One of my first tasks in the drawing office of CI Caravans, in the early sixties, was to measure up and assist the Late Allan McKee and Eric Courtis (late father of Brian and grandfather of Geoff) in the layout of the premises in Kirk Road, Pinetown, which had become the home of Natal Caravans, the dealership established jointly by the two business partners in 1960. This site was to become recognised as a landmark by caravanners and campers around South Africa, and later by the boating fraternity, too.
Having lived in Pinetown and worked for CI until my retirement some years ago, I have enjoyed a close relationship with Brian and Geoff Courtis, Dave Flack and the team at Natal Caravans & Marine, which has continued ever since through my representation of Caravan & Outdoor Life.
Eager to hear the inside story behind the recent big move by this well-established and long-serving dealership, I have had to wait patiently for them to be settled in their new home at 1 Waterberg Road, before trying to pin down this energetic father and son team for a chat over a cup of coffee.
I had lots of questions, and Brian and Geoff were very cooperative and enthusiastic in their open responses.