Tough test for off-roaders

() - November 20, 2002 - 12:00am
A record field of off-roaders is expected when the fourth and final leg of the Tough Truck Challenge 2002 roars off at The Fort Global City on Nov. 22-24.

This was announced by the organizing National Associations of Filipino Off-Roaders (NASFOR) president Ramon To-ong and host Manila Off-Road, Inc. (MORI) chief Brian Diaz when they guested at the PSA Sports Forum yesterday at the Holiday Inn Manila.

Also known as the Caltex Delo 4x4 Extreme Challenge, the Tough Truck tourney is looking to surpass the record 82 off-roaders, who took part in the event’s second leg in Mangima, Bukidnon.

"We already have a confirmed list of 76 participants. Hindi pa kasali diyan ‘yung members of our own Manila club, which is about 10, so we’re probably looking at a record cast this weekend," said Diaz.

To-ong, for his part, said that while 4x4 off-roading may be a relatively new sport, it is never too late to be hooked on the sport, which is also sponsored by the Fort Bonifacio Development Corp., Goodyear Phils. and Tide.

"Driving in and around the metro is, in a way, like a tough truck challenge because you have to hurdle several obstacles in the road and in Manila, there are many," added To-ong.

He added that the idea in off-roading is primarily not to outpace an opponent but how one conquers the terrain.

"Speed is not an issue here but how you tackle a course."

To-ong also denied that the 4x4 Tough Truck Challenge is a dangerous sport.

BRIAN DIAZ CALTEX DELO EXTREME CHALLENGE FORT BONIFACIO DEVELOPMENT CORP FORT GLOBAL CITY GOODYEAR PHILS HOLIDAY INN MANILA MANILA OFF-ROAD NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS OF FILIPINO OFF-ROADERS RAMON TO TOUGH TRUCK CHALLENGE
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