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Leisure Wheels September 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


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how to kill a traffic cone

THE other day we were stuck behind a slow-moving vehicle, on a single lane carriageway, for quite a way. A line of around 20 vehicles ambled along at 40km/h behind this poor bugger, whose car was clearly experiencing some mechanical issues. As cars managed to overtake this vehicle, we finally landed up behind him, too. A gap opened up, and off we went, overtaking him. But our initial thoughts of ‘ag shame…’ turned into a ‘what the bloody hell!’ The driver was watching a video on his phone. That’s why he was going so slowly! Look, the days when we had to worry about motorists speaking on their phones while driving are long done. Now that offense actually seems palatable. Texting while driving and our morbid fascination with social media has added a…

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breaking the law?

The Aircooled VW SA Club’s ascent of Sani Pass in their two-wheel-drive old Volkswagens, as published in the July issue, on a pass where only 4×4s are allowed, refers: Your publication of this unlawfulness must be seen as a total disrespect for the national road traffic act (NRTA). Just because it is a club event does not allow for the disrespect of the law. Other users of the road were placed at risk for this madness. Well done for a VW Beetle doing it. But can the Mini club also try? What about the many capable 4×2 bakkies with rear differential locks? Can we create a club for them and then you can cover the story? What about a 240km/h club event on a twisty road… Will you cover any event, irrespective of the…

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keep the golden oldies coming!

I am a teen who loves old 4×4s, especially Toyotas and Jeeps, and one day I want to restore an old 4×4. What really struck me as interesting was the article on the Super Cruiser (June issue): an old FJ45 put on an 80s series chassis. I was wondering: I know that they cut the body in various parts to fit properly but was the FJ a short wheelbase, or a standard one? How much did the whole restoration cost? And, if there are any more photos of the car could you please send them to me. I really like articles like that and Leisure Wheels is my favourite off-roading magazine. I hope you keep writing about vintage 4×4 restorations like this, and I think a lot of other readers do, too. About…

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the real bakkie shootout

I have been fortunate enough to own three of the bakkies that are rated among the top five or six bakkies in South Africa: Amarok, Ranger and Hilux. Before I get started, I must disclose that I am a Mitsubishi Pajero owner and my 2005 3.2 SWB Pajero is my fully kitted camping car and has covered almost 250 000km. This is also my second Pajero and won’t be my last. Bakkies are great for throwing bicycles on the back and trips to the nursery, as well as the occasional sample stock to customers. I average 40 000km per year in my car and have travelled to most of southern Africa, with an off-road camping trailer. My wife and I camp several times a year and typically do a two-week December camping-road trip. I…

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terios bar

I recall you did a project Daihatsu Terios some time ago? I’m looking for a proper replacement bull bar for the Terios. We have a lodge in Santa Maria, in Mozambique, and we have to negotiate about 70km of sand, dunes and axle twisters through the Maputo Elephant Reserve to reach our place. Our entire family drives 4×4s… from a Jeep Wrangler and Sahara, to a souped-up Suzuki Jimny. Now we’re considering a Daihatsu Terios for our youngest daughter. Jan Smit, Nhonguane Lodge, Mozambique Maniac Manufacturing in Cape Town designed a custom aluminium bar for our project Terios. The lighter aluminium bar worked a charm, too. More information: maniacmanufacturing.co.za. – Ed…

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are you (in)sure?

In the July issue, we bemoaned the fact that, through no fault of our own, we not only had to make two excess payments to fix damage to our vehicle caused by hail and an unlicensed driver in an unlicensed vehicle, but the monthly insurance payments were increased and the no-claim bonus was lost. We received a response from an independent person working in the insurance industry, stating that the insurance company was completely in line with standard practices: Dear Leisure Wheels. All insurance policies require an excess payment, no matter who the guilty party was. If you claim from your policy, an excess payment is required. Insurers are under no obligation to recover an excess payment from another party, but most do it as a favour for their clients when they attempt to…