Exactly two weeks after contacting Barloworld GM Bruma and inviting them to become the transport partner of the Braai4Heritage tour, I drove up Kloofnek road in Cape Town in one of the two bakkies which they graciously supplied to make said tour happen. The long technical name for the vehicles they gave us is “ISUZU KB 300 D-TEQ LX DOUBLE CAB” which in English means that it has a 3 liter turbo diesel engine. Now as any braai loving male would do with a new bakkie that has a 3 liter turbo diesel engine, I “tested” it whilst going up Kloofnek road. So I arrived at the traffic cameras halfway up Kloofnek at quite a speed which led to me testing another feature of the vehicle, its ABS breaks.
The bakkie has many features and buttons that I have not tried yet. Thus far the best ones that I tried are the aircon buttons, which makes the car nice and cold, and the one-touch automatic window button, which rolls down the window after one touch when stopping at a parking garage boom gate. There is a Diff-Lock button as well, that I look forward to pressing in about a week when we enter our second World Heritage Site of the tour, The Richtersveld. This is obviously not a car review, so I’ll end this part by mentioning the other feature that normal people like me would appreciate: The radio has an auxiliary input which means that my iPhone plugs straight into the sound system.
The Braai4Heritage initiative is about uniting 50 million South Africans around braai fires. And to reach that goal we need the support of people like Barloworld GM Bruma. As stated above, it was exactly two weeks from first contact, to delivery of vehicles. In that time the bakkies got canopies, towbars, bull-bars, tracking systems, smash&grab window protection, roof-racks and they were driven across the country, as the tour starts in Cape Town and they were in Johannesburg. This is exceptional service.