Winch trucks set for Seeonee Park this weekend
ROUND 2 of the ARB 4X4 Winch Truck Challenge will be contested at Seeonee Park this weekend and 30 teams of driver and navigator will test their driving skills and teamwork in the gruelling off-road event.
The WTC was originally started by a group of three locals, Ian Davidson, Brent Taylor and Brad Dukes, and Dukes is still overseeing proceedings.
"It will be action-packed and you'll see car rollovers, cars hitting each other or trees, cars losing tyres, cars blowing motors and the sound of big V8s roaring up hills," Dukes said.
"As the years go on we are getting a lot more competitors and families are starting to come and watch, which is awesome."
Teams compete over 10 stages which consist of water hazards, winching, block winching, high speed work and GPS navigation (see photos left and below).
"We have the high-speed run to start off with on Saturday and then we have five stages during the day," Dukes said.
"Then we have two night stages which will consist of winching and more high-speed runs and two stages again on the Sunday."
Round two had traditionally been held in Raglan and Dukes was excited see it back at Seeonee Park.
"We had a lot of options we could choose from and the Scouts were hit pretty hard from the cyclone so we thought we would use their land this year to help them out," Dukes said.
"We pay to use their land and we come in and clean it all up afterwards so we leave it better than we find it and the Scouts get some cash. The tracks at Seeonee have a lot more variety and it is also bigger than the Raglan track. It's also a very popular place to hold the competition because of its proximity to town."
WTC is open to those who have a 4WD.
"Anyone can compete in the competition, you just need patience and good listening skills," Dukes said
"It's a great family event; we have father and daughter teams, boyfriend and girlfriend teams and husband and wife teams."