By Marianne Nghidengwa
THE famous adage – choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life – best describes a group of 12 young men aged between 17 and 26 who run two successful automotive workshops in Windhoek.
Confidente recently caught up with five members of the group led by Alois Greifeneder Calazero, who on top of being heavily swamped with work is also organising the first auto show under the theme ‘No rivalry, no equal’ slated for October 1 at the basement of the Khomasdal Grove Mall. The show will bring together vehicle enthusiasts as well as 100 best cars in the country to raise funds for charity. Avid vehicle fanatics including businessmen from across the country are expected to bring out their best automobiles comprising of sport and race cars, superbikes and trucks amongst others. The cars will be judged on their lighting, detailing and speed amongst other features in seven categories for prizes of car of the year, best sedan, truck, racing car and superbike as well as best set-up.
The proceeds will go towards the construction of an automotive school, one of over 10 trade schools forming part of the We Care Trust social responsibility projects under the guidance of businesswoman Karen Woermann. The trust has been working vigorously raising funds to establish an all-purpose multiple centre including a hospital and orphanage so as to give hope to disadvantaged children amongst others.
“We are excited about this show which is the first of its kind in the country. We will showcase 100 best cars in Namibia in terms of lighting, speed, set up and many other features under one roof at the basement of the Khomasdal Grove Mall. We are still in the process of identifying the cars as owners continue sending us pictures of their toys. There will be DJs entertaining the crowd. We will also turn an old car into a DJ booth and cool box for the refreshments. The proceeds will go towards the establishment of an automotive school under the We Care Trust in the near future.
“This school is especially important for us because we believe that exceling academically is not for everyone. We are good with our hands and have a passion for vehicles and mechanics and one can lead a successful life in this field. It is a business and we are growing. We feel that children should be placed where they will be productive be it in arts or sport. As long as they are pursuing their dreams,” a beaming Calazero said.
For the 12 young men who are all friends, business started several years back on the streets of Windhoek after some dropped out of school. For years they have been true to their craft of customising and building cars from scratch. Transforming vehicles into masterpieces is another skill the young men are excellent at, turning old or damaged cars into everyday driving cars for their customers.
Their love of everything auto turned into a flourishing business with two workshops in Windhoek specialising in mechanics, body work and detailing, auto styling, lighting and panel beating amongst others. In some cases, they travel long distances or contact other workshops looking for parts or wrecked vehicles, restoring and selling them as masterpieces.
“We love what we do and work round the clock going out of our way to make our clients happy. In less than a year, we worked on over 300 cars for individuals and companies. We consider ourselves the best in the field because of our excellent work and reasonable prices,” Calazero concluded.
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