On the 6th of December, the stars descended once again to shine at the delightful event, Mercedes-Benz DETOUR 2013. The 2nd year running, the event saw 100 enthusiastic teams of 2-5 arriving at Deira International School in Al Badia to start the unique challenge & try to win the grand prize: a brand new Mercedes-Benz GLK.
The thrilling motor sports event, which is a collaboration of Gargash Enterprises and Detour Events Management, started with a detailed briefing on the encounter ahead that tested the participants’ navigating skills and mental & physical fitness. The challenge was based on competitions across 6 pit stops that were distributed across known and hidden corners of the UAE, whereby the contestants scored points for finishing off tasks assigned at each pit-stop.
Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts from all over the UAE enjoyed 180 kilometers of trailing along the detour course. Safety and teamwork were paramount as teams of two worked together in their own or rented Mercedes-Benz and were tested on their navigating skills, time calculations and coordination.
The route was filled with pleasant surprises and fun activities that pumped adrenaline and excitement into the teams. They followed the given route instructions based on the odometer in search for hidden clues on their way to each pit-stop. Every pit-stop had a different activity ranging from kayaking, puzzles to fitness boot camps, which gave all the participants a unique experience. The average speed and additional time given to complete pit-stop challenges ensured that proper and safe speed limits were maintained. The en-route activities were a mix of memory, quiz, and image recognition to keep them occupied throughout the drive.
The winning team, team number 42 (Czechoslovakian Power), was participating for the second year in a row. The team was thrilled to win the grand prize of the Mercedes-Benz GLK, “we were going for the win & made sure our timing was precise on arrival time at each pit-stop & correctly completed all of the en-route and pit-stop activities which gave us the highest overall score. “ said Marta Kazmi.
Mr. Shehab Gargash, Board Member of Gargash Enterprises, proudly presented the winners with a big key to the new 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK 250