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Leisure Wheels August 2017

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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a custom job

A Toyota Hilux 2.4GD-6 4×4 SRX recently landed up in our garage. We thought it a practical vehicle, nice and economical to drive, too. But not so exciting.We suggested to Toyota that we should make the 2.4GD-6 a bit more exciting. They agreed. So we spoke to a man from an exhaust company. He fitted a 76mm exhaust pipe, with no silencer.A company that supplies the Toyota Gazoo Racing SA Dakar team with FIAspecification racing gear gave us racing seats and a steering wheel. We got some racing-style wheels and mud terrain tyres. We also got some rock sliders and a new engine protection plate.We fitted an external bypass suspension system. That’s like a rally suspension. Finally, we added some GT stripes and detail styling updates. We called this fun,…

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kingsley holgate’s land rover

We welcome your viewsWhat a nice surprise when I browsed through my newest issue of Leisure Wheels to find a story about ‘my’ vehicle. You see, I am currently the proud owner of Kingsley Holgate’s Outside Edge Expedition Land Rover! (Kingsley circumnavigated Africa in this vehicle.)The Landy is still in excellent shape and is being used as my DKW (dans, kerk en werk) vehicle. I have made numerous trips with it to areas like the Tankwa Karoo, Wild Coast and the Eastern Cape Highlands, to name but a few. I experienced a few niggles in the beginning, as can be expected, but nothing serious, and it still runs like clockwork. I have added a bigger variable vane turbo to increase cruising speed and can now comfortably travel at 115kph. At…

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the highest motorable pass. in the world.

Johan Badenhorst is probably South Africa’s best-known overlander, with his amazing adventures televised on SABC2. He also knows a lot about patience – probably the best attribute if you plan on travelling the African continent.The highest motorable mountain pass in the world: Khardung La. 5 603 metres above sea level. This was our aim as we headed for the Himalayas in northern India. There was a window of about three months of the year when it is possible to drive this pass in Jammu and Kashmir.By now our journey had taken us from Mumbai to Kanyakumari in the south. We travelled along the east coast past Chennai and Kolkata. We visited Darjeeling in the southern Himalayas and from there travelled to Bodh Gaya, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra and Delhi. Our biggest…

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mr 4x4

Andre was born and raised in the small Boland hamlet of Wellington, and after school and army service he moved to Pretoria where he qualified as a mechanical engineer. Over the next 14 years he was involved in vehicle development, working primarily on armoured vehicles. In 1999, he bought the Safari Centre brand. He subsequently sold Safari Centre and focused on his television show Safari 4x4 Roetes, broadcast on DStv’s kykNET channel.Retro bath! André de Villiers (yes, really!) taking a bush bath, back in the day.André spent many years developing and testing 4x4 military vehicles.When and in what did you learn to drive? And your first car?In 1974, in a Valiant Regal, when I was 12 years old. My first wheels? A Honda SP50 bike, when I was 14. I…

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a humanitarian mission

Kingsley Holgate is South Africa’s most famous adventurer, a renowned humanitarian and author. The 71-year-old founded the Kingsley Holgate Foundation, which aims to “save and improve lives through adventure”. He has handed out thousands of mosquito nets to help save people from malaria and more recently, provided people who are sight-impaired with glasses. Although he’s driven other brands over the years, he now won’t drive anything but a Land Rover. Mind you, the Discovery 4 TDV6 is rather comfy.Kinglsey’s trips are not only about adventure, they are also about doing good. Here the Defenders can be seen carrying mosquito nets.The team distributes mosquito nets to mothers.Life Straws allow people to drink from just about any water source.O ur humanitarian work started several decades ago.We felt strongly about the need to…

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range rover goes on photographic safari

Sixty years after Magnum Photos co-founder George Rodger first drove a Land Rover nearly 13 000km through the Sahara Desert, the two brands have partnered on the second in a series of photographic works, titled ‘Ultimate Vistas’.Land Rover and acclaimed Magnum photographer Michael Christopher Brown have revealed a set of stunning landscape photos taken from unique vantage points in North America, reached using the refinement and capability of a Range Rover.In the second of the ‘Ultimate Vistas’ series, Land Rover worked closely with the world-renowned photos agency to showcase some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.From behind the wheel of the Range Rover, photographer Michael explored the urban and more remote parts, seeking the best spots from which to shoot remarkable photographs.…