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Leisure WheelsLeisure Wheels

Leisure Wheels March 2018

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


3 min.
diego, the invincible

ONCE upon a time a man lived in Lima, Peru. His name was Diego*. Diego loved 4×4s, and off-road driving. He owned a Toyota Prado 4.0 V6 (a six-speed manual, nogal) with some extra off-road kit added. And a free-flow performance exhaust which came with pleasing sound effects. He belonged to a local 4×4 club. One day, Diego received a phone call: the Dakar Rally was coming to town, and the organisers needed some local 4×4 experts to ferry their guests from Lima to Pisco, then into the Atacama Desert, and finally, back to Lima. And so, as Lady Fate would have it, South African rally and off-road racing champion and Toyota Gazoo Racing SA factory driver Leeroy Poulter – who was recovering from surgery and not competing in the Dakar – landed…

7 min.
frontier – any good?

I always love reading car magazine road tests and 20 000km reports for vehicles that l liked, particularly for bakkies and 4×4s. I was curious about how well the Isuzu/Vauxhall/Opel/Holden Frontier/Frontera/Rodeo did in South Africa? It received a bit of a slating here in Britain (as a UK-built Vauxhall Frontera, whether the Isuzu-built version was any better l don’t know?) as many felt it didn’t have sufficient ground clearance nor the mechanical/ interior refinements of a cruiser or daily-commute vehicle. Perhaps people here expected a bit much, l don’t know? The 2.0 and 2.2-litre models had Vauxhall/Opel engines, which weren’t too good but the 2.8 and 3.2-litre versions had the Isuzu power plant, which gave it better reliability. Did you get the three-door Sport version in SA or only the five-door wagon? Did it…

4 min.
the five continents drive

The development of a new vehicle is something special. It takes years of planning, tests, feedback from previous models, new innovations, the reading of the market, simulations on computers, wind tunnels and test tracks. But in the end, there is nothing like driving the car. That is why Toyota recently embarked on the Five Continents Drive. Voetspore is proud to be associated with this project. Go have a peek at http://toyotagazooracing.com/special/fivecontinentsdrive/ Despite the engineers’ best intentions in developing a vehicle that is perfect for its application, there always seem to be something they miss. Driving a Toyota Land Cruiser, like we do, is not only about the reliability of the vehicle. There needs to be a few other concerns, too, and that is exactly what Toyota Motor Corporation aims to address with this…

7 min.
the champ

Leeroy Poulter was born in Johannesburg. By the age of four years, he was competing in motocross events. When he was six, he competed in both karts and moto-cross. At 13, he won the World Karting Championship, and was also crowned the European champion. By the age of 15, he secured his first factory drive: a class F Opel Corsa. Today he is only the second driver (after Hannes Grobler in 1986) who can write both the national rally and off-road championship behind his name, won in the same season. This is his motoring story. When did you first start to drive, and what was your first car? I started riding off-road bikes when I was four. My dad owned a tyre shop, and at around 12 years, I took the cars for a…

6 min.
somaliland. and the dash to djibouti

Back in the relative safety of Somaliland, accompanied by two armed members of the Special Protection Unit (it’s compulsory), with one Landy behind the other and cheerful banter over the radios, it was obvious how chuffed the team was to have succeeded in the dangerous Somalia chapter of this geographic mission. The road from the border town of Laascaanood took us through incredible desert panoramas of vast sandy plains and rocky outcrops and down the Sheikh Pass, a dramatic 10km road of switchbacks and steep-sided drops. The acacia scrubland was surprisingly green after recent rains but empty of people and livestock; we’d expected vast herds of camels and goats but only a few straggly groups dotted the landscape and we passed several refugee-like camps of cloth-covered huts huddling together in their hundreds. That’s…

5 min.
the defender is… back?

It would seem as if the death of the Land Rover Defender has been greatly exaggerated. Having waved off the old-school 4x4 in early 2016 with great fanfare – and convincing fans to buy special run-out versions like the Heritage, Adventure and Autobiography – Land Rover has now promptly resurrected the model for yet another special-edition version. Called the Defender Works V8, this model has been created to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the original Series Land Rover, and as its name suggests, is powered by a V8 in celebration of the V8-powered versions of old. Up to 150 V8-powered examples that have been re-engineered will be produced. Unsurprisingly, the Defender Works V8 is the most powerful and fastest version that Land Rover has ever created. The 5.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol V8…