234D Kelsey van Waas & Dan Hawkins

“The Phantom”



Truck Details

NameThe Phantom
Year Built2010
EngineToyota 1UZFE 4.0L V8
TransmissionFord C4 Gearbox with Landcruiser Transfercase
DiffsNissan Patrol Front and Rear
LockersTomalin Engineering Hydraulic Locker in front
SuspensionFox Shocks, 4-Link Front, 4 Link Rear
Wheels35x12xR15 Federal Couragia’s on 15×10″ OMF Alloys


Previous DriversAccolades
Kelsey van Waas (2022-)
Ben Harvey (2021)
Stuart Earle (2014-2018)Top 10 Placing at 2018 National Final
Nick Baker (2010-2013)

The Phantom gained its name from future 3NZ Stuart Earles time with the buggy. A regular feature of the series, The Phantom was later sold to Ben Harvey & Kelsey van Waas, with Kelsey gaining the keys!

With The Phantom now over ten years old it was due for an update! Ben Harvey redesigned the rear end of the truck for the modern trials scene, saving a whooping 57kgs in the process! Along with the weight reduction the rear suspension received a few tweaks too going from a panhard rod setup to 4-link suspension.

The original 2010 spec rear end
The new and improved for 2022! (I’ll get one with paint I promise)

This is Kelsey’s second full season behind the wheel in the NZ 4×4 Trials Series, prior to this she competed in the Central Zone Club Truck Challenge Series.