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Off-road enthusiast Fraser Mackintosh came up with the idea of a Mystery Rally for fellow 4×4 owners looking for adventure. Participants were tasked with figuring out tricky clues and following coordinates that would lead to famous landmarks, each with a unique challenge that would not only test their driving skills, but also competitor’s nous. Armed with a GPS and a set of clues, Team Land Rover AFRICA Magazine set off into the unknown…

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After completing the entry form and paying the very affordable entry fee, the only thing that the entrants of the Mystery 4×4 Rally knew for certain was that the start location would be within 30km of the Cape Town CBD and that a distance of 500km will be completed over the weekend.

The questions were: Where were we going and what was planned for us? A sense of excitement for the unknown was visible on the faces of technical editor and driver, Ian Theron and his long-time friend and co-driver/navigator, Schalk Verwey. Being off-road enthusiasts with a nose for adventure, they relish these kinds of situations.

On a Friday afternoon, the GPS coordinates of the start location were sent to the entrants. Ian and Schalk, including myself as photographer/reporter, settled into Ian’s Defender 110 Tdi and headed out to the Beau Joubert Vineyards & Winery in Stellenbosch.

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On top of a hill on the Beau Joubert wine farm, the rest of the entrants gathered where the official registration and briefing took place. A myriad of 4×4 represented the field, including Land Rover Defenders, Land Cruisers, Ford Rangers, Toyota Hilux, Toyota Fortuner, Jeep Wranglers and many others. A total of 30 cars took part in the challenge.

Read the full report in Issue#18 of Land Rover AFRICA Magazine

CLICK HERE to watch our video of the Mystery Rally 4×4.