Chris Wall Media was lucky enough to garner an invite to the latest product launch from OEM Lubricants for new additions to the Motul Additives range, as well as the introduction of some top-quality car care products under the Lescot banner. If you follow this blog or any of my social media accounts, you'll be well aware that I'm involved in all things motoring and have been for roughly 20 years now, and this has afforded me the chance to meet many amazing people. Over the years a handful of them has stood out from the rest, and after this launch I have a new name added to the list - Wayne Plit. The man is definitely a role model no matter where you're from and what industry you're in. In short, Wayne is a self-made entrepreneur who is worth more than a pretty penny right now, and the fact that he spends a fair amount of his hard-earned money on rare 2-door and classic sportscars is an added bonus.
A shortened version of Wayne's story goes like this: When he was doing his national service in the army, he used to buy wrecked cars and he'd pay to have them repaired at the army's workshops, and once completed the cars would be flipped for a profit. After getting some funds together from this pasttime he bought run down apartments in Jo'burg and used the same fix up and flip strategy, selling the properties at a profit. To say he was successful at this is a gross understatement, and the properties that were bought got bigger and bigger as too did the company. Jump forward some years and Wayne's company was sold off for a few hundred million Rand. Yeah, you did read that right - quite a chunk of change. In between all the business dealings Wayne remains on the lookout for rare and special cars to add to his steadily growing collection, many cars are still flipped for a profit, but some are just what he wanted and they form part of the current collection. Many of the cars are so rare that you cannot put a reasonable price on them. I'd list some of these for you, but it really would take too long, at current standing the collection is pretty close to the 300 cars mark. Of course you'll also find some stunning motorcycles in there too as well as amazing memorabilia and hundreds of scale models.
So how does Motul link to Wayne and his amazing car collection? All of the cars Wayne has are in exceptional condition, each one permanently on a trickle charger so when he feels the need to drive I dunno, say an early 80s Audi Quattro Sport S1, all he needs to do is get in, turn the key and he's off. Keeping a huge collection of cars of this calibre in perfect condition takes some doing, and over the years Wayne has navigated to the Motul brand thanks not only to the quality of the products, but also the thanks to fact that they have a range of lubricants specifically formulated for older performance cars from every era that cars have been raced in. Not only engine and transmission lubricants, but also rare hydraulic oils for things like the suspension, clutch and brakes of a 60s model Citroën DS.
Enter OEM Lubricants. A little over two years ago the powers that be at Motul were on the hunt for a new company to represent them in South Africa because the one originally appointed to do the job was terrible at best - and that's being kind. With Wayne and his newly formed company driving the Motul brand we're seeing the company logo splashed across many serious racecars, driver's race suits and at many prestigious race events like the annual Knysna Speed Festival. With a brand that has a deep history in international motorsports, things are now on the right track. To add to the range of Motul lubricants available in SA, OEM Lubricants is making a comprehensive range of Motul Additives available to dealers and consumers. This range is specially developed to help restore and maintain engine performance through the fuel system, the products help remove deposits from the fuel system and the engine, the results of which can lead to improved performance, better fuel economy and a friendlier environmental impact. There’s a product for just about every application you can think of; Fuel System Clean, Diesel System Clean, Valve and Injector Clean and even DPF Clean that has been developed to address the issue of Diesel Particulate Filter system clogging. Engine Clean and Automatic Transmission Clean are self-explanatory ones. Of course the people in my circles already swear by the Motul Lubricants and octane boosters.
With Motul recently acquiring French car care product manufacturer Lescot, it made sense for Wayne and OEM Lubricants to launch the brand in SA too. If there's one thing Wayne knows, it's how to get old cars back to the best condition possible, so when a man with a collection as extensive as the one seen in the Motul Museum recommends a detailing product, you damn well better take notice. Lescot has more than 40 years experience in developing and manufacturing high quality car care consumer products, and as such, the range on offer is quite extensive. You'll find a dedicated product for just about every conceivable car part that needs some loving, as well as a few products that can cover many needs. With car care products, someone can tell me that XXX product is the best, but if you don't physically show me, I'll never really believe you. To show the Lescot range off, an original Ford Escort RS2000 that was sleeping in a downtown basement awaiting a refurb was used. The car was given that usual half/half treatment, and I must say, that 40-year-old red paint that had faded to a lackluster orange was brought back to life and then some. The old Ford features many black plastics that the sun and time have taken their toll on, giving things more of a glittery silver look than actual black. Lescot New Black Exterior was used on these parts and yeah, straight back to black. The results were so good I'm gonna be getting myself a bottle ASAP to blacken some faded parts on my 2002/3 Corsa. To add to the range, there's also a host of Lescot microfibre cloths, brushes, mitts and buffing aids. I quite like the detailing pack in it's own dedicated case - detailing porn!
Using the Motul Museum as a venue to launch the new lubricants and car care products was just amazing. It's a place of wonder and mystery that will make any automotive enthusiast weak at the knees. The cars are breathtaking, there's almost too much awesomeness to take in. The best part is that if I ever get to go there again, the cars will be different as the displays are changed around for various reasons. When Motul was launched under OEM Lubricants, many cars on display were chosen for their link to SA's motoring history, so the likes of Opel's Superboss and BMW's 333i were on display. Take a look at some of the cars I snapped on the night, but bear in mind there are plenty more, I was just rather overwhelmed.
Motul On Track
I did mention that Motul is now a stand out feature at many race events around the country, and I witnessed the brand's impressive presence at the last round of the popular and action-packed Inland Championship that I shoot for quite often. Just because I'm cool like that, here's a small gallery of the racecars in the Motul Modified Production Cars (MPCs) category.
Yeah, thanks to the kind folk at OEM Lubricants and Motul South Africa, we're giving away some wicked goodies. To stand a chance to win yourself one of two wicked lil hampers consisting of a Motul carry bag, Motul cap, Motul pen, Motul key ring and a Motul octane booster (one petrol and one diesel) , all you have to do its follow these five easy steps:
1 - Like the Oem Lubricants, Motul South Africa and Lescot Facebook pages (that's THREE pages in total).
2 - Like the Chris Wall Media Facebook page (I like likes!).
3 - Tell us when Wayne started fixing and flipping cars.
4 - Name one product from the Motul additive range.
5 - What car was used to demonstrate the Lescot Car Care range?
Add your answers to the comments section below. Random.org will be used to draw a winner, the draw will take place on 31 July 2018. We'll then verify the winner has the liked the relevant Facebook pages. Your prize will be couriered to you, or delivered personally depending on where you live.
Author: Chris Wall
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