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Leisure Wheels October 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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volts vs kilowatts

GREENPEACE has labelled American president Donald Trump a “climate denier” following his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord.In Europe things are a bit different. There governments are taking much firmer stances against air pollution. For one, the British government recently announced its intention to ban the sale of all petrol and diesel-powered vehicles by 2040.What about the southern tip of Africa then? Will the likes of Toyota’s old-school Cruiser 79 be retired? And what will the typical 4×4 overland rig look like in 2040? Will we be talking volts instead of kilowatts, and charging stations and not filling stations?To find some answers to this conundrum I had an opportunity to chat to Andrew Kirby, president and chief executive officer of Toyota SA Motors.What does the future…

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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.‘Old Land Rovers and their owners don’t fade away... they’re just discontinued.’ This is a tale about my mistress: Hamba Kahle (Zulu for go well/go slowly/go in peace). She’s a 1978 SWB Series 111 petrol and boy is she sexy.When I retired a few years ago, the plan was to buy a brand new Merc and drive it ‘until death do us part’. I had owned several Mercs and always relied on them for relatively unexciting but reliable transport. I had also owned a couple of Subaru Speedsters, a Land Cruiser S/W and a Disco 1 over the years.Then I impulsively made a…

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keep cool

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.When spending months on the road – and camping every single day – a good fridge/ freezer is an absolute necessity.Irecently received a gift of a 20-litre cooler box. Looking at the box, inspecting its features and weighing up its price, compared to standard cooler boxes on the one hand, and fridge/freezers that we use on our safaris on the other hand, made me think: what is the best way to stay cool in the great outdoors?Over the past six years, Voetspore has been closely associated with 4×4 Megaworld. We love and trust their products. We…

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the racer

Terence Marsh runs Red-Lined Motorsport, a company that specialises in building international FIA- standard Nissan Navara V8 rally vehicles. He also dabbles in many other motorised adventures. Like spending a month in China, racing 6 000km across the Gobi Desert.Terence Marsh doing some low flying in his company Red-Lined Motorsport’s FIAspecification Nissan Navara V8.IN A (FAVOURITE) NUTSHELL:Food: Prawns. Drink: Red wine. TV show:Two and a half Men. Sport: Cross country motor racing. Movie:Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Band/singer: Creedence Clearwater Revival. Place on Earth: Namibia. Camping site: A Dakar bivouac.Terence Marsh has competed in national off-road championship events for the past 17 years. But he is not only an experienced rally driver, he also runs a successful business that builds high-end, FIA-specification rally and race vehicles for clients all over the…

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taking grannies to the mountain kingdom

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.One classic convoy. A handful of old-school Landies make their way up Sani Pass between South Africa and Lesotho. Few vehicles are more emblematic of African adventure and exploration than a 60-year-old Land Rover.On a recent visit to Lesotho, we dreamed up a crazy idea to take some old Land Rover Series…

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all-new honda cr-v launched locally

PRICINGCR-V 2.0 Comfort: R422 900CR-V 2.0 Elegance: R477 900CR-V 1.5T Executive: R584 900CR-V 1.5T Exclusive: R626 900Honda has given the all-new CR-V a modern design. The vehicle looks streamlined, with the bonnet’s contours meeting the base of the slim A-pillar, and the roofline sporting integrated roof rails. The sharp new grille and curved slimline headlights (featuring integrated daytime running lights) also bring the vehicle up to date. Overall, the design of the new Honda is fairly conservative, but it is also inoffensive and fashionable.PLATFORM AND SUSPENSIONThe fifth-generation Honda CR-V employs an all-new platform (the same as found in the Honda Civic) with more torsional rigidity which, according to Honda, benefits handling. Like the previous model, the new CR-V combines a MacPherson strut-based front suspension with a multilink rear configuration. However,…