As part of our action packed show weekend at the East of England showground on September 17-18, the King of LRO Show Winch Challenge will see 12 teams tackle a mammoth course using skill and guile to navigate over rocks, through waterfalls and balance on a spectacular see saw – a true test of driver dexterity and nerve – all to be crowned the King of LRO Show 2016!
The 12 teams must collect the punches to score valuable points as they use their winches to get as close as they can to the hard to reach places. The demo will be taking place over Saturday and Sunday on the purpose built course in the main arena.
This year’s John Lawn designed course will to push the entrants to their limits, and he’s delivered a stark warning to all competitors: this year’s course is not to be taken lightly.
He says: ‘This year will be a test of skill and endurance. Competitors will have to use their heads to navigate all aspects of the course to see who's got what it takes to be the best. This year’s course will be much more rugged than last year with more water and steeper climbs and descents - we will be keeping a keen eye on who uses their brain the best!’
To kick things off, Saturday’s opening demo will start from 12:00 till 13:10, then the second demo will be later that afternoon at 14:30 till 16:00. Later in the evening a spectacular night time winch challenge will start at 18:45 and Sunday sees the winching resume for the final demo at 12:30-14:00.
Here are the teams who will be giving all they’ve got for the title of King or Queen of LRO Show 2016!
Team Red Winch – Neal Jones
Based on a Range Rover chassis this 300Tdi is fitted with twin Hornet-2 winches, Ashcroft driveshafts and ARB lockers in both axles. The Whitbread off-roader ‘MDY’ has only entered one competition so far, the De-Cider Challenge, but not yet registered a win. Can it take its first win in front of a packed arena crowd?
Team Hybrid – Duncan Smith & Henry Papworth
An interesting competitor with, as the team name suggests, a hybrid body of a Defender and a Series I. The TGV 2.8 with water meth injection has a R380 manual gearbox with LT230 transfer and Force 9 axles. Winch-wise, Team Hybrid have front and rear Gigglepin GPs and a Goodwinch Lowline as their centre winch.
Team Underdog – Siobhan Cook & Mark Johnson
The only team with a female driver, Team Underdog, drive a 300Tdi auto with 1.6bar turbo sat on Land Cruiser 80 axles. Longfields front CVs and shafts and a Red Winch Trydents front and rear make this a more than capable competitor.
Team Titan – Lee Craighead & Richard Peters
Their vehicle has a CDS tubular space frame chassis, modified Land Rover axles with KAM internals and Ashcroft lockers. The 300Tdi engine has a bespoke VNT turbo, high-steer arms, Fox factory shocks and two twin-top hydraulic winches. Impressive!
Team Flatdog – Ian Corfield & Si Sagar
Team Flatdog consists of driver Ian Corfield, an experienced 4x4 instructor, and a Si Sagar, Flatdog’s Chief Advisor and 4x4 instructor. Their Disco 2 chassis has a Td5 engine that’s been tuned by Alive Tuning, and is fitted with Blazer winches from COMEUP. They finished 2nd in Santa’s Challenge in 2013 and 3rd in Mud Monster’s Monster Challenge in 2014. Strong competitors.
Ryan Lawrence & Robert Swann
For this team, a 2016 Whitbread frame mounted onto a Discovery chassis running a 300Tdi and manual gearbox is their weapon of choice. Gigglepin winches front and back and a Goodwinch TDS centre winch give them the best possible chance of picking up as many punches as possible. They’ve got Land Rover Tdi axles with Ashcroft internals, ARB lockers and Gwyn Lewis suspension.
Dan Clarke & Joe Thompson
Dan and Joe will be driving a 100in Discovery tray back with an 300Tdi auto and pegged Ashcroft diffs, shafts and CVs. Winch-wise they have Warn M8274 front and rear winches, a Gigglepin twin-top on the front running Bow 2 motors. Driver Dan is currently having a year out of challenging and completing a nut and bolt restoration of a Range Rover Classic. Will rusty skills be their down fall?
Anthony Waterfield & Chris Cater
This double act will be using a Defender 105in tray back with 300Tdi engine and R380 manual gearbox. Toyota Land Cruiser 80 Series axles with RCV shafts & CVs prop the vehicle up and D44 suspension with Fox 2.0 hydro bump stops sit up the front. Warn 8274 winches with full Gigglepin internals are fixed to the front and rear.
Experienced Drew has finished 2nd in class at the Ultra 4 King of Wales in 2015 and 3rd in class at the King of France in 2016. His 2013 Off-Road Armoury Eurofighter has a Discovery 1 chassis and a 300Tdi engine with D2 axles. A rear-mounted Gigglepin winch will be doing its thing.
Sam will be behind the wheel of his Discovery converted to 100in Defender with a standard 300Tdi, with a self-made frame, D2 axles with no lockers and standard shafts. 14in Fox 2.0 coilovers, Terrafirma bump stops, 36.5in Fedima Sirocco tyres, Gigglepin rear arms complete the machine.
Matt’s Td5 is well-tuned and turbo’d with 1.6 and runs a transfer box and Land Cruiser axles with RCV shafts, 14in Fox coil overs and Fox 4in bump stops, air operated lockers and Gigglepin winches.
The brilliantly named ‘Overdraft’ has a Whitbread CDS tubular frame and chassis, 200Tdi engine, R380 manual gearbox and Volvo 303 portal axles. Top kit includes 18in 2.5 Fox air shocks, hydraulic bumpstops and four-wheel hydraulic steering. For winching, he has Red Winch Hornets front and rear with a Goodwinch TDS Goldfish centre winch.
For more information and to book tickets head to LROshow.com