FAST WHEELS AND WINDOWS
After recently reading the May issue of Leisure Wheels, I noticed a few of your contributor’s letters had already brought the following subjects up: a few asked why so little Mistubishi content is printed in Leisure Wheels. Is it because, as a friend of mine and former fan of a you-know-what put it, “My Pajero is boringly reliable”? It’s obvious I am a Mitsubishi owner, too. I have been more than happy over the last 15 years, after five vehicles (including my sons’ two) and half-a-million trouble-free kilometres.
Another subject in your letters column was: why the need for speed? When travelling in the vehicles that Leisure Wheels concentrates on, we are going to places that we want to see, not race past. The driver might be having fun – I know there’s no greater exhilaration than pedal to the metal – but usually there are at least another three people in the passenger seats trying to look out the window struggling to enjoy the beautiful SA scenery whizzing by. This brings me to another conundrum: why are the rear windows of most SUVs and double cabs shrinking to such an extent that the rear passenger will get a crick in his neck looking out of them? The driver is busy keeping his eyes on the road ahead and relies on his guests to keep a lookout for beautiful views of mountains or valleys, a lion skulking behind a bush or a turaco up high in a tree. Was that a buffalo or a wildebeest? No wonder most South Africans don’t know the difference between a black and a white rhino: how will they notice whether it has a square or hooked lip while peeping out that tiny window, at speeds that defy gravity on a bumpy road? Hey, I might be an old bugger tree hugger, but I’m not some green eco warrior. Not yet. I come from an age when AJ Foyt said: “There’s no substitute for cubic inches.” Other than the call of the African fish eagle, there’s still no sound that stirs the testosterone in my veins (what’s left of it) than the rumble of a good ol’ Yankee V8 on full taps. I also remember a recent quote from this very magazine that said, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”. I agree, but choose your windows and driver with great care, if you sincerely want to enjoy the great outdoors.
Thanks for a great magazine that not only concentrates on the most serious investment of our lives, but makes sure we have fun using it.
Paul van de Wall St Lucia