Marcel Koning

International man of mystery, part-time legend. Has a soft spot for clunky, leaking old cars…

But also practical, level-headed with a kind heart and integrity. Not too serious about most things. Speaks Dutch, English and a smattering of French. Can even hold a passable conversation in Afrikaans…


They are on a road trip around the European coastline

A bit of History

So many memories in that little Renault 5!

Marcel was born in Emmen in The Netherlands a couple of years ago. Okay, let’s try 1969.

Aged two, he emigrated to South Africa, dragging his parents along spending most of his childhood in Johannesburg. After school, he completed two years of national service as an army medic.

In 1990 Marcel moved back to the Netherlands and joined a family business to work as a flooring installer. After five years, his family persuaded him to return to South Africa where he also worked as a carpenter and foreman for a building contractor.


He met Victoria and they got married in March 2001, then moved to the Netherlands, which is a good base to travel from. Marcel picked up his good relationship with Carpetright in 2002 and worked with them as a contractor, installing laminate, vinyl, marmoleum, linoleum and carpets.

Vic helped him with larger laminate jobs and they also installed (and delivered) laminate flooring for their successful website

Furthermore, Marcel helped Vic design and build websites for others using WordPress and Drupal, utilising SEO and content marketing.

off the beaten path

In 2010 Marcel made his best mistake by taking part in the Croatia Trophy 4×4 Competition as a co-driver/navigator. Having enjoyed this daunting five-day challenge immensely he decided to introduce “Muddy Boots” (their Land Rover 90) to the “Adventure class” in 2011. During the ‘test’ phase in the Orawa Challenge in Poland, he earned the nickname “Aquaman”… This Land Rover bug has never really left him…

Marcel volunteered for the Land Rover Club Holland as a member of the Communication Committee. He was their content manager and translator for a number of years, keeping the website up to date with the latest news and articles about Land Rovers.


After being in the flooring/building business for 25 years, Marcel decided to give his knees a break. A sabbatical in the south of France at the end of November ’13 lasted far longer than the original 4 months. Try 6 years!

His daily schedule was wide and varied, from creating drone and product films to bottling wine and beer, and managing other people’s properties.

Does Vic really appreciate his practical, hands-on DIY skills during the bus renovation of turning PepĂ© into their dream mobile beach shack? We shall see…

Hobbies and interests

include travel, 4×4 and offroading, old cars, rugby, fine beers, films, sailing, outdoors and camping. Has a penchant for vlogging and the occasional blog.

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