Four-wheel drivers get extreme

Last updated 12:00 17/03/2014
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REVVED UP: Driver Dean Jones and co-driver Ryan Fitness, of Wanganui, get the back wheels of their four-wheel drive airborne during the Manawatu Extreme 4x4 trials at Turitea.

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The Manawatu Extreme 4x4 trials saw 70 trucks take on courses carved out on Mike Dransfield's Turitea land yesterday.

Event co-ordinator Stuart Earle said organisers were straight into cleaning up when they arrived at the site yesterday morning after strong winds knocked over port-a-loos and wreaked havoc with safety tape on site.

He estimated crowds of between 1000 and 1500 people, more people than expected after they heard former Cyclone Lusi was in the air, but a final count had not been done.

There were no major injuries on the day and of the competing trucks only five were left too broken  to finish.

Yesterday's event was the fifth of six trials held throughout the year and the first time it had been hosted in Manawatu since 2008.

Earle said he hoped that the trials would be back in Manawatu in another few years.

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- Manawatu Standard

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