Epic Battle of the Brands for Cancer

04 November 2019 | Motors

Some great off-road action took place at the Tony Rust Race Track outside Windhoek recently, where the Battle of the Brands for Cancer burst out of its seams with no less than 58 entries!
Hosted by the Land Rover Owners of Namibia (LRON), sponsors dug deep into their pockets to support the event and also donated a huge sum of money. While the total has not been calculated yet, it will exceed previous year’s donations by at least double, with donations also being received from South Africa.
The event kicked off in the early morning at Land Rover Windhoek after all participants were treated to coffee and brötchens, sponsored by Land Rover Windhoek. Four different treasure hunt routes were handed to competitors taking them via sponsors’ premises. Here, clues had to be followed up and photos had to be taken of the sponsor logo and sent in to a central processing centre by WhatsApp. All treasure hunt material had to be handed in at Tony Rust Race Track before 10:00 after which the fun and games began on the X-cross 4X4 track where competitors would start together and run a route crossing at a certain point and ending at the starting point – similar to the super special stage held at Rallies.
Thereafter two 4x4 routes had to be completed sequentially. Finally, there was a games track where competitors had to transfer bottles that were put over droppers from one side of the route to the other and vice versa. This was designed to test the accuracy of the driver and the communication between driver and co-driver.
After lunch, an uphill off road drag race was held where two vehicles competed against each other. All sections were timed and this made for a lot of fun.
Children were entertained with a jumping castle and water slide while their parents were testing their off-road driving skills.
At 18:00 all competitors converged at the Tony Rust Race Track Hall to attend the prize giving before lamb on the spit was served.
Prizes were won in all the various event categories of the day. The overall brand winner was Land Rover (naturally!) ahead of Jeep and Suzuki in 3rd place.
A minute of silence was observed in respect of Anja Lingner, wife of well-known motor sport personality Harald Lingner, who lost the fight against cancer recently, as well as teenager Candice Visser, who passed recently as a result of cancer. Her father and mother took part in the event in remembrance of her.
Doctors that are members of Land Rover Owners Namibia and the LRON Council are in contact with the Oncology Centre and the needs of patients who have a good chance of recovery will be supported with the funds collected.

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