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Words by Patrick Cruywagen. Pictures supplied by GM Kirkwood capers The annual Isuzu 4×4 Challenge held at the Kirkwood Wildsfees once again attracted thousands of spectators. Our bush editor, Patrick Cruywagen, and his wife, Alison Cole, donned their helmets and took part in the standard production class. I hate 4×4 competitions, as they often degenerate into helmetswinging competitions. Years ago I attended a major international event in Australia, and some contestants were still protesting the points allocated for certain events even as the winners were being announced. The chief organiser was in tears and it all turned into a bit

Words and pictures by Bridgestone SA. Time Out! 2012 Bridgestone 4×4 Fundi Challenge Bezuidenhoutshoek, or Bez Hoek as its owners affectionately call it, is a beautiful farm near Middelburg, Mpumalanga. It’s not a venue that’s about tourism or rough-and-tough 4×4 tracks – rather, it’s a place about giving back, about biodiversity and about conservation. So, it’s the last place you’d expect to host a 4×4 driving competition. Yet, in a giant leap of faith, the owners of Bez Hoek decided to open their farm to host the fourth round of the 2012 Bridgestone 4×4 Fundi Challenge. On a frisky Saturday

Words and pictures supplied by Bridgestone SA. The going gets tough! 2012 BRIDGESTONE 4X4 FUNDI CHALLENGE.After three rounds the 2012 Bridgestone 4×4 Fundi Challenge is turning out to be one tough 4×4 competition. But it’s a little Suzuki Jimny that leads the race on points overall. Riaan Goede and Marius van Niekerk, driving a beefed-up Suzy, won the recent Riverside event near Steynsrus, in the Free State. The extremely technical and tough route, which took place in a heavily eroded and slippery section of the farm adjacent to the Vaal River, suited the diminutive Suzuki to a tee. This Jimny

Words and pictures by Alan Goodway (on behalf of Bridgestone SA)   2012 BRIDGESTONE 4X4 FUNDI CHALLENGE The second leg of the 2012 Bridgestone 4×4 Fundi Challenge was held at a secret location, identifiable only by GPS waypoints which were issued to competitors a week beforehand. Instructions for this event stated that a torch would be required – which seemed a little odd given the 07h00 starting time – and that tyres would need to be inflated to 3.5 bars. Organiser Daniel Barbosa and GPS guru Kevin Bolton worked together to ensure that the GPS leg of the 2012 4×4

Words and Pictures by Alan Goodway (on behalf of Bridgestone SA) 2012 BRIDGESTONE 4X4 FUNDI CHALLENGE This year’s challenge series began in the Limpopo Province at Serendipity 4×4 Trails, set in the lush green hills of the Naboomspruit Valley on Tierkloof farm. With Daniel Barbosa newly in charge of the series, some change was inevitable. He designed a nature-orientated course, with obstacles decked out with the usual barrier tape, plastic pipes, metal droppers and the infamous Bridgestone golf balls. The venue was perfectly suited to his vision for a family-based, nature-centric competition. The course stretched through valleys, gorges, savannah and

Words and pictures by Patrick Cruywagen 30 MINUTES WITH RICHARD RANSOME AND ADOLF WAIDELICH FROM AFRICAN OUTBACK.African Outback was born out of African Outback Products and Big Country 4×4. We spoke to directors Adolf Waidelich (formerly African Outback Products) and Richard Ransome (formerly Big Country) about the amalgamation and future plans. SA4x4: Why join forces? Richard: We bought Big Country from the previous owners about five years ago. Since then we’ve been competing strongly with African Outback Products. We decided to join forces and amalgamate our collective strengths in the market. I’m now going to be predominantly involved in customisations

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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