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Leisure Wheels

Leisure Wheels June 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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in this issue

2 min.
technology overload

AS children, we used to marvel at the vehicles in TV shows and movies like Knight Rider and James Bond, not because they looked great or were extremely fast, but because of all the cool technology in these cars. Who didn’t need a talking car that could drop oil slicks at will and gun down pursuers before driving underwater? The passenger ejection seat was definitely my favourite. Weapons aside, cars like that have now become a reality. Take Haval’s Vision 2025, for example. It unlocks via facial recognition and has a summoning function, which means the car can meet you wherever you want. Think about your first car. Mine had an FM radio, buttons for the lights, wipers and hazards and manual heater controls. Ventilation was via the efficient quarter vent window. These…

4 min.
bakkie conundrum

WINNING LETTER Congratulations! Your letter wins you a Little Luxury Luxpure filter unit. We will be in contact to arrange delivery of your prize. I’m looking to replace my pre 2015 Ford Ranger and have some questions. I’ve looked at the Amarok, Hilux and Ranger but obviously there’s the facelifted Ranger coming. The Amarok is amazing but most expensive by some margin. In my opinion, the Hilux is good but lags the Ranger in ‘cabin comfort’ and electronics/infotainment system. My current Ranger has taken me through some tough terrain and has performed beautifully. My only complaint is that my 3.2 auto is a bit thirsty. Do you know when the facelifted Ranger will be launched in SA and will the new 2.0 bi-turbo Ranger be up to towing a fair-sized boat? The thinking here…

1 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 Riaan Lottering: Guess the Fiat Multipla is no longer the ugliest MPV Leisure Wheels @Riaan: The Multipla is undoubtedly ugly but isn’t it just slightly cool as well? Or is that just us? Willie Britz: Fortunately it’s meant for the Asian market, looks like a pimp taxi with all that bling, sies! Richard Curtis: It looks like a potato chip cutter Tshifhiwa Dzhaudzau: Darth Vader Yusuf Adams: Fugly… looks like a SsangYong Stavic Leon Ackerman: Fugly as hell Ronald Geldenhuys: First bring us the cars and the infrastructure so that we can see what it does in traffic and daily commuting… Then you can ask about a bakkie. Leisure Wheels @Ronald: There…

5 min.
how to stop a cruiser

You’ve spent thousands on your new Toyota Land Cruiser, making it the perfect safari vehicle. You have the suspension, the bull bar, winch, dual battery system, fridge, drawer system, roof-top tent, shower, geyser, larger wheels and tyres but perhaps you have missed the most important part. With all the added weight and bigger wheels, will you be able to stop in an emergency? The braking system plays a vital role in the safe operation of any vehicle, but a by-product of this process is heat. The two variables that influence how much heat is generated under braking are the speed at which the vehicle is travelling when you start braking and the weight of the vehicle in question. In addition to the added weight of these accessories, many 4×4 owners tow…

6 min.
expedition chow: imodium and goat

En route to sail the massive, dry salt lake of Chew Bahir in southern Ethiopia a couple of years ago, a motoring journalist asked if he could travel in the Land Rover with me. “I want to do a bit of a story on expedition food,” he said. “What do you guys normally eat?” Jokingly I replied, “Imodium and goat. Or blood and milk with the Masai.” But the truth is, over the years we’ve learnt to survive quite well on the road. You don’t have to bring a trailer full of supermarket supplies from South Africa, although some Mrs Balls chutney and hot Nando’s sauce helps a lot with roadrunner chicken and goat curry. It’s fun to shop at African markets or roadside stalls. The vendors – generally mamas – are…

5 min.
from a forward to a defender

IN A (FAVOURITE) NUTSHELL: Drink: Oros Food: Spaghetti Bolognaise Singer/Band: U2 or Mumford and Sons Favourite place on Earth: The Bush Movie: Chasing Mavericks What is currently in your garage? I am busy finishing a 1974 Mini Clubman and I am about to start the restoration on a 1980 three-door Range Rover. And then we have our daily drivers. How did your association with Land Rover begin? I was sponsored by Land Rover from 2007 when we won the World Cup until 2017. The time with Land Rover included driving some amazing cars, attending incredible events, going to Rugby World Cups and riding three gruelling Cape Epics in their colours. You recently left Sharks Rugby, what keeps you busy these days? I have just taken over the role of CEO at a company called SSG Holdings,…