‘Cars talk to me in a unique way’: meet the Hartenbos ‘car whisperer’

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Nico Mynhardt with the toy cars that inspired his passion for motor vehicles. (PHOTO: ER Lombard)
Nico Mynhardt with the toy cars that inspired his passion for motor vehicles. (PHOTO: ER Lombard)

There’s not much you can teach Nico Mynhardt about cars. In his 69 years he’s owned 46 of them – and he’s known them all like the back of his hand.

Engines speak to him, Nico says. “A car tells me what’s wrong. You just need to listen to the sounds coming from beneath the bonnet.”

He may sound like the ultimate petrolhead but don’t dare call him that – he prefers the label of car whisperer.

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