Tag Archives: Africa

How I Pack Carry-On Only For A 10-Day African Safari

It should take about 23 hours door to door from my apartment in Los Angeles to the driver’s seat of a loaner truck in Johannesburg. Then, I’m going deep into creature country to look at the region’s magnificent animals. It’s a long journey to pack light for, but here’s how I make it work.

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Ethiopia Is Growing Out Of Its Classic Peugeot Taxis

It’s a cool, misty morning when you land at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa. You have to get to your hotel in the center of the city, but between you and a bed is eight kilometers of traffic the likes of which you have never seen before. How do you brave the journey? For years, the answer would probably be a…

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North Africa Is the Next Hot Region for Car Manufacturing

While some automakers have been producing cars in South Africa for decades, Northern Africa countries like Morocco and Algeria have become more and more industrialized with increasing production, and the region is quickly becoming a new hub of automotive manufacturing.

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Crazy-Ass Cop Shoots Wildly From Motorcycle During Urban Police Chase

This morning, we wrote about how silly Harleys are as police bikes . Tonight, we bring you proof that a.) BMWs are better for chasing a perp on and off-road, and b.) that shooting a gun while riding through a city is pure fucking madness. But sometimes it works, kind of!

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African Dictator’s Son’s Siezed Supercars Auctioned For $3.67 Million

African Dictator's Son's Siezed Supercars Auctioned For $3.67 Million

About 75% of Equitorial Guinea is below the poverty line, but that didn’t stop the son of the country’s dictatorial leader from buying two Bugatti Veyrons, a Ferrari Enzo and 599 GTO, a Maserati MC12, a Porsche Carrera GT, an Aston Martin One-77, a Rolls-Royce, and a handful of other supercars. He’ll probably never see them again.

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SUV Makes A Comfy Bed For A Goddamn Tiger, Pants Are Peed

Alright, so no actual pants were peed as this was shot in South Africa where I’m sure things like this happen all the time, but my pants would certainly be soiled if there was a goddamn TIGER that just decided to take a nap on my roof and use the spare tire as a pillow.

One of the passengers in the be-tigered car is actually so calm that he has the window open, with his arm out, because that is just what you do, in Africa, when there’s a tiger on your car. LOOKOUT GUY THAT TIGER IS GONNA EAT YOUR ARM.

Eventually the question that was going through my head the whole time occurs to the placid preserve visitors, which is how to get that goddamn tiger off the roof of your car when it’s taking a goddamn nap and using your goddamn spare as a big comfy rubbery pillow.

Apparently the answer is to just drive off with it.

The big cat actually seems to enjoy the ride for awhile before deciding that its new shiny bed was getting a bit bumpy and taking a big flying leap to get off the roof. Keep in mind when the whole SUV shakes that tigers can weigh over 600 pounds.

What Would It Take To Get You To Buy A Flat-Pack Truck?

Today we heard about a prototype truck for Africa that you and your best buds can build in 11.5 hours. What would it take to get you behind the wheel?

For reader eaglescout1984, nothing. He stated, "2.2 ton capacity, covered cargo area, has seats built in in the bed AND you get to build it yourself? futuramafrytakemymoney.jpg."

Reader Alex Murel needed to have his gears greased a bit more before he made the plunge.

I need one of these in my life. I dont know why or what I would use it for, but I need one…take out that 2.2 diesel, drop a BMW V10 in the bed and connect it straight to the rear wheels. I don’t see any way this could go wrong.

He went on to make a rough cost estimate.

Ok, so it’s ~15k for the truck and a BMW V10 costs about 37k, so I’m thinking ditch the German money hole and drop in an LS6 from a ‘Vette some douche crashed and then spend the savings on a new transmission. Jalopnik Kickstarter?

Sounds like a plan. What engine swap/deregulation effort/paint job would it take to get you to buy one of these DIY trucks?

Photo Credit: BMW, Global Vehicle Trust