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2012-05-07 09:53

RAMPING THINGS UP: The going can get pretty rugged during the annual Toyota Rust de Winter Jamboree.

RUST DE WINTER, Limpopo - Hundreds of 4x4 enthusiasts descended on Limpopo’s Rust de Winter resort next to the Elands River for a long weekend of family fun at the 33rd annual 4x4 Jamboree hosted by the ATV Club of Pretoria.

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This was also the 21st year of the event being held under the Toyota banner and a full house of 150 crews descended on the resort for the two-day event.

Husband-and-wife team Rudi and Yolaine van der Merwe were the overall winners after they recorded consistent finishes in the 50km mountain test held on Friday, April 27, in which they finished second, and the all-day gymkhana held on the Saturday, in which they were third.

The couple won a floating trophy and an adventure trip valued at R10 000.


The runners-up for the weekend were Juan Vosloo and Jean-Pierre Dellemyn, while another spousal pairing of Dirk and Verna van Wyk was third overall.

The weekend’s activities started on the Friday with a testing mountain 4x4 route, which took competitors from the camp past the Rust de Winter dam and into the hills in the south. Christo and Karien van Wyk were first across the course designed to test off-road driving skills in their Land Cruiser pick-up.

Saturday was devoted to a variety of short driving tests within the Rust de Winter area, which were watched by a large crowd of family members and supporters. Jack Paulsen and Francois Crous in a Toyota Hilux were the gymkhana winners.

Meanwhile, to celebrate its 21 years of sponsorship, Toyota invited owners of Toyota 4x4s 21 years and older to join the jamboree where special awards and prizes were doled out.


Louis Cronje’s 1978 Toyota Land Cruiser pickup was recognised as the oldest-running Toyota, Willie Naude’s 1987 Hilux 2.2 4Y, the most original, and Johan Lock’s 1984 Hilux double cab was adjudged the most accessorised Toyota at the event.
Lock’s double-cab features over R300 000 worth of extras and special treatment, including a Lexus V8 engine, powder-coated chassis and a state-of-the-art sound system that fills the entire load box.
These winners, along with 30 lucky draw ticket holders, were treated to an adrenaline-charged ride alongside multiple South African off road racing champion Duncan Vos in the Hilux he uses to compete in the Absa Off-Road Championship.

The V8-engined racer is the same vehicle that finished 10th overall in the 2012 Dakar Rally in South America although, on Saturday, it was confined to a short 2.5km bush course by the campsite.

Mountain route

1 Christo and Karien van Wyk (Toyota Land Cruiser pickup) 235 points
2 Rudi and Yolaine van der Merwe (SVM) 230 points
3 Johan du Plessis and Francien de Beer (Mitsubishi Pajero) 227 points
1 Jack Paulsen and Francois Crous (Toyota Hilux) 485 points
2 Juan Vosloo and Jean-Pierre Dellemyn (Toyota Hilux) 482 points
3 Rudi and Yolaine van der Merwe (SVM) 475 points


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