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Toyota hosts successful outing

BY RORY DALEY
Observer writer

Friday, July 07, 2017

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Toyota Jamaica 4x4 Club's (TJam4x4Club) first off-roading outing for 2017 was a successful one. The recent event saw 22 vehicles showing up for the trek from their Old Hope Road showroom to Mount Charles in the hills of St Andrew.

“Everything went very good. A lot of persons loved the location, enjoying the rivers and the space,” Howard Foster, sales and marketing manager at Toyota Jamaica, told Jamaica Observer's Auto magazine.

About 75 people made the trip. While not as taxing on the 4x4s as previous efforts, this was more about the destination than the journey, as the riverside spot proved a hit with participants. First-timer Trevor McKenzie, who drove his 2011 Toyota Hilux for the event, was one of those who sung its praises.

“It was fun. Normally for most off-road events I take part in, you drive and drive, but this was short and a properly organised trek to a wonderful location. Without a doubt I'll be at the next one,” he said.

Once at the destination, many of the participants took the opportunity to cool off in the river and cook up a storm. The laid-back attitude changed in the afternoon when a scavenger hunt was announced. Guests had the opportunity to drive their own vehicles or one of the several of the four Toyota off-road models available, such as the FJ Cruiser, Hilux, Fortuner and Prado. With clues for prizes hidden in the surrounding trails, it was competitive close to the day as crews spent hours driving the challenging trails.

“The treasure hunt was a big part of the excitement for the day,” Foster said.

He indicated that there are already inquiries about the next TJam4x4 event.

“We're planning for the next one in three to four months, as we have to scout locations to make sure they're able to support what we want to do,” he explained.

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