Pic by Vernon Kennedy-Van Dam It was during his first tour of Namibia, in December ’10, that Mpumalanga resident Vernon Kennedy-Van Dam snapped this shot of their ‘98 Pajero 3.5 V6 on a hilltop overlooking the Aussenkehr Nature Reserve, on the road from Ais-Ais to Sendelingsdrift. Vernon reports that they travelled 6 500 km in 10 days, most of it on gravel roads, without the Pajero giving any trouble. e trusty Mitsubishi has covered some 172 000 km and sports OME suspension and a roller drawer system.
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Pic by Cyril Klopper Now there’s an overlander you don’t see very often. This capable Jimny belongs to Cyril Klopper. The image was snapped during the last week of 2010 when Klopper, his wife and daughter explored Namaqualand and the Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. As avid hikers and motorcyclists, this family believe in packing light so the Jimny’s limited luggage space has never been a problem for them. The little 4×4 is kitted out with a winch, suspension upgrade and AT tyres.
Pic by Jacques StassenSjoe, that’s one sweet-looking Courier – colour-coded everythings! This ‘93 3-litre V6 belongs to Jacques Stassen, who’s considering trading the beefy V6 motor for a 2.5 diesel.
Pic by Robin BrownIt’s called the Yellow Thing and it’s built using Discovery 1 mechanicals and a uniquely fabricated body of monocoque construction; the shell and roll cage are made from 3CR12 stainless steel, the doors and bonnet from aluminium and the fenders from fibreglass. Robin Brown is the man behind this creation and it’s seen here at the Rhino Park near Pretoria.
Pic by Justin Bean Driver: Stacey BeanWhat you’re seeing here is an attempt at a Land(y) speed record. That’s right, Justin Bean snapped this shot of his sister Stacey driving his Defender Td5 110 DC to possible fame and glory on Verneuk Pan while en route to the Fish River Canyon in Namibia. Note the cunning use of aerodynamic aids to maintain downforce. Although the actual speeds attained are still being verified by the authorities, Justin hints that Tracey came very close to cracking triple-digit velocities. Thrilling stuff…
Pic by Richard WhiteheadThis diesel Hilux 4×4 is the one with the auto box. It belongs to Richard Whitehead of Benoni who reports that it offers a great combination of power and ability. It’s seen here at De Hoop campsite in the Richtersveld on Christmas Day last year. Although still new (it was bought in June 2009), it’s already well travelled, having been to the Tuli Block, Lesotho and Sani Pass, Richtersveld and southern Namibia.
Pic by Peter BreitensteinNow this is an interesting vehicle. This pic was sent to us by Peter Breitenstein of Namibia who says that this Mitsubishi Delica is basically a Pajero but with a different body; It has Super Select 4WD and low-range, and is powered by the 2800 turbo-diesel with intercooler. He says that with the rear seats removed, this 8-seater becomes a great camping vehicle. Here it’s seen tackling a stretch of rough trail between Ruacana and the Epupa Falls.
Pic by Pieter van der WaltTsjoe, those trees look almost neon green when seen against the backdrop of a sparsely vegetated Lesotho. It’s Pieter van der Walt’s Defender 90 that we see here, parked in a riverbed in the northern region late last year. Pieter is planning to return when there’s snow on the ground.