The wait is finally over. Call to entries for the much-anticipated Honda Quest 2021 will officially open on Wednesday September 22, 2021.
South Africa boasts some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. The 2021 Honda Quest True Adventure proudly hosted by Honda Motor Southern Africa will give contestants the opportunity to explore some of these breath-taking sites as they navigate through the challenging terrain in the Northern Cape’s Richtersveld, Namakwa Eco Trail, Tankwa Karoo and Cederberg whilst competing for the title of Honda Quest True Adventure 2021 on the ultimate adventure motorcycle, the Honda CRF1100 Africa Twin.
Do you have what it takes?
The main aim of Quest will be to test human endurance and adaptability, combined with the continent-crossing abilities of the Honda Africa Twin CRF1100.
We are looking for true adventure riders who can adapt to the journey with good humour and grace. Are you a resourceful and dependable team member when adventure turns challenging? Do you have a love for the places further off the beaten track? Are you willing to try your hand at all the challenges a desert will offer up – sand and river beds, rocky trails, muddy gravel and nights under the stars? Then Honda Quest True Adventure is for you.
Honda Quest is not a race, nor is it a rally. Honda Quest is simply a chance to be able to compete together with a teammate in the most beautiful of spaces, living for a brief condensed moment, the epitome of adventure aboard one of the finest adventure motorcycles on the planet the Honda Africa Twin CRF1100.
What happens next?
Call to entry will commence from 22- 26 September 2021. Simply visit the Honda Quest website to enter: www.quest-trueadventure.com
30 semi-finalists will then be announced on the 28 September and will attend a Boot Camp from 12-14 October, during which the fourteen finalists will be chosen. The finalists will be announced on October 18, 2021 and will embark on this life changing Honda Quest True Adventure from 1-10 November 2021.
The winning team will not only be crowed champions of Honda Quest True Adventure 2021, but they will also get to keep the bikes they competed the 2500km adventure ride on.
The safety of our guests is paramount and Honda Motor Southern Africa and Specialised Adventures will take all the necessary precautions at all Quest events to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
We do request that semi-finalists and finalists adhere to all safety rules and regulations as outlined by the South African Government, Disaster Management Act.
In an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19 we humbly request that participants (if selected to attend the bootcamp and final event) who experience symptoms associated with Covid-19 namely fever, cough, sore throat, redness of eyes or shortness of breath (or difficulty in breathing); body aches, loss of smell or loss of taste, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, fatigue, weakness or tiredness refrain from attending the bootcamp and final event.
The event welcomed riders to a dusty Delmas route where star rider Bradley Cox stormed to not only the OR2 Class win, but the victory overall. While the multi-disciplined rider had enjoyed a winning streak since both Enduro and Cross Country racing resumed last month, the seemingly elusive overall title had been evading his grasp. He explained, “To take a win in my class is so good, but to claim the overall victory is something special. Over the last year and a half, this overall win has haunted me. I broke my collarbone in 2019 while leading overall, and then last year I had a lot of second place finishes. To finally snatch up that overall victory is an amazing feeling and something I want to experience again in the last round.”
As a KwaZulu-Natal based rider, Cox is more accustomed to tighter routes, but he mentions thoroughly enjoying the challenge of the fast-paced terrain that Delmas provided this weekend. It was full-speed ahead from the moment the race started as Cox faced the challenge of chasing down Kerim Fitz-Gerald. Despite navigating through unrelenting dust, it wasn’t long before Cox passed Fitz-Gerald and controlled the race from the front until the finish line. While Cox has opened up a comfortable points lead as the season finale approaches, he has no intention of slacking off in the slightest: “It’s nice to have a comfortable points lead going into the last round, but if there’s one thing I’ve learnt through racing is that it’s not over until it’s over. I have to go into the last round with the same intention to give 100% and chase down another win.”
When asked about the secret to his success this season, Cox revealed: “I always say that the goal is to win, and it really is. My job is to put KTM on the top step and fly that orange flag high. There’s no secret formula, it’s all about hard work. I just keep grinding day in and day out.”Fresh off a hard week of racing the Kalahari Rally was Brother Leader Tread KTM teammate Charan Moore. After a slower start to the race by his own high standards, Moore was left to navigate in the unforgiving Delmas dust for most of the event.
Once the gaps started to open up between riders, however, Moore managed to pick up the pace with each passing lap to finish the event strong. While he admits that racing back-to-back was challenging, he describes the experience that he gained over the past week as invaluable. As he works towards his bigger 2022 Dakar Rally goal, he commented, “The last week was tough mentally, but it also helped prepare for what to expect when I race the Dakar next year. I really embraced the challenge of it all and have a much better understanding of what will be required of me.”
With the final event of the season looming large, Moore’s goal remains the same – to bridge the gap on the frontrunners in the OR1 Class. “This season has come with many challenges and my goal has been to narrow the gap on the leaders in the OR1 Class. How you finish the season is just as important as the wayou start it, so I’m looking forward using the final race as an opportunity to end the year on a high note,” said Moore.
The very successful annual Vermont Sales Open Day Shows have had to be put on hold due to covid and the lock down restrictions, so the company came up with a unique alternative. By converting and revamping their previous head offices into a state-of-the-art small Customer Exhibition Centre they were able to showcase their world class brands on a rotating basis, allowing small groups of customers the opportunity to view international brands and new product ranges in an uncluttered environment.
The new centre includes several tailor-made private areas for permanent brand exhibits the exhibition space will be utilized for an individual brand or range to be shown each month, with new methods of marketing and merchandising of product in a store environment, along with support material. Product will also be demonstrated in this space, with a large screen showing product at work, or for training purposes.“The exhibition centre will focus on the brand of the month, the opening show this month was for the AirCraft brand of air tools, compressors and accessories, the team also showcased other leading brands and new products at the same time, such as Worx, Pony, CAT, and Bernzomatic,” said Dale Englebrecht Director Vermont Sales.
“The core focus is to offer one on one time with the key decision makers from the trade, retailers, and dealers. The small personal groups will allow us to offer dedicated time and service. On display will be the full range of products, new and current, merchandising concepts, POP, and POS material, to show case the brands and allow Vermont Sales Brand Managers, Key Accounts team members and management to meet, and touch base with customers,” said Englebrecht.Everything on these exhibitions is available to the customers, from the product to the customized shelving, racking, the free-standing displays and all POS. Basically the customer can order and walk away with a complete branded readymade stocked display. There will also be very special added value deals for all the display units which will be supplied free to customers depending on the orders placed. Experienced teams from Vermont Sales are on hand during the exhibitions these being sales, brand managers and demonstrators to assist all customers, also on site is a full catering set up and coffee bar.
“We had to move fast and come up with an alternative for our trade and retail customers,” said Jacques Davids Vermont Sales Exhibition Manager. “This new centre was the perfect solution, to entertain customers and give them a full day getting to know the brands, and products. We have had a very successful test run this month with our current exhibitions in the centre, these being AirCraft, CAT, Bernzomatic and WORX,” said Davids.
The next dedicated Exhibitions will be for Alpen, Rawl Plug, Tork Craft, CAT, WORX, and Festool starting in September, going onto October, and November 2021.
Current exhibition days going forward,
AirCraft 15 Aug – 09 Sep 2021
Alpen/Rawl Plug 14-23 - Sep 2021
Tork Craft 01-06 - Oct 2021
CAT 12-20 - Oct 2021
WORX 25 Oct – 10 Nov 2021
Festool 17-30 - Nov - 2021
The centre is open to all trade and retail customers.
For more information contact, Vermont Sales on 011 314 7711 or visit their web site www.vermontsales.co.za Trade enquires welcome.