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Back in 2007, Mike Voss, founder and Managing Director of Rock Solid Industries (RSI), had just started a fledgling business spraying bakkie bed linings. The bed lining business was successful, but somewhat dead-end, and Mike needed more of a challenge. The mining industry was first port of call and RSI began building roll-over protection systems for mine bakkies. RSI is blazing the way when it comes to canopy technology and the latest innovations in roof racks Unfortunately for Mike, the auto industry also got in on the act, and when the T6 Ranger was released with an NCAP rating that

Over the years, we’ve travelled countless thousands of kilometres on various sets of General Grabber all-terrain tyres, from the sharp rocks of the Tankwa Karoo to slippery mud deep in the Transkei, as well as on long gravel and sand stretches crisscrossing Botswana and Namibia. This left us with a high opinion of the previous-generation offerings, and especially of the AT version which proved extremely puncture-resistant on our travels. Now, General Tire, an American brand that is a subsidiary of Continental, has released redesigned versions of its all-terrain and mud-terrain offerings – respectively the Grabber AT3 and Grabber X3 –

Does the reigning Class T off-road racing champ have a secret weapon? Does he have bionic strength and vision like Die man van Staal? Or was he just born with a carbon-fibre spoon in his mouth? SA4x4 catches up with Jason Venter as he ponders his next move At the ripe old age of 23, Jason Venter became the youngest ever national off-road champion when he won Class T in his 4×4 Megaworld racing Hilux last year. As with any conquest by a particularly young athlete, the formula of his success begs analysis. Asked if Jason has a secret weapon

Words by Carine Reyneke & Images by BF Goodrich Winner of our BF Goodrich competition, Carine Reyneke, was whisked off to charge about the dunes of Namibia in a Dakar rally car prepped for the Redlined Motorsport team. This is her story… The GPS showed that the Coke can was about half a kilometre straight ahead of where we were, but the afternoon heat had made the dune sand soft and treacherous. After the second unsuccessful attempt to go straight up the windward (the more gradual) side of the dune, we had to find a way around it. We were

Words by Andrew Middleton, image by Bridgestone SA4x4’s Andrew Middleton takes on the Bridgestone 4×4 Club Challenge – in a Suzuki Jimny The Bridgestone 4×4 Club Challenge held at the Leeuwenkloof 4×4 Centre (near Hartbeespoort Dam) isn’t won by those with the most money, the most kitted 4×4 or the most powerful engine; it’s won by those with skill. Unfortunately, the importance of skill already counted me out of the top ten. All vehicles are welcome at the four Bridgestone Challenge qualifying rounds, although emphasis is placed on keeping the competition fair. The obstacles are tight, the track is extremely

Words by andrew middleton. pictures by Andrew Middleton & Ewert Jooste. After opening shop just 18 months ago, the passionate husband and wife team of Ewert and Cristel Jooste are shaking up the bumper industry. With sleek lines and an extremely innovative design, Rhino 4×4 is determined to ‘Allow your 4×4 to evolve.’ We caught up with them at their new shop in Randpark Ridge, to see for ourselves what all the hype is about. SA4x4: How did you get involved in the bumper industry? Ewert: I used to be an electrical contractor; but my wife and I love camping,

Words by andrew middleton. pictures supplied. Big Country 4×4 has weathered some tough economic storms lately, but this tenacious company continues to innovate, design and deliver globallyacclaimed products for the offroad market. Recent news has it that Big Country 4×4 has joined forces with Frantel Holdings (the specialist manufacturing company and off-road-trailer builder) to further broaden their product range. We caught up with the company’s CEO, Richard Ransome, to find out more. SA4x4: Richard, Big Country 4×4 was previously partnered with African Outback. What happened to this alliance? Richard: I could write a book on this story, but the brief

Words and pictures by Andrew Middleton. SA4x4: What does LA Sport stand for? Annalie: They are our initials, Lionel and Annalie. We started this business together and we’re 50/50 partners in the business. SA4x4: How did you get involved in the 4×4 industry? Annalie: Well, Lionel has been involved for many years. He used to build monster trucks over 20 years ago when the company was still called V8 & 4×4 Performance. His dad was brought up around cars and now that we have kids, the dynasty continues. Two of our children work for the business and are fully-fledged 4×4

The LA Sport 4×4 Products in Action Show 2014 is in its 14th year and with its continuous success it promises to be a 4×4 event not to be missed. The Show has become a fixture on the annual 4×4 calendar and LA Sport Head Office hereby take great pleasure in inviting you to come and enjoy this 4×4, outdoor, camping and adventure fun filled weekend! The LA Sport 4×4 Products in Action Show 2014 will be taking place on the 24th and 25th of May 2014. The Show focuses on 4×4 product demonstrations, outdoors, 4×4 accessories and destinations. This

Words and pictures by Jess Fogarty Leon De Rouwe has been running Creative Wheels in Boksburg for fourteen years. This business used to be strictly a tyre fitment centre, but now includes a Willard Battery Centre and, more recently, a 4×4 fitment centre. We chatted to Leon about the future of the 4×4 side of his business, as well as how it all came about.  SA4x4 So, Leon, what made you add the 4×4 aspect to your business? Leon Creative Wheels has always offered a wide variety of tyres (local and imported) and mag wheels – it’s also offered batteries,

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