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John Floyd - A Motoring Legend

A Hermanus resident, John Floyd, is a motoring journalist legend. Originally from the United Kingdom, John settled permanently in South Africa in 1969 after marrying his South African sweetheart.

Cars are in his blood. His father owned a motor business and John worked in the workshop during holidays. By the age of 6, he was already stripping engines and cleaning all components. By age 10, he was assembling engines and, as a 14 year old, he found a pre-war Excelsior motorcycle which he rebuilt as a long term project.

It was while living in Somerset West, having purchased a workshop, that John became involved in writing a weekly motoring column while still competing in national and regional rallying. Writing led to a two-hour motoring program, Drivingforce, every Friday night for 16 years on Radio Helderberg, to commentary jobs at motorsport events, and to scripting and narrating a 30 minute program on the SA Rally Championship, aired by eTV.

Over the decades, John has written for Business Day and the Citizen newspapers covering international and local vehicle launches, road tests and Formula One reports. He has also written for Fleet Magazine, cars.co.za, a weekly column for the Hermanus Times and the District Mail, as well as being the editor of Regis magazine for Ferrari and Maserati owners.

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