Andrew St.Pierre White posts monthly podcasts all about overland adventure down in Southern Africa.
I’ve decided that the podcasts should be video, not just audio, and that I would try and do each one in a different location and post them on YouTube, not on a podcast server. So they will not be available on iTunes.
Click here to go directly to my YouTube channel, or just click each podcast below…
I have said it before: The 4×4 industry is unique in that most of those in it are involved because of a love for the outdoors and all things 4×4, that have taken their longing for better equipment or seen a gap in the market, and turned it into a business. A fair portion of South Africa’s mapping business is similar, my own mapping brand InfoMap (now sold), Veronica Roodt’s Shell Maps and Tracks4Africa are examples. Gladly the heavyweight map publishers do not publish the best off-road maps.
It would appear that if you live in northern Europe and want to get in to overlanding then the only thing to do is to get on an organised trip to Morocco… or maybe not. Always keen to do things my own way, myself and a few friends decided that we’d organise a totally independent expedition through Poland and Ukraine with the two key points being:
Drive the Transfagarian Highway in Romania which is famed to be the best driving road in the world and…
Hydraulic telescopic dampers is the correct but fancy name for what is regarded as a grudge purchase by anyone not really interested in cars, but a worthwhile and even anticipated purchase by those of us who are tuned in to our vehicle’s performance. And it really doesn’t matter if you are a petrol-head or off-road explorer like myself, the subject of shock absorbers is common around the race-track, pub or camp fire. In any case, worn, poor quality or even new but mismatched shocks can turn a fine-handling car into a horror story.
For all of two decades I have been handing out free advice about 4x4s, and I have never stopped loving it. True, my opinions aren’t always met with widespread agreement and at times have been rewarded by verbal and in one case physical abuse. But that’s because I say it like I see it, and have always done so. As a result I have a large following of people who trust my judgment.
But the advice has been free – free to those who ask for it, and free to those who reap the benefits, I.e. the equipment and vehicle suppliers. Now it’s my turn to get something back. I have opened my own 4×4 equipment centre. But I have not gone the traditional 4×4 fitment centre route, because I think there is a huge room for improvement when it comes to the quality of fitting. In addition, why do you have to buy your 4×4 and then equip it? Why can’t you purchase your new 4×4 fully equipped, and finance it in a single transaction? Well. Now you can!
Early this year I drove in a particular model 4×4 pick-up for the first time in some years. It was a newish model. My first thoughts were, ‘This is an extremely boring bakkie.’ Not that it was bad, or noisy or rough or uncomfortable. It was just boring. March 2010 Read More
In the September (2009) edition of Leisure Wheels magazine, for which I write a regular article, of the six readers’ letters published, four of them were reactions to my article saying I was disappointed with the performance of the Mitsubishi Pajero, taken on a Namibia dune holiday with my family.
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