The Jeep Club of Sri Lanka (JCSL) recently organized an expedition to the Kalpitiya beach for selected Jeep enthusiasts. This was organized to allow Jeep owners to experience the true potential of their Jeep’s and also to provide an opportunity to enjoy and experience nature – which is a luxury in their busy schedules. Jeep Wranglers, Jeep Cherokees and Jeep Grand Cherokees took part in this expedition to Kalpitiya.
The Jeep convoy left DIMO 800 after meeting at the premises in the morning for briefing and a cup of tea. The route to Kalpitiya was arranged through a detour through a small fishing village, which allowed the Jeep owners an opportunity to appreciate scenery and nature which they hadn’t come across before. Since the Jeep owners had their families also involved in the expedition, the children of the Jeep owners got a firsthand experience to discover the daily lives of fishermen, their families and their way of life. Though the real off-road adventure was at the next phase, the village offered experiences of different perspectives to the Jeep families.
The Jeeps went on to enjoy the sand dunes at the Great Western Edge, after enjoying lunch at Diyamba, Kalpitiya. The dunes offered a great opportunity for the owners to test the capabilities of the American icon. Dunes offer a different level of difficulty and the skills needed to manage it is different from the skills needed for manoeuvring in mud. The fundamentals with sand driving is to conserve your momentum. Since traction is at a premium, any increase in speed can be difficult, if not impossible, and one does not want to lose any momentum, as you may not be able to regain it.
The first thing one does before driving on sand is to lower the tire pressures. This is done to provide better flotation by increasing the size of the “footprint” and thus dramatically improve the traction.
The climax of the event was at sunset at the Great Western Edge with the breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean. This also allowed Jeep owners and their families to share their experiences and mingle with each other. The expedition trail was wrapped up when the Jeeps arrived at Dutch Bay Resorts Kalpitiya to enjoy a barbeque and the hospitality of the resort.
Freedom culture embedded with adventure and capability is the core of Jeep life which creates unique identity for Jeep enthusiasts. Also legendary line up of Jeeps, allows each owner to create their own timeless story. More such adventurous activities have been planned for Jeep owners in the coming months. Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) are the authorized distributors for Jeep in Sri Lanka and always partner the Jeep Club of Sri Lanka to organize activities that allow owners of Jeep to experience the true American Legend.