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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,

Words and Pictures by Bridgestone SA Lining up for the home straight The penultimate round of the 2012 Bridgestone 4×4 Fundi Challenge was always going to be tough; based at the Gerotek Vehicle Testing facility west of Pretoria, with its mild to wild 4×4 testing tracks, this round of the 4×4 Fundi was designed to separate the men from the boys. Driver skill counted as much as the vehicle ability. The crews also had to keep a cool head as there were a number of minor factors that could catch out the unwary. And catch them out they did. But

Words by Patrick Cruywagen. Pictures supplied by GM Kirkwood capers The annual Isuzu 4×4 Challenge held at the Kirkwood Wildsfees once again attracted thousands of spectators. Our bush editor, Patrick Cruywagen, and his wife, Alison Cole, donned their helmets and took part in the standard production class. I hate 4×4 competitions, as they often degenerate into helmetswinging competitions. Years ago I attended a major international event in Australia, and some contestants were still protesting the points allocated for certain events even as the winners were being announced. The chief organiser was in tears and it all turned into a bit

Words and pictures by Bridgestone SA. Time Out! 2012 Bridgestone 4×4 Fundi Challenge Bezuidenhoutshoek, or Bez Hoek as its owners affectionately call it, is a beautiful farm near Middelburg, Mpumalanga. It’s not a venue that’s about tourism or rough-and-tough 4×4 tracks – rather, it’s a place about giving back, about biodiversity and about conservation. So, it’s the last place you’d expect to host a 4×4 driving competition. Yet, in a giant leap of faith, the owners of Bez Hoek decided to open their farm to host the fourth round of the 2012 Bridgestone 4×4 Fundi Challenge. On a frisky Saturday

Words and pictures supplied by Bridgestone SA. The going gets tough! 2012 BRIDGESTONE 4X4 FUNDI CHALLENGE.After three rounds the 2012 Bridgestone 4×4 Fundi Challenge is turning out to be one tough 4×4 competition. But it’s a little Suzuki Jimny that leads the race on points overall. Riaan Goede and Marius van Niekerk, driving a beefed-up Suzy, won the recent Riverside event near Steynsrus, in the Free State. The extremely technical and tough route, which took place in a heavily eroded and slippery section of the farm adjacent to the Vaal River, suited the diminutive Suzuki to a tee. This Jimny

Words and pictures by Alan Goodway (on behalf of Bridgestone SA)   2012 BRIDGESTONE 4X4 FUNDI CHALLENGE The second leg of the 2012 Bridgestone 4×4 Fundi Challenge was held at a secret location, identifiable only by GPS waypoints which were issued to competitors a week beforehand. Instructions for this event stated that a torch would be required – which seemed a little odd given the 07h00 starting time – and that tyres would need to be inflated to 3.5 bars. Organiser Daniel Barbosa and GPS guru Kevin Bolton worked together to ensure that the GPS leg of the 2012 4×4

Words and Pictures by Alan Goodway (on behalf of Bridgestone SA) 2012 BRIDGESTONE 4X4 FUNDI CHALLENGE This year’s challenge series began in the Limpopo Province at Serendipity 4×4 Trails, set in the lush green hills of the Naboomspruit Valley on Tierkloof farm. With Daniel Barbosa newly in charge of the series, some change was inevitable. He designed a nature-orientated course, with obstacles decked out with the usual barrier tape, plastic pipes, metal droppers and the infamous Bridgestone golf balls. The venue was perfectly suited to his vision for a family-based, nature-centric competition. The course stretched through valleys, gorges, savannah and

Words and pictures by Patrick Cruywagen 30 MINUTES WITH RICHARD RANSOME AND ADOLF WAIDELICH FROM AFRICAN OUTBACK.African Outback was born out of African Outback Products and Big Country 4×4. We spoke to directors Adolf Waidelich (formerly African Outback Products) and Richard Ransome (formerly Big Country) about the amalgamation and future plans. SA4x4: Why join forces? Richard: We bought Big Country from the previous owners about five years ago. Since then we’ve been competing strongly with African Outback Products. We decided to join forces and amalgamate our collective strengths in the market. I’m now going to be predominantly involved in customisations

Words and pictures by Alan Goodway (on behalf of Bridgestone SA) 2012 BRIDGESTONE 4X4 FUNDI SERIES The 2012 Bridgestone 4×4 Fundi Challenge was officially launched at a gathering held towards the end of March at the Bridgestone SA Head Office in Isando. The 60 competing teams for this year’s event arrived to finalise their registrations and get the low-down from Bridgestone as to the specifics of the season. Judging by the expressions, excitement and buzz in the auditorium, this is going to be one heck of a season. Tony Burns, Bridgestone SA’s marketing manager, thanked all present for the great

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