Bridgestone South Africa

Bridgestone Club Challenge hosted by Isuzu Offroad Club

May 27, 2013

Saturday 18 May saw more than thirty off-road vehicles tackle the daunting Moegatle 4x4 Trail during the fourth Bridgestone 4x4 Club Challenge of the year.

As is the case with all Bridgestone 4x4 Club Challenges this year, the event was hosted by one of South Africa"™s leading off-road clubs - in this case the Isuzu Offroad Club. Although all makes and models were welcome, only Isuzu vehicles were eligible to go through to the final Bridgestone event that will be held later this year.

Known as one of South Africa"™s three Terror Trails, Moegatle is an intimidating and challenging course, something that the Bridgestone competitors quickly realised on the day. In fact, not only were the obstacles challenging, merely getting to the various obstacles proved to be quite a trial!

And once they found themselves at the start of the obstacles, some truly harrowing challenges awaited. The worst obstacles were undoubtedly obstacles five and six. Obstacle five consisted of a fairly simple axle-twister, but there was a catch: two straps had been placed in the obstacle, and competitors were asked to lift their tyres over these straps without touching them. How could this be accomplished? By making use of the articulation created by the axle-twister to lift the tyres over the straps. This was obviously not an easy task to perform, and required excellent knowledge of how a vehicle"™s suspension behaves in an axle twister.

Obstacle six consisted of a steep hill that competitors had to traverse, climbing up one side, and then down the other. Because it was so steep, drivers often struggled to see where they were going while climbing the hill. And this resulted in many drivers veering too far to the right, and finding themselves stranded on a pesky ledge just off of the obstacle. Needless to say, more than one vehicle had to be recovered on the day.

In total, the day consisted of seven obstacles, as well as a regularity raid. Though there were some other vehicles in attendance, the Isuzus did very well, managing to claim two of the three top spots. First place went to Dawie Volmer in an Isuzu Frontier, who won a R10 000 voucher for Bridgestone tyres. Second place went to Jaco Volmer, also in a Frontier. He won a set of Light force lights sponsored by Opposite Lock. Third place went to Werner, in his Jeep Wrangler. He walked away with a hand winch, also sponsored by Opposite Lock. Fourth place went to Johan Terblanche in his Isuzu KB280. Since only Isuzus were eligible to go through to the final event, Johan Terblanche was the third and final competitor to secure a place in the Bridgestone 4x4 Club Challenge final.

The Bridgestone 4x4 Club Challenge will take place on 16 and 17 November 2013. Of course, lots of prizes will be up for grabs. The overall second place winner will receive a R20 000 Tough Dog adjustable suspension compliments of Opposite Lock. The overall first place finisher will win a R50 000 Conqueror Courage off-road trailer.

The next Bridgestone 4x4 Club Challenge event will take place on 8 June, and will be hosted by the 4x4 Community Forum and TUFFSTUFF Insurance Product.

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