Monday, November 9, 2009

4X4 Event in Sabah - Borneo Safari 2009

Taming the Deramakot forest


It was the first time in recent history that the Kinabalu Four Wheel Drive Club (KFWDC) planned a Borneo Safari route from which there was no escape from the jungle.
There was only one way in and one way out of the Deramakot jungle from Oct 25 to Nov. 1.


With the pledge to Tengku Adlin, one of the founding lights of Sabah's nature tourism, that the Borneo Safari would re-establish the old track from Telupid to Sandakan through 150 million-year-old forests, the Borneo Safari 2009 organising committee set to work.


It was a seemingly impossible task, taking into account that the whole convoy would be a hodge podge mixture of 150 trucks of wildly differing capabilities.
Our route from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan through the Deramakot forest would take the entire convoy five of the eight days planned for this annual event.


Twenty one of the trucks were competition ones that were put through their paces in two days of special stages (SS) at Tinusan Bay near Sandakan.
The Borneo Safari challenge saw these competitors in both local and international categories compete through 18 SS along the way, with the bulk staged in the closing days around Sandakan.


The other participants of the safari were mainly scouts, officials and members of the media along with the "Tag On" group.
Being an event of a non-profiteering club, the KFWDC allowed active members to sign up and tag along with the safari.


Active is defined as members who have paid up their annual fee of RM100 as well as the accompanying entrance fee of RM165. A flat fee of RM800 per vehicle was charged for each "Tag On" car with a maximum number of three people per car.


The gargantuan task of moving the 150 convoy cars along some tough sections resulted in delays and one day where the distance travelled was only 400 metres.


The Isuzu D-Max was home to us for a good part of the trip, courtesy of Isuzu Malaysia.
The twin cab 3.0-litre vehicle, fondly called the "Monster", was well known as a veteran of the Sabah Interior, on its third safari tour apart from also completing the Dura-Mission from Be'kalalan to Meliau Basin (Sarawak deep interior).


Driving the D-Max was easy enough given that it came with the standard modifications - three-inch body lift, Extreme Trekker tyres, Warn winch, snatch and truck strap - required for a "hard core" off road trip like this.
Having the ability to switch from 4WD to 2WD was an advantage when driving on the relatively smooth surfaces of milling trails leading to Deramakot to conserve fuel.


We made the entire five days on one tank with a quarter to spare with relative ease.
Perhaps the most challenging time was the third and fourth day, when the media convoy had to make way for the competitors to pass through so that they could compete in two specially carved out special stages in the middle of the forest.
As night fell, we had to pitch camp when the route we were on was blocked by other participants camping in the middle of the route.
Without any water source in the vicinity, the few bottles filled with river water became our "shower" for the day.


We had our fair share of winching and more winching with the many slopes that were made even more slippery with both high powered competition vehicles thrashing through as well as inconsiderate driving by others, a point which the organisers must address in future events.
On day five, having to clear the most difficult part of the hard core section was a slush section - the 150-metre stretch of weight sucking muck.


The sight of a well laid road was one to relish as the convoy made their way towards Sandakan with the help of an organised convoy lead by Sandakan's men in blue.
The next three days saw the competitors purely challenging the SS on a land sandwiched between the army camp and Sandakan Airport.
Spectators crowded the event site, being the weekend and brought much fanfare to this otherwise sleepy hollow.


Perhaps the more appreciated award was the Dura-Man award sponsored by Isuzu which carried an RM2,500 prize money for the most helpful and durable assistance rendered, apart from being a team player.
This award went to Mohamad Zaky, better known as Abu, who helped tirelessly in seeing the convoy through the obstacles!
Hopefully the Borneo Safari next year will see the organisers better prepared with better routing for different categories as well as dissemination of information, something that was sorely lacking this year.

By Tony Yew and Yamin Vong

(Source: Cars, Bikes & Trucks, New Sunday Times)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Cabaran 4X4 Kundasang Sempena Tadao Kaamatan 2009

Baru-baru ini, pada 12 Jun 2009 berhampiran pekan Kundasang telah berlangsung satu aktiviti 4X4 bersempena sambutan Tadao Kaamatan. Aktiviti kali ini hanyalah peringkat novis dan disertai oleh pemilik kenderaan pacuan empat roda di sekitar Kundasang. Beberapa aksi sempat dirakamkan oleh lensa kamera saya, dalam bentuk imej dan juga video.
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Kundasang, Sabah mempunyai banyak tempat menarik dan menjadi salah satu kawasan paling menarik untuk dikunjungi di Malaysia. Keadaan muka bumi sama yang bergunung-ganang dan Kundasang tempat terletaknya Gunung Kinabalu iaitu gunung tertinggi di negara ini, menjadi faktor pentingnya penggunaan kenderaan 4X4. Majoriti penduduk di Kundasang menggunakan 4X4 sebagai kenderaan harian, untuk bekerja, ke pekan dan bandar, memunggah hasil sayuran dan sebagainya. Sebahagian 4X4 mereka diubah suai untuk lebih lasak dan dapat mengarungi bentuk muka bumi yang lebih mencabar. Jika diperhatikan aksi dan gambar di atas, 4X4 mereka bukan semata-mata sebagai hobi (seperti kebanyakan di Semenanjung), tetapi memang menjadi kenderaan untuk urusan seharian kehidupan masyarakat di Kundasang. 4x4 inilah yang digunakan untuk mengeluarkan hasil sayuran dari kebun-kebun sekitar Kundasang seperti Mesilau, Kauluan, Mohimboyon, Kundasang Lama, Monteki dan sebagainya.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Nissan Navara - pikap 4X4 terbaru di Malaysia

Mercedes Benz di Jerman antara pengeluar auto yang terawal menggunakan teknologi enjin 'commonrail diesel' dan kemudiannya diikuti oleh pengeluar-pengeluar di Jepun. Di Malaysia, Toyota antara yang terawal memperkenalkan enjin ini untuk Toyota Hilux iaitu Hilux SR Turbo 2.5 D4D( tanpa intercooler turbo). Sekarang Hilux baru banyak terdapat di jalan raya. Seterusnya pesaing-pesaing pikap 4X4 yang lain turut memperkenalkan engin diesel commonrail. Ini termasuklah Isuzu D-Max Super Commonrail, Mitsubishi Triton Hyper Commonrail (menggantikan model Storm), Ford Ranger TDCi (pertama di Malaysia pikap 4X4 automatik 5 gear) dan kini, yang terbaru Nissan Navara (pengganti Nissan Frontier) yang turut menggunakan enjin Commonrail.

Enjin commonrail diesel dikatakan menjimatkan bahan api diesel berbanding enjin suntikan terus biasa (normal direct injection).


Enjin Nissan Navara.



Spesifikasi Nissan Navara. (sumber, Nissan Malaysia)
Jenis enjin - 4-cylinder, in-line,DOHC, Variable nozzle turbo with intercooler
Displacement (cc) - 2488
Max. power (kW(ps) / rpm) - 128 (174) / 4,000
Sistem bahan api (fuel system) - Common rail direct injection
Jenis bahan api - Diesel
Kapasiti tangki minyak - 80 liter
Transmisi - 5 AT (5-speed automatic)

Senarai Harga Nissan Navara 2.5L(A) OTR (Harga Atas Jalan):
1. Semenanjung Malaysia = RM103,721.90
2. Sarawak = RM104,800.00
3. Sabah = RM104,800.00
4. Langkawi = RM103.306.70
5. Labuan = RM104,800.00

    Saturday, November 29, 2008

    Banjir Kelantan 2008

    Jalan Kota Bharu - Kuala Krai ditutup kepada semua kenderaan... masalah besar ni.. 7.00 pagi 1 Disember aku mesti berada di Gua Musang. Macam mana? Harap-harap besok air surut dan dapatlah aku melaluinya.

    Status Jalan Ditutup Di Kelantan.

    No Laluan /
    Nama Jalan
    Jenis Bencana
    / Status Jalan
    Tarikh & Masa Kejadian Catatan
    [ Sila bawa kursor ke ikon untuk paparan tarikh dan masa kemaskini data ]
    Laluan D225
    Seksyen : 0.2-0.5
    Jalan Guchil/Batu Balai/Simpang Tiga Pahi
    Kuala Krai - Kelantan
    Lokasi Kejadian

    Banjir
    Jalan ditutup kepada semua kenderaan
    29/11/2008
    [ 1.00pm ]
    Laluan Alternatif : Tiada Jalan alternatif

    Tarikh Kemaskini [ 29/11/2008-17:19:47 ]
    Laluan FT066
    Seksyen : 15
    Jalan Jeli-Dabong
    Jeli - Kelantan
    Lokasi Kejadian

    Banjir
    Jalan ditutup kepada semua kenderaan
    29/11/2008
    [ 1.00pm ]
    Laluan Alternatif : Jalan Jeli-Tanah Merah terus menuju ke Machang dan Kuala Krai

    Tarikh Kemaskini [ 29/11/2008-17:01:20 ]
    Laluan FT008
    Seksyen : 341
    Jalan Kota Bharu-Kuala Krai
    Kuala Krai - Kelantan
    Lokasi Kejadian

    Banjir
    Jalan ditutup kepada semua kenderaan
    29/11/2008
    [ 3.00ptg ]
    Laluan Alternatif : Tiada Jalan Alternatif

    Tarikh Kemaskini [ 29/11/20

    info....http://bencanaalam.jkr.gov.my
    Talian Hotline: 03-2696 7727
    Faks: 03-2694 7550

    Syukur. Air dah surut. Jam 2.00 pagi 30.11.08, semua kenderaan boleh melaluinya.

    Wednesday, October 1, 2008

    SELAMAT HARI RAYA AIDILFITRI

    Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri....
    1 Syawal 1429H bersamaan 1 Oktober 2008.

    Wednesday, June 11, 2008

    MAHKOTA KELANTAN INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE 2008 - Gate Kulim

    8 June 2008 - Gate Kulim, Pasir Putih, Kelantan.

    2 categories challenge:
    1. Hardcore with two SS (all type of 4X4)
    2. Lightcore with two SS (including buggy)

    1. Hardcore.






    Videos...
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    This team from Sg. Buloh recorded the fastest time...and overcome all obstacles in this SS.
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    2. Lightcore.
    Buggy and four wheel drive.



    En. Izani (left) with co-driver.




    Oil leak...after finishing SS2.


    One of the particapant drive Nissan Frontier.



    Mitsubishi Storm at the starting point.


    Tengku Mahkota jeeps.


    This jeep taking part in Twillight Zone in Ulu Sat - Chekker forest reserve.
    Sorry...i don't have any pictures about Twillight Zone...


    Hilux Double Cabin 2.8D...yang dipandu sendiri oleh Tengku Mahkota.



    Ford Everest Unit Media Pejabat Sultan Kelantan turut membuat liputan(coverage).




    Monday, June 9, 2008

    MAHKOTA KELANTAN - International Challenge '08

    Mahkota Kelantan International 4X4 Challenge 2008
    Date: 6 - 8 June 2008
    Venue: 1. Bukit Peraksi (Praksi Hill)
    2. Hutan Simpan Ulu Sat - Chekker (Forest Reserve)
    3. Gate Kulim, Pasir Putih.

    The Competitive Format
    Each team will be tested on their ability to overcome various obstacles along the way. Points gained will be on the fastest time.

    Berikut beberapa gambar cabaran 4X4 di Bukit Peraksi, Pasir Putih yang melibatkan tiga SS.
    (Here some pictures in Praksi Hill from three Special Stage(SS).







    SS 1.




    Y.T.M. Tengku Mahkota Kelantan, Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra di samping jipnya yang turut mengambil bahagian pada cabaran kali ini.
    Y.T.M. The Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan (Kelantan Crown Prince) with his jeep.





    Dato' Hj. Husam Musa, Exco Kerajaan Negeri Kelantan merangkap Pemangku Menteri Besar melepaskan peserta.



    SS 3




















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