2,000km of challenges for 30 adventurers in Dunlop Drivers Cup


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 15 Mar 2003

BY PAUL SI

KUALA LUMPUR: The Dunlop Drivers Cup – 2,000km of motoring challenges in 4 X 4 trucks, on four-wheeler all-terrain vehicles or “quads,” on enduro motorcycles and in high-performance cars – is coming to Malaysia this month. 

The event started off in 1999 as the Dunlop Iron Drivers Cup in Patagonia, South America. 

It has been held every year since, taking the adventurers, mostly from Europe, to varied locales such as Utah in the United States, South Africa, the Australian outback last year and now, Malaysia. 

Travelling from Penang to the Cameron Highlands and through Taman Negara to Kuantan, before heading down to Pasir Gudang in Johor and back to Sepang, 30 adventurers will pit themselves against each other and the elements in their quest for the coveted cup. 

It has not been easy for these intrepid thrill seekers to get this far, having had to endure gruelling selection trials that whittled down 14,000 aspiring candidates to just 15 two-member teams. 

This year’s successful finalists comprise mostly Germans, along with several Dutch nationals, a couple of Hungarians and a Swiss.  

By the end of the journey, the participants will have been tested on their skill in handling six types of vehicles – the 4 X 4 Ford Ranger, BMW saloons, TVR and Proton Satria GTI sports vehicles, Suzuki ATVs and MZ enduro motorcycles.  

The participants will be flagged-off from Gurney Drive, Penang, on March 19. 

In the grand finale, the vehicles will move in a convoy to the Petronas Twin Towers on March 27. 

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