It’s weird how some cars amass a cult-like reputation, and when it happens they’re often not quite what you’d expect to see people going a bit dilly over, much like the diminutive Suzuki Jimny. The small but ridiculously capable Jimny has been around since 1970 when the LJ Series was launched. The car was small, very small, and the engine setup matched with a sub-1-litre powerplant, but that was all smoke and mirrors because the little thing could go anywhere the bigger 4x4s of the day could. In fact, it was better thanks to its light weight and the ability to u-turn on a dime. The base idea for the Jimny has remained the same through the generations, of which there have only been four in over fifty years. If that doesn’t tell you how good the recipe is that Suzuki created, nothing will. The 2nd generation SJ series followed in 1981, and was replaced in 1998 with the model that most people were familiar with. Then in 2016 we started seeing renderings of the replacement Jimny, the retro-styled JB64 and the world went nuts. People who weren’t into Jimnys suddenly were, people who had zero off-road aspirations suddenly wanted to travel. When the car was released in 2017/2018 - the car was so well received in the world market that it became hard to get one, it still is if you want a factor fresh version, there’s still a waiting list. To say the model became an instant cult-classic wouldn’t make you wrong.
If you're one of the passionate Jimny owners, then this is the weekend away you've been waiting for. Amazing cars, beautiful scenery and all manner of cool events to highlight the capabilities of the Suzuki Jimny with the backup of the manufacturer can only be epic. The Jimny Gathering 2023 is going to be one for the books - the record books!
Take a look at the YouTube video created to announce the plans for this possible World Record attempt by Suzuki SA to gather as many Suzuki Jimny models as possible spanning all model years and generations: Jimny Gathering 2023 Announcement | Suzuki Auto South Africa
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