From the driver’s seat

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Wel­come to this, the first is­sue of Land Rover AFRICA mag­a­zine. It has taken us over a year to get here and we are chuffed with the re­sult. From the get-go, let me ex­plain what we’re for. We’re for the Land Rover owner, of any model or vin­tage, who has ex­pe­ri­enced the gees that comes with driv­ing one of th­ese spe­cial ve­hi­cles. They say: one doesn’t own a Land Rover; one has a re­la­tion­ship with one. We’ve ex­pe­ri­enced that first-hand on our trav­els through­out Africa. From the ubiq­ui­tous ‘Landy wave’ ex­changed with other trav­ellers as we’ve mis­sioned through Malawi, to the ready as­sis­tance af­forded a fel­low Land Rover owner who didn’t even have to ask for it (read Pro­ject Over­haul on pg. 8). We are also com­pletely in­de­pen­dent, and, while we pub­lish with per­mis­sion from Land Rover to use the name in our ti­tle, the views, opin­ions and sto­ries you read are all our own.

We’re not about 0-100 times or top speed; we’re about the in­cred­i­ble story of courage as the Race2Re­cov­ery Land Rover team tack­led the world’s tough­est rally – with­out limbs (pg. 14) And we’re for you, the Land Rover en­thu­si­ast who heads out on week­ends and hol­i­days with the spirit of ad­ven­ture cours­ing through your veins, en­sur­ing that your fam­ily has mem­o­ries that will last a life­time. This mag­a­zine is your place to share pics, sto­ries and tips with other Land Rover own­ers (write to us at edi­tor@landy­mag.co.za).

Our mas­sively ex­pe­ri­enced tech­ni­cal edi­tor Ian Theron gets down and dirty with ad­vice on re­builds, driv­ing tips and the best places to take your Landy (pg. 22). Ian has sev­eral suc­cess­ful Land Rover projects to his name, has com­peted and man­aged ex­treme off-road 4x4 events, and gets plain cranky if he doesn’t head off into the Namib­ian wilder­ness at least a few times a year. If you have a tech­ni­cal ques­tion, write to him at ian@landy­mag.co.za. If he can’t set you straight, he’ll put you in touch with some­one who will.

We’ll be bring­ing you Land Rover AFRICA mag­a­zine ev­ery sec­ond month. Subscribe via our web­site, if you are us­ing an iPad subscribe via iTunes. We’re also on Face­book and Twit­ter.

En­joy the read. I’m keen to hear your sug­ges­tions and com­ments; please drop me a line at edi­tor@landy­mag.co.za

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