521C Matt Dodge & Sam Lee

“The Joker”



Dodge Contracting

Truck Details

NameThe Joker
Year Built2012
EngineNissan SR20DET
TransmissionNissan FWD Gearbox
DiffsToyota Hilux 8″ Front, Nissan Patrol 9″ Rear
LockersHowat Hydraulic Lockers
SuspensionFox Shocks, 4-Link Front & Rear
Wheels35x12xR15 Federal Couragia MT on 15×10″ OMF Beadlocks


Previous DriversAccolades
Matt Dodge (2022-)
Mitch Caldow (2018-2021)Malcolm McLeavey Memorial Trophy: 1st in C Class for Central Zone (2021)
Malcolm McLeavey (2012-2017)The last C Class driver to win a National Trial in 2016, before a protest saw them take 2nd.

The Joker is the 2nd 4 cylinder CowperTruck to be built. Having previously navigated for Reuben Mason in The Hulk, Malcolm McLeavey had rear-steer fitted to his new build making it the only C Class buggy of its time to feature it! Malcom & son Ayden would drive the buggy for five seasons achieving 2nd in C Class for Central Zone in 2013. Their best result would be 2nd overall at Round 2 in 2016, having initially won the day a late protest aimed at a section saw them lose what would have been their only win.

Malcolm & Ayden McLeavey in The Joker, featuring an airbrushed paintjob to rival The Hulk!

The Joker was then sold to Mitch Caldow, who achieved their best result in 2021 with a Top 10 placing at the National Final, as well as becoming the inaugural winner of the late Malcolm McLeavey Memorial Trophy for 1st in C Class for Central Zone!

With Mitch jumping in with Sam Thomsen to take out back-to-back titles in Nitro #1, Matt Dodge became the latest driver in 2022.

This is Matt’s first season behind the wheel, previously navigating for father Tim in the CAT Truck.