Bridgestone 4x4Club Challenge Update

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Well Saturday was a great day in the bush for all competitors in the 1st of the 4 elimination rounds of the Bridgestone Club Challenge! As co-sponsors Cross Country we’re proud to be there! Results will be shared when we receive them from Bridgestone ! Thank as well Consumer Assure Brokers for the help . Everyone got together at Hanati Game Lodge on Friday afternoon although the marshals and course designers had already been toiling away to put together what proved to be a tough and harrowing course. Competitors, and sponsors overnighted in the campsite or in the nearby Hanati Chalets which were spotless in immaculately laid out grounds. Birdlife was plentiful with numerous species tagged. The lodge has access to a guided 4×4 route,Ludwigs Rose Farm as well as the Dinokeng reserve.

After a light snack the event kicked off with the drivers briefing,the seasoned hands could most probably recite the rules in their sleep but it is a necessity as safety is paramount in the event and no one wants to damage a vehicle.

Then the action began and we set of to observe the competitors at the various obstacles,competition was fierce and at some obstacles competitors were very vocal about incident reports due to the tricky layout.

Competitors were required to stop before the obstacle, inspect the whole obstacle and the navigator stayed out of the vehicle to guide the driver-teamwork makes the dreamwork!

We visited the obstacles during the course of the morning and on certain occasions found some really tricky spots that we had to negotiate ourselves and actually returned at lunch time with a mud bespattered vehicle.

Lunch was provided by Cross Country as a co-sponsor but this time we did not have to braai and make around 200 Boerewors Rolls, the lodge kitchen provided us with the meals in the form of really great  chicken and beef burgers.

After lunch competitors returned to do the remaining 5 obstacles( 10 in total ) , each obstacle had two qualified marshalls who checked that each team inspected the obstacle, did not reverse or rollback,did not stop or knock a golf ball off a tightly placed conduit tube ( a fence dropper inside anchored the conduit).

It was a great competition ending with the score sheets being tallied and the prize giving being held. We will post news of the second of the elimination  rounds as well as the details of the competitors who made it through shortly. Pictures and videos on our Facebook page as well.

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Glyn Demmer

My first 4×4 was a Nissan Hardbody thereafter I started travelling all over the country. In 1992 we held a big 4×4 day with hundreds of Nissan families, and then the 4×4 bug really bit.

A friend Monty Brett and I started running 4×4 courses at the Hennops Off-road Trail just outside of Johannesburg. At first we offered day-and-a-half courses that started on Friday afternoon and finished on Saturday afternoon.

Hannes Grobler the Rally Ace regularly assisted, and we reached a nice balance between our two styles and our skills.

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