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

A record field is expected for the annual South African Toyota Rust de Winter 4x4 Jamboree, thought to be the biggest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, from September 22 to 25. The Rust de Winter Jamboree, organised by the 4x4 ATV organisation, is a family orientated event designed to test the skills of 4x4 drivers and this year celebrates its 28th anniversary. More than 140 entries have already been received from 4x4 enthusiasts throughout South Africa, and a full house of 160 entries is expected.

"We are being flooded with entries and at this stage it appears we are set for a record entry," said event organiser Dirk van Wyk. "The available daylight hours means we have to set a limit for the number of entries, and the absolute maximum is 180." Van Wyk said the format for this year’s event remained unchanged although there were alterations to the timetable. This year the gymkhana will be held on the Saturday and the main route on the Sunday.

Scrutineering and documentation will be from 13h00 to 20h30 on Friday, September 22. This will be followed by a compulsory drivers briefing at 21h00. The tough gymkhana will be run from 07h00 to 18h00 on Saturday, September 23 with the main route the Sunday from 06h00 to 18h00. Results will be posted at 08h00 on Monday, September 25 and the prize giving will start at 10h30.

Both the 60km main route and the wide range of gymkhana obstacles are designed to test 4x4 driving skills and are not speed tests. "On the main route competitors will have to traverse difficult terrain helped by map instructions and coded clues and it will take about six hours to complete," said van Wyk. "The maximum speed allowed is 60 km/h, with penalties awarded to competitors who do not complete the course or who fail to pass checkpoints. Competitors also face expulsion if they drive dangerously, or under the influence of liquor, and there will be regular breathalyser tests on the route."

In keeping with the family nature of the event entries must preferably include a male and female crew member and couples are encouraged to include children in their teams. A new dimension this year is the number of club and corporate entries received by the organisers.

"A growing number of companies are realising the Jamboree offers a great business networking opportunity in a relaxed atmosphere," said van Wyk. "Although the atmosphere is relaxed with a great deal of family orientated entertainment, there is also a competitive edge to the weekend."

Brian Eades, General Manager / Marketing Communications at Toyota South Africa, said the Toyota Rust de Winter Jamboree was aimed at promoting the responsible use of 4x4 vehicles in South Africa. This was in line with Toyota's worldwide strategy of caring for the environment.

"It is also part of our campaign to make 4x4 owners aware of the fragility of our environment, and we are proud of the contribution the event has made in this respect," Eades said. "This is the 16th year of Toyota sponsorship of the Rust de Winter 4x4 Jamboree, and it also offers us an important marketing opportunity. "There will be a track where the public will be able to drive in a Hilux off road racer and RunX rally car with drivers from Toyota Motorsport."

Eades added that even if people are not competing the Jamboree offers a great weekend for spectators who can enjoy a relaxing and affordable camping weekend in the Bushveld. The ATV Club’s Caravan Park offers excellent camping facilities with a swimming pool and a well-equipped play park for children. Event co-sponsor Continental Tyres will be operating a comprehensive children’s entertainment programme and care for the kids whilst parents are out on the 4x4 route.

The event is open to all roadworthy 4x4 vehicles but is run under jurisdiction of Motorsport South Africa and drivers must be in possession of a valid Motorsport SA competition license. One-event licenses will be available at scrutineering.

Friday 22 September:

13:00 - 20:30: Documentation and Scrutineering
21:00: Compulsory Drivers Briefing

Saturday 23 September

07:00 - 18:00: Gymkhana and family activities

Sunday 24 September

06:00 - 18:00: Main Route and family activities
19:00: Interdenominational Church Service

Monday 25 September

08:00: Posting of Provisional Results
10:30: Prize giving

2006/09/11 | 15:52 CET | Editor: MR/Sharon Garson

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