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Words and pictures by Alan Goodway (on behalf of Bridgestone SA) 2012 BRIDGESTONE 4X4 FUNDI SERIES The 2012 Bridgestone 4×4 Fundi Challenge was officially launched at a gathering held towards the end of March at the Bridgestone SA Head Office in Isando. The 60 competing teams for this year’s event arrived to finalise their registrations and get the low-down from Bridgestone as to the specifics of the season. Judging by the expressions, excitement and buzz in the auditorium, this is going to be one heck of a season. Tony Burns, Bridgestone SA’s marketing manager, thanked all present for the great

Interview by Patrick Cruywagen Pictures by Tim Butcher Tim Butcher is an English author who lives in Kalk Bay, Cape Town. A former war correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, he’s written two books on Africa: Blood River and, more recently, Chasing the Devil. The titles alone should tell you that these books aren’t written about Africa’s touristy bits.                             PC: Tim, who were your early influences? TB: My great grand uncle was a fellow by the name of Eric Shipton and it’s no exaggeration to say that

Words by Patrick Cruywagen Pictures by Alison Cole HOW THE DEFENDER TROPHY GOT ITS GROOVE BACK Now in its ninth year, the yearly Land Rover Centurion Defender Trophy is one event which all Defender owners aspire to compete in at least once. So this year saw our Bush Editor – a Defender owner himself – roll up his sleeves and take part. It’s a Friday evening and the sun has just slipped behind the Drakensberg, the venue for this year’s Land Rover Centurion Defender Trophy. I try to imagine where my mates might be right now; Cape Town watering holes

Words by Patrick Cruywagen Pictures by Patrick Cruywagen and Alison Cole 2012 LANDY FESTIVAL The first-ever Landy Festival was held at the Malojeni Guest Farm near the Vaal River on 3 and 4 March this year. This was probably the biggest-ever gathering of Land Rovers in SA, but its primary intention was to break the Guinness World Record (which stands at 348) for the most Land Rovers on parade. It felt like a dream. There I was driving along a quiet, old road between Heidelberg and Vereeniging. All around me were Land Rovers of every description. Original G4 and Camel

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