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Leisure Wheels February 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.

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2 min.
time for a new broom

This is my last column. I think. Maybe. Possibly. I’ve been in this position a few times. Leaving the magazine, then returning. Leaving a bit longer… returning. That’s kind of been the pattern for the past 20 years, ever since the very first issue of this publication. This time I’m not leaving exactly. With the magazine growing on all fronts, I’m handing the editorship reins to Reuben van Niekerk, while I’ll take on the role of a managing editor, concentrating on developing exciting new projects for 2019. Besides being a car nut with his own collection of old Volkswagens, Reuben has successfully completed one of the world’s toughest mountain-bike races, the Cape Epic, no less than five times. With just one leg. Some years ago, Reuben was riding a motorcycle on a Gauteng highway when…

2 min.
you (crash test) dummies

Your comments in the January issue about the irrelevance of the mediocre crash test results of the Nissan Hardbody refers: Of course, the crash test results are relevant and vitally important to promote passenger safety. Saying they are not is irresponsible and naïve. Would you let your family drive in a vehicle that is not safe? Some car companies spend millions to ensure safety is an integral part of their designs, from day one. Why can’t Nissan do the same with the Hardbody? And, why are they allowed to sell a substandard car here in SA? Jack le Grange, Cape Town Thanks for your feedback, we appreciate it. First, the tests are certainly relevant. We just don’t believe they are as relevant here in SA as they would be in a First World environment. Here…

1 min.
write a letter

The Little Luxury Vitality mini water cooler filters and cools regular tap water and can dispense three glasses of ice-cold filtered water one after another. This mini water cooler is small enough to fit anywhere in your home or office, and still provides you with seven litres of ice-cold, filtered water on tap. The unit is easy to use: simply fill the bottle with regular water from the tap and place back on to the cooler. This unit is affordable as you can save money on buying bottled water. Vitality filters should be replaced every one to two months for optimum filtration and you will taste the difference in your water. Available from Dis-Chem, Makro and Game stores. www.littleluxury.co.za…

1 min.
foton tunland, anyone?

I need some more information on the Foton Tunland 2.8TDI bakkie you guys tested a while ago. What’s your opinion about it? Nico Labuschagne, via social media Hi Nico, the Tunland was a surprisingly good bakkie and all-rounder. It had a decent and spacious interior, and a strong Cummins turbodiesel engine. Although our unit had some modifications, it was capable off-road, despite the lack of a rear differential lock. Our bakkie sipped around 9.2 litres/100km. Sadly, the Foton Tunland is no longer for sale in South Africa, with Imperial Imports pulling the plug on the Chinese bakkie. And that’s not so good for resale value and long-term parts availability.…

1 min.
a close encounter of the elephant kind

Reader Werner Schaap and some friends were navigating the remote Ugab River, which is mostly bone dry. There, they were lucky enough to come across a herd of Namibia’s elusive desert elephant. These hardy elephants have a bit of a reputation for bad tempers, and they’re not too fond of people. However, with nowhere to go following the surprise encounter, Werner says he had no choice but to switch off his Jeep Wrangler’s engine, and hope for the best. As the elephants drew closer, Werner says it got pretty hairy… he had no idea what the elephant would get up to. Next to the Jeep, they had a good sniff around, and one even put his trunk on the bonnet… then the herd moved off slowly, without a sound. “It was a…

2 min.
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 This is our Haval H6 C long-term vehicle. It has 140kW and 320Nm of torque, which is… okay. The 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine is from the same family of turbo fours that powers the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, so we thought we’d see if we could add a bit of ‘Evo’ to our H6 C. This entailed an engine tune, sportier styling and a few other details. One of the first steps was to select a new set of 19-inch rims, with @A-Line Wheels. More on the engine bits, soon. We call the project Shesha, or ‘faster’ in English. @Haval South Africa Calvin van Aswegen:…