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Spirit of Amarok


The International Spirit of Amarok is the premier amateur 4x4 precision driving competition in which enthusiasts from around the world gather to take part. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles South Africa is proud to have hosted the 2018 International Spirit of Amarok competition, held in Nelspruit from 30 September to 5 October. ‘Amarok’, which means ‘Wolf’ in ancient Inuit, is a fitting symbol of the patience, strength and determination our competitors have to show in order to be named the toughest amateur off-road driver in the World. But the Spirit of Amarok isn’t just a precision driving competition – it’s also an unforgettable experience for those in attendance, absorbing all the action. This competition allows spectators to see and experience the Amarok for themselves. This year’s field featured a diverse group of drivers from around the world who went head-to-head. These countries were Australia, Botswana, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Namibia, Russia, South Africa, Sweden and Taiwan, China.







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Czech Republic

2018 Highlights


Spirit of Amarok


Blazing Trails

A series of challenging trails are mapped out with the express view of testing drivers and navigators to their limits, while demonstrating the Amarok and its outstanding attributes in the most unforgiving of environments. Emphasis is placed on speed and technical driving ability, as well as co-driving skills and team work. During a speed challenge, contestants are required to drive a predetermined course in the fastest time possible while avoiding obstacles such as poles, or any other obstacle on the course. Points are earned based on time taken to complete the course relative to the other teams, e.g. 100 points goes to the fastest team, 90 points to the second fastest, and so on. Technical competition stages are a measured course over challenging off-road terrain such as sand or rock. A specified time to complete the course is provided to contestants prior to the start of the event. Teams receive 100 points at the start of each technical course and points are deducted if the team touch a pole, need to reverse, or arrive outside the specified time window.

Unique Experiences

In addition to speed and technical driving tests, competitors will be required to complete other off-road adventure-related challenges as part of the competition such as timed tyre changing and vehicle recovery for example. When the hard work and challenges of each day are done, contestants and guests of the International Spirit of Amarok are treated to culture-rich experiences of the host country. Southern Africa is proud to be the long-standing destination of choice for the International Spirit of Amarok with locations such as Kwalata Ranch in Botswana, Goerapan in the Kalahari and Alkmaar Farmstay in Mpumalanga. Each location offers diverse and authentic themes to enhance the experience of both the competitors and guests.


Spirit of Amarok 2018