Welling­ton’s Cap­i­tal Cruis­ers Club hosted the third round of this sea­son’s CZCTC at White­man’s Val­ley on Satur­day Nov 26.

NZ4WD - - CONTENTS - Story and photos by An­drew Gee

A crack­ing sea­son of the Club Truck Chal­lenge ( CTC) is un­der­way with three events be­ing held be­fore Christ­mas, the lat­est was held in Welling­ton at the site of the Dead­wood Sa­fari Na­tional Tri­als round in White­man’s Val­ley.

There was a good turnout of helpers the week be­fore to peg out the haz­ards, in­clud­ing the pres­i­dents of Cap­i­tal Cruis­ers, Windy City Of­froad­ers and Welling­ton Jeep Club. You can see who sup­ports the NZFWDA ( and who does all the work), thanks to Marty, Amelia, Vince, Gareth, Dave, Mar­cus, Thomas, Skid and Tara.

Jeff and Noe­line Ber­kett are great sup­port­ers of 4WD tri­als and their farm has been used by many different clubs in re­cent years, our thanks to them as well.

Marty and Amelia are long time com­peti­tors in the se­ries, and for this round they did all the heavy lif ting for the Cap­i­tal Cruis­ers Club. If I’ve done 20

rounds of the CTC Marty would have done more, and he has won mul­ti­ple rounds and over­all sea­son cham­pi­onships.

He runs a very ba­sic ma­chine that just works well, a clas­sic Toy­ota FJ 40 Land Cruiser SWB re­pow­ered with a 350 Chev mo­tor, a man­ual gear­box and sit­ting on leaf springs. At this round we had a cou­ple of guys from the in­ter­net-based Kiwi 4x4 club, Reece and Mike, who chose to en­ter four door, long-wheel­base ve­hi­cles.

Best ef­fort

Reece must have thought there was a prize for size be­cause his GQ Pa­trol wasn’t just a four door but it was the high top ver­sion as well. He should have won a prize for best ef­fort as he punted the Pa­trol around the haz­ards.

Hazard 1 was a tricky run into a drain and then up its length to an exit at right an­gles, and with­out diff locks a lot of peo­ple couldn’t get into the drain with­out be­com­ing cross axled.

Dave McGin­nity and Ross Gre­gory showed the com­mit­ment you needed to get out of the drain with­out trac­tion aids while Alan Stone tipped over in the same place.

Early in the day Brendan Watchorn blew a front CV joint and then chose to do the rest of the day in 2WD, sur­pris­ingly he did man­age to complete a few haz­ards with­out drive from his front axle.

There was a very wet ses­sion be­fore lunch which didn’t stay into the af­ter­noon thank­fully. Vince headed back half an hour early to start cook­ing sausages and found the gazebo in tat­ters. Noth­ing a good trades­man couldn’t fix, he had it res­ur­rected in no time and was just look­ing for some­one to send an in­voice to.

Ideal truck

Matthew Laing came over from the Wairarapa in what is ar­guably the ideal Club Truck, a Nis­san GQ Pa­trol SWB. That is not just for Tri­als type events but for all 4WD runs and big enough for a bit of

tour­ing as well. The car­ry­ing of lug­gage is the big­gest short­com­ing of my Jeep Wran­gler. Matthew and his Dad, Bill, have en­tered a few rounds of CTC, both of them run­ning Nis­sans.

Af­ter lunch Hazard 9 was a tricky af­fair with an climb up fol­lowed by an un­sighted drop into a tight turn to fin­ish with a hill climb. The an­gle you pre­sented your wagon to the last hill was the se­cret to whether you could get up it or not. Very few had lined it up well enough to start into the hill.

We ended at a Hazard my 11-year-old son pegged out and it prob­a­bly cost Marty the win as he didn’t turn tight enough and hit the bank. At the Taranaki round Marty beat Dave by four points, at this round Dave turned the ta­bles to win by 66 points.

As we fin­ished and drove back to the pits we passed the gazebo and the wind had taken it out again!

Mike Stent from Kiwi 4x4 club takes his Surf over the un­sighted de­scent on Hazard 9.

Matthew Liang from Wairarapa 4x4 club.

Club Truck vet­eran Steve Stewart col­lects a peg in this hazard.

Ross Gre­gory’s Class 1 Jeep makes it through Hazard 1.

Shona Stone with the shared Land Cruiser back on all fours...

Alan Stone is con­founded by the deep en­try into Hazard 1.

Round winner Dave McGin­nity from Windy City Of­froad­ers in his Class 2 Jeep Wran­gler.

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