Ready? Steady? GAS!
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…