category_outlined / Cars & Motorcycles
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
Read Morekeyboard_arrow_down
SPECIAL: Save 30% on your subscription!
12 Issues


access_time3 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…

access_time1 min.

JOHAN BADENHORSTThe man from voetsporeTesting on five continentsLEEROY POULTERThe Dakar manDriving at the limitKINGSLEY HOLGATEAfrica’s most famous adventurerOn the road again ■…

access_time7 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…

access_time4 min.
the five continents drive

Johan Badenhorst is probably South Africa’s best-known overlander, with his amazing adventures televised on SABC2. He also knows a lot about patience – probably the best attribute if you plan on travelling the African continent.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,…

access_time7 min.
the champ

He started racing at the age of four. His dad pushed him hard in his formative years, entrenching the belief that second place is for the first loser. He has everything from karts to tin-top racers to classics to supercars to rally cars to cross-country racing cars on his CV. He is SA’s second national rally and off-road racing champ (in the same year). This is 36-year-old Leeroy Poulter.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…

access_time6 min.
somaliland. and the dash to djibouti

Kingsley Holgate is South Africa’s most famous adventurer, a renowned humanitarian and author. The 71-year-old founded the Kingsley Holgate Foundation, which aims to “save and improve lives through adventure”. He has handed out thousands of mosquito nets to help save people from malaria and more recently, provided people who are sight-impaired with glasses. Although he’s driven other brands over the years, he now won’t drive anything but a Land Rover.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…