Yank of­froad tyres do well in Mada­gas­car

The Witness - Wheels - - OFFROAD - — Sup­plied.

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.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

The Voet­spore team add new mean­ing to Land Cruis­ing in Madagscar.

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