Like the Ford Bronco and Jeep Wrangler, Troller has attracted a die-hard fanbase that loves nothing more than to take their vehicles off-road, any chance they get. That passion was clearly on display at the 2020 Troller Brazil festival, which wound up attracting more participants than ever before.
The Troller Brazil Festival brought together 152 Troller SUVs this weekend in Itu, in the interior of São Paulo, for the traditional year-end rally that closes out the brand’s sports calendar. On a day with a lot of sun and heat, participants took advantage and returned to the trails to recharge their batteries and see their friends, surrounded by all the typical COVID-19 precautions we see at events these days.
In addition to the physical meet, the Troller Brazil Festival was held online to avoid crowds. That virtual gathering included a live chat with the top three participants in the Master category and a special appearance by pro driver Klever Kolberg, the first Brazilian to participate in the Dakar Rally.
The rain that fell during the week, followed by sunshine, guaranteed the ideal scenario for the rally, with dry weather and little dust. In order to increase safety, the Master, Graduate, Tourism, and Expedition categories, with a duration of 4.5 hours, were held in a closed circuit at Fazenda Pimenta, known for offering excellent off-road terrain.
The Tour category, aimed at families and beginners, was the most popular of the race, with 72 cars divided into two batteries. The train journey included a visit to Fazenda Paulista, famous for the collection of tractors with models that date back to the 1920s.
“Many participants commented that this was one of the best events of the last few years, technically speaking, from the briefing to the awards,” said José Schefer Jr., general coordinator of the Troller Brazil Festival. “They were all anxious to get back to the sport, which guaranteed a very lively rally even with the social distance measures.”