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Leisure Wheels January 2020

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

in this issue

2 min.
get out the door

AS we start a new year, it is always great to reflect on the one that has passed. Here at Leisure Wheels, we are blessed that we get to do and see some incredible things. Thanks to continued support from the industry and you, our loyal reader, the magazine has continued from strength to strength and proves there is still room for print. Personally, there have been some highlights during 2019. I was able to interview personalities like Alfie Cox, John Smit, Mike Nixon, Nasser Al-Attiyah, Martin and Jeannie Dreyer, Fernando Alonso and Mattias Ekstrom and learn from all of them. I drove Chinese cars in China and came away with a very different impression of this country than I expected. I then drove a Chinese car across the longest suspension bridge in…

3 min.
how about a lift?

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. I just read your bit on the upgrades to the Renault Duster in your latest issue. Could you possibly share where you sourced the suspension upgrade parts as well as the cost? I purchased a new Duster 4×4 dCi in September and would also like to do a few upgrades. Conrad Dednam Via Facebook Ironman 4 ×4 is currently the only mainstream accessory company in South Africa that offers an off-the shelf aftermarket suspension upgrade for the Duster: the entire kit including upgraded gas shock absorbers, springs, brackets and camber bolts. It retails for R20 000 and can be fitted at selected Tiger Wheel &…

1 min.
here are some of your thoughts

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 SHARED ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE This is the Ford Nugget. We are not 100% sold on the name but the rest is pretty cool. Dan Dunlap: Pretty cool Gerrit Naude: All-wheel drive? Leisure Wheels @ Gerrit Naude: No, but there is a company in Germany that does an allwheel- drive conversion. Eugene C Fredericks: Hope it’s gonna be sold in our part of the world. Daniel Steyn: Did they ask KFC if they could use the name? Black Bison now offers a Hilux with side-exit exhausts Johann Swanepoel: Those exhaust pipes on the side ain’t gonna last very long on a 4×4 route. And the large rims don’t work very well at all if you need…

4 min.
local is lekker

The RAV4 is a really capable little 4×4, but we decided to equip it with a few extras and in the process, we went local. Over the years I have been amazed to see that we, one of the leading countries in the 4×4 industry, fail to develop our own equipment. It is no secret that the essence of most extras fitted to a South African 4×4 were developed in Australia and often manufactured in China or Thailand. We use Old Man Emu suspensions and ARB bull bars with T Max winches. We believe they are the best. All were developed in Australia and manufactured under strict specification from the Aussies in China. So are some of the opposition, like Tough Dog, Ironman, EFS and Opposite Lock. Looking for extras for the RAV4…

6 min.
bridging the gap

Since we’ve left Lubumbashi it’s been tough going, with bridges washed away and roads broken. That is why we took a 150km detour through a cattle ranch. Then it started to rain, big fat heavy raindrops pelting against the windscreens. Now back on the national road, we find it in a whole different state of chaos – mud craters, trenches, erosion cavities and water. Lots of it. Drive too fast or too slow and you’re in trouble. Winching, pushing and digging. It’s late afternoon and we’ve started to look for a campsite. Then the road throws another challenge at us: a broken bridge. Bruce clambers down to the river and walks through – too deep, fast flowing and too many boulders under water. It’s too risky. The only solution is to…

7 min.
a new challenge

Following his exit from Formula One, Fernando Alonso began to dabble in other motorsport series and has had tremendous success in the World Endurance championship. Looking for a new challenge, he will tackle the 2020 Dakar Rally behind the wheel of a South African-built Toyota Hilux. We caught up with him during a testing session in Lichtenburg. In Formula One and WEC you have a pit crew that will change your tyre if you get a flat. Have you needed to change the tyre on the Hilux yet? We have not had to change a tyre yet but my navigator, Marc Coma, has won Dakar five times and in order to do that he needed to know how to rebuild his bike, so Marc knows his way around some spanners. But it…