• The Toyota Corolla Twincam Sprinter is often referred to as the 'Kentucky Rounder'.
• The Kentucky Rounder is a popular car in Sowetan car culture.
• LA Customs in Paarl will respray this Kentucky Rounder in the Kaizer Chief's official colours.
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You can't buy cool. You can't buy a feeling or a memory. But in a workshop in Paarl, along with a mobile service provider, and the team at LA Customs, a team is busy creating an iconic car that will embody everything of the iconic status of Kaizer Chiefs Football Club, and which will take one lucky winner back to a historic era in South African football history.
Gino Lange, the owner of LA Customs, was the man tasked by Vodacom to search the countryside for an authentic Toyota Twincam GLI Sprinter, or a Kentucky Rounder as it's always been known on the township streets, as part of the company's Sisonke Siya Winna campaign.
His brief has been to rebuild this car to all the authenticity that made it such an icon of its day, while bringing in the Kaizer Chiefs brand. And nothing signifies the Kaizer Chiefs brand more than the iconic black and gold club colours.
Lange says: "This is definitely going to be a very unique paint job. We decided to go for a more metallic gold version when we went through the various palette tone options for this car. That's going to give it far more character than just a flat gold paint job."
The job of painting the car is an arduous process of many hours that will eventually be part of the over 200 hours the team at LA Customs will put into completely rebuilding this one vehicle.
Lange continues: "Once you've decided on the colour, you start the process of getting the car ready for painting. There is a lot of preparation involved in this. First, we completely strip the car. Then we sand and block it. Next, we apply the primer, and then you start spraying. My painter is a perfectionist, so this can take some time."
But creating an icon doesn't come easy, whether it's building an iconic football club or painting an iconic car.
Lange adds: "The challenge with the Kaizer Chiefs Kentucky Rounder is that it's a two-tone paint job – black and gold. That makes it a bit more strenuous when it comes to masking because you can't have colour bleeds. You've got to find the right line to start with, and it has to be taped up equally on both sides. So, you've got to find a line to tape it on and follow on from there. That's a challenge."
Lange has gone to great pains to pull this colour theme throughout the rest of the car's design, right down to his selection of the sound system to be installed.
"The black and gold of Kaizer Chiefs fits perfectly with the Kicker sound system, which also comes out in the same colours," he says.
South Africa is one of only a handful of countries worldwide that specialises in the rebuilding of Toyota Twincams, and Lange is a devotee of a car he believes epitomises icon status.
He concludes: "This car was big on the drag racing scene, and everybody wanted one. It was the top-of-the-line Toyota to have at the time, and it definitely fits the bill of an icon. This is the car that the Kaizer Chiefs players of that era would've aspired to own."
And now, one lucky Kaizer Chiefs fan will own that era with a car in the same iconic black and gold jersey of the beloved Kaizer Chiefs chairman, Kaizer Motaung, once wore himself.
To stand a chance to win this incredible vehicle, Kaizer Chiefs fans simply need to follow @VodacomSoccer on Twitter to get more details or click here to enter. Amakhosi will also get to double their entries when they connect and recharge with KC Mobile.