Bakkies are as much a part of the SA cultural landscape as braais, rugby and vuvuzelas and you’ll see one pretty much everywhere you go. Old ones, big ones, small ones, moerse fancy ones, ones with canopies, ones with mattresses in the back – you name them, we have them.
But there’s one bakkie that’s unlike the others – the Bokkie bakkie, better known as the Ford Cortina MK3 or the Cortina Springbok, which was produced as a limited edition in 1976.
And one proud owner of a Bokkie bakkie is Brian Rademeyer, an environmental activist who inherited his grandfather’s Ford Cortina MK3 a few years ago and, after learning about its rich history, set about restoring it.
His Cortina is one of a series of only 250 bakkies made to commemorate the All Blacks’ 1976 rugby tour to South Africa.
"My granddad Otto Archibald bought the new bakkie in 1976 and my dad, Hugh, inherited it in 1994," Brian tells us from the small Karoo town of Prins Albert in the Western Cape, where he owns and runs a guesthouse.