EDITORS NOTE

Change of pace

After many quiet weeks (or maybe it’s been months), mostly spent at my desk in front of my computer screen (with the occasional bit of exercise snuck in-between), the last several weeks have seen a flurry of activities come my way, and along with them a change of pace that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed.

I’ve been fortunate enough to receive a number of exciting test vehicles to review (some of which you can read about in this issue in the PM Garage section on page 86), and I attended the media launch events of the new VW Golf 8 GTI, and the...
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Change of pace

After many quiet weeks (or maybe it’s been months), mostly spent at my desk in front of my computer screen (with the occasional bit of exercise snuck in-between), the last several weeks have seen a flurry of activities come my way, and along with them a change of pace that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed.

I’ve been fortunate enough to receive a number of exciting test vehicles to review (some of which you can read about in this issue in the PM Garage section on page 86), and I attended the media launch events of the new VW Golf 8 GTI, and the long-awaited Toyota Land Cruiser 300 (what an incredible vehicle, which I hope to tell you about in the near future). I spent three days with my colleagues from CAR magazine, helping them with their bakkie shootout event, which saw us pitting ten different double-cab brands and models against each other. (You can read about that in the November issue of CAR.)

I also drove out of town to spend some time with our woodworking contributor Tobias Lochner where he showed me his wonderful workshop space, some of the projects he’s got on the go, and how to plane a piece of wood properly (thanks for the free tutorial, Tobias).

So it’s been nice to add a bit of spice to what’s mostly been an uneventful year – as it’s been for many of us, due to the constraints and lockdowns brought about by the global pandemic.

None of what I’ve gotten up to, though, can hold a candle to what Richard Kohler has planned for the end of this year. If you turn to page 50, you’ll read my story about him and his plans to paddle his custom-made sea kayak Osiyeza from Cape Town across the Atlantic Ocean, south of the equator, to Brazil. He’s had to delay his departure once already, but if everything goes according to plan, and the weather behaves, he’ll be departing sometime during December on his two-to-three-month unsupported expedition. I’ll certainly be following his progress closely, and rooting for him the whole way.

Perhaps reading about Richard’s adventure will inspire you to plan something exciting for next year. That might mean getting around to that motorbike rebuild project, making a new chest of drawers for your home, or designing a system that takes your house entirely off-grid… Whatever it is, be sure to write in to us, because we’d love to hear all about it.

Thank you for your support of POPULAR MECHANICS this year – it’s hard to put into words how much this means to us. And lastly, if you’re taking some time off during December, enjoy the downtime, travel safely, and we look forward to telling you more about ‘how your world works’, in 2022.show less