Ready? Steady? GAS!

Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - ADVENTURE DRIVE -

It’s called the Great Ad­ven­ture Se­ries, or GAS. A fam­ily ad­ven­ture pre­sented in con­junc­tion with Isuzu Mo­tors South Africa. The first event kicks off in Oc­to­ber, and the en­tries are streaming in fast. Keen to get a piece of the ac­tion? This is how you and your fam­ily can get into the game.

Danc­ing up a storm, she was. Young Kirsty Del­port was hav­ing a good go at the Zulu dance, do­ing her im­pres­sion of a young maiden hav­ing a right royal time.

It’s all part of Leisure Wheels and Isuzu South Africa’s Great Ad­ven­ture Se­ries. Or GAS, as we re­fer to it.

Lesedi Cul­tural Vil­lage is where it kicks off on a Satur­day morn­ing, you see. Eight fam­i­lies per event will con­gre­gate here and de­part to con­quer sev­eral chal­lenges in the area. All the teams re­turn to Lesedi late in the af­ter­noon for the prize giv­ing.

Chal­lenges range from nav­i­gat­ing be­tween the dif­fer­ent venues to com­plet­ing the set tasks and an­swer­ing a bunch of gen­eral knowl­edge ques­tions.

Top­ics will cover cars, mu­sic, art, sport and fauna and flora – and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. And don’t think you’ll be able to pull out that smart­phone and Google the an­swers ei­ther.

That would be too easy. No sir­ree, while one mem­ber of the four-per­son fam­ily must try and com­plete a chal­lenge in an al­lo­cated time, or in a sat­is­fac­tory man­ner (ac­cord­ing to ex­pert judges), the rest of the team must re­port to a mar­shal who will pose the ques­tions and wait for the an­swers to be de­liv­ered.

This is the GAS chal­lenge: de­signed for bucket loads of fam­ily fun, ad­ven­ture and a bit of a chal­lenge, too. The em­pha­sis is on fun, though.

It was in­ter­est­ing to note what the Del­ports, the fam­ily we used for the photographs in this fea­ture, had to say about the day.

“Over week­ends, we’re al­ways busy with our dif­fer­ent things. But this was so much fun: spend­ing time with the fam­ily, laugh­ing and en­joy­ing a bit of an ad­ven­ture. We en­joyed the Isuzu MU-X, too. It doesn’t seem to ride but rather float. Can we take it home with us?” joked mom Linda.

The event will be based in the Lanse­ria and Ma­galies­burg

area, and will in­clude some nav­i­ga­tional, er... ex­er­cises. How­ever, this is not a race against time and other teams like that fa­mous tele­vised race on tele­vi­sion. In­stead, it comes down to those 10 min­utes at each chal­lenge, and if you and your team can de­liver the goods or not.

What chal­lenges can you ex­pect? Well, we’re keep­ing a few tricks up our sleeve for now but you can ex­pect a driv­ing test, an art chal­lenge, an of­froad kart driv­ing chal­lenge and a shoot­ing one, to name a few.

As men­tioned, the GAS chal­lenge is aimed at fam­i­lies of four. There will be a test for mom and dad, and for young Johnny and Jenny, too. And you know how clued up the young­sters are th­ese days about mat­ters of great so­cial im­por­tance? Well, they can an­swer the vi­tal gen­eral knowl­edge ques­tions.

Each team will be driv­ing an Isuzu MU-X 4×4, fit­ted with a satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem. Don’t ex­pect the nav­i­ga­tion to be quite as straight­for­ward as press­ing a but­ton on the GPS screen, though. Again, that would

be a bit too much of a dod­dle.

Lunch will be served at the Melon Rouge venue on the Seekoei­hoek Road, dur­ing a short break in the ac­tiv­i­ties.

Con­tem­plat­ing in­vest­ing in that rub­ber face mask of an un­pop­u­lar Amer­i­can pres­i­dent and bor­row­ing a sawn-off shot­gun to go do, some, er... fund repa­tri­a­tion at your lo­cal bank?

Well, there’s no need for the mask and the shot­gun... GAS is for free. Pasella, gratis.

All you need to do is get your­self and your fam­ily to the start­ing venue. For now, the GAS qual­i­fy­ing rounds will take place only in Gaut­eng. How­ever, the long-term plan is to ex­pand the se­ries to other re­gions in South Africa in 2019.

That doesn’t mean teams from other re­gions are not wel­come. As long as you are will­ing to get your­self to the event, you are in with a shot.

Right, some num­bers: we have space for 48 fam­i­lies over six events (see tim­ings else­where in this ar­ti­cle). Head to our web­site (leisurewheels.co.za) to log your en­try, and an­swer a few per­ti­nent ques­tions. We’ll then use a ran­dom se­lec­tor to pick the 48 teams that will join us for the fun and games.

There’s more. The three teams with the high­est scores (out of 100) will be in­vited to join us for a week­end-long fi­nal in the East­ern Free State, with prizes of up to R50 000 up for grabs. All ex­penses paid, of course.

If you are up for this chal­lenge, head over to leisurewheels.co.za to log your en­try.

Be­low left: Linda Del­port tries her hand at recre­at­ing a mas­ter­piece at Melon Rouge. Be­low right: Ran­leigh Del­port proved to be fairly adept at mak­ing a fire with noth­ing but a flint, some cot­ton and some dried grass. Op­po­site page, top: Kirsty Del­port mim­ick­ing a tra­di­tional Zulu dance, taught to her by one of the ex­pert dancers at the Lesedi Cul­tural Vil­lage. Op­po­site page, bot­tom: The Great Ad­ven­ture Se­ries also in­cludes a stint of off-road kart rac­ing. Here young Keeran gives it GAS.

Be­low: The ad­ven­ture in­cludes some gravel travel, but don’t worry too much. The MU-X makes light work of rough sur­faces. Far right: A lux­u­ri­ous in­te­rior, equipped with satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion. It should help you find your way, but it won’t be as easy as sim­ply en­ter­ing a des­ti­na­tion…

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