Champagne Four-Wheel Drive which is Kenya’s most exciting off-road experience is in the offing with 26 drivers having confirmed their participation during the action set for December 16-17 at Champagne Park in Kipeto, Kajiado County.
Among the entrants in the fourth edition is Letion Keen, grandson of veteran politician, the late John Keen, who will be vying for honours in the Intermediate class. Other classes, which will feature in the competition, are Experts and Beginners. Besides Keen, another top-notch driver in the fray is Spiderman who won the third edition of the race.
During the launch of the last event in the calendar, the event manager Vincent Kaati said it will not be business as usual as eight stages have been added, making it the most competitive since inception.
“There will be an additional eight stages in the man and machine test and more marshals and volunteers will be enlisted to ensure safety of the drivers,” said Kaati. He further said the will be a lot of activities beginning on Friday where there will be an open camp to spectators.
On Friday, the organisers will embark on training drivers in the four-wheel category followed by a fun day on Saturday in which there will be lots of music, food and entertainment in the vast 100-acre Champagne park pending the D-day of the race on Sunday.
Media Liaison Officer Ahmed Mikwa said the fun activities will include see-saw, tug-of-war and blind folding challenge Spectators’ tickets are going for Sh1,000 for adults and Sh 500 for children while camping fees is Sh3,500.
Registration fee in the Experts category is Sh7,500, Intermediate Sh5,500 and beginners Sh3,500 which can be remitted through Paybill 128436. Clerk of Course George Njoroge said elaborate security for both drivers and spectators will be in place.