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Words and images by John Leyden Every year, the strangely-named German town of Bad Kissingen is taken over by Adventure & Off-Road, Europe’s biggest outdoor expo. SA4x4 reader, John Leyden, was there to get the low-down. The Abenteuer & Allrad (Adventure & Off-Road) is regarded as Europe’s biggest off-road expo, and is attended by visitors from all over Europe and beyond. It has been hosted for the last 17 years on a 100 000 m² tract of land outside the German town of Bad Kissingen. ‘Now, where the heck might that be?’ I’d asked myself − and had decided to

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

There was a vast range of outdoor paraphernalia at the 2015 Beeld Holiday Show held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand. From lighting systems to a serious overland-expedition motorhome, from camping products to consumables, tents, solar panels, and special suspension systems for off-roading and towing alike, there was something to interest the full spectrum of outdoor enthusiasts. More than 15 new products were launched onto the South African market. One of the stars at the huge Campworld display was the Jurgens XT65, a highly customisable 5ft camping trailer (from R24 450) with a nosecone, and a host of potential tent set-ups;

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 and pictures by Andrew Middleton. Situated between Durban and Port-Shepstone, the original dealership was known as Saunders Garage. Sometime in the mid ‘60s, the company changed its name to Halfway Service Station, and became a powerful dealer network focused on the 4×4 Industry. Shortly after their doors opened, the new Halfway dealership took the plunge and invested in Toyota. At the time, the Japanese marque was still a relatively small brand in SA, so this was a risky move – but, as Toyota grew from strength to strength, the Halfway Toyota dealer expanded, too. Under the expert leadership of

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 by Brian Jefferies Rock Solid Industries’ (RSI) new stainless-steel canopy is quite possibly the strongest canopy on the market. The company, which was established in 2007, is based in KZN (Westmead) and well-known for its RSI SmartBox range. These boxes have become synonymous with reliability and quality, providing pick-up owners with a sturdy storage compartment to stow their tools. The SmartBox product is an accessory popular with off-road enthusiasts and professional tradesmen, but the good news is that Rock Solid Industries have recently expanded their product range to include their new Stainless Steel RSI SmartCanopy. RSI have gone to

Words by Andrew Middleton. Pictures supplied. Ironman. Ironman 4X4 Australia and the automotive giant, Partquip Group, recently joined forces to create a joint venture: Ironman 4X4 Africa. The decision to team up was a result of Ironman 4X4’s resounding international success, as they now export and distribute products to over 160 countries. The good news for South African off-road enthusiasts is that Ironman’s product range will now feature more diversity, availability, and (best of all) affordability. For the past nine years, Partquip Group (through its Suspension Solutions Division) has been the sole importer and distributor of Ironman 4×4 Suspension and

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

30 Minutes with Kevin Bolton, NavWorld. Kevin, you were formerly the owner of Bolton’s GPS Warehouse. What happened to that company? And how did you end up at NavWorld? NavWorld was created when Darryl Curtis (owner of Bandit GPS) and I (then the owner of Bolton’s GPS Warehouse) decided to collaborate. As the two largest independent Garmin dealers in the country, it made sense for us to join forces and take our respective businesses to the next level. As a result, NavWorld is now Garmin’s walk-in client service provider and the largest independent Garmin retailer in SA. What’s your formula

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