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Summer Trial 2019

06 October 2019 - Pieter Greyling
The Sunday morning greeted us with blue skies and the promise of a great day out. The trial was set to be challenging, tight and technical to get the most out of the days driving experience while ensuring no vehicles would get damaged.

The days’ event was kicked off with an embarrassment moment on my part, with members arriving to see my Landy well and truly stuck on the course as I was attempting to test the trial, a mistake made more embarrassing when no one else managed to get stuck on this part of the trial throughout the day.

he trial venue, Kungwini 4x4 was used early In the year with great success and with good feedback. With this in mind, we thought it a good idea to update the obstacles and give members more of what they want. Alas, the turnout of a mere three participating vehicles was disappointing to say the least. This was not enough to deter all who attended from enjoying the trial at their leisure as there was no reason to rush things. It also gave some opportunity to try different lines and get to grips with a few off-roading techniques that had become rusty without frequent use.

As with most Landy events, there was to be some unexpected excitement when a 110 Defender tilted dangerously close to its tipping point. A great lesson in how the wrong line can make a seemingly easy obstacle turn into a tricky situation. After the vehicle was manoeuvred into a safer position it promptly got stuck which brought us to our next challenge.

The stricken Defender did not have a rear recovery point and some improvisation was needed to safely attach a recovery strap. All in all, it was a good day out with some points to ponder and important lessons learnt. Always ensure each obstacle is approached with the diligence it deserves and it pays to have the right equipment for when things don’t go as planned.

A special thanks to the members that did attend as the day would not have been possible without you.

- Pieter Greyling

 

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