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Leisure Wheels

Leisure Wheels August 2017

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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12 Issues


2 min.
a custom job

A Toyota Hilux 2.4GD-6 4×4 SRX recently landed up in our garage. We thought it a practical vehicle, nice and economical to drive, too. But not so exciting. We suggested to Toyota that we should make the 2.4GD-6 a bit more exciting. They agreed. So we spoke to a man from an exhaust company. He fitted a 76mm exhaust pipe, with no silencer. A company that supplies the Toyota Gazoo Racing SA Dakar team with FIAspecification racing gear gave us racing seats and a steering wheel. We got some racing-style wheels and mud terrain tyres. We also got some rock sliders and a new engine protection plate. We fitted an external bypass suspension system. That’s like a rally suspension. Finally, we added some GT stripes and detail styling updates. We called this fun,…

9 min.
kingsley holgate’s land rover

We welcome your views What a nice surprise when I browsed through my newest issue of Leisure Wheels to find a story about ‘my’ vehicle. You see, I am currently the proud owner of Kingsley Holgate’s Outside Edge Expedition Land Rover! (Kingsley circumnavigated Africa in this vehicle.) The Landy is still in excellent shape and is being used as my DKW (dans, kerk en werk) vehicle. I have made numerous trips with it to areas like the Tankwa Karoo, Wild Coast and the Eastern Cape Highlands, to name but a few. I experienced a few niggles in the beginning, as can be expected, but nothing serious, and it still runs like clockwork. I have added a bigger variable vane turbo to increase cruising speed and can now comfortably travel at 115kph. At…

5 min.
the highest motorable pass. in the world.

The highest motorable mountain pass in the world: Khardung La. 5 603 metres above sea level. This was our aim as we headed for the Himalayas in northern India. There was a window of about three months of the year when it is possible to drive this pass in Jammu and Kashmir. By now our journey had taken us from Mumbai to Kanyakumari in the south. We travelled along the east coast past Chennai and Kolkata. We visited Darjeeling in the southern Himalayas and from there travelled to Bodh Gaya, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra and Delhi. Our biggest challenge was the heat of the Indian summer, and the driving skills of the local drivers. (No place on Earth, not even Cairo or Nairobi, challenged us as drivers as much as India) By the…

6 min.
mr 4x4

When and in what did you learn to drive? And your first car? In 1974, in a Valiant Regal, when I was 12 years old. My first wheels? A Honda SP50 bike, when I was 14. I didn’t have a licence, but I needed the bike to deliver newspapers so I could earn an income. After hours, I worked at a welding company and by 1978 I had saved enough money (R50) to buy a Mini 850cc. In time I completely rebuilt and restored it, and fitted a 1 350cc engine and close-ratio gearbox. Later I changed the Mini for a beach buggy. After school I bought a VW Golf GTS. How did you get involved in the world of the 4x4? My dad had a holiday home in Vleesbaai and I started…

6 min.
a humanitarian mission

O ur humanitarian work started several decades ago. We felt strongly about the need to give something back to the people of Mama Afrika and the by-line to our Land Rover expeditions still remains, ‘Using adventure to improve and save lives’. We carry what we can on the Landies; nowadays Discovery 4s and a big mother ship of a Defender 130. I remember on one expedition, we had to weld a two-inch waterpiping frame off the bull bar and chassis to support the weight of the heavy bales of insecticide-treated malaria nets. It turned the 130 into a bit of a Mad Max lookalike. Adventurers into Africa will know that malaria and dysentery can bring the most well-planned journey to a grinding halt. Just as malaria had so plagued the early explorers,…

2 min.
range rover goes on photographic safari

Sixty years after Magnum Photos co-founder George Rodger first drove a Land Rover nearly 13 000km through the Sahara Desert, the two brands have partnered on the second in a series of photographic works, titled ‘Ultimate Vistas’. Land Rover and acclaimed Magnum photographer Michael Christopher Brown have revealed a set of stunning landscape photos taken from unique vantage points in North America, reached using the refinement and capability of a Range Rover. In the second of the ‘Ultimate Vistas’ series, Land Rover worked closely with the world-renowned photos agency to showcase some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. From behind the wheel of the Range Rover, photographer Michael explored the urban and more remote parts, seeking the best spots from which to shoot remarkable photographs.…