Held on a busy weekend in the Land Rover calendar, competitors had to ramp up the action to hook spectators in. Thankfully, with the unique nature of the site, excitement was guaranteed – with camaraderie being the order of the day.
Holding a rocky structure that sets it far apart from other venues called on by the Odyssey series, it has always been a challenge for organisers to create a proper balance when setting out the punches for each drivers time cards. An intensely tough challenge for all drivers involved, the Land Rovers took it all in their stride, despite the war wounds suffered by some teams.
Getting off to a flying start was James Ayre, using his kitted out V8 Land Rover, yet when making an effort to reach the second card his Land Rover suffered head gasket failure. A further casualty was Chris Booth when his supercharged V8 shredded its transfer box. Others suffered steering and axle issues while windscreens were smashed and battle scars were dished out during spirited driving from all teams involved.
Having a draw on the punch scores is a rare occurrence but for some reason, it always seems to happen at Deep Scar, and this event was no exception – not just in Class 3, but two competitors in Class 1 also ended up with the exact same score. This resulted in a tiebreaker challenge, using the clerk of the course’s Discovery.
Starting in the cabin, competitors had to run to the rear of the Land Rover Discovery and remove the spare wheel, carry it around the vehicle and finally place the spare wheel back before jumping back into the cabin and buckling up. The record was set at 14 seconds, declaring Henry Papworth and his team the winners of Class 3. Class 2 went to Matt Bain and David Burton while Jack MacDonald took the title for Class 1.
All the top placed drivers received generous vouchers for Dasall lighting products, which will no doubt come in handy as the daylight hours recede and events begin running in darkness.
The Odyssey Winch Challenge is a six-round championship run by the Viking 4x4 Club, at different venues for each event. For upcoming event dates, check out the LRO events calendar. Or for a list of Land Rover clubs, go to LRO's Clubs Directory.