Happy as pigs in mud, all spills and rolls aside
More than 30mm of rain ensured a weekend four-wheel-drive mud-plug competition had ample mud, and also some spills and near-misses.
Heavy rain made the going tough during the competition, held on Saturday at a Hunter property.
South Canterbury 4WD Club event organiser Stan van Heeswyck said the weather "wasn't kind".
"We had a few more rolls than normal, [but] it was quite good and is all part of the fun.
"I broke an axle on my truck two stages into the day, so I wasn't happy."
Thirteen competitors came to compete from as far afield as Marlborough and Southland.
"We had 13 entries, on Saturday the 13th, and had 13 stages to complete.
"The event was held on Dave Scott's property at Hunter, underneath Mt Studholme."
Driver Richard Robb and his son Rene found themselves in an unfortunate rollover while competing in the muddy and slippery conditions.
"We got help to recover it and then we carried on. We had a lot of fun, apart from the weather was pretty lousy; you would just slip off the banks."
Christchurch man Bob Uttridge was the overall winner in the open class.
Tom Hayes (Otago) won the clubman class and Keri Iva (Queenstown) won the outlaw class.
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