Johannesburg - One of South Africa’s most respected and accomplished motoring journalists leaves Independent Media this week after 26 memorable years in the driver’s seat.
Denis Droppa has been the face of motoring in IOL and its sister print titles for as long as many can remember, having joined the company as a writer at the beginning of 1992, before shifting across to the Motoring Editor’s chair after Steve Kealy handed the keys over in 1994.
Droppa went on to win numerous accolades, including two SAGMJ Motoring Journalist of the Year awards, and soon became known for his witty yet brutally honest writing style.
When it came to car reviews Droppa continued Independent Media’s proud tradition of telling it like it is, ruffling more than a few car manufacturer feathers along the way and no doubt falling off many a Christmas card list. His colleagues will remember him as professional, fair and generally a very nice guy to work with.
Droppa fondly remembers his first car launch, the ‘dolphin shape’ (E36) BMW 3-Series, for which BMW flew its media guests from Johannesburg to Cape Town in a Concorde. Quite fittingly, his final gig for Independent also included some fast flying, albeit this time it was around Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in the latest Lamborghini Huracan and Aventador supercars.