Monday July 6th: the Cape to Cape convoy has arrived at the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, the final destination of its journey. After a little over four months of adventures and all sorts of ups and downs, both teams and machines ended up meeting the challenge. Stefano Chmielewski, CEO of Renault Trucks, was there to welcome them, expressing his pride at their achievement. But before winding down after the finish line, the participants had to avoid a number of traps in the final stages.
After the final bend, the Cape to Cape Keraxes and Sherpas stopped at the end of a road cut off by the ocean. They can go no further south and have reached their destination: the Cape of Good Hope opens up before their eyes. In spite of the cacophony of truck horns which marked the moment, it was a solemn one indeed. Stefano Chmielewski, CEO of Renault Trucks, looked over the bay to the horizon: “We wanted to show that our trucks could link up people and bring them together around an event such as Cape to Cape, and beyond of course, around our brand,” he said. “It is a real satisfaction and I’m immensely proud because once again Renault Trucks has kept its promises!” Behind him, the whole team congratulated each other. Telephones started to ring. Messages of congratulation from the whole world came in thick and fast: families, friends, colleagues, former adventure participants and customers from Russia, Ukraine and Argentina saluted the arrival of the convoy. It was a magical moment. Drivers and crews climbed down from their Sherpas and Keraxes to meet the crowd that was there to greet them. Cameras were in “rapid burst” mode! They were met by faces and smiles full of awe.