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Record entries expected for Toyota Rust de Winter 4x4 Jamboree.

The Toyota Rust de Winter 4x4 Jamboree from September 21 to 24, the only event on the Motorsport South Africa calendar where family participation is an advantage, celebrates its 29th birthday this year. Organised once again by the 4x4 ATV Organisation from Pretoria, the event this year also celebrates 17 years of Toyota and 15 years of Continental sponsorship, with record entries again expected by the organisers. Thought to be one of the biggest events of its kind in the southern hemisphere, the Toyota Rust de Winter Jamboree is also unique in that it is the only 4x4 family event run under the rules and regulations of motorsport governing body MSA.

"The event is aimed at promoting family enjoyment and for competitors to learn and enjoy the capabilities of their 4x4 vehicles," said chief organiser Dirk van Wyk. "Ideally all vehicles entered in the event should be family orientated with an adult male and female occupant. We classify children as anyone under 18, and all men, all women and all adult teams are penalised via a points system. The jamboree is the ideal opportunity to spend quality outdoor time with the family, and this is one of the factors that make Rust de Winter so popular."

Only roadworthy 4x4 low range vehicles are permitted to enter and stringent safety checks are carried out prior to the event. All vehicles must carry specified safety equipment, first aid kits and water supplies and experienced 4 x 4 marshals are on hand throughout the weekend to assist participants to achieve maximum results.

Van Wyk emphasised that the event is not about speed. The gymkhana on the Saturday is made up of various obstacles to test driver skill and vehicle handling, while the main route on the Sunday is varied and testing and allows entrants to hone their skills on terrain ranging from steep climbs to river crossings, descending inclines, loose gravel and muddy patches.

The event is held at the Rust de Winter camp site on 28 hectares of unspoilt bushveld on the east of the N1 halfway between Pretoria and Warmbaths. The facility offers immaculate camping and caravanning sites, numerous well equipped ablution facilities, swimming pool, play areas and an abundance of open space where children can cycle without the fear of urban traffic.

To allow families with younger children to also enjoy the great outdoors co-sponsors Continental offer a day care centre where youngsters will be well cared for and entertained and fed by qualified pre primary teachers. The area comprises slides, games, face painting, Jungle Jim activities, various inflatable obstacles, colouring in competitions etc.

The event is also hugely spectator friendly and does not require participation to appreciate the entrant skills and features and capabilities of 4 x 4 vehicles. For those who don’t want to camp or picnic there are food stalls to suit most taste buds.

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

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