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Toyota rust de Winter Jamboree as popular as ever

The Toyota Rust de Winter Jamboree celebrates its 29th birthday this year and 17th year of Toyota sponsorship. Organised again by the 4x4 ATV Organisation of Pretoria, it is thought to be the biggest of its kind in the southern hemisphere and proves to be as popular as ever. Last year’s event was won by Stefan and Nannette Wintershoven in a Toyota Hilux, who were comfortably ahead of Schalk and Rene Grobler, in another Toyota Hilux. The Wintershoven’s are among the 180 entries and will be heavily favoured to repeat their win.

"The event is aimed at promoting family enjoyment and to learn and enjoy the capabilities of their 4x4 vehicles," said chief organiser Dirk van Wyk. "Ideally the crews in all vehicles entered in the event should be from one family with an adult male and female occupant."

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. Saturday’s gymkhana is made up of various obstacles to test driver skills and vehicle handling. The main route on Sunday is varied over a terrain ranging from steep climbs to river crossings, descending inclines, loose gravel and muddy patches. The event is not about speed with 60 km/h being the maximum on all roads.

The Jamboree is held at the Rust de Winter camp site on 22 hectares of unspoilt bushveld east of the N1 and halfway between Pretoria and Warmbaths. The facility offers 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 ensure children entertainment by qualified personnel, comprising slides, games, face painting, Jungle Jim activities, various inflatable obstacles, colouring in competitions etc.

The gymkhana section on Saturday is hugely spectator friendly and does not require participation to appreciate the skills and capabilities of 4 x 4 vehicles. However, the mountain route on Sunday in a restricted area does not allow for spectators.

2007/09/25 | 11:07 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Charmaine Fortune

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