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

Buggy & 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.

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Street Magazine Nationals Geiselwind | automotive photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Street Magazine Nationals Geiselwind | 2012

Street Magazine Nationals Geiselwind 2012 | Impressions

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South Africa Oudtshoorn Stillbay | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Road Trip South Africa | Oudtshoorn, Buffelspoort Lodge, Mosselbaai, Stilbaai

After visiting the Cango Wildlife Park in Oudtshoorn we took a little detour to see the Buffelspoort Lodge. The perfect place to chill for an hour or two. Sitting in the sun at the deck overlooking the dam was splendid.

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South Africa Lizard | photorpahy by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Road Trip South Africa | Cango Wildlife Park in Oudtshoorn

Marizca suggested that we should stop in Oudtshoorn to explore the Cango Wildlife Park. We totally forgot about time and spent more than two hours watching various birds, predators and many other animals. Take your time to enjoy the pictures.

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Mareispoort Pass South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Road Trip South Africa | Beaufort West, Meiringspoort Pass, De Rust

Driving through the Klein Karoo, eating lekker Biltong we bought at a small farm stall and enjoying the open space is quite relaxing. Nothing prepared me for the sudden change in landscape as we entered the Meiringspoort Pass. Marizca was definitely right – sleeping over in Beaufort West and driving through the gorge early in the morning is certainly recommendable!

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Roadside breakdown South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch

Road Trip South Africa | Johannesburg, Kimberley, Beaufort West

My friend Marizca and me wanted to go on a road trip for quite a while. First it took me four years to be able to go back to South Africa – and then it happened all of a sudden and rather spontaneous. I booked the flight just a week in advance. Fortunately Marizca had just finished her exams and was able to take ten days off 🙂

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South Africa Highveld Laezonia | travel photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Road Trip South Africa | The first couple of days

Welcome home to South Africa

After living in South Africa for nine months, I eventually had to leave in April 2008 – with tears in my eyes, because I had the most awesome time and found many friends. Before leaving I promised to come back as soon as possible – but I never imagined that it would take me four years! But nonetheless, it didn’t feel like four years at all once I arrived in Jozi.

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Kyalami View Estate | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Kyalami View House

When I came back to South Africa I definitely missed the old house in Visser Street. Heidis’ new house in the Kyalami View Estate is equally nice and cozy.

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BMW M1 Hommage | automotive photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

BMW M1 Hommage

BMW M1 Hommage | Impressions

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Audi Museum Ingolstadt | automotive photography by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

Audi Museum Ingolstadt | 2010

Late in 2010, a friend and me went to see the Audi Museum Mobile in Ingolstadt. Quite an impressive museum, featuring many of my favorite cars, such as the IMSA, DTM and Rallye cars from the 1980’s.

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Volkswagen T1 split-window bus with roof rack and surfboards | automotive photography by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

14th International air-cooled Volkswagen Meeting

Käferland Schweinfurt e.V. wanted to celebrate their 25th anniversary with friends from as far away as Finland. Therefore they organized the 14th international meeting for air-cooled Volkswagens, which took place in Aidhausen, Germany.

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Honda CIVIC AH Hatchback |photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch

Honda CIVIC AH Hatchback

Another Honda from the 80’s. Only minor modifications to create this virtual model. I retained the stock look of the third generation CIVIC Hatchback and just lowered it over 15″ mesh wheels. The lights have been altered also for a cleaner look.

Honda CIVIC AH Hatchback |photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch

Honda CIVIC Si AH DOHC | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch

Honda CIVIC Si DOHC (AH)

The third generation CIVIC still had the sleek and clean design typical of 80’s Hondas. This one was just lowered and a set of up-to-date larger diameter wheels have been installed.

Honda CIVIC Si AH DOHC | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch

Daihatsu Sirion Turbo with bodykit | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch

Daihatsu Sirion Turbo M300

Even the most mundane cars can be transformed into something fun to drive. Driving a Daihatsu Sirion rental car in South Africa inspired me to modify one virtually. A more aggressive front, a bodykit and a set of larger wheels help this little car to look more grown-up.

Daihatsu Sirion Turbo with bodykit | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch

Honda Prelude Si BA2 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2009)

Honda Prelude Si BA2

In my opinion, Hondas of the 80’s have had a very sleek and clean design – there being no need to change anything on the body or trim. The BA2 Prelude was the first Honda I owned. This one has been lowered over period correct 15 inch mesh wheels and the windows have been tinted.

Honda Prelude Si BA2 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2009)

Renault Fuego Turbo | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

Renault Fuego Turbo

Even though overlooked by most people, the Renault Fuego is a nicely designed car. It does however lack sportiness when factory stock. I flared the fenders, added larger diameter OZ Futura wheels with low profile tires and removed some of the plastic trim.

Renault Fuego Turbo | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

BMW Museum München | automotive photography by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

BMW Museum München | 2009

The BMW Museum in Munich is utterly beautiful after it has been rebuilt and reopened in 2008. The way the cars are displayed is exquisite. They glow like jewels, each one being highlighted perfectly. Visiting the museum on a Saturday just before Christmas gave me almost perfect conditions for taking pictures – there was hardly anybody around. Would I go back there? Definitely yes, I can highly recommend this place to anyone interested in cars.

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Volvo 740 GLE Turbo IMSA | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

Volvo 740 GLE Turbo with IMSA wheels

When the first pictures of the IMSA modified Lamborghini Gallardo appeared on the web, I thought that those wheels might look great on any car with straight lines from the 80’s. The Volvo 740 (aka “The Brick”) has been lowered and a custom bodykit was added.

Volvo 740 GLE Turbo IMSA | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

Mercedes-Benz R129 SL500 Shooting Break Conversion | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

Mercedes-Benz R129 SL500 | Shooting Break Conversion

I really like the Mercedes-Benz SL R129 series. One day I wondered how a shooting break of this particular model would look like. Apart from the roof, nothing has been changed on the body. The car has been lowered and I added wheels from a V12 S-Class.

Mercedes-Benz R129 SL500 Shooting Break Conversion | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

Alfa Romeo 33 Permanent4 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

Alfa Romeo 33 Permanent4

Being a child of the eighties, I grew up with those cars and I still like them. This Alfa Romeo 33 didn’t need a lot of tinkering to become a looker. It has been lowered over BMW 1-Series M wheels, the bodykit has been modified slighly and the rear fascia has been changed.

Alfa Romeo 33 Permanent4 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

Chrysler 300C SRT8 Coupé Conversion | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

Chrysler 300C SRT8 | Coupé Conversion

A friend of mine built a scale model of a Chrysler 300C Coupé. This inspired me to create this virtual model when the SRT8 version was unveiled. The body has been cleaned, bigger wheels and exhaust tips have been added. Even though it might look like – but the roof is not chopped.

Chrysler 300C SRT8 Coupé Conversion | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

Corvette C5 Z06 Lingenfelter | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2007)

Corvette C5 Z06 Lingenfelter

Angle of view and the special light attracted my attention to this Lingenfelter Corvette C5 Z06. I didn’t change a lot, just lowered it, enlarged the wheels and the front spoiler, cleaned the rear valance and blacked out the top.

Corvette C5 Z06 Lingenfelter | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2007)

Nissan Cedric Y34 VIP | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2007)

Nissan Cedric Y34 | VIP

Even though the Nissan Cedric Y34 is a car from the nineties, I opted to give it that retro look with the hood painted flat black hood instead of carbon fiber. The wheels are pure 80’s design – but with a larger diameter not available back then.

Nissan Cedric Y34 VIP | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2007)

Ford Focus ST Mk3 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

Ford Focus ST 4-Door

This is part two of the Ford Focus ST chops. The car has been lowered over a set of nice wheels. The body has been cleaned and some details have been added to the bodykit. However, there was no need to change the bright orange color.

Ford Focus ST Mk3 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

Ford Focus ST 2-Door

This is part one of the Ford Focus ST chops. The car has been lowered over a set of nice wheels. The body has been cleaned and some details have been added to the bodykit. However, there was no need to change the bright orange color.