Weekend Courier - - Driveway - Iain Curry

ROLLING along a sparkling white sand track, crys­tal clear lakes and rain­for­est trees fring­ing my path, I won­der why all off-road­ers aren’t do­ing this.

Other driv­ers are quick to crit­i­cise SUV and 4WD ute own­ers for clog­ging ur­ban roads but such rugged, ad­vanced and highly ca­pa­ble off-road­ers shine in an environment like Fraser Is­land.

Ac­cord­ing to Isuzu Ute, the ma­jor­ity of its Aus­tralian cus­tomers don’t take their ve­hi­cles off the black­top, so the brand’s MU-X seven-seat SUV and DMax ute get few chances to dis­play their off-road tal­ents.

Isuzu aims to change that with its I-Ven­ture Club pro­gram, in­tro­duced in 2015 to help own­ers use their Isuzus in a safe, struc­tured environment un­der ex­pert in­struc­tion.

The 70 events held so far have tal­lied more than 1000 par­tic­i­pants. Most are one-day­ers to the likes of River Is­land in NSW, More­ton Is­land in, Queens­land or the Mel­bourne 4WD train­ing ground. I was on a big one: four days on Fraser Is­land with ferry cross­ings, ac­com­mo­da­tion, three meals a day, park passes, guides and tu­ition in­cluded for $2000.

Given Aus­tralians’ abid­ing ob­ses­sion with SUVs and 4WDs, Isuzu is giv­ing more of them the means to muddy those tyres safely and re­spon­si­bly. See www.iven­ture­club.com.au.

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