First Sarawak 4×4 Jamboree 2016
By Danielle Sendou Ringgit
Known for her exceptional driving skill, Malaysian drift queen Leona Chin is leading the Mitsubishi Tritons team in the first Sarawak 4×4 Jamboree from Kuching to Bau.
Organised by 4×4 Travel and Adventure Club (SAKTA), Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) is among the participants of the four day exploration drive from December 1st until 4th.
Having participated in Borneo Safari last month, Leona said she was thrilled to be back in Borneo the second time for Mitsubishi motor activity.
“From what I heard, the journey is going to be quite challenging as the terrain is quite muddy, but I have been through another 4×4 activity last month, so I think this will also be just as challenging and I am expecting the same type situation here” said Leona, looking thrilled and well prepared for the grilling adventurous drive.
Held in collaboration with Pusat Belia Dewan Suarah Negeri Kuching, Sarawak and endorsed by the Ministry of Sports and Solidarity, Sarawak, the 4×4 jamboree was participated by around 100 participants of 50 pick-up drives.
Also present for the flag off at Civic Centre, Kuching on December 1st were Tasik Biru assemblyman Dato Henry Harry Jinep and permanent secretary to Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datu Ik Pahon Joyik.
Noting the programme as beneficial, Henry added that this type of activity can bring socio-economy impact to the local community as it can helps put Bau in the map as a tourist destination for travelers.
“It helps to make sure that people know where Bau is, what do we have to offer and what kind of community we have there and also what type of economic activity we want to enhance in Bau, especially on the tourist product itself,” said Henry adding that the activity was also meant to get the participants in touch with nature.
“So, when people come from abroad, they will know that there is something in Bau for them to see,” he said, hoping that the activity could continue every year.
According to Ik Pahon, aside from promoting Sarawak’s culture, adventure and heritage, the activity also aims in highlighting the state’s nature and biodiversity.
Before the flag off around 9.30 am at Civic Centre, Kuching, the participants held a moment of silence in remembrance of the late Frederick Charles Leong, better known as Fred Leong or ‘Uncle Fred’, who recently passed away on November 29th.
A veteran journalist of New Sabah Times, he was well remembered for his passion of off-roading including participating in several Borneo Safari expeditions.
According to Mitsubishi spokesperson, Uncle Fred was supposed to participate in the Sarawak 4×4 Jamboree.
With a mixture of on-road and off-road terrain, the overall journey covers a total distance of 187 km.
Starting from Civic Center, the participants traveled for 57 km of mix terrains on the first day before calling it a night at their first campsite in Mount Moi.
On the second day, the journey continues through hard core off-road terrain, covering a total distance of 45 km from Mount Moi to Padang Pan.
Then on the following day, the participants made their way from Padang Pan to Serikin, covering a total distance of 29 km.
Finally on the final day, the convoy will travel 56 km from Serikin to Fairy Caves, where participants are given opportunity to explore the caves before ending their drive to Century Hotel in Kuching for the closing diner.
The four-day exploration drive is meant to prove the capabilities of the new Mitsubishi Triton with MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic control system) Turbo Diesel engine.
For the 4×4 jamboree, MMM has provided four Mitsubishi Tritons in which two have MIVEC Turbo Diesel engines.
The newly launched Triton is also the first pick-up truck in its segment to offer an aluminium alloy block diesel engine MIVEC variable valve timing technology. Weighing 30 kg lighter, it is said to improved acceleration and handling.
The previous 2.5 litre cast iron block was previously used for the Borneo Safari expedition last year, but with the development of the new MIVEC engine, it focused on reducing fuel consumption and is said to improve efficiency up to 15 per cent.
Each participating Triton was outfitted with compulsory equipment such as winches, protection bars, recovery points, extreme tires, suspension and snorkel.
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