Autostyle Show Posters – from 2003 till today

The Autostyle Motorshow is a favorite in Durban’s motor enthusiast calender. Every year we hold a street festival outside our Umhlanga-Ridge store.

Back in 2003 we had this silly idea of a motor show and if 20 cars pitched, we were happy. Were we shocked when the day came, at 10am there were well over 100 vehicles and thousands of people dropping their jaws at Durban’s finest automotive rides. Rest assured the show was a huge success and immediately we planned for the next year.

As the years went by, it grew exponentially, we learned from previous years mistakes and fortunately I seem to have grown a bit in graphic design skills.

Below is a collection of each years poster. 2008 & 2009 were done in Photoshop while the rest were in Corel Draw.
I cringe today when looking at the first few years. Personally I think 2008 & my version of 2009 are the best of the lot.

These posters are somewhat of a juggling act trying to keep all sponsors happy by placing their logos, adding as much information about the actual event as well as making it as visible as possible. These get displayed on street poles, magazines, newspapers, leaflets and store windows.† 2009 Autotrader came on board as a title sponsor and had their designers update the poster accordingly. The last image below is the Autotrader version while the second last is mine.

Click on the images to view a larger version:

2003 1st June (Custom) 2004 30th May (Custom)

2006 4th June (Custom) 2007 3rd June (Custom)

2009 31st may naeem (Custom) 2009 31st May autotrader (Custom)


Ecommerce Fraudster Moron

Online fraud. Cornerstone of any successful ecommerce store. Autostyle is no exception. Every week we cancel a bunch of orders which slip through the banks, slip through the online gateways and end up ‘approved’ in our mail boxes.

We do have measures in place to prevent this and having less then 5 charge backs over 3 years is a pretty good average I think.

The scammer below sent us a copy of his credit card and Identity Document as part of our verification process.

I’m offended, at least have the decency and professionalism to send proper ‘fake’ documents instead of this newbie induced photoshop vomit.

Seriously – this is the original image he sent.




Interviewed on Ideate.co.za

ImageA few days ago, after the last HeavyChef session, Fred from Ideate mailed me a short interview.

About Ideate: Fresh new ideas. Itís about small business. Itís about South Africa. Itís also about money, innovation, progress, and gob-smackingly brilliant concepts. Most importantly, itís about the people who come up with these concepts. We aim to examine the crazy, hyper-charged world of the small business owner, the serial entrepreneur Ė and hopefully learn a few things on the way.

Read the full interview here


My Ecommerce Award

Nice to see Jump Shopping, the guys behind the South African E commerce Awards, giving a physical recognition for winning an award.

Autostyle Motorsport has won the award for Best Automotive website in 2006, 2007† & 2008.
Will we win 2009? I sure hope so.

A layout overhaul is already underway and should be up in a few weeks time and and a few other plans are in the pipeline to keep us ahead of our competitors as well as grow our online presence.

March 2009 saw Autostyle receive its highest ever traffic, 144 000 visitors viewing 1.79million pages. I’m curious to see where we rank up on WASA (websites association of† South Africa)

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Sunrise from Bloemhof

This taken from a recent fishing trip over at Bloemhof Dam. While I’m no avid fisherman, the thought of spending a day at a tranquil dam, braaing and just doing nothing tech related is always appealing.

This photo taken with my trusty Canon 300D, a bit of photoshop processing to crop, level and enhance a little. Click to enlarge.

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Calling all Graphic Designers


I started a little crowdsourcing project at Autostyle.co.za –

The contest is simple.† Design a T-Shirt for us, winning design gets a R2000 Autostyle shopping voucher.

Visit the Autostyle Blog to find out more on about this. Rules, closing time and our logo are all listed there

Why crowdsource?
For starters it’ll bring some new perspective and fresh designs.† Normally we would choose from a handful of designs for t-shirts.† Getting the public in on it brings tons of new designs and concepts.

It creates a buzz around the Autostyle brand too.†† Bloggers have written about it, twitter uses have retweeted my messages, forum users discuss and exchange ideas.


Introducting: Foodblog.co.za –


Giving you a Cooking Clue!

Foodblog is a wordpress powered site showcasing blogs, photofeeds and videostreams that only relate to food. And ONLY food.

Overtime I will list more and more (preferably South Africa) cooking blogs which will showcase all sorts of cultures & recipes.† Constantly updating as the bloggers update their website.

Check it out: www.FoodBlog.co.za


2008 – A rollercoaster year

2008 has been a roller coaster of note, looking back on it, it was a time of huge gains, losses, experiences and much much more.

In the real world,

– March 15th, Married! – Naeem.co.za & Saaleha.com – a union of internet junkies
– Honeymoon to Singapore, Langkawi Island and Malaysia’s Kuala Lampur
– A few weeks later, trip to the far east – Hong Kong and China’s Shanghai, Guangzhou & Beijing
– Hijacked! Got my South African colours when 2 gunmen stormed my home and made off with my car.
– The Autostyle Durban Motorshow – even bigger then before.
– Recovered! My Audi was recovered in Soweto, in mint condition with a newly fitted windscreen.
– Bought another house. This time on the doorstep of our local Masjid, bigger with alot more ‘room for potential’.
– Autostyle voted 2008 Best Automotive Website. That’s the 3rd year in a row.
– Autostyle moved into its stunning new† Johannesburg showroom.

My online adventures never cease to amaze me, always learning new technologies, ideas & meeting all sorts of amazing people.
WordPress is my App of the year!
MyUmmah.co.za is fast establishing itself in the South African muslim niche. What started as an online storage for Islamic content I find – now receives over 11 000 page impressions a month with just over 6000 visitors.
Kasa.org.za A quick wordpress powered website for Khitmatul Awaam: South Africa’s first non profit hajj & umrah foundation.
SoccerStuff.co.za – A little sideline service from our Autostyle team. We do loads of imports and many agencies & corporate gift companies we work with indicated the need for custom branded soccerballs. Yes we are jumping in on 2010mania
MuslimJobs.co.za – a little job portal for our muslim community, plans are to revamp it and add some extra features to it.

2009 promises much more new projects, challenges and more importantly trying to uphold a balance between work, life and most importantly becoming a better muslim.

2008 proved that the Almighty truly does work in mysterious ways.
There is Hikma (wisdom) in all the good & bad we go through.


Autostyle & Channel-O’s Mzanzi Rides Promotion

Check out the exclusive season 3 premiere of Mzanzi Rides.† Channel-O’s exclusive TV series showcasing the latest pop, hiphop & car styling culture in Southern Africa.† We have been supporting them since the early days in season 1 with various promotions & viral campaigns.

Season 3 looks to be even bigger.† The promo clip below hits the airwaves after christmas day.

Uploaded it using South Africa’s leading video sharing platform, Zoopy.com

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