a journey through the wilds of africa
The Rhino Charge is a one day off-road event during which a
maximum of 65 competitors are required to visit 13 check points scattered over
approximately 100 square kilometres of rough terrain within a 10 hour period.
Supplied with a 1:50,000 scale map of the venue and the GPS
coordinates of the 13 control points, each competing team decides the route
they want to follow. The winner is the competitor who finishes at the check
point where he started having visited all the other check points in the
shortest distance (GPS measured).
The Charge is a unique and exciting competition that requires
bravery and a high level of skill in off-road driving and navigation. To
prevent adverse environmental impact, entries to the event are limited to 65
vehicles. The popularity of the Charge is such that the organisers have
introduced a preferential entry strategy favouring high value fund raisers
because would be entrants far exceed available places in the event.
Team 30: the baabaas
ready to join the other teams
building the falcon
bolts, nuts, winches and bearings
Preparation for Rhino Charge is tantamount
in completing the race. The team from Car 30 have been running a heavily
modified 1985 3500cc Range Rover Classic since 2006.
Modifications to The Falcon include locking front/rear diffs, 100% strengthened drive train from gearbox through to hubs, extreme rods, and arms, 40" Good Year tyres and full roll-cage protection. The build also includes a 2nd-hand, twin-motor Giggle-pin winch that worked wonders on the front of the car.
“That's the kit but it means little if you don't also work from
nose to tail, tightening each bolt and checking through all electrical wiring.
The pre-charge support team spent 3 full weeks on this maintenance overhaul and
as a result the car was faultless on the day!”
The Rhino Charge is held in a remote part of
Kenya which remains a closely guarded secret until the week of the event. Vague
directions are issued 4 days before and teams descend to camp in the bush, have
the vehicles scrutinised and finalise any last donations before the race.
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Each year, Car 30, dubbed The Falcon, is given a fresh new lease on life with a fresh coat of paint.
After wiring, steering, mechanicals and a fresh coat of paint, it is time to put Car 30 through its paces. Testing the vehicle before raceday is a grueling, yet necessary job.
a slight spanner in the works
After some issues with the altenator that was fixed in a frenzied hurry and some last checks, Car 30 leaves for Rhino Charge 2023!