Fun Race 4×4, Not Fun at All!


In the past decade ecologist have seen with terror the expansion of a common and accepted activity in Venezuela, truck races in the jungle. For many people out there, this might sound like an awesome sport: fresh air, trucks, mud, beautiful landscapes, exotic animals and adventure. For the Amazonas jungle and the Gran Sabana (the oldest geological formations in the planet) it isn’t fun at all, especially since all the racers got together to organize an annual contest called Fun Race 4×4 sponsored by Toyota (isn’t it ironic?).

In these races contestants must drive their trucks into wild areas of the Gran Sabana, trying not to get stuck in the mud, lakes, rivers or any obstacle the organizers consider “fun” for the pilots. They establish a number of circuits around the sabana, all of them with different types of difficulty, and the first to reach the finish line in each circuit wins a lot of money and cheers from the public.

But… how do you think they build these circuits and their obstacles? Destroying  Nature!!! People who organize these races make huge damages to the environment preparing the field for the trucks, the plants and the trees they chop down take decades to grow back. We are talking about the oldest geological formations on earth, there are unique plant and animal species in the Amazonas that lose their home every year over this human “sport.”

Moreover, they destroy the agriculture activities developed in the area, affecting not only the ecosystem, but also the people that live there. Also, the massive amount of people that come to the races produce a lot of waste, and they regularly leave them behind. They also shower in the rivers using chemical soaps and shampoos and their trucks spill oil and gas. The media presents Fun Race 4×4 as a fun, adventurous sport that we should share with family and friends, the race committee even has an “ecological foundation,” but the truth is that the practice should be banned and publicly condemned, since it’s destroying one of our best nature landscapes.

The national assembly recently received a legal resource against this “sport”, which in the recent years expanded to more Venezuelan landscapes such as Los Médanos de Coro dessert and other national declared parks. They are currently investigating the issue and the environment ministry made some statements on the matter, supporting ecologist groups who were alerted to the ecocides.



3 Responses to “Fun Race 4×4, Not Fun at All!”

  1. I think this is absolutely dreadful. This certainly is
    not sport. If Chavez thinks so much of his country he
    should put a stop to it. After all he’s a dictator.

  2. hello, to whoever reads this, the statement above is largely incorrect, and the person who writes is not well informed

    Funrace is a rally like any other in the world where you are only allowed to drive on existing roads, ponds like you see in the picture is what is Venezuela is called a “prestamo” which is loaned dist extracted to build roads, in areas where fllod are normal, roads have to be build by the goverment as everywhere in the world gettin dirt form the sides to fill the path of the road..or I am wrong??

    this is a special contest, a puntual swamp race as manny sancitoned in the US and Europe, with all permits in place

    other areas typically used by the Funrace is a large farm after a crop and before all gound is goinbe turened over for the next crop….what damage you do in this

    Fun Race has never been allowed to be in a national park, and never was, what you cannot prevent is kids witrh FUNRACE stikers in the windshield, drive in national parks destroying whatever, Funrace was a Green consious race and Chavez POLITICAL desision to close the event is the same lack of information as the person who wrote the article above

    Whe no one wants to know that Funrace was sponsored by the national petroleoum company, the misitry of enviromantal affairs and manny other respectable banks private and official atreprises

    If you could only read the rules and regulations of the race, you will think different

    let put it this way, poorly informed people deliver opinions and poorly informed regulators simply shot down a party because one kid is having drugs

    Enforce with information

  3. funrace, a missinformed public

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