After eight months of go! Drive & Camp being on the shelf, the recent Beeld Holiday Show was my first opportunity to meet some of our readers. Thank you to each and every one who came over to say hello and have a chat. The feedback that we received from you regarding the magazine is invaluable to us. go! Drive & Camp exists for one reason only: to better prepare you, our reader, for your next outdoor adventure. This is why we find it extremely useful when you chat to us and tell us more about what you want.
I said this to everyone I met at the show and I’ll say it again: My contact details are on this page. Write to me.
A triumph for the little guys
Something that really drew my attention at the Beeld Holiday Show was the manufacturers’ focus on a new generation of campers – younger people who don’t have a full towing licence (Code EB).
As you know you may not tow anything heavier than 750 kg with an ordinary driver’s licence, and three trailers in this weight category caught my eye: the Gypsey Lite Impi, Aloe’s Peri Peri and Venter’s Mini Camper. Leon tells us more about these three and a host of other caravans and motorhomes in this month’s News section. And if you’ve ever wondered what a motorhome worth R2,5 million looks like, go have a look on page 24.
When General Motors (the former owners of Isuzu in South Africa) withdrew from South Africa last year, there were thousands of worried South Africans who were facing unemployment. Isuzu Motors in Japan, however, intervened and bought the Struandale plant in Port Elizabeth from GM. Cyril was at the opening of the plant and he says there is a new-found optimism amongst the workers.
Isuzu also launched their newest vehicle, the MU-X, at this event. Read about it on p.28 and let us know what you think.