Last week I got to hang out with some of my favourite people, in one of my favourite provinces in SA, and all to mark the new car launch of one of favourite motoring companies around, Ford. The Ford South Africa team have officially launched the new Ranger, and I was one of the lucky few who got to test drive these new beauts from Cape Town International, all the way through to the Aquila Game Reserve in Cederberg. A little bit of road driving, coupled with some intense 4×4 driving was done, and man oh man if my love affair with the new Ford Ranger even bigger now. Check out some of my pics below:
You may recall I went to Namibia earlier this year for the Ford Ranger Odyssey, in which I got to drive the Ranger around the Namib Desert and surrounds for some eight days. I’m not a motoring journalist, or an expert in that department by any means, but I do know this car is incredible. It handles the open road beautifully, but off-road is where it really excels. It’s smooth, can handle almost any terrain thrown at it. It’s easy to drive and just a very comfortable vehicle.
I drive a VW currently, and while I love it, it is time to upgrade. Ford’s Ranger is high up on my list and I’ve already started investigating. The reason? I lead a very active lifestyle now, participating in a lot of on road and mountain bike races. That requires transporting my bike to and from training and racing venues. I also love to travel, especially into the bush and I think a car like this is economical when it comes to fuel consumption, it’s great for game drives. It doesn’t hurt that the car is a nice looking one too, so it ticks all the boxes for me 😉
Are you a fan of the Ranger? Do you drive one already? Holler at me if you have some tips, tricks and recommendations.
On a random Tuesday evening last year, I saw an advert on TV that caught my attention. It was for a competition called Ranger Odyssey. The advert was looking for those in search of an adventure of a lifetime and for those who was bogged down by a pretty dull and boring routine. It kinda lit a fire under my ass, but as fate would have it, I missed entering because of this routin and stalling. I kicked myself when I realised I missed it, but that’s just the way the cookie crumbles really. It wasn’t meant to be… Or so I thought. Fast track to May, a new job and a new adventure ahead. Luck was on my side and it looked like I would be involved in the Ford Ranger Odyssey, but just from a different angle.
After some initial preliminary judging, I thought that was it, but then I was asked to head to the Karoo to be part of the Bootcamp experience. That I did happily, obviously. It was there that I got a crash course in 4×4’ing and I got a little taster on what the would-be contestants would be doing in Namibia. I spent four days there and helped choose what I thought was a very strong group of twenty contestants from South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Nigeria and Ivory Coast. I really thought that was that. To my sheer delight, I was asked to attend the actual Odyssey… for eight days… What? Really? From being a hopeful contestant to actually driving the route and being part of this experience was pretty damn cool to say the least.
My long weekend in the African bush was replaced by eight days in the Namib desert; in tents, a Ford Ranger and an awesome group of people. Sounds awful right? 😉 I am often reminded how lucky I am to do what I do – and this experience was just another one of those reminders. I set off for Windhoek in the wee hours of Monday morning. A quick two hour flight and we landed in the Namibian capital. Customs officials were on as usual on ‘fine form’ making us feel uneasy and somewhat unwelcome, but whatever. We made it through. The nine of us then headed north-west to the camping spot of Purros in a very small and dinky plane. Not my favorite pastime, but the two-hour trip allowed me to catch up on some sleep, which was very necessary.
The experience itself was incredible -exactly what I imagined it would be. The scenery, the various locations we found ourselves in, the food, the content we produced, the people… This really was a career highlight. I think I’ll stop rambling now because I want you to see what I saw.
The winner of this year’s Ford Ranger Odyssey will be announced tomorrow evening. Can’t wait to see who takes top honours.