After a bit of convoy driving and a few gates, we reached the first mountain. All the vehicles made it through the obstacles without a problem. After a few more gates and a clearing, Mike (ATV club facilitator) suddenly called for the Beast to take the lead position. The word that immediately came to mind was ominous. “Leon and the beast will take the lead, I will direct the drivers, and the rest of you, your job is to concentrate,” said Mike. What could go wrong?
A short 100m further at the first rock crawl, with an off-camber left turn, navigating a cross-axle, incline and two trees growing at the apex of this left turn, Leon’s Beast of a vehicle, lifted its left front high into the air… the traction control kicked in, pushing the vehicle forward and with precise navigation, they were through the obstacle. Wow!
Then reality kicked in, in our convoy there were 4 x Disco II’s and 2 x Puma Defenders with traction control, the rest… open diff vehicles. With the first two vehicles through the obstacle - with a steep incline section, and no parking – Beast had pushed forward and was now just out of sight on the other side of the hill, being worked hard. I went to have a look and immediately wished I hadn’t. 20m up, this beast of a vehicle was now clawing its way up a 30° side angle with a tight right turn into a 30m climb over ragged loose rocks with various cross-axle obstacles waiting for an unsuspecting driver.
It seemed crazy that suddenly, within a distance of 100m, we had three difficult obstacles that needed severe concentration and skill to be negotiated. Worshond was the last to be taken through, we reckoned the length of the 130 would make it easily… but, we would find exactly the opposite. For close to 45 minutes Worshond was stuck with wheels dangling and occupants suspended while we tried recovering the vehicle. After 2 1/2 hours, we managed to get all vehicles through the mammoth conglomeration of obstacles and we moved off.
After finding an open area, we let the kids loose and drivers got a little time to rid themselves of excess adrenaline while enjoying a bite to eat. On arrival safely back at base, it was declared a successful day of driving. The kids reported capturing a colourful worm, enjoyed spending time with Dad and everyone truly experienced just what their 4x4’s are truly capable of. There is absolutely no doubt that quite a few memories were made.
They say that birds of a feather flock together, that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush and that the early bird catches the worm. There just isn’t another birding proverb which could express the joy I now feel that we didn’t cancel the birding weekend ahead of the national lockdown to prevent the spread of …
They say that birds of a feather flock together, that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush and that the early …Read More
The LROC hosted its first New Members Braai for 2020 on Sunday 08 March. For some, the Night trial from the evening before was the start of the festivities. There were a good number of participants and spectators who decided to spend the night enjoying the company of fellow club members, regaling stories around a campfire. The lateness of the …
The LROC hosted its first New Members Braai for 2020 on Sunday 08 March. For some, the Night trial from the evening before was the …Read More
The 2020 trials calendar has officially kicked off and we are excited about what will be on offer this year under the new Leadership of Frik Cilliers. Frik has had extensive experience with off-roading events and is sure to have a few surprises up his sleeve.
The 2020 trials calendar has officially kicked off and we are excited about what will be on offer this year under the new Leadership of …Read More