Take a trip down memory lane – Datsun Heritage Museum now open to all fans in Bothaville

Datsun is calling on all fans – new and old – as it announces the public opening of the famous museum of car-enthusiast, Freek de Kock. For the first time, de Kock’s collection of more than 118 Datsun and Nissan vehicles – spanning decades – will be accessible to everyone.

The museum, located in Bothaville, South Africa, was started by de Kock in 2007. It claims to be the largest private collection of Nissan and Datsun vehicles outside Japan and features a number of world-renowned models including an orange Datsun 240Z, the 1200 GX, the Laurel and the Pulsar.

Freek is a life-long Datsun fan and started collecting vehicles nearly a decade ago, when his two sons took over the family business, giving him more time to focus on his passions in his spare time.

Now, de Kock is ready to share his passion with fellow car enthusiasts and passers-by.

What can you expect to see when visiting the museum:

Wondering what made de Kock fall in love with in the first place?

Check out a list of just a few of the models on display that will surely turn heads:

1968 Fairlady Roadster

1974 1200 GX Coupé

1974 240Z1981 280Z

1980 160Z

1977 140Z

1975 160U Coupé

1973 1600 SSS Coupé

1971 GTR Hakosuka

1997 GTR R34

Yes, you’re right, the address is not yet on google maps – here’s how to get there and how to make an appointment:

We’re sure most of you know the famous Nampo Park. As you exit Nampo Park turn left onto the R30 and head south on the R30 for 17.9km. Once you’ve gone over the bridge, turn right onto Jan Coetzee Avenue and the museum will be on your right.

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You can make an appointment by calling Freek de Kock at 082 4936552 or sending an email to [email protected]

Entry fees are R40 per adult and R100 for a family of three or more; R20 for children under the age of 18, if not accompanied by adults; R10 per person for school groups and small children three years and younger can enter for free.

Earlier this year, Wheels24’s Janine Van der Post made her debut visit to the legendary museum while attending the 2019 Nampo Harvest:

“My editor had asked, “Why on earth would you want to go to this?”

I’d never been and I just wanted to see what the fuss was all about. That, and because of a bucket-list item I have always wanted to fulfill.

Besides Nampo, just 17km down the road from “Agricultural Heaven” lies an even more important place in my heart: Oom Freek De Kock’s Datsun Heritage Museum.

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Anyone who knows me well enough, or even knows about Oom Freek, would understand that it’s every petrolhead’s dream to pay this iconic place a visit. And now, he has finally decided to open his pride and joy to the public.

Some tips for your road-trip to Bothaville:

What better way to be inspired on your way to a Datsun museum than to ensure you drive your very own Datsun there. There’s nothing like comparing your new model to the golden oldies.

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If you didn’t know, Bothaville is just 3-hours’ drive from Johannesburg and Bloemfontein, and that’s why road snacks are essential. Coffee in a flask and a few Ouma rusks will be the order of the day on your road-trip.

If you’d like to stretch your legs on the drive, Potchefstroom is about 120km from Johannesburg and on your way to Bothaville. Whether you’re a bird-lover or you’re just in the mood to take a time-out, the Potchefstroom Botanical Gardens will be the perfect spot.

Finally, ensure you have a great playlist in the car to keep you going on your drive. Here are some suggestions:

Beyonce – End of time

Prince – Little Red Corvette

Lauryn Hills – To Zion

Ray Charles – Hit the road Jack

Freshly Ground – Do be doo