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Leisure Wheels July 2016

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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12 Issues


3 min.
motorsport – back to basics?

PICTURE the scene. It was 1962, and brothers Phil and Scamp Porter arrived at the start of the Total Lourenço Marques Rally in their Renault Dauphine Gordini. The Renault also doubled up as a daily runner, and the Porters drove the vehicle from their house to the start, with their luggage in the boot. There were no service crews with fancy mobile workshops that could swap an engine in an hour – you arrived at the rally in your rally car, and afterwards, if it was still alive, you drove it home again. And it was not like this rally was a spin around the block, either. It started in Pretoria, ran through Swaziland and finally ended in Lourenço Marques (now Maputo). There were up to 30 short special timed stages before the…

17 min.
winning letter

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. Congratulations! Your letter wins you a CAT watch to the value of R1 200. We will be in contact soon to make arrangements for delivery. JEEP WRANGLER JK SUSPENSION Following a recent Leisure Wheels article on the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon (Hellboy) in May, I got to thinking about safety. Although there are many different models of Wranglers, there are essentially only two types, namely Rubicon and Sahara. This letter is in no way a dig at the Hellboy Wrangler and although I am concentrating on the Jeep Wrangler JK 2007+, in two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive format, this applies to all vehicles. There is a huge aftermarket of accessories…

6 min.
conquering the acre of death

The notorious Acre of Death in Angola is a 50km stretch of beach driving that is said to have claimed countless 4×4s over the years. Johan Badenhorst and his Voetspore team have run the gauntlet a few times, and reminisce about the great and the slightly less great experiences he’s had on that 50km-long challenge On the south-western part of Angola, there is a notoriously dangerous stretch of coastline referred to as the Acre of Death or Doodsakker. Many vehicles have been lost when overlanders miscalculated this 50km section. If you do not read the tides correctly (or if you do not pay attention to weather forecasts about the swell on the ocean), this place can cause a sudden stop to an overland journey. I know. In 2007, we very nearly lost…

4 min.
an armchair traveller? norrevøk

“I’ve lived life to the fullest. I’ve got no bucket list. But while still alive, the far horizons will always beckon” Johan Bakkes is a South African literary treasure, and he has written numerous books about his travels. Titles include Moer toe die vreemde in, Norrevø (named after a small Russian town), and Samoe(r)sa reis. His many books include stories on his various adventures all over the globe, all told in his own unique style. Bakkes also owns a safari business called Induku and is a 4×4 enthusiast. In 2006, he won the coveted Mondi award for an article called Hel Toe, in which he wrote about his journey to the furthermost point on the African continent. He was born on 21 October 1956 in Stellenbosch and spent his childhood on the West…

4 min.
pool cleaners and a racing hero

I was watching the Kreepy Krauly go to work after a Highveld storm when thought association kicked in. The automatic pool cleaner, I mused, is way up there with other South African inventions like the Dolosse concrete blocks, Pratley Putty and the CAT scan. That led to thoughts about Chris Barnard and other proudly South African celebrities like Charlize Theron and Elon Musk, and I recalled how the Kreepy Krauly helped propel another South African to international stardom. The machine vacuuming my pool was the brainchild of a Belgian hydraulics engineer Ferdi Chauvier, who fled the Congo with his wife and son Danny, and settled in Springs. When he left school, Danny started selling swimming pool cleaning equipment, and mentioned to his father that whomever invented an automatic cleaner would make a…

12 min.
large suv, tiny thirst

BACK in January, there was no such thing as an electric SUV. A prospective customer was given the choice between petrol and diesel and that really was that. There’s now a third option: both Volvo and BMW offer a plug-in hybrid in their respective large SUV line-up. It’s a first for Volvo, but BMW has been a player in the hybrid sector for a few years now. One of its first offerings was the ActiveHybrid 5 Series, which turned out to be a rather odd vehicle. Its powertrain consisted of an electric motor and a six-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. That means it wasn’t nearly as economical as a diesel 5 Series, so it was more of an environmentally friendly statement than anything else. The X5 xDrive40e is completely different, because it moves away…