a rugby clinic one day. After exchanging stories, the two Valiant owners went their separate ways.

“A few years later, Skonk received a call from the owner of the dark blue Valiant, asking if he would like to buy it as he was not able to drive it anymore,” said Trodd.

After some negotiation, Skonk bought his second Valiant.

“The car became synonymous with Skonk and he always had a rugby ball or two in the boot, and maybe an old cricket bat too,” he said.

Trodd added that any Old Boy who wanted to make a bid, but was unable to attend the sold-out dinner where the blue Valiant would be auctioned, could send an e-mail to

Good news for those who were not associated with College, Trodd said anyone who was interested in Skonk’s turquoise Valiant, which was still with the family, could e-mail

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