Marcel Koning was born in Emmen, The Netherlands on 5th of December 1969. Aged two, he emigrated to South Africa, dragging his parents along. He spent most of his childhood in Johannesburg, attended school and then later completed two years of military service as an army medic.
In 1990 Marcel moved back to the Netherlands and joined a family business to work as a flooring installer in Drenthe and Gelderland. During this time he built up a good rapport with the folk at Carpetright (it was called Carpetland then). After five years, his family persuaded him to return to South Africa, where he continued in the flooring business, working independently and with his family. He also worked as a carpenter and foreman for a building contractor.
He met and married Victoria in March 2001, and they decided to move to the Netherlands, which is a good base to travel from. In 2002 Marcel picked up his agreement with Carpetright, and worked for them as a contractor, installing laminate, vinyl, marmoleum, linoleum and carpets. Victoria helped him with larger jobs.
They also installed (and delivered) laminate flooring for Floorstyle.nl, a Marvic.biz website they built. Furthermore, Marcel designed and built websites for Marvic Web Design, using WordPress and Drupal, utilising SEO and content marketing.
Penchant for Mud
Marcel took part in the Croatia Trophy 2010 as a co-driver/navigator. In 2011 he dragged our beloved Land Rover 90, “Muddy Boots” through the Adventure class of Croatia Trophy in 2011 just after earning the nickname “Aquaman” in Poland.
LRCH Content Manager
Marcel joined the Land Rover Club Holland Communication team, volunteering to keep the website up to date with latest news and articles about Land Rovers and the club.
Consultant in Cotignac
After being in the flooring/building business for 25 years, Marcel decided to give his knees a break. At the end of November ’13 he and Victoria went on a sabbatical in the South of France. It wasn’t long before they made the decision to move. Learning the “langage de l’amour” they are both registered as “auto entrepreneurs” working closely with businesses, like Mirabeau Wine, as well as vacation property owners.
Hobbies and interests include travel, 4×4 and offroading, cars, rugby, fine beers (and learning about wines), sailing, outdoors and camping.