The mud, the action, the chaos, the extremely awesomeness of it all!
This is what Extreme Off Road Challenges are all about. It is a chance to put drivers, winch operators, strategists, support teams and most of all machines to the ultimate test against the toughest elements you could ever imagine. Throw this all together on the wild West Coast of the South Island and you have got all of the necessary elements for an incredible weekend of mud covered off roading action.
This year the West Coast lived up to it's reputation and dumped rain on the track and the event just adding to all of the drama. We sent the freshly cleaned and polished, indestructible red Toyota FJ Cruiser down to the challenge with our Bowater Toyota sponsored Off Road race team to cover the weekends action.
The team performed very well coming in second overall for the event. We have got a very nice collection of photos (scroll down) and a video to come that will get it's first showing at the post match function at Bowater Toyota on Friday evening 18th May.
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This week we were getting the Toyota FJ Cruiser all ready for it's big trip down the West Coast as a support vehicle for the Westport Challenge.
The FJ got all polished up ready for pickup on Friday afternoon, even after we had told everybody that we were going to take it out for a test run to get some footage before the event. I guess no one believed we would get it all dirty.....
We ventured out to the best place you can easily go extreme 4X4 crazy - Happy Valley Adventures on the road to Cable Bay, just 15 minutes north east of Nelson. What happened next is pretty funny.
The Westcoast Challenge is a new event on the Off Roading calendar that Bowater Toyota are involved with, sponsoring a team made up of some hardened off road locals.
It is extreme off road 4X4 action involving a whole lot of mud, some winches and some very brave individuals pushing their vehicles to the limits.
The Westport Challenge is an extreme 4X4 event with teams of 3 vehicles competing over demanding tracks against the clock. bottomless bogs, over bonnet water, steep ascents and descents combined with often Wild West Coast weather make this event a feature for hard core 4 wheelers....
The competition is all set to start 28th & 29th April.