'Not all heroes wear capes, some of them drive an old Nissan Skyline'

accreditation
Abinet's Nissan Skyline R30
Abinet's Nissan Skyline R30
Gerhard Horn

Gerhard Horn is one of SA's motoring journos. He's a husband to his super-wife Feebs, and a father of two little boys, and he has an incredible sense of humour, as well as a strange obsession with cupholders.

He recently found himself in a pickle when a complete stranger came to his aid. This is his story:

The Mini was meant as a toy. A project car I could work on over the weekends, and eventually, turn into a mini-rally car of sorts.

It has become my daily, and I use it to drive between Centurion and Johannesburg thrice a week.

So, there I was. Stranded next to the road near Diepsloot, and it took about two minutes before the first car pulled up behind me. Quiet road, strange vehicle, I knew where this was going. I am South African after all, so always prepared for the worst. I think the Covid-19 virus made us even more negative overall. I was sure getting mugged would just be another thing I could tick off while playing 2021 bingo. 

I couldn't have been more wrong, because it wasn't a bad guy who saw an opportunity to mug somebody stuck next to the road. His name was Abinet, and he was one of the kindest, most decent people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. 

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Brought to you by
Voting Booth
Petrol prices are almost at R30 per litre. What are you doing to help deal with monthly fuel bills?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
I've downgraded my vehicle.
10% - 78 votes
I've joined a lift club.
4% - 32 votes
Nothing I can do. I am struggling with costs.
61% - 465 votes
Working from home is a saving grace.
24% - 183 votes
Vote