Scan­lon’s Bro­ken dream

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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 .

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