Close to 500 Toyota Hilux 4x4s congregated on the Atlantis dunes outside Cape Town this weekend to set a new world record for the largest number of these bakkies in one place. In an exercise between Toyota South Africa, the 4 Wheel Drive Club of the Western Cape and Hilux 4x4 owners, the record was set on the eve of the club’s annual 4x4 fun day when 495 Hiluxes of all ages came from across South Africa to join in the proceedings. Amongst the participants were a few notable Hilux bakkies, including first generation Hilux 4x4s, the Hilux in which Toyota set the first and fastest 72 hour endurance record and several versions of the proudly South African-built 44” and 38” Arctic Truck Hilux bakkies that will soon start their tour of duty on Antarctica. One of these Arctic Hilux-bakkies was handed to its new owners on the day, a contingent of the Indian National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, who will use the vehicle for their research and exploration. RECORD: Hilux 4x4s line up on the Atlantis dunes for their shot at record-book glory. “We were heartened by the number of participants that joined us on the day,” says Len von Graevenitz, vice president of sales and dealer network at Toyota South Africa. “The response to our call to action is clear evidence of the special bond between the Hilux and its owners. We will continue to nurture this bond.” The fun day was supported by several 4x4 legends, including Gerhard Groenewald of the Klipbokkop 4x4 Academy, Johan Badenhorst of the well- known Voetspore expeditions, André de Villiers of Safari Centre and the Safari 4x4 Roetes TV programme and Andrew St. Pierre-White, television producer and presenter and African adventurer. Attendees were further entertained by the reigning off-road champion Duncan Vos in the Castrol Hilux Special Production off road racing bakkie and a number of lucky entrants experienced a dune drive at speed. The Hilux record attempt was monitored and approved by a representative of the Guinness Book of World Records.