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Gymkhana upgrade on Toyota Rust de Winter 4x4 Jamboree

The gymkhana section of the Toyota Rust de Winter 4x4 Jamboree from September 21 to 24 in South Africa has undergone an extensive facelift. Changes to the gymkhana include upgrading, reengineering and the inclusion of various new obstacles. The changes will also make the event more interactive but will still allow disabled competitors to compete on an equal footing with able bodied entrants.

"The upgrade has been undertaken to ensure we maintain the quality and high standards of previous years," said chief organiser Dirk van Wyk from the 4x4 ATV Club. "We have put a great deal of time and effort into upgrading the gymkhana, and it is going to provide all competitors with a tough test." Van Wyk added that last year’s see-saw has been vastly improved and will benefit all competitors wanting to improve driving accuracy. It will also be a test of nerve.

Other features of the gymkhana are the all new incline with a gradient of 35 degrees, the improved and tricky twister, which provides the ultimate test for vehicle suspension and articulation. The speed section will also be a test of a driver’s ability and skill to deal with a variety of sharp turns, gradients and wash aways.

The main route on the Sunday of the jamboree will be approximately 65 kilometres in length and will take at least six hours to complete. The route takes in a variety of terrain and low range is essential, and will be both testing and enjoyable and should leave entrants with a sense of adventure.

For the less adventurous there are numerous activities which include demonstration drives with the infamous Von Krause on the 42 degree incline ramp, reaching a height of approximately five storeys. For those in the market for a new vehicle, opportunities will be available to test drive a selected range of Toyota vehicles on a pre determined route.

The ATV Organisation’s 28 hectare campsite is situated on the banks of the Elands River at Rust de Winter, approximately 25 kilometres east of Pienaarsrivier on the N1 to Polokwane. Campers for the long weekend are welcome at a small camping fee, but spectating at the gymkhana on Saturday is free.

Continental SA assists with a variety of supervised activities for the kids while parents are busy. These include jumping castles, climbing frames, swings, swimming pool, tractor train rides etc.

2007/08/20 | 13:34 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Charmaine Fortune

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