Scanlon’s Broken dream
BENDIGO’S Greg Scanlon and mechanic Liam Nunns won one of Australia’s toughest and most prestigious four-wheel-driving events in May, the arduous sevenday Outback 4x4 Challenge.
The Challenge drew 30 4WD experts to the rugged terrain outside Broken Hill in New South Wales to test their skills on everything from sand dunes to muddy flats and river crossings.
Scanlon drove a customised Nissan Patrol GQ with ARB Bendigo workshop foreman Nunns acting as mechanic and GPS operator.
Teams have to carry all their spare parts and food for the entire race, so the Challenge is also a test of endurance and ingenuity.
It was the eighth time Scanlon has entered the Challenge.
‘‘The Outback 4x4 Challenge is the holy grail for 4WD enthusiasts,’’ he says.
‘‘It’s absolutely gruelling and a war of attrition. Drivers and mechanics have to carefully plan and improvise as they go.
‘‘I am absolutely ecstatic to have that chunk of rock sitting on the front counter.’’
Dirty dancing: Greg Scanlon and Liam Nunns and their Nissan Patrol GQ on their way to victory outside Broken Hill in the Outback 4WD Challenge .