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2013-04-10 08:34

UP AND OVER: A competitor at the 2012 Rust de Winter jamboree takes his 4x4 over one of the tough obstacles.


Hundreds of 4x4 enthusiasts descended on Limpopo’s Rust de Winter resort on the banks of the Elands River for a long weekend of family fun at the 33rd annual 4x4 Jamboree hosted by the ATV Club of Pretoria. Click here to read the story.

Dozens of recreational 4x4 enthusiasts and their families will make the annual pilgrimage to the picturesque Rust de Winter campsite and picnic plek on the Elands River in Limpopo over April 26/28 to celebrate the 22nd jamboree under the Toyota banner.

It will be the 34th edition of the gathering and off-road competition that has almost cult status at the historic campsite that's home to the organising 4x4 ATV Club of Pretoria beneath century-old apiesdoring (monkey thorn) trees in an area renowned for its bird life.

Each year the organisers announce record entries and this year is expected to be no different, with its accent on family involvement and fun 4x4 obstacle driving. Unlike previous years, the competition will not take place over a long holiday weekend but instead combine the traditional two-day Mountain Route and Gymkhana on a single day, Saturday, April 27.


Competitors will now only need to arrive on Friday afternoon (April 26) for documentation and vehicle scrutiny. The prize-giving will be on the Sunday.

The Toyota Rust de Winter 4x4 Jamboree is meant to promote family enjoyment while enabling owners to enjoy the capabilities of their off-road vehicles in a competitive environment.

Chief organiser Peter Claasen said: “Ideally all vehicles entered in the event should be family orientated with an adult male and female occupant. We classify children as anybody under the age of 18 and teams that are made up of all men, all women or all adults are points-penalised.

“The jamboree is the ideal opportunity to spend quality outdoor time with the family, one of the factors that makes Rust de Winter so popular."

Only roadworthy 4x4 vehicles with low-range capability will be permitted to enter the competition and stringent safety checks are carried out before the event. All vehicles must carry specified safety equipment, a first-aid kit and water supplies and experienced 4x4 marshals will be on hand throughout the weekend.


The event is not about speed. The gymkhana is made up of obstacles designed to test drivers' skill and vehicle handling while including fun elements for the whole family.

The 55km mountain route is varied and testing and should take around six hours. It allows competitors to hone their skill on terrain ranging from steep climbs to river crossings, descents, loose gravel and mud.

For more information and to enter this family event please call Peter Claasen on 012 379-1715 or 082 558-6184 or e-mail admin@4x4atv.org or visit the website.
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