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4x4 Family of the Year

2005-03-14 13:29

The winning prize - a fully equipped Nissan Hardbody double-cab and Conqueror Supra trailer

The winning family will win a brand new Nissan Hardbody double-cab bakkie equipped with all the accessories to make any safari even more comfortable as well as a Conqueror off-road trailer.

Prizes worth almost half a million rands will be up for grabs during the entire competition and this will include 4x4 accessories and other spot prizes during the different phases of the competition until the final in October.

Selections for this, the first ever 4x4 Family of the Year competition, will start on March 19 and 20 at the Kareekrans 4x4 Trail outside Swartruggens in the Northwest Province, and the LA Sport branch in Rustenburg will assist the organisers with this event.

After that, selections will then also take place in Cape Town (April 8 - 10); at Gateway Nissan in Umhlanga (April 15 ? 17) and at Alkmaar 4x4 outside Nelspruit in Mpumalanga.

Other centres

Families in the Polokwane area who want to compete, can enter and go to the selections at the LA Sport 4x4 ATA facility outside Polokwane on the weekend of May 13 to 15 while Gauteng families will get the opportunity to do so in May (24 - 27) at Xtreme Nissan in Fourways, Johannesburg; May 29 to June 5 at the LA Sport 4x4 ATA facility East Rand and at the 4x4 track at LA Sport in Voortrekkersweg in Pretoria (June 7 ? 9).

And if you are staying in the Northern Province and on holiday in the Cape during the selection dates, speak to the organisers as they will do their best to accommodate you.

Entries will be limited to 1 000 families countrywide and only 100 families will go through to the Semi-Finals that will be held at the Merrimetsi 4x4 Trail in the Free State.

This is NOT a serious 4x4 challenge and competing families will have fun and learn a lot about all aspects of 4x4-ing and about the qualities of being a family during all the different phases of the competition. Driving a 4x4 as a family, 4x4 recovery and knowledge of their 4x4 vehicle and equipment will only count 35% of the total evaluation.

The rest of the points will be made up by camping (20%) and how the family members interact between themselves as well as between the rest of the competitors (20%).

Special tasks

They will also be tested on how well they can handle a breakdown in the bush (5%) and in emergency situations regarding first-aid and survival (5%).

Navigation with maps, GPS and using the environment to find your way, will also count towards the final points (5%) while the competitors will also have to share their knowledge on the eco-environment regarding plants, trees and land animals (5%) and other general topics (5%).

Competitors will receive more information regarding the scoring criteria and the competition when they enter. Most of the more important information is on the website www.lasport.co.za.

This is a competition where families can build memories together that will last a lifetime!

And for those families who think that their 4x4 has to be equipped with all the necessary 4x4-goodies - do not worry.

If you do not have a winch or a high-lift jack on your vehicle, but you know what it is and how it works, then you will still score points!

There are lots of people who travel through Africa without some of these equipment and as long as you can identify it and put your knowledge to the test, you will be fine.

A Nissan Hardbody double-cab bakkie has already been fitted with 4x4-equipment and will travel all over the country to show competitors what they can win.


The accessories include a TJM bull-bar and TJM XGS suspension; an Air Tech snorkel; a Premier 9000 winch; KC spotlights; a Front Runner roof rack with accessories as well as a Front Runner long-range fuel tank; a National Luna Dual battery system; durable Takla seatcovers; a Garmin GPS and Bridgestone D694 tyres while free insurance for a year from Leisure Sure are also included in the prize.

The Conqueror Supra Off-road trailer has also been kitted-out for the outdoors and is already fitted with an 80L Waeco fridge and the same Bridgestone tyres and rims as those on the bakkie. This trailer is now worth more than R50 000!

There is no time to delay as the selection process will start soon. Enter online at or get an entry form at any of the LA Sport branches and Nissan dealers.


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