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