Before long, he was driving with classmates to his first races, working on the cylinders and talking the lingo about the transmission. In these early years, young Waldo saw an old Ponton model parked in a shed and instantly dreamt about restoring such a vehicle one day.
Chris was just nine years old when he drove alone for the first time. It was a Mercedes-Benz 170 D, built in 1949. He first drove it across the runway of a disused airport in Daressalam, Tanzania, and shortly afterwards also took it out of his father’s garage himself. “A big car for a small lad,” recalls Chris. “That’s where it all started.”