Jeep Wrangler YJ Hot Rod | Artwork by Sebastian Motsch (2013)

Jeep Wrangler YJ Hot Rod

From my archive of scribbles and sketches: Jeep Wrangler YJ Hot Rod, designed in 1999.

Jeep Wrangler YJ Hot Rod | Artwork by Sebastian Motsch (2013)

1955 Chevrolet BelAir Racecar | Artwork by Sebastian Motsch (1999)

1955 Chevrolet BelAir

From my archive of drawings and renderings: 1955 Chevrolet BelAir, designed in 1999.

1955 Chevrolet BelAir Racecar | Artwork by Sebastian Motsch (1999)

Cadillac DeVille Custom | Artwork by Sebastian Motsch (2002)

Cadillac DeVille Custom

From my archive of drawings and renderings: a Cadillac DeVille Custom with two-tone flames, designed in 2002.

Cadillac DeVille Custom | Artwork by Sebastian Motsch (2002)

Wahiba Sands Sunrise Oman | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Oman | Wahiba Sands Sunrise

Sleeping in the desert is special. It is so quiet at night that you can hear airplanes that are flying at altitudes up to 18.000 ft. The alarm clock woke us up about an hour before sunrise in our bedouin tent and we put on all the sweaters and jackets we had. Desert nights are quite cold, mind you. As the moon had already set behind the horizon, we had a clear sky with millions of stars. Nonetheless, the light reflected by the stars isn’t enough for climbing up the dunes. Upon arriving at the top, we wrapped the blankets around us to stay warm. Staring into the sky we noticed that the stars faded just the tiniest little bit – and didn’t the horizon change from pitch black to a somewhat lighter hue? 

Wahiba Sands Sunrise Oman | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

A short while later, the sky exploded with colors! It took not even five minutes to go from pitch black to vivid colors.

Wahiba Sands Sunrise Oman | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Beautiful, isn’t it? But once the sun peeked over the horizon…

Wahiba Sands Sunrise Oman | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

… the bright colors quickly vanished and the light turned into a fierce, blinding white. I did however try to take some pictures before that. Without a tripod it was hit or miss, unfotunately.

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Wahiba Sands Desert Wonders Camp Oman | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Oman | Wahiba Sands, Desert Wonders Camp

The drive from Ras al Jinz on New Years Day was relaxing and rather uneventful. Many people argue that driving through the desert is dull and boring – and that they would rather fly. To me, it’s the other way around. Every time I fly over a desert, I keep thinking I’d rather be down there driving…

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Oman | Sur, Ras al Hadd, Ras al Jinz

Oman FlagOnce again, we had an early breakfast at the hotel and headed out to explore the natural harbor of Sur with it’s famous Dhow wharfs and the beautiful lighthouse. Unfortunately, the Sur Dhow Museum was closed for renovations and we had to peek over the walls of a wharf nearby. It was quite interesting to see the ships being build with ancient tools and materials.

After a quick drive through Ras al Hadd at high noon, we headed towards Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve. The early arrival and check-in was rewarded with the best tent they had available – with the best view towards the sea to be enjoyed thoroughly. What a great way to relax after walking all the way to the beach and back in the afternoon sun!

After enjoying a nice buffet-style dinner with friendly company, we headed to the beach with a guide to find some turtles. Being the lucky bastards we are, we not only saw a large one laying eggs, but also two cute baby turtles on their way to the sea. Returning to the tent, catching a few hours of sleep and then getting up while it was still dark, felt like only a few minutes. And then… back on the beach, we hit the jackpot! Another big turtle. While she returned to the sea, I was able to capture the exact moment she hit the water head-on. What an awesome way to kick-off the new year 2015! 🙂

Sorry for the lack of quality in the night-time pictures. No flash allowed on the beach to protect the turtles.

Oman Road Trip | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Oman | Al Bustan Palace, Shangri-La, Bimmah Sinkhole, Wadi Shab

Oman FlagAfter getting up early we left Al Wadi Al Kabir and drove over the mountain to see the famous Al Bustan Palace. The roundabout is amazing, with a pool in the middle sporting a full-size Dhow. The water fountains are arranged cleverly in a way to resemble the bow wave of the ship. The driveway to the Al Bustan Palace Hotel is lined with trees and makes you forget that you are in a barren landscape. We didn’t manage to get into the (supposedly awesome) seaside garden of the hotel, but made up for that at the Shangri-La Resort, a couple of kilometers away.

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Oman Road Trip | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Oman | Muscat, Mutrah and Qurum Beach

Oman FlagOn our first day in the Sultanate of Oman, we had a look at some of the various sights in and around Muscat. Driving from our Hotel in Al Wadi Al Kabir to the old part of the city via Sidab Street yielded some stunning views of the rough mountains and the glistening sea.

Leaving our car in one of the free parking areas, we walked towards the palace of Sultan Quaboos bin Said al Said – on polished stone sidewalks, mind you. They create nice reflections, but must be a nightmare when wet. In a country with an average of 100 mm of rain per year… who cares about slippery conditions? Dust is a concern, however, and therefore the sidewalks are kept clean all the time.

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Oman Road Trip | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Oman | Starting 2015 with a road trip in a new country

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

Mark Twain / The innocents abroad

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Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

ZA Roadtrip 2012 | Capetown – Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

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Tame harbor seal Hout Bay South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

South Africa Roadtrip 2012 | Hout Bay

Having enjoyed the awesome Chapmans Peak Drive, we stopped for lunch in Hout Bay. After a great tasting serving of fish & chips in a restaurant we took a walk in the warm sun. On the pier we found a local who was feeding fish to a tame harbor seal. Quite amazing to see the friendship between a wild animal and a human.

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Chapmans Peak Drive South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

South Africa Roadtrip 2012 | Chapmans Peak Drive

Definitely on my top-ten list of great driving roads: Chapmans Peak Drive in South Africa.

One of the most beautiful roads in the world – and I got to enjoy it three times in one day 🙂

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Beach and Cars Meet Muizenberg South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Beach & Cars Muizenberg

Minding my own business driving along the South African coast near Muizenberg in April 2012, I noticed a gathering of modified vehicles near the beach. Naturally I stopped my rental Hyundai to have a look. The guys are heavily into German cars, with a strong focus on Volkswagen. Being a German sure was a bonus in the situation and led to an interesting conversation. Unfortunately I only had time for a few quick pictures…

Franshoek Motor Museum South Africa | automotive photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Franshoek Motor Museum 2012

Situated in the beautiful valley, the Franshhoek Motor Museum houses an eclectic collection of the finest automobiles ever produced. Even though we visited only briefly, it made a lasting impression. A visit is definitely recommended for any petrolhead on holidays.

Capetown Penguin South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

South Africa Roadtrip 2012 | Franshoek >> Muizenberg >> Cape Point >> Scarborough >> Kommetjie

Good wine needs plenty of sun – but a certain amount of rain is also necessary. Well then, if you miss pictures of grapes in bright sunlight in this gallery, try google. It rained pretty much the whole time we spent in the beautiful town of Franshoek. Nonetheless we had a great time looking around all the curio and art shops on the main street. A little later, Marizca acted as the new voice of the navigation system, guiding me towards La Roche Estate. Michael is a real gentlemen and has been a good friend of hers for many years. Unfortunately he only had time for a brief, but very inspirational and enjoyable chat. We eventually moved on towards Stellenbosch. But a little sign next to the road mandated a detour to the famous Franshoek Motor Museum. Click here to see the pictures.

Due to more rain, we skipped looking at Stellenbosch and made our way down to the coast. Just before entering Muizenberg, we found a little car show on a parking lot next to the beach. Naturally I had to stop and ask the guys if it was OK to take a few pictures. They are heavily into German cars, so being a German definitely had advantages and led to an interesting conversation…

Next stop was to say hello to the penguins at Boulders Beach. The timing was perfect, about an hour before sunset. The little fellas came out of the water and very close to the camera. A special moment, because there was hardly anybody around. Oh, the joys of off-season travel 🙂

We arrived at the gate to the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve a few minutes too late – it was already closed for the day. Oh well, we figured we’d find another spot to see the southernmost sunset of our trip. And indeed: the sunset in Scarborough was breathtaking – with pounding waves, a strong offshore wind and spectacular clouds. Believe me, it was rather hard to select just a few of the many pictures for this gallery!

On to Kommetjie with the last light of the day, where we had trouble to find the backpackers we had booked in advance. Drove past it several times, with the navigation system indicating a different location every time. Weird. After a tasteful dinner not far from the lighthouse, we retreated to the backpackers. What we woke up to? Read about it in the next chapter…

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Whale fountain Hermanus South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

South Africa Roadtrip 2012 | Stilbaai >> Cape Agulhas >> Hermanus >> Stellenbosch

Having enjoyed a couple of baie lekker pancakes for breakfast, we left Stilbaai and headed towards Riversdale. Long before arriving there we could see the famous rock formation called the Sleeping Beauty. Leaving her behind we followed the N2 before turning off towards Struisbaai and Cape Agulhas. Our visit to the southernmost point of Africa was almost spoiled by the southernmost bitch of South Africa, who must have rented the spot exclusively, trying to shoo us away from the historic landmark. Mind you, it was totally off-season and saying we counted a dozen people would be an exaggeration. But anyway, we eventually moved on to see the wreck of the Meisho Maru 38, a Japanese trawler that ran aground in 1982 and has been falling apart since. Not much left of it in 2012!

We then bought some supplies in the local superette and drove to Hermanus. To my delight, we traveled on the unpaved roads via Elim. The weather wasn’t really nice the whole day: gusting wind and some rain. We figured that we should try to fight it by buying ice-cream in Hermanus. The beach dassie you see in one of the pictures also wanted some, but fortunately there was a 2m gap between the tree and the wall we sat on.

Just before turning off from the N2 towards Stellenbosch I spotted a classic car dealership in Somerset West. Naturally I stopped and had a look around 😉

We checked into a (somewhat iffy) backpacker in Stellenbosch. It was Saturday night, so we met up with some of Marizcas’ friends, had dinner with them and a great night out! Quite a party town to be honest, not only a destination for day visitors…

PS: The light in this part of the country sometimes really does play tricks on your eyes. Note the weird hue in some of the pictures.

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Stilbaai South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

South Africa Roadtrip 2012 | Stilbaai, Skulpiesbaai Nature Reserve, Jongensfontein

Stilbaai is very… hmm… still. At least if you happen to be there off-season 😉
This place is the second home for Marizca, as she spent most of her summer holidays in the family beach house. We visited Tannie Maritjie in her house at the beach front. Look at the picture above, it’s the second house from the right. What a pleasure sitting in tannies’ living room, looking at the beach, the sea and the sky. Step off the balcony and you’re right at the beach – ready for some tanning. Skulpiesbaai Nature Reserve is worth an extended visit, as is Jongensfontein and Lappiesbaai. Supposedly there are beach dassies living on the rocks near the beach in Jongensfontein. And guess what, one of them did show up and posed for a picture. Quite cute, those furry fellows.

A friend of Marizca runs the local pub Puffies’ and naturally we went to see him. We had a good time and they introduced me to some of the locals. One of them invited me to go surfing with him…

We spent almost three full days in Still Bay before we had to move on. Trust me, we would have stayed much longer!
The sunrise over the bay was well worth getting up before dawn. It was so beautiful that I can’t really describe it. The pictures show only a fraction of the colors that have been present at once. Stunning!

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Baseball and Cars Karlsruhe | automotive photography by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

Baseball & Cars Karlsruhe 2010

While sorting out one of my old hard-drives, I found pictures from the 2010 Baseball & Cars US Car Show in Karlsruhe and uploaded them for you to enjoy. Have fun!

Trucker and Country Festival Geiselwind | autotmotive photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Trucker & Country Festival Geiselwind 2012

Toni Strohofers’ Autohof in Geiselwind featured the Trucker & Country Festival on the last weekend of May 2012. Hundreds of polished workhorses showed up, along with a few trucks that have been solely built for show purposes. The weather was great – sunny and rather hot. I didn’t have the time to stay for the shows in the evening, so I just took  the pictures featured here.

Buggy und Käfer Treffen Sulzthal | automotive photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Buggy und Käfer Treffen Sulzthal 2012

Being busy all weekend, I only had time to stop by briefly at the 2012 Buggy and Beetle Meeting in Sulzthal/Rhön to snap a few pictures. With quite a few classic car meetings in the area, the meeting wasn’t really overflowing with cars. But nonetheless, I found quite a few cool Buggies, Beetles and other vintage Volkswagen vehicles…