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There are few people who touch our lives only briefly but still leave a lasting impression. Far-sighted entrepreneur and avid adventurer, Adolf Waidelich, who died tragically by suicide in November 2017, was one of those people. His passing left a legacy which can be measured by the impact he made on the lives of others. He was very practical engineer who, with his comprehensive range of innovative equipment and accessories designed and made for off -road travellers, contributed materially to making dreams of travelling to far-flung parts of Africa a reality for thousands of people. But Adolf was also a…

Born out of a deep love for engineering and thousands of kilometres’ worth of off-road experience, RATAU Hard Canopies has emerged as one of Mpumalanga’s premier vehicle metalwork manufacturers. Operating out of Middelburg, the company is directed by Quereshini Naidoo, Gerhard Holtshauzen and Herman Brümmer. They manage a team of 10 multi-skilled workshop staff, as well as four administrators who handle everything from sales to marketing. Where did it all begin? Several years ago, says Naidoo, the company’s founders, mechanical engineers and avid 4×4 enthusiasts, decided to turn their hobby of designing and custom-making canopies for their own vehicles into…

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 racksUnfortunately for Mike, the auto industry also got in on the act, and when the T6 Ranger was released with an NCAP rating that met…

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 –…

Words by Justus Visagie. Pictures by Martin de Kock. 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…

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…

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