Yesterday, October 25th saw the flag-off for the 25th Borneo Safari in the day's early hours. The punishing off-road expedition through some of the most challenging terrain will have over 250 vehicles in convoy through the eight-day journey. And leading that charge is the Isuzu D-Max on point duty.
This year’s Borneo Safari was officiated in Kota Kinabalu by Sabah’s Tourism Cultural and Environment Minister, YB Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun. Following the flag off, the participants will be taking on the wilds of the state’s highland interior near Tenom and Keningau.
This is the ninth year in a row that members of the media are able to experience and document the expedition. They will be ferried along with the convoy in their own Isuzu D-Max. Indeed, the pick-up has an impressive history with the event, having claimed two ‘Borneo Safari Vehicle of the Year’ titles.
“For close to a decade, the media corps has been able to keep pace with the progress of the event from the cockpits of the official media Isuzu D-Max. These vehicles have long risen beyond trying to prove their abilities in the rough and instead, have established themselves as a fixture of the Borneo Safari where they are depended upon to carry out their duties effectively and efficiently,” said Executive Director of Isuzu Malaysia Hajime Machimura.
Like before, three units of the Isuzu D-Max will be leading the media convoy this year, consisting of two 2.5-litre models and one 3-litre.