Mid­lands scribes win two Hilux bakkies

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

TWO men in Mid­lands re­cently won Hilux bakkies af­ter en­ter­ing es­say com­pe­ti­tions in travel mag­a­zines.

The most re­cent win­ner was Jeremy Far­quhar­son, who re­ceived a Hilux Leg­end 45 from Toy­ota af­ter writ­ing 300 “es­o­teric” words on a fam­ily road trip to ex­plore most of Namibia south of Wind­hoek.

He said he had en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion, hosted by Leisure Wheels, Get­away and Popular Me­chan­ics, so long ago that he had al­most forgotten about it. But on on Jan­uary 16 he got the news me­dia fundi Chris Mo­erdyk had judged his en­try the best from 1 685 in to­tal.

Far­quhar­son said his fam­ily had toured Namibia in 2010 in a 4x2 Mazda bakkie and that spa­cious desert coun­try was “a game changer” for his en­tire fam­ily.

One of the changes he made on their re­turn was to con­vert his 4x2 into a 4x4 and join the very ac­tive Mid­lands 4x4 Club. The club’s mem­bers were on hand when Toy­ota South Africa handed the keys to the new Hilux to Far­quhar­son in KZN’s cap­i­tal on Tues­day night.

Deon Olivier, new ve­hi­cle sales manager at Toy­ota in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, said the daily plea­sure of sell­ing SA’s most popular bakkie be­came that much more en­joy­able with the bakkie as a prize.

Af­ter the cer­e­monies, Far­guhar­son told Wheels the Mid­lands adventure scribes were do­ing well, as his neigh­bour had also re­cently won a Hilux in a writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion for an Afrikaans travel mag­a­zine. “But mine is so much nicer,” he said, adding he had been smil­ing so broadly and so of­ten ever since he got the news of his big win, it felt as if the top of his head would come off.

His first long road trip in the new Hilux will be back to Namibia. — WR.

PHOTO: AL­WYN VILJOEN

Hilux win­ner Jeremy Far­quhar­son (left) re­ceives the key to a Leg­end 45 model from Leon Naicker, Busi­ness and Sales manager at Toy­ota SA Mo­tors.

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