Tarago Land Cruiser Club action

CONTROL: Drivers rely on their navigators to pick the right path through the obstacles and their knowledge of the vehicle to push it to the limit. Photos: Darryl Fernance
CONTROL: Drivers rely on their navigators to pick the right path through the obstacles and their knowledge of the vehicle to push it to the limit. Photos: Darryl Fernance

The Toyota Land Cruiser Club (TLCC) Willowglen 4x4 Challenge is an exciting event held annually over the October long weekend, near Tarago, and is regarded as the premier 4WD competition in NSW.

Image:   Rockin ‘n Rollin at Willowglen 4WD Challenge, near Tarago, courtesy of Jon Case.

The Challenge, now in its sixteenth year, will see teams consisting of four vehicles from various registered 4WD clubs, competing over three days. With one stage being held on the Friday night, four stages on Saturday and finishing up with four stages on Sunday.

COME TO WATCH: There are plenty of spectator vantage points from which to watch the Willowglen 4x4 Challenge. Photo: Darryl Fernance

COME TO WATCH: There are plenty of spectator vantage points from which to watch the Willowglen 4x4 Challenge. Photo: Darryl Fernance

Watch as the drivers get Tyred ‘n Twisted in a ‘U’ shaped course involving large excavator tyres and angled logs. The judges will ensure they are Step'n up in a series of log steps, ascending up a hill. As they climb, the logs will get bigger, and most drivers will be Up the Creek at one stage in a steep ascent followed by a steep descent, through a natural ravine climbing over rocks, logs, tyres and dugouts.

TOUGH: Some vehicles are owned by privateers others are the collective work of dedicated club members combining their expertise to modify vehicles specially for the most challenging off road tests. Photo: Darryl Fernance

TOUGH: Some vehicles are owned by privateers others are the collective work of dedicated club members combining their expertise to modify vehicles specially for the most challenging off road tests. Photo: Darryl Fernance

Each stage is designed to suit both competitors and spectators alike to ensure maximum enjoyment, speedy recovery of vehicles and continuous running of events. All stages are a test of both the driver and the navigators’ skills along with the vehicle’s capability.

Spectators are welcome to attend and there are plenty of vantage points from which to watch the spectacular action.

Willowglen is located near Tarago, 40 minutes south of Goulburn. On the weekend of the event, there will be direction signs posted along the road from Tarago to the competition. Importantly, you do not need a four wheel drive to get there. The property and car parks can be accessed by two wheel drive vehicles.

SHORTY: Vehicles can be long or short, tray top or people carriers. Photo: Darryl Fernance

SHORTY: Vehicles can be long or short, tray top or people carriers. Photo: Darryl Fernance