Yank offroad tyres do well in Madagascar
THE Voetspore team came back from Madagascar full of praise for the American offroad tyre brand Mickey Thompson.
The crew of the popular motoring and travel show hosted on SABC2 used the ATZp3 on their recently- completed 9 000 km odyssey around Madagascar — their 10th trip, and threw everything the island has at the Yank brand.
From tropical rain forests to desert- like dunes, the Mickey Thompson rubber fitted to a trio of Toyota Land Cruiser bakkies took everything in their stride. Frontman of the series Johan Badenhorst said while the island could not give in distance it made up for in variety. “We were a little worried beforehand as we thought it might become a bit monotonous, but Madagascar never ceased to amaze us.
“The tyres really had to cope with anything and everything, including driving from Pretoria to Durban and then back to Pretoria three months apart and tackling mud, rocks, sand, pot- holes, river crossings and narrow ‘ Zebu- cart’ cattle tracks in between,” Badenhorst explained.
Despite each vehicle having an all- in weight approaching four tons, the adventurers confidently deflated the tyres down to 1,5 Bar, and ran at that setting for the duration of their stay on the planet’s fourth- largest island.
At the end of it all the sole “issue” was one slow puncture — the result of large cacti encountered in the southern- most reaches of the island.
“We probably did about 1 000 km in low- range so the conditions were truly hardcore, and proper 4x4ing skills and equipment were required.
“I can’t fault the tyres on any score and when we got back on tar — even wet tar — the grip was excellent and the noise levels low. And judging by the minimal wear, it looks like these will be good for our next expedition too,” said Badenhorst.
The Voetspore team add new meaning to Land Cruising in Madagscar.