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TJAM 4x4 Club heads east

Friday, May 24, 2019

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Toyota Jamaica 4x4 Club (TJAM 4x4) heads to Chepstowe in Portland on Sunday for its first excursion of 2019.

“We haven't visited Portland too much, so I wanted to go to Portland and I think I found a really nice location,” Howard Foster, sales and marketing manager — Toyota Jamaica, told Jamaica Observer's weekly Auto magazine.

The event, as always, is free and only open to Toyota four-wheel drive vehicles, based on the terrain. The meeting point for members participating will be Buff Bay Plaza, just outside of Port Antonio, Portland at 9:30 am.

From there, the convoy will make its way to the final destination.

“It's a lovely river, so we expect a great day,” Foster said.

Foster expects the typical high numbers from the uptick in participation from 2018.

“Somewhere around 30 to 40 vehicles are what I'm expecting and about 100 persons, but who knows, when we get to Portland we might meet up on a few more,” he said.

Started in 2007 to allow Toyota Jamaica's customers and Toyota 4x4 owners to experience their vehicles in a controlled environment, last year saw one of its best including the club's first overnight events. Usually hosting four events for the year, one each quarter, activity has been at an all-time high, with plenty of constant inquiries on each staging.

“Customers call all the time asking when the next one or what's happening with the club. The good thing too is that they've been calling to give me places to go,” he said.

That level of club interaction led to several of the venues for 2018.

“2018 was a good year for the club, and we saw some growth in it. And we went to three different places last year, different settings, mountains, one was by a river and so on. We had our first overnight camping trip which was very well received. Persons have already been asking for the next one.” said Foster.

Last year, things started earlier in February as the club visited the Holly Mount Great House in St Ann. The second event was again in St Ann, this time at Thatch Hill River Park. To close off 2018 the club held a night of camping at Paradise Park, St Elizabeth.

“Last year was a good year, and I'm looking forward to building on it,” Foster said.

— Rory Daley


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