Bizcommunity.com motoring editor Henrie Geyser () has worked as a journalist in Cape Town, London and Windhoek for the Argus Company (now Independent Newspapers) and spent 12 years at The Cape Argus in Cape Town. He then owned and ran a public relations consultancy for 13 years. He joined the online publishing industry through iafrica.com, where he worked for five years as news editor and editor. He now freelances for a variety of print and online publications, on the subjects of cars, food and travel, among others; and is a member of the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists.
Bizcommunity.com motoring editor Henrie Geyser is a petrolhead from way back, having fallen in love with cars when he was still a pikkie sitting on his father's lap and steering the old family Chevrolet.
He raced sidecars at Killarney in the sixties and a Dart Flamingo in the eighties.
He has worked as a journalist in Cape Town, London and Windhoek for the Argus Company (now Independent Newspapers) and spent 12 years at The Cape Argus in Cape Town.
After running his own public relations consultancy for 13 years he sold the business to take up golf and build a Porsche Spyder replica while trying to make a living as a professional gambler.
After that character-building experience he was lured by the smell of big money into the dot.com business, working at iafrica.com for five years as news editor and editor.
He finally bid farewell to daily office routine nearly ten years ago and has been a freelance journalist since then, writing about his favourite subjects - cars, gambling, golf, food, wine and travel for a variety of print media and internet web sites.
Henrie is a member of the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists and has attended a number of advanced driving courses.
He is married to Penny who is in the travel business and they live in Hout Bay.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] It's big, brash and as long and wide as a barge on the Thames but the Chrysler 300C SRT8 has got character and personality second to none and an attitude that gives a reverse victory sign to just about everything else on the road.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] The new Kia Cerato's marketing pitch is: "The power to surprise" but it does a lot more than just surprise. If I was driving the marketing campaign for this smart new Korean I would change the pitch to something like "The power to blow your socks off".
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] The latest addition to the Mini stable has Paceman blatantly tattooed on its derriere and its design is so spaced out it could easily be the love-child of the equally off-the-wall BMWX6 and Range Rover Evoque.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Volkswagen's Transporter and Hyundai's H1 which have been slugging it out for the top dog status in the local van market suddenly face a new challenge now that the once-popular Ford Transit has stepped into the ring proudly waving a string of international accolades.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Citroen's cute little neck-twisting DS3 Cabrio, which caused as much of a stir at the Paris Motor Show last year as French supermodel Laetitia Casta strutting her haute couture stuff on the runways of the fashion capital, is now brazenly flaunting its sexy topless appeal in local dealer showrooms.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] The Chinese carmakers have negotiated the twisty bits of the difficult circuit and are now entering the main straight in the race for South African car-buyers' hearts and wallets - clearly illustrated by the newly-launched Geely Emgrand EC7.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] The Consumer Protection Act (CPA), which came into effect in April 2008, has far-reaching implications for vehicle buyers, particularly those interested in acquiring a used vehicle, yet there is still a lot of ignorance around with buyers being taken for a ride because they don't know their own rights.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] They say one of the most effective paths to a man's heart is through his right foot, even though this usually involves a rather painful and costly exercise and all the more so if the object of desire is the roaringly appealing new Mercedes-Benz GL AMG. Why? Because it wears a designer price tag of R1,6m-plus, even without the fancy bells and whistles on the optional extras list. However...
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Local new vehicle sales showed a surprisingly high jump of 19,5% during April with 8,312 more units sold than during the same month last year. Exports also continued to register another strong performance reflecting an improvement of 29,7%.
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] In the same way that lithe-limbed Brazilian model Karen Nurenberg has recently been turning heads and setting runways ablaze in Europe with her lacy black underwear, Hyundai is causing quite a stir with its hot and sexy new Veloster hatchback.