By Donna Collins
A total of 60 Jeep Wranglers participated in ‘World Jeep Topless Day’ recently, with well over 100 members of the Jeep Club Namibia joining in two separate events, held in Windhoek and at the coast.
In fact, the month of May is always considered good for one thing, and that is driving ‘topless’. Whilst this well supported occasion is earmarked as one of Jeep Club Namibia’s greatest annual outings, with this year being no exception.
In celebration of ‘World Jeep Topless Day’ , the Jeep Club Namibia members in the capital and both coastal towns, pulled out all the stops with a gathering of some of the coolest looking Wranglers in the country.
Held for the second year in succession, the turnout of Wranglers was “fantastic”, according to Don Mumbone (Jeep Club Namibia chairperson), who also said that the Windhoek club members used this opportunity to raise funds for charity.
Mumbone mentioned that the procession of 35 Wranglers driving through town was so huge, it needed a police escort to lead them, and drew large crowds of exuberant onlookers.
“It was a fantastic experience,” he added, saying that they then drove out in convoy to the Hakahana informal settlement, where they handed over clothes, blankets and other necessary items to children orphanages.”Our theme this year was a ‘Winter Drive for Charity, because we want to do something different and bring our members together for a fundraiser,” Mumbone added, saying the Jeep Club Namibia in Windhoek, raised an amount of N$10 000 which they donated to Ndahafa Pre-School.
Meanwhile, the coastal event was organised by Jeep ‘guru’ Werner Schaap and dune driving maestro from Swakopmund who trail blazed the popular ‘Battle of the Dunes’ television series four years ago.
Schaap who is involved with many dune driving expeditions, led the brigade for a day of fun in the sun – (topless of course), whilst the Jeep owners put their 4×4 driving skills to the test in thick desert sand, with challenging dune climbs adding to the excitement. The gathering of Jeeps congregated in front of the M&Z Swakopmund showroom, where ‘pimped’ Wranglers strutted their after- market bumpers, grilles, snorkels, fat ‘takkies’ and kitted out accessories, before setting off
for the day.
Led by a traffic escort, the procession drove onto Vierkantklip beach, where tyre pressure was adjusted and cooler boxes fastened down, before venturing into the Namib for the day.
The convoy enjoyed a scenic drive along the shoreline in the direction of Walvis Bay, and through to ‘Dune 7’, finishing up at Long Beach.
Schaap said that due to the popularity of the Jeep Wrangler in Namibia, these types of outings and excursions are becoming a great way for Jeep owners to feel part of “one big happy family.”
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