Monday, March 28, 2011

Quattro Charge

This week, the folks over at Rob's Magic were kind enough to sponsor us free tickets to theQuattro Charge.

With the passion for off-road 4X4 challenge gaining popularity in Kenya, Rob Collinge incepted the Quattro Charge in 2001 to raise funds for Rhino Ark's Aberdare Fencing Project ( for more info). Organized by Rob's Magic, the event is usually held at various challenging 4x4 locations on the outskirts of Nairobi.

The Quattro Charge is an exciting, highly challenging off road competition in which competitors are required to navigate an obstacle course comprising a mix of wet and dry river beds, swamps, large deep dams, sheer climbs and oversized boulders. Competitors must demonstrate that rare combination of skill, courage and finesse and sometimes outright lunacy to overcome the challenging course. The close proximity of the event venue to Nairobi makes it a highly accessible to spectators, sponsors and competitors alike, and the event organizers have endeavored to make the Quattro Charge a great outing with excellent catering and full bar facilities, children's bouncing castle, face painting etc.

The Quattro Charge also provides a great teaser for the more extreme annual Rhino Charge event The Quattro Charge has raised since its conception in 2001 over 15 Million Kenyan Shillings.

And I'm sorry, I had a serious case of "fingers all over the lens!"

Joy, Naomi, Maureen, Simon and Joyce look ok while sipping on a drink and snacking:
Maureen with my finger:
Karanja and Martin (there's that finger again!):
Looking on at the action from a rock away from the bog crowds:
This car was stuck in the mud for AGES, we had to leave, but hope Caroline made it out ok...
Here we all are with Zebunissa of Rob's Magic:
Melody and Mungai cooling off before we headed home with some Ribena:

On our way home...
A big thank you for the generous folks at Rob's Magic. Especially Zebunissa and Jeremiah!

Next month, we'll try our best to stay away from cars and do something artistic instead.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

KCB Safari Rally

This Sunday, we went to the KCB Safari Rally in Athi River again, as the kids had so much fun the last time. The Safari Rally is considered by many to be the world's toughest rally. It first took place from May 27th to June 1st 1953 as the East African Coronation Safari and ran across Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, as a celebration of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth 11. In 1960 it was renamed the East African Safari Rally and kept that name until 1974, when it became the Safari Rally.

These Petrol-head kids just couldn't get enough of the loud mufflers, the mud and the spirit of rally!

Mungai gets a good view from the top - on the shoulders of a big brother:
We had a really good view:

Mother and daughter - Alice and Melody:
Gitau and Sylvester
Joy of my life!
Joyce, Melody and Joy get some shade:

We are all geared up for next week's QUATRO CHARGE!!!!