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Leisure Wheels August 2016

Leisure Wheels explores the exciting world of adventure motoring off the beaten track with an emphasis on breathtaking Southern African destinations. It’s the country’s leading magazine for those who love overland adventures, caravanning, camping, 4x4 and the great outdoors.

South Africa
RamsayMedia (PTY) Ltd
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natural born racing drivers

BLESSED ARE WE SOUTH AFRICANS. We’ve produced some real world-class drivers over the years. Think Formula One world champion Jody Scheckter, and Daytona winner and local rally and racing legend Sarel van der Merwe. Think Dakar Rally winner Giniel de Villiers and Hannes Grobler, the only person to have won the local rally and off-road championships in one year. So blessed are we that this amazing driving ability, which seems to be embedded in our genetic make-up, is on display on our roads on a daily basis. For instance, a driver of a Tata hatch on the N1 between Pretoria and Joburg. Driving in the middle lane at 120km/h, he was typing what seemed to be an essay on his iPad, which he deftly held in his left hand, which also happened to hold…

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We welcome your views Email your views to editorial@leisurewheels.com or submit them via our Facebook page or the website at www.leisurewheels.co.za. Please supply your postal address, in case you win a prize. WINNING LETTER Congratulations! Your letter wins you a CAT watch to the value of R1 200. We will be in contact soon to make arrangements for delivery. STANDING IN THE GAP I need to stand up for the VW Touareg Terrain Tech or as it is currently known, the Touareg Escape. I now own my third Touareg and I have not had a day’s trouble with any of them, barring a puncture or two. My first one was the original 2.5-litre five-cylinder diesel. I towed ski boats weighing 2.7 tons on the trailer all over the place, including through deep, soft sand. On one…

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the red line

It’s the stuff every overlander’s nightmare is made off – you arrive at a roadblock, somewhere in the north of Namibia. The police officer asks for your driver’s licence. But there are other people in green overalls, also manning the roadblock. They spray the wheels of your vehicle with some kind of chemical. Then they ask you to open your fridge. They confiscate all your meat. The skilpadjies you bought at King’s Deli. The blou bul steaks you marinated for a week. The five cheeses you planned to present as a treat with the best bottle of wine from you cellar. The milk that you were going to have in your coffee tomorrow morning… This is the Red Line and it runs across Namibia and Botswana. The purpose of the Red Line,…

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south africa's economy king

Willie Nel’s first taste of motorsport was in the late 60s. The Pretoria Motor Club (PMC) organised a ‘mud plug’ and Willie went to the event in his daily driver, a Fiat 500 Nova, as a spectator. A ‘mud plug’ is just as the name implies… a short rally-style race over a muddy course. Cars that don’t make it – and there are normally many – have to be ‘plugged’ from the mud. On Willie’s first mud plug, several experienced motorsport competitors in rally cars pitched up so the scene was set for plenty of action. But then someone convinced the young Nel that his light Fiat 500 was just the thing for a mud plug – and he entered. Even though the little Fiat didn’t have enough power to spin its…

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adeus moz

jannie@leisurewheels.com I RECENTLY considered another trip to Mozambique. I wanted to experience first-hand some of the new resorts in the north that I’ve read so much about and besides, I have many pleasant memories of the country. My first visit there was in 1969 and thoughts immediately turn to LM Radio with Evelyn Martin, David Davies and Clarke McKay. You think of spending lazy days on Polana Beach drinking Laurentina beer and chomping cashew nuts. You think fantastic pubs and restaurants – and in case you were wondering, the Café Continental is still open today (albeit not the same) – where they gave you a bowl of prawns to wash down with your beer in the same way complimentary nuts or crisps are placed on the bar counters of upmarket watering holes these days. When…

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renault reveals

Renault recently took the wraps off the production version of its first-ever double cab bakkie. It’s called the Alaskan and the good news is that it’s a global model, which will be sold in all countries where Renault has a large presence. We’re not entirely sure whether that includes South Africa, but if you look at the sales figures the French manufacturer have been posting recently, the Alaskan would be a nobrainer for our market. If the outline seems familiar, it’s because it is. The Alaskan is built on the same platform as the allnew Nissan Navara, which will also form the basis of the Mercedes-Benz double cab, or GLT, as rumours suggest it will be christened. Renault has stamped its own identity on the exterior, however, with a large chrome grille and…