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Leisure Wheels January 2019

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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crash test dummies?

A week after we sent our December issue off to the printers, news broke all over the interweb – even making international news – about the Nissan NP300 bakkie’s dismal performance in the Global NCAP crash test. It was quite relevant because we had just published a road test on the NP300 2.5dCi 4×4 and this bakkie scored zero points in the test, NCAP calling the structure integrally unsafe. But as the outrage about Nissan’s apparent disregard for its customers’ safety spread like wildfire on social media, the more I started to question the whole hullabaloo. Let me explain: the Nissan’s design is 20 years old. The only reason Nissan can offer this bakkie at less than R400 000 is because it is 20 years old and all the jigs and manufacturing…

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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. WINNING LETTER Congratulations! Your letter wins you a Little Luxury Vitality mini water cooler. We will be in contact to arrange delivery of your prize. SIGNAL? ANYONE… ANYONE? Your article on GPSs in the November issue was interesting but failed to mention that the system can be off for long periods of time. I have had many Garmin GPS units, the latest being the 276Cx. I was recently cursing it as I set out on a 3.5-hour drive. It would find two satellites and then switch to simulation mode which is, of course, useless for navigating. There were plenty of satellites in view but no connection to…

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the moral of the story

As South Africans, we are quick to complain about the morality and corruption that is evident in our national leadership and government and we’re quick to complain about the crime and lack of action from the authorities. Yet, when it comes to driving, we maybe need to start looking at our own actions. Barely a day goes by without me seeing one or several traffic infringements and/or people performing dangerous driving acts just to get a little bit ahead. Cars ignoring stop signs, skipping red traffic lights, getting frustrated with law abiding citizens and various other forms of dangerous onroad behaviour. It seems most of us appear to have this attitude that everyone owes us something. I am in no way an angel. Sometimes frustration gets the better of me too and…

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here are some of your thoughts, shared on our facebook page

Keep up to date with news, videos, photos and articles, with Leisure Wheels online Like our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/LeisureWheels Follow us on Twitter: @LeisureWheelsZA Web: www.leisurewheels.co.za Loeb back for more Dakar… Nine-time world rally champ Sébastien Loeb will be back for more Dakar action in 2019. Loeb, who retired from WRC events, recently stunned the World Rally Championship regulars when he returned for the Rally de Catalunya – and won the event overall in a Citroën C3 WRC. The Frenchman will be contending in the 2019 Dakar in a Red Bull-supported privateer Peugeot 3008DKR – similar to the one in which he finished second overall in the 2017 Dakar (the 2018 factory Peugeot was too wide and did not conform to current regulations). Who do you think will take it in 2019? Will it…

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gone fishing

Fishing in Henties: that is what legends are made of. Four guys in a double cab with four rods, decent tackle and a fridge on the back. Go to South West Africa, catch a ton of fish, fillet and freeze it, get severely sunburnt, nurse a good hangover and return home with countless stories… those were the good old days. Somehow it’s not like that anymore. There are less fish, the rules are stricter, the brandy and Coke not as sweet anymore. Is this true? Is there perhaps an alternative? We are all in agreement: what happened in years gone by was wrong. South African fishermen on alcohol-induced Skeleton Coast expeditions probably made a serious dent in the fishing population of the Namibian coast. Something had to be done. After independence in 1990,…

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mr motorsport

South Africa’s longest serving motoring journalist is perhaps the nicest. He’s written for almost every major publication, including our sister publication, CAR. His first car was a Morris Minor, because it handled nicely, but he hated the fuel range. He’s still an active member of the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists and the voice most racing fans in South Africa recognise. This is Roger McCleery: writer, commentator, marketing guru, soon-to-be author and quite possibly the nicest man you’ll ever meet. A young intimidated motoring hack pitches up for one of his first-ever events, which happens to be a Fiat-Chrysler track day at the famed Kyalami circuit. Not knowing anyone, he stands in the corner and waits for someone to tell him what to do. A friendly elderly gentleman walks his way and asks…