Down and dirty – 2013 Defender Tro­phy

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In what is ar­guably the most re­spected 4x4 com­pe­ti­tion in South Africa, yet again, the 2013 Defender Tro­phy was a gru­elling and chal­leng­ing test of en­durance and team­work. Com­peti­tors pushed them­selves and their Land Rovers to the limit for top hon­ours, with some sneaky (and re­ward­ing) sur­prises along the way.

The 2013 Land Rover Cen­tu­rion Defender tro­phy was par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing for par­tic­i­pants. Held over the week of the 12 – 17 March in the treach­er­ous ter­rain of Prynns­berg Es­tate in the Free State, the event held some sur­prises for the com­peti­tors, who had to dig deep in or­der to over­come the rough and tough chal­lenges. The com­pe­ti­tion’s decade an­niver­sary fol­lows a long legacy of Land Rover of­froad com­pe­ti­tions that have in­cluded such iconic events as the Camel Tro­phy and the Land Rover G4 Chal­lenge. This ex­cit­ing 10th an­niver­sary chal­lenge was a fit­ting cel­e­bra­tion of the iconic Defender’s prow­ess and one of the most chal­leng­ing for the hard­ened com­peti­tors. It was the team of War­ren Vos and Peter Healey (Team Bairy Hol­locks) that even­tu­ally took the Land Rover Cen­tu­rion Defender Tro­phy hon­ours. They landed them­selves the ul­ti­mate first prize of a Defender 90. Clearly, the prize was enough mo­ti­va­tion for Vos and Healy who dis­played a mas­ter­ful ap­proach, and their ex­pe­ri­ence and team­work ul­ti­mately gave them the edge over their com­peti­tors. Team Bairy Hol­locks showed whole­hearted de­ter­mi­na­tion and con­sis­tently dis­played all­round Defender skills to snatch the 10th ti­tle from the broth­ers Rob and Mike Erik­sen-Miller (Two Broth­ers and a Landy) and Trevor Stiebel and James van Onselen (Team Oupoot), who came in sec­ond and third re­spec­tively. The his­tor­i­cal Prynns­berg Es­tate, owned by Rick Melvill of Melvill and Moon fame, is sit­u­ated just a cou­ple of kilo­me­tres from the town of Clo­colan. The lo­ca­tion pro­vided a cen­tral point for the five-day event and some of the most gru­elling driv­ing con­di­tions ever seen. The con­stant rain cre­ated a fur­ther twist, test­ing driv­ers in the mud. Teams pit­ted their skills not only against the Free State coun­try­side, but against each other. The stakes were the high­est they have ever been. The com­pe­ti­tion at­tracted some of the best off-road driv­ers in the coun­try and hav­ing a Land Rover Defender 90 (from Land Rover Cen­tu­rion) as the prize def­i­nitely upped the ante. The Hella Night Chal­lenge was per­haps the most tax­ing stage, test­ing the team’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, night vi­sion abil­ity and tech­ni­cal driv­ing skills while travers­ing rocky and ar­du­ous ter­rain. The team­work ac­tiv­i­ties ex­tended to float­ing a replica Land Rover Defender across a dam, cross­ing a mud gully and nav­i­gat­ing through an­other gully. The driv­ing chal­lenges within time tri­als in­cluded winch­ing, gen­eral ex­treme off-road driv­ing, raft build­ing, puz­zle-solv­ing, and re­mov­ing and re­fit­ting a side shaft on a Land Rover. It all came down to those dis­play­ing the great­est skills within the best team dy­nam­ics. End­ing off the spe­cial event was a sur­prise ap­pear­ance at the prize-giv­ing by in­trepid ex­plorer and avid Land Rover ambassador, Kings­ley Hol­gate. He en­thralled com­peti­tors with tales of der­ring-do and hu­man­i­tar­ian work through­out Africa. The Defender Tro­phy is not all about blood, sweat and tears. In true Land Rover style, re­spon­si­bil­ity to­wards the en­vi­ron­ment re­mains a high pri­or­ity, as does giv­ing back to the lo­cal com­mu­nity. The spon­sors handed over R20 000 in fi­nan­cial sup­port of the Klok-In Old Age Home based in Clo­colan.

The win­ning duo, War­ren Vos and Peter Healey (team Bairy Hol­locks) showed that they had the balls to win the Defender Tro­phy.

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