31 July 2012
TOYOTA FJ CRUISER ACCIDENTAL HERO IN OUTBACK CAR TREK
Toyota's FJ Cruiser has confirmed its considerable off-road ability while acting as a support vehicle in a fund-raising car trek - even though 'support' wasn't in its original brief for the event.
Toyota Australia supplied photographers Tanya Du Toit and Allan Coker with an FJ Cruiser to document the annual Outback Car Trek, in which vintage cars cross remote parts of Australia to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Ms Du Toit said the FJ Cruiser was called into action to assist participating vehicles when they got bogged in heavy mud during sections of the 3,500km route from Yarrawonga in Victoria to Townsville in north Queensland.
"Some of those old cars didn't stand a chance of getting through unscathed, with huge distances to cover and tough conditions for long sections of the trek, so we stepped in where other support cars weren't able to," she said.
"We were blown away with the way the FJ dragged cars out of the mud - it didn't get bogged once in what were incredibly difficult conditions."
"We didn't even need to change a tyre, and it just handled everything we threw at it with ease."
Ms Du Toit's and Mr Coker's FJ Cruiser was fitted with a suite of Toyota genuine accessories for driver convenience and vehicle protection.
The FJ Cruiser was kitted out for the event with a tow kit, roof racks, heavy-duty rocker rails, alloy nudge bar and water-resistant front seat covers.
Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing Matthew Callachor said Toyota FJ Cruiser had again proven its status as a 'go anywhere, do anything' SUV.
"FJ Cruiser makes any trip or journey memorable thanks to its incredible off-road ability, versatility and spacious interior, all of which is topped off by funky, retro styling," he said.
FJ Cruiser was earlier this year named 4x4 Australia magazine's 4x4 of the Year.
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Tanya Du Toit and Allan Coker used the fully accessorised Toyota FJ Cruiser to photograph and rescue participants from heavy mud during the recent Outback Car Trek.
Fitment of Toyota genuine accessories to the FJ Cruiser before its departure for the Outback Car Trek.