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Leisure Wheels June 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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dear oom cyril

SAW you the other day on the M1 highway. With your crew in your nine vehicles, and about six Metro motorcycles, sweeping past. Jissie Oom Cyril, I reckon that’s the best way to tackle the traffic, with two lanes just for you. I also saw some recent photos of you, Oom Cyril. One of you on a commercial flight, flying just like us normal folk. And one of you taking an early morning walk on the beach, again, just like a normal South African would. This is commendable, and quite unlike your predecessor. You appear to be able to walk among us, a saviour of sorts. But I have a suggestion for you. Once in a while, maybe you can drive among us as Joe Public, too, without a motorcade clearing two…

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off-road ratings

WINNING LETTER 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. Yes, I know the off-road ratings are difficult to produce and you don’t want to choose sides, but just a few comments: The Ford Everest (limited) with its low profile tyres surely can’t be rated as an 8. Compare that to a Fortuner, rated as a 7. No way. I went through the desert with an Everest and everything fell off, the bumpers front and rear, etc. A Fortuner goes through undamaged. And then the LC 200 is also an 8, which I agree with but it’s not better than a Fortuner, just a nicer ride. The 200 also has less ground clearance than…

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volvo can do it

Dear sirs, your rating of the pictured vehicle as off-road rating of ‘2’ refers. I enclose some photos of my wife driving her Volvo XC90 T8 Excellence up Sani Pass. And the champagne and Volvo crystal glasses in the built-in fridge were nice and cold when she got to the top. So much for your ‘2’ rating! Hi Paul, thanks for your mail, and the pics. That XC90 is really awesome. For interest’s sake, we drove a stock VW Beetle Dune (with only FWD) up Sani Pass in 2016. It took quite a long time, but it made it, without a scratch. The Beetle’s off-road rating still remains zero, though. – Ed…

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off-road racing in pakistan

Greetings fellow lovers of off-road motorsport. We wish to bring your attention to the developing landscape of motorsport in Pakistan, especially off-road racing, which we believe you would be interested in. Just to give you a brief insight into off-road motorsport culture here, Pakistan holds four major off-road racing events every year: Cholistan Off-road Rally, Gwadar Off-road Rally, Thal Desert Challenge and Jhal Magsi Desert Challenge. Cholistan is the biggest track offered by Pakistan, with a length of 470km and takes place every year in February. It is also the biggest event held in Pakistan, attracting 80 000–100 000 people every year. Gwadar is a relatively new track. Nonetheless, it’s a highly anticipated event that takes place in August every year. Thal is an equally challenging, if not more so, offering harsh desert…

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slipping in an everest

I bought a 2013 Ford Everest 4×2 manual just over three years ago. I have been extremely happy with the vehicle and having three kids it has been the perfect holiday transporter with oodles of space to carry all the kit at a fuel economy that Fortuner owners only dream of. After recently moving from Joburg to Maritzburg, we have been venturing a little further off the tar track and have been caught out a couple of times due to an expectation gap between what I thought the Everest could handle and how it actually coped. In reading the many reviews and road tests before making the decision to buy the Everest, most, if not all of them mention that the Everest (both 4×4 and 4×2) is fitted with a limited slip…

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insurance hiccup

A quick note as a reminder or warning to your readers with regard to insurance claims after an accident and specifying special equipment on your policy document. I had a bumper bashing incident two weeks ago when I inadvertently drove into another vehicle’s tail during a stop/go roadworks set-up. He had accelerated, then stopped immediately. I, too, started to accelerate but noticed he had stopped too late. Bang! Game over. I very sheepishly swapped details and carried on with my day. My 4×4 has a custom front bumper fitted that had the mounting brackets slightly damaged in the altercation. On reporting the accident to my insurer, I was told to go to a panelbeater for damage assessment, which I duly did. My insurance company came back promptly the next day with the bad news…