How much do you enjoy your vehicle – and how far would you drive to a gathering of owners with the same vehicle as you?
The Atlantis dunes outside Cape Town have recently been the destination for a gathering of a Guinness world record number of Toyota Hilux 4x4s gathered in one place.
Wheels24 reports that close to 500 Toyota Hilux 4x4s congregated in an exercise between Toyota South Africa, the 4 Wheel Drive Club of the Western Cape and Hilux 4×4 owners. The record was set on the eve of the club’s annual 4×4 fun day when 495 Hiluxes of all ages came from across South Africa to join in the proceedings.
Amongst the participants were a few notable Hilux bakkies, including first generation Hilux 4x4s, the Hilux in which Toyota set the first and fastest 72 hour endurance record and several versions of the proudly South African-built 44” and 38” Arctic Truck Hilux bakkies that will soon start their tour of duty on Antarctica.
“We were heartened by the number of participants that joined us on the day,” says Len von Graevenitz, vice president of sales and dealer network at Toyota South Africa.
“The response to our call to action is clear evidence of the special bond between the Hilux and its owners. We will continue to nurture this bond.”
The fun day was supported by several 4×4 legends, including Gerhard Groenewald of the Klipbokkop 4×4 Academy, Johan Badenhorst of the well- known Voetspore expeditions, André de Villiers of Safari Centre and the Safari 4×4 Roetes TV programme and Andrew St. Pierre-White, television producer and presenter and African adventurer.
[The Hilux record attempt was monitored and approved by a representative of the Guinness Book of World Records]