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Two Decades of Thrills: Nissan South Africa Powers Spirit of Africa’s 20th Year of Adventure

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There are some events that are just too good to allow to wither and die through lack of interest. Thankfully, the Spirit of Africa, now in its 20th year, goes from strength to strength and Nissan South Africa is proud to be the mainline sponsor.

Nissan’s partnership with the event reaffirms its commitment to fostering a community of adventure-seeking off-road enthusiasts and serves as the perfect showcase for the all-terrain capabilities and advanced technologies in the Nissan Navara.

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The Nissan Spirit of Africa is about adrenaline, speed, and experiencing the great outdoors.

“We are excited to have brought the challenge back this year with more power and gusto than ever before and were even more excited to see how our motoring associates did behind the wheel of the rugged and redefined Nissan Navara,” Maciej Kleinkiewicz, Managing Director for Nissan SA said.

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“At last year’s inaugural Nissan Spirit of Africa challenge, we had a fantastic turnout of 300 teams who entered our gruelling and competitive race, with 400 teams expected to participate this year. We’ve strived for gold as this year’s challenge gets underway, with excitement building leading up to our female-focused leg on 4-6 June. We encourage all female drivers to enter and tackle Africa’s toughest offroad course,” Kleinkiewicz added.

Renowned for its challenging terrain and thrilling atmosphere, the Spirit of Africa challenge was created by legendary local racing driver, Sarel van der Merwe. It has been described as the “toughest 4X4 challenge in Africa” and provides the “average” driver with an opportunity to test their offroad ability in a competitive environment.

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Harry Fisher
Harry Fisher
From an early age, Harry was obsessed with anything that moved under its own steam, particularly cars and motorcycles. For reasons of a financial nature, his stable of fine automobiles failed to materialise, at which point he realised that motorcycles were far more affordable and so he started his two wheel career, owning, riding, building and fixing many classic bikes. Then came the day when he converted his love of bikes into a living, writing, filming and talking about them endlessly. The passion for four wheels never left him, however, and he has now converted his writing skills into singing the praises of cars in all their infinite variety. Bikes are still his favourite means of getting around but the car in its modern form is reaching a level of perfection that is hard to resist. And they're warmer in winter....