Words Anton Willemse, Images Rob Till
The Toyota Rust de Winter 4×4 Jamboree remains one of the highlights on the 4×4 calendar.
It’s one of those events you must take part in at least once – and 2016 was no different. It is a great place to compete in a safe and controlled environment, or simply to take the chance to put your vehicle through its paces and show off its ability.
Some competitors are very serious about wanting to claim the coveted winner’s title, strategising months ahead of time and accessorising their vehicles to the full. Others, like the media contingent attending this year, are simply there to have fun and do crazy things with the stock-standard vehicles provided.
And, this year, we were fortunate enough to enjoy this trip in the comfortable and utterly capable new Hilux. I had been itching to get behind the wheel of this baby for some time, and it certainly did not disappoint. I was reminded just why Hilux is the king of bakkies in South Africa; and, as almost half of the participants in the event were in Toyotas of some form, it was clear that the brand remains a firm favourite. (Er, no bias here, Anton! – Ed)