NZ 4x4 TRI­ALS CHAMPS RND 1

The Biggs broth­ers have en­joyed a win­ning start to the Na­tional 4x4 Tri­als Se­ries sea­son. Ashleigh Bow­ers was at Whatawhata in the Waikato to cover the ac­tion.

NZ4WD - - CONTENTS - Story and photos by Ashleigh Bow­ers.

It was a wet, wild and ex­cit­ing day out at Karakariki Road, Whatawhata, for the open­ing round of the Porter Group NZ Na­tional 4x4 Tri­als Se­ries or­gan­ised by the Waikato Four Wheel Drive Club on Satur­day Novem­ber 12.

With 41 trucks en­tered and plenty of rain the day was set to be a suc­cess. Tak­ing out the over­all win was Scott Biggs and brother Jarred from the Coun­ties club in their Nitrous-Ox­ide-sniff­ing Class D 6.0litre/ 600hp Chevro­let LS2–pow­ered truck.

A great af­ter­noon

“The first round of the sea­son is al­ways hard,” said Scott. “It took us the morn­ing to get back into form then we had a great af­ter­noon in the truck. The con­di­tions were very harsh and slip­pery which suited horse­power.” Sec­ond on the day was for­mer na­tional cham­pion Hamish Auret and nav­i­ga­tor Paul Barnes in Auret’s 7.0 litre Corvet­tepower Class D Truck with Class C winner Kevin Her­mansen and co-driver Ni­cholas Hamil­ton third.

Head-turner

A head-turner on the day and cur­rently the light­est Tri­als Truck in the field, weigh­ing just 878kg, was the Class C Tom-built Nis­san R20vet of Shayne Tow­ers and navi Tony Had­land from the Eastern Bays club. The dis­tinc­tive, low-slung lo-rider runs a cus­tom-built Nis­san trans­mis­sion, Hilux chro­moly crown wheel and pin­ions and three piece al­loys with in­ter­nal bead locks on 35x12.5x15 Kumho tyres.

Fa­ther/daugh­ter

Fa­ther/daugh­ter team Phil Ho­bart and nav­i­ga­tor, Brit­tany Ho­bart from South Waikato Club were also back for more in their home-built Class D truck with a L67 Buick in it. They fin­ished 14th in class at Whatawhata. An­other se­ries reg­u­lar is Stu­art Earle with nav­i­ga­tor David Price from the Manawatu Club in ‘ The Phan­tom’ who fin­ished 11th in class.

This is their third sea­son in the V8 Lexus­pow­ered D Class truck spon­sored by Broad­way Ac­count­ing Solutions Lim­ited.

Scott and Jarred Biggs on their way to a round win.

Shayne Tow­ers and Tony Had­land in the low-slung Tom-built Nis­san.

Phil and Brit­tany Hobert get­ting very wet!

Stu­art Earle and David Price in ‘ The Phan­tom.’

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