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African Heritage: Military style planning for Offroad-Event.

Planning for the Africa Heritage Cross Country and the Ford Motorite 400 in Limpopo Province from August 2 to 5 is almost complete - and has resembled a military campaign. The African Heritage Cross Country is a round of the FIA Cross Country World Cup and the Ford Motorite 400 is round four of the Absa Off Road Championship. The two events will run in conjunction with each other - the African Heritage Cross Country from August 2 to 5 and the Ford Motorite on August 4 and 5 - and are being jointly organised by the Koepel Club and the Four Wheel Drive Club of South Africa.

"Organising events of this nature is a little like preparing an army for war," said chief organiser Willie Prinsloo. "It is a matter of making sure that all the people and logistics are in place. We have been fortunate to be able to call on experienced people who know what needs to be done and get on with the job. We are now in the final stretch and all the groundwork has been completed."

Prinsloo said the route survey team had been spending 18 hours a day in the bush and had already covered in excess of 16 000 kilometres. The routes for the two events, are now in the process of being finalised. "It is easy enough to find suitable roads and terrain that will test the crews," said Willie. "The trick is to ensure the route is also easily accessible to emergency rescue and medical teams as well as spectators. We have been fortunate enough to find roads, over a wide variety of terrain, that will make for interesting events, but there is the added bonus that they pass through some of the most scenically beautiful areas of Limpopo Province."

Willie Prinsloo added that after a good rainy season in Limpopo Province, the bush was lush and overgrown. With a proliferation of thorn trees lining sections of the route, competitors staying on the designated track stood a better chance of avoiding punctures and other potential damage to vehicles. "There is also a sting in the tail in the mountains between Polokwane and Mokopane," Willie said. "This section could well play a major role in who ends up on the podium in both events."

2006/07/17 I 18:05 CET I Editor:

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