Bobby Nitro loves it when a group of youngsters on the scene get a kwaai idea in their heads and then nogal make it happen.
We all know the Cape car scene needs a post-lockdown reinvigoration, and it will surely come. You can’t keep a good scene down after all. And the Kaapse koppe are a force to be reckoned with.
That said, there is an interesting take on things that has been coming into view. Privates CPT (interesting name that) perhaps represents the beginnings of a post-pandemic attitude to vehicular hook-ups.
With no further ado, we introduce Geovani Cyster, Ryan Mentoor and Mika Starling, repping for Privates CPT, a crossover media platform and meet-up organiser. They have hosted three events thus far, with the most recent being last weekend in Stellenbosch.
What these guys do is invite a select group of Stance koppe to a venue, invite various media houses, shoot the cars from every angle, and get those pictures out on social media.
They are certainly not the only people doing this, but they’re the freshest.
Geovani, 23, says: “A while ago we had a chat about how quiet the Stance scene was, and we wanted to get some exposure for people who have put so much effort into their rides.
“There are a bunch of young people with really sick rides coming into the scene, and we want to see it become less elite.”
Twenty-year-old Mika (named after the Flying Finn himself) adds: “It’s about more than media, however, we like to bring a vibe for the owners, create an open and non-competitive space for like-minded people to mingle. It’s like a show but without the competition.”
Ryan, 30, who is a qualified graphic designer, says that the movement has grown organically, with its intention to bring the Stance community closer together and show young people there is something positive to do.
All three share a vision for Privates CPT, and that is to get the financial backing to enable them to create a showcase event, in a year or so.
Geovani drives a Stanced out Polo and his FB handle is Slap Chip Media. Bobby had to ask about that name. Geovani tells it like this: “One morning I was on my way to my really draining job, feeling done in, but at the same time I needed a name for my media effort and, well, Slap Chip seemed to say it all!”
Last weekend the guys had a good turnout. Mika says: “It was great to sit back and see what we have achieved, especially people hanging out and having a laugh.” Mika’s FB and Instagram profiles can be found at South African Car Culture.
Geovani adds: “The event felt intimate yet there was a nice turnout, and there was no politics involved.”
Bobby reckons that it just these kinds of initiatives that will bring the much-needed energy back into the scene. They might start small, but if they maintain the intimate and classy vibe, Privates CPT could very well go places.