From the DRIVER’S SEAT

Land Rover AFRICA Magazine - - CONTENTS - Andy Mark Pub­lisher

The great news this month is that the ven­er­a­ble De­fender will still be with us for some time to come, al­beit man­u­fac­tured un­der li­cence out­side of Soli­hull. This ve­hi­cle is an icon that has played a big part in the lives of many fam­i­lies in and around Africa and there are tons of photo al­bums crammed with mem­o­ries made pos­si­ble by the De­fender’s leg­endary off-road abil­ity, as it al­lowed grand­par­ents and great-grand­par­ents to ac­cess those un­spoiled fish­ing and camp­ing spots around our con­ti­nent. We’re look­ing for those fam­ily pics and your sto­ries of mem­o­ries made pos­si­ble for a cof­fee ta­ble book we in­tend pub­lish­ing at the end of this year to com­mem­o­rate this great car. If you can un­lock some of those sto­ries to share with us you could find your beloved fam­ily his­tory pub­lished for pos­ter­ity in a high qual­ity book that would be around to share with fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Not all sub­mit­ted pic­tures and sto­ries will be suit­able or se­lected, but if your story is one of those cho­sen you will re­ceive a com­pli­men­tary copy of the book to keep – a clas­sic piece of me­mora­bilia to hand down to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions in your fam­ily. Wouldn’t that be cool? Fol­low­ing on the suc­cess of our Cape to Dar es Salaam ex­pe­di­tion last year, we have been in­un­dated with re­quests by read­ers keen to join us on fu­ture ex­pe­di­tions. With­out let­ting the cat out of the bag I am also very happy to an­nounce that we are plan­ning two tours for later in the year and there will be limited space for a few read­ers to join us. Please keep an eye out on our so­cial me­dia and web pages for de­tails and an­nounce­ments around th­ese as soon as de­tails have been but­toned down. If you’re a keen adventure cy­clist look­ing for new trails and gear, make sure you read our big bi­cy­cle fea­ture on page 16. Dates have been con­firmed for our up­com­ing Sea of Sand Chal­lenge – check the events pages to find out how you can en­ter and win amaz­ing prizes.

Un­til then, please keep it safe out there and 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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