- Tough route comprising 55 km mountain trail and 10 technical 4×4 obstacles
- New General Grabber MT proves the class of the field
- Exceptional performance in all conditions, ranging from extreme rocky climbs to treacherous sticky mud
The General Grabber MT was officially launched to the public at the 2013 Toyota Rust de Winter 4×4 Jamboree in Limpopo during the past weekend, and certainly proved the class of the field on a very challenging 4×4 mountain trail and technical obstacle course.
The 34th annual Rust de Winter Jamboree took place from 26 to 28 April 2013, and was once again exceptionally well organised and hosted by the 4×4 ATV Club. Continental has been a proud associate sponsor for 16 years, with Toyota remaining the title sponsor for the past 22 years.
It remains one of the most popular events on the 4×4 calendar, and this year was no different with around 135 entries – including everything from heavily modified off-road specials to showroom-spec 4x4s.
“The Toyota Rust de Winter 4×4 Jamboree is the premier event on the off-road calendar, with a proud legacy and great support from the off-road fraternity,” says Gishma Johnson, Corporate Communications Manager for Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA).
“It was therefore the perfect setting to officially launch the new General Grabber MT, which sets new benchmarks for performance and durability in the heavy-duty mud-terrain tyre sector.”
In conjunction with Adventure Junkies Eastern Cape, Continental entered four Grabber MT-equipped vehicles in the competition, comprising two standard Toyota Hiluxes, as well as two modified V8 bakkies. Fitment partner Tiger Wheel & Tyre joined the team with a Fortuner running on the superb General Grabber AT, along with a Mitsubishi Colt using the Velocity Raptor AT that is manufactured for the tyre retailer by CTSA.
Although Rust de Winter traditionally takes place over a long weekend, this year the competition was compressed into a single day. This made it tough going on the crews, as they had to complete an arduous six-hour, 55 km mountain route dominated by treacherous rocky ascents and descents, along with a full complement of tasks in the gymkhana section.
The competitive element on the mountain trail took place at a series of marshal points where competitors had to complete a wide range of ‘Minute To Win It’ tasks, searching for and identifying various objects in the bush and answering Trivial Pursuit questions.
Thereafter, the teams took on the 4×4 Jamboree’s gymkhana, which is located directly across the road from the vast Rust de Winter campsite, and features an astonishing array of points-scoring and very challenging 4×4 tests.
Each competitor had to complete 10 challenges laid out for the competition, which ranged from a rally-style time-trial through the forest to tight and technical driving sections. The main highlights, though, were the mud obstacles, including an impossibly slippery climb out of a mud pit set in a natural amphitheatre.
As always, the final and ever-popular mud time-trial had everyone enthralled, as the navigator is strapped into a sled and dragged behind the vehicle through deep mud while trying to fling bicycle tyres onto cones set around the track.
“Although our sponsored vehicles didn’t compete for points, they certainly grabbed the attention of the enthusiast off-roaders and spectators as the Grabber MTs clawed their way through the trail and the obstacles with ease,” Johnson says.
“We certainly raised a lot of eyebrows when all of the General Tyre vehicles made it out of the mud pit first-time round with a minimum of fuss, where most of the competitors required several attempts at the steep and slippery climb, and some had to be pulled out by tractor.
“It was a very successful event overall, and a superb way of showcasing the remarkable performance of the all-new Grabber MT to the hard-core and enthusiast 4×4 market,” she states.
The prize-giving on Sunday announced the top performers overall and in each of the categories, and featured a dazzling array of category, spot and lucky draw prizes sponsored by Continental.
Ultimately 22-year-old 4×4 ATV Club member Deon Jnr Fourie from Pretoria and his uncle Avon Vosloo from Kempton Park took the overall honours in a Jeep Wrangler.
“It was a fantastic event, and we loved every minute of it,” an enthusiastic Fourie said. “The club put a great route together once again, and the sponsors have to be thanked for their ongoing support, which helps make Rust de Winter such a great success each year.”
Although not among the main winners, Friedrich Hein from Lydenburg also had plenty of reason to celebrate, as he won a set of General Grabber 4×4 tyres valued at over R12 000 from Continental Tyre SA in a lucky draw.
A second draw saw Xtreme Car & Leisure magazine publisher Ewald van Zyl walk away with a set of 16-inch rims valued at over R4 000 from Tiger Wheel & Tyre.
As in previous years, Continental also sponsored the children’s play area, activities and party bags, which was greatly appreciated by the parents as it freed them up to focus on the driving activities.
Final results for the 2013 Toyota Rust de Winter 4×4 Jamboree:
1st Overall: Deon Jnr Fourie and Avon Vosloo
2nd Overall: Rudi and Yolande van der Merwe
3rd Overall: Jaco Pieterse and Zani Terry
Gymkhana: Rudi and Yolande van der Merwe
Main route: Deon Jnr Fourie and Avon Vosloo
Mud pit: Mervin Lesley
Under 26 competitor: Deon Jnr Fourie
Best female competitor: Cindy van der Westhuizen
Best 4×4 ATV Club member: Deon Jnr Fourie