Ten vehicle took part in the 2015 UK Rhino Charge this weekend, which takes place at the Slindon Safari 4x4 Centre in West Sussex. The ‘Victor Ludorum’ award is given to the team that achieves the highest combination of charity sponsorship money raised, combined with points awarded in the off-road challenge. The recipient earns a place at the following year’s Kenyan Rhino Charge – a tougher challenge across the African savannah.
Team Crawler took the 2016 award, driving their bobtailed Range Rover pick-up, powered by a tuned 4.0-litre V8, to second place overall (just behind a modified Toyota Land Cruiser). ‘We have always enjoyed the UK Rhino Charge due to the special atmosphere is creates, and most importantly the cause it's there for – a cause that has always been very close to my heart.’
In Kenya next year they will be competing as Team 55 in another Range Rover that is already there waiting for them. Another modified Range Rover Classic also secured the trophy at the Kenyan Rhino Charge earlier this year.
All in a Good Cause
Each year the event raises funds for its namesake, the Kenyan wildlife conservation charity Rhino Ark. This year’s UK Rhino Charge raised a total of £3,325. The charity has successfully completed building an electronic fence around the Aberdares in Kenya. Its latest project is to construct fences around Mount Kenya and Mau Eburu. Thirty-five miles of Mount Kenya and twenty-one miles of Mau Eburu have now been completed.
John Bowden of Gumtree 4x4 and Rhino Charge UK’s coordinator, speaking at the event, said: “There was a great effort from all the teams who joined us at Slindon Safari 4x4 and we raised some much needed funds for Rhino Ark.
‘A fence can seem like a simple response to the hugely important role of conserving one of East Africa’s most famous rhino sanctuaries but it simply works and has done for many years now. These 4x4s tearing around a small part of West Sussex have helped protect rhinos and conserve their habitat for years to come.’
For more info about the UK Rhino Charge visit the event’s Facebook page.