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Leisure Wheels May 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.

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jou ma se… porsche?

05/18 Issue no 169 I write this a few days after the 2018 South African Guild of Motoring Journalists’ Car of the Year winner was announced. The Porsche Panamera won the competition, as voted for by a small panel of motoring journalists. And so it became the fourth Porsche in the past six years to win the competition. Make no mistake: any modern Porsche bats at the sharpest end of motoring technology, innovation, excellence and performance. The Panamera is a perfect example of this ethos. But the Panamera range starts at R1.4 million and in February 2018, Porsche sold just eight of them in South Africa. The announcement sent shock waves through the local motoring industry. A Porsche? Again? What’s the point of entering then, asked some rivals? It was soon the basis for…

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import regulations

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. A few years ago you published some letters regarding the difficulty of importing second-hand vehicles into South Africa. Nothing has changed on that score and the DTI still refuses to grant exemptions to allow the import of second-hand fire trucks, even though there is a dire shortage and new ones are out of reach for smaller municipalities. Last year I got an order from a mine in SA for a new 4×4 fire truck. I checked and there are no restrictions on importing new fire trucks. ‘Easy’ I thought, but I was wrong. There is a government department called the National…

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ford raptor

I am writing this email in response to your article on the Ford Raptor with the two-litre engine, in the April 2018 issue (The real Raptor deal?). There is one basic engineering law that applies to all internal combustion engines: the more horses you squeeze out of an engine, the less long-lasting and reliable it becomes. The reason is that components are subjected to higher levels of stress, which leads to earlier failure. A Formula 1 engine lasts for about five races. The race distance is 300km, so that’s a total of 1 500km. If you add the testing and qualifying, you can round it it off to 10 000km. The 1.6-litre F1 engine develops about 670kW. That is a massive 418kW per litre. At the other end of the scale, a long-haul…

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thank you

A belated thank you for arranging for Elise Kirsten to deliver a copy of the March issue to me. I received my copy in the postbox that morning. If I had already read it I would have asked her to autograph my copy. I enjoyed her article on things to do in the drought-stricken Western Cape. I also enjoyed her evaluation of the Fortuner 2.4 GD-6 4×4 AT. When I am forced to retire my 11-year-old Jeep Commander one day, that is one of the options I may consider. Thank you for a fine magazine, always a good read.…

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battle of the dunes

Thank you Leisure Wheels for the amazing prize, I took part in the Battle of the Dunes 2018 from Sunday, 4 February to Friday, the 9th. This was by far the most incredible adventure that I have ever experienced. Although the dunes were challenging at times, I’ve learnt a lot, improved my driving skills and, most importantly, had a lot of fun. Sharing this experience with my dad (see photo above) made it even more special. I will definitely take up the challenge again in order to make more memories.…

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electronic park brakes

I read GG van Rooyen’s article on electronic park brakes in your March 2018 issue and I was intrigued, as I have always had the good ol’ standard handbrake in all the vehicles that I’ve owned. My sister has a 2017 Volvo V60 Cross Country and subsequently I borrowed it for a day, just for the hell of it. I drove it round town on my usual routes with a fair amount of parking, as I had some purchases to make and although it’s a small detail I must admit that I’m sold on the EPB. It’s neat, compact, works well and seeing as I’ve left the thought of ‘pulling doughnuts’ way behind me, I can say that this is a piece of new technology that an old timer such as…