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Camel Trophy
Honda supports plans to re-route Camel Trophy


Honda, the power behind the Camel Trophy 2000, has given its full support to World Brands Inc, owner of the Camel Trophy Brand, following the announcement that this summer's event will be re-routed from Fiji to Samoa.

The decision to re-route was taken as a result of the current political situation in the Fijian capital Suva. While there was not seen to be a danger to the competing crews, organisers or journalists, the decision was made under foreign office guidelines as a precautionary measure.
The long open-sea crossing, originally planned to take place between Tonga and Fiji, was designed to be the ultimate test

for the 60 BF13O outboard engines supplied by Honda for the specially designed RIBS (Rigid Inflatable Boats). However the Tonga-Samoa crossing is likely to be even more treacherous, placing more emphasis on the performance and reliability of Honda's power units.

Honda UK's Head of Marketing, Paul Ormond said: "Honda is delighted with the way contingency plans were put into place so efficiently. Considering the scale of the event, the number of people involved and the fact that they have planned what is effectively a new event in just a couple of weeks, is quite remarkable. I understand that Samoa has an altogether different terrain to Fiji, so this all adds to the sense of the Camel Trophy being an adventure."