The driver must have the necessary ability to assess each section and negotiate the vehicle through the section, the best and safest possible way. Knowledge and expertise of how to handle the vehicle is required while always being aware of their own safety and the public.
The co-driver works closely with the driver to assess the obstacle. Guiding the driver past marker pegs and through the section in the best way possible. The co-driver keeps track of the score card and monitors the competition. They also operate the wheel brakes, diff locks and have to get out in the mud to secure the tow rope if they get stuck in an obstacle.
You can see some of the competitors here
About the Vehicles
Vehicles must be entered by their correct make and model, e.g. Toyota – Landcruiser, Hilux, Blizzard, Suzuki – LJ50, LJ80, SJ410, SJ413, Vitara, etc., or Toyota Special, Suzuki Special, etc., or Homebuilt for vehicles completely scratch built and unable to be recognised by make.
There is an extensive rulebook covering vehicle standards for the variety of vehicle classes – including defined standards of roll-over protection. A copy of these rules may be obtained from the Competition Secretary.
The most basic vehicles competing, stock standard from factory with minimal modifications allowed, apart from the roll-cage, beadlocked wheels and agricultural tyres, making the class open to side-by-side vehicles.
“G Class” – 0+ cylinder Production
“A Class” and “B Class”
Production Modified Vehicles must remain stock from factory as with Production Vehicles, but are most noticeably allowed engine & gearbox swaps.
“A Class” – 0-4 cylinder Production Modified
“B Class” – 5 + cylinder Production Modified (exceeding 1300kg manufacturer’s kerb weight for make & model)
“E Class” and “F Class”
Super Production Vehicles are the next step up from Production Vehicles, which most noticeably allows drivetrain swaps, bigger tyres and freedom on front suspension.
“E Class” – 0-4 cylinder Super Production
“F Class” – 5+ cylinder Super Production (exceeding 1300kg manufacturer’s kerb weight for make & model)
“J Class” and “K Class”
(Super Limited) Modified Vehicles allows freedom to modify or build vehicles from scratch, limited only by one set of wheel brakes and open diffs.
“J Class” – 0-4 cylinder Super Limited Modified
“K Class” – 5+ cylinder Super Limited Modified
“C Class” and “D Class”
The Super Mods! All the bells and whistles you want, as long as it sits on 35″ tyres.
“C Class” – 0-4 cylinder Super Modified
“D Class” – 5 + cylinder Super Modified